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  1. Xxmen

    Xxmen Well-Known Member

    I notice in the review from GSM Arena that the S4 does not have a FM Radio. Would it be possible to install a backup radio from an HTC or any radio to the S4 like any app?

  2. trparky

    trparky Well-Known Member

    If it doesn't have the hardware in the phone to pick up FM signals then an app isn't going to do anything.
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  3. DragonSlayer95

    DragonSlayer95 Resident Air Bender Moderator

    Otherwise any radio app (tune in) would suffice perfect enough ;)
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  4. trackball

    trackball Well-Known Member

    If you want to listen to MLB (or other sports perhaps?) you will need something that picks up the waves because of internet streaming exclusivity rights. If you aren't into sports though, the internet radio apps are fine.
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  5. Xxmen

    Xxmen Well-Known Member

    Exactly. certain stations are not on the internet radio and places with bad coverage will be a problem.:mad:
  6. CafeKampuchia

    CafeKampuchia Well-Known Member

    Yeah, this is the one thing that disappoints me about the S4 (besides same design as last year). But after I see that 1080 Super Amoled screen I'll probably forget about it :D
  7. Gearu

    Gearu Well-Known Member

    No FM Radio? WHAT!? You cannot be serious. I'll assume the Exynos version does have one...
  8. Hadron

    Hadron Well-Known Member Contributor

    Why assume that?
  9. davoid

    davoid Well-Known Member

    Maybe because the International S3, sporting the exynos quad core cpu had an FM radio, but North American variants with the Qualcomm chips didn't.
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  10. Hadron

    Hadron Well-Known Member Contributor

    Ah, right.
  11. CafeKampuchia

    CafeKampuchia Well-Known Member

  12. Xxmen

    Xxmen Well-Known Member

  13. EarlyMon

    EarlyMon The PearlyMon Moderator

    FM radio requires a radio transceiver chip with that support. Unlike phone radios where modem support may be processor dependent, I'd be surprised to see this on one variant but not another.

    Never say never, just saying.
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  14. Guitardoc64

    Guitardoc64 Well-Known Member

    On my EVO 3D, which does have FM radio, I opened the app maybe twice in almost 2 years.
  15. I do want a FM radio on the phone.
  16. ScandaLeX

    ScandaLeX Wasn't Me

    This is me right here. Any phone I've had with built in FM radio may have been used twice; 3x's tops.
  17. Hadron

    Hadron Well-Known Member Contributor

    Mobile-review's review of the Octa variant (translation) says that there is no FM radio.
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  18. Gomjaba

    Gomjaba Well-Known Member

    If its not about news / sports etc. - have a look at di.fm :)
  19. LookSir,Droids

    LookSir,Droids Well-Known Member

    FM radio is so... old school ;-)

    I get what you're saying though..

    My guess is they just want you to stream everything now? As in Pandora etc
  20. EarlyMon

    EarlyMon The PearlyMon Moderator

    I have a few very good local stations, when played on FM, the battery lasts forever.

    Oh well. :(
  21. BlackDynamite

    BlackDynamite Well-Known Member

    That's about 2 more times than I've opened it.

    An fm broadcast radio would be cool though so I could easily play audio from my phone on any fm receiver.
  22. Wolfedude88

    Wolfedude88 Well-Known Member

    Which is bad for me because of no longer having unlimited data, I would prefer to have a FM radio. But I will live without it.
  23. eugenerudenko

    eugenerudenko Well-Known Member

    Here's a review I wrote for one of the Android sites, and unfortunately, there're no FM radio in neither of two version of S4
  24. JohnJSal

    JohnJSal Well-Known Member

    Does this mean apps like TuneIn won't work, or is this a different type of service that doesn't rely on an FM signal? What exactly *won't* you be able to do on the S4 without an FM receiver/transmitter?
  25. RichSz

    RichSz Not Entitled VIP Member

    It just means that you won't be able to listen to FM radio, local broadcasts. You should be able to use any streaming apps just fine since they use the data connection.

    It's an important feature for some people, though. Everyone has their own requirements.
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