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Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by neutrino78x, Nov 11, 2019.

  1. neutrino78x

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    Hi....so...I tried running NextRadio on my new LG G7, and it tried to contact the server to get a list of stations nearby...and it could not contact the server. So then it wouldn't let me tune into anything.

    Are there other apps that will let you use the FM Tuner? I don't want to listen to internet stations. Just the FM radio over the air.
     



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  2. neutrino78x

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    hmm I guess there are Software Defined Radio programs like this one, http://www.sdrtouch.com/ ...but you have to buy another piece of hardware to connect to the phone. So I would need to plug in headphones as well as a TV receiver dongle. Not as good as only having to hook up headphones. :-(
     
  3. Xavier Black

    Xavier Black Android Expert

    Have you tried TuneIn Radio?
     
  4. neutrino78x

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    Xavier Black, that appears to be a subscription service...I'm looking for something like NextRadio, which was free and allowed you to listen to local FM radio for free.

    I think the NAB had it right. The law should require FM radio on these devices. In fact, I would argue that the law should AM, FM, shortwave, and maybe even CB radio....at least, receiving CB radio. I realize that a requirement for AM might make the device thicker (to get an AM coil). It seems that, in theory, you could pick up AM using an antenna designed for FM, though. Just maybe more noise on the signal.
     
  5. mikedt

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    I assume you're in the US.

    The LG G7 ThinQ has an FM tuner in it.
    https://www.gsmarena.com/lg_g7_thinq-9115.php
    Radio: FM Radio

    Can't you just use the stock LG FM radio app? I believe NextRadio has been discontinued, and its streaming servers are offline.

    I don't think that any manufacturer would include CB radio or shortwave in a phone. But if you're that concerned about what happens and to "be prepared" when the shit hits the fan. You could always just pack a CB or SW or AM radio in your survival kit bag...
    Survival-Kit.jpg
     
    #5 mikedt, Nov 11, 2019
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  6. PitCarver

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    NextRadio still works on my V40.

    If you specifically want the LG tuner app, download it from APKMirror. Version 7.20.12 was released in July.
     
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  7. Xavier Black

    Xavier Black Android Expert

    TuneIn is free..unless you need the pro version..the subscription is nothing..you just have to enter your email and create a pass..well at last that's one of the ones I use..that's why I am recommending it..but you more than free to choose between the pool of apps available
     
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  8. neutrino78x

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    As far as I know, it does have an FM chip, but it doesn't have a stock LG FM radio app on this phone.

    I think you're right. No streaming servers though, it used FM radio over the air. I think the server is used to tell you which stations are available. That's poorly written software though. You should have the option to tune manually.

    They would if it was required. :)

    lol...I have a lot of emergency training; I was a submariner in the USN. :)
     
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  9. neutrino78x

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    I dunno. It worked on my LG K8, but for some reason doesn't want to work with this machine.

    I guess I would have to download it from apkmirror...is that legitimate though? They don't list the LG Tuner under all the apps for LG electronics on google play.
     
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  10. neutrino78x

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    Is it a streaming service? I'm looking for something that uses the FM radio hardware in the device to receive FM radio signals over the air. :)
     
  11. mikedt

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    Is it one where the FM radio hardware is in there in the chip-set, but for whatever reasons the variant you've got it isn't enabled in the firmware, and no stock FM radio app is provided? Like some phones supplied by certain carriers.


    Usually FM radio apps do work like that, they can search the band and find your local stations. And a server might be used to make local tuning automatic, and to tell you station names, station info, etc.


    OT there used to be some Chinese phones that had PAL/NTSC analog TV built-in, complete with pull-out telescopic antennas. Like this fake iPhone...:D
    154120-90fba609e4140d6d785f11.jpg



    And I used to have a Lenovo phone that actually had a stereo FM transmitter in it. So I could play it on a car radio, etc.
     
    #11 mikedt, Nov 12, 2019
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  12. tube517

    tube517 Android Expert

    APK mirror is a good source. Search LG FM in APK mirror
     
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  13. PitCarver

    PitCarver Android Expert

    It's a trusted source. Have at it...
     
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  14. neutrino78x

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    As far as I know the FM chip is there (as part of the Bluetooth chip) and "activated"...but NextRadio apparently doesn't work without being able to contact the server for a list of your local stations. Which is stupid. You should be able to tune manually without a list of what's available! argh. They made it so their program doesn't work if they go out of business, which they have. :-(
     
  15. neutrino78x

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    ok, I'll check it out. :)
     
  16. neutrino78x

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    Update: I finally got it to work! When it prompts for location, you just choose "other" for country, and then it says the server is not available in your area, and it lets you use the basic tuner! I have hardware FM radio again :) Nice :)
     
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