With the announcement of Sprint allowing FM tuner on the HTC and using the NextRadio App, will the Samsung phones like the S3 be able to use the FM receiver. Will this function come with the 4.3 version of Andriod?
Why FM tuner? As previous poster noted, in emergency situations when a 3G tower goes down (happens in inclement weather alot) Also, sometimes you are in places where 3G is spotty. For example, the hills around the Ohio River in northern WV. Dip down into a valley and you lose your signal. If you are taking a walk in this area, it's nice to have the FM radio to hear NPR; 3G only works on hilltops.
Fm Radio Tuner has its benefits! NO BUFFERING THATS A PLUS! And at the GYM I can set the stations that are on the tv screens! IHeart Radio and TuneinRadio are good for listening to out of state stations and i love that, but when I loose part of a conversation or song because of the buffering its so frustrating!
Then, would this be pushed out with a firmware or software update.
The sad part is I took my phone to a Sprint rep Office and they downloaded the app and sent me on my way. When I get home to a headset, I find that it hangs up searching for stations on first start. Bottomline Sprint and or Samsung did not even update there US reps that the Radio was not available.
I disagree that Sprint didn't disable - they would have specified it not be enabled as part of their carrier customization package. Sprint has done this on lots of phones. The fact that all the other US carriers are just as dumb doesn't really help. Would be excited to see XDA provide a work-around!
Sprint did not disable the FM radio. The FM radio is inactive in ALL of the US varients of the S3. Apparently the FM hardware is present. Developers over at the XDA Developers website are working on enabling the FM radio in the S3.
Why? Because some of us like live content. It is not just about music on FM radio but news, sports, quality programming with professionals introducing you new music and much more. In the case of a weather distaster radio is still number one for easy fast information. There are many reasons for radio where downloaded content still isn't the answer. Additionally as I said for when cell coverage is not available. There are still many areas that cell coverage is spotty to nonexistant and most likely will be for a long time because it does pay to put towers and infrastructure where there is a small population.
With so many commercial free options available for music, why would you need an FM tuner? Upload 20,000 of you favorite songs to Google and listen anytime with My Music! And it's FREE!!
It is curious that Sprint didn't disable the FM radio in the HTC Evo. I was in the store checking out the SIII and the Evo today and found the Evo FM Tuner worked nice. It is too bad the SIII doesn't have the tuner. I am starting to think NAB and HD Radio push for mobile phones include FM/HDradio tuners is a good idea. It would provide a great addition to the feature set to services for when good cell coverage isn't available. This is similar to the need for downloaded maps that the GPS can navigate through when cell signal drops but the GPS satelite coverage is available. Taking it a step further a builtin SiriusXM tuner option would be interesting too for thought with a subscription and an digital TV tuner. Ok those would be cool features but unlikely since the mobile carriers want you to use their bandwidth. Oh, wait with Sprint that doesn't matter with the unlimited bandwidth which means it should be an incentitve for them to have and FM tuner, download (cache trip maps for GPS navigation), and kick in the digital TV and SiriusXM tuners. One can hope Sprint management reads these forums and reconsiders decissions on future products. </RantRamble>