Spirit1: Real FM Radio 4 AOSP

Spirit1: Real FM Radio 4 AOSP


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Spirit1 is a real, tuned, "over the air" FM radio app. It is NOT a streaming app which requires expensive data plans and drains your battery.

April 30: Spirit2 is now in general release: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=fm.a2d.s2 . I am still enjoying Spirit 1, is there any reason to pay again for Spirit 2? : http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=52304938&postcount=7787 (Spirit2 supports only the most popular, recent, higher end devices that have digital audio support in Spirit1.)

NOTE March 2014: Samsung and HTC are now actively preventing 3rd party FM apps from working on stock, un-rooted phones, using Knox, system permissions and other means. Reverse engineering undocumented APIs was hard enough, but this signals the death of access to stock, unrooted OEM proprietary FM APIs by "non-blessed" 3rd party FM apps (IE, Spirit, pretty much).

The existing Spirit support for stock, unrooted devices will remain, but due to these developments, it is now unfeasible to continue updating this support as I did just recently for the new Broadcom API.

The focus of Spirit is on AOSP ROMs. If you don't know what AOSP is, Spirit is likely not the app for you, and you should stick with the stock FM app. Further details: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=50954346&postcount=7641

Satisfaction guaranteed or full refund. Cancel any time on request, within 30 days. To cancel, email mikereidis@gmail.com with at least your name, email of purchase, and/or order ID or email receipt.

If you're an average phone user, & don't know what Android "rooting" is, Spirit will likely not offer you much more than your stock FM app. If your phone does not have a stock FM app, it is unlikely that Spirit will work on it.

Spirit is mostly for Android enthusiasts who "root" & "ROM" their phones. But it also works on many stock, "store bought" phones.

Spirit Unlocked includes:

- Digital audio features supported ONLY on: ROOTED Non-stock AOSP International Galaxy S/S2/S3/Note/Note2/Player, HTC One/OneXL/OneS/Evo 4G LTE/Xperia T and most Sony 2012+ devices.

- RDS data display in App, Lock-screen & Notification window. RT, PS, PTY, PI & AF RadioText RT, Program Service PS, Program Type PTY, Program ID PI & Alternate Frequency AF.

- Lock-screen & Wired Headset Media Button support for mute, preset, seek, volume & record.

- Many settings: Audio, UI, AF, Digital & Debug categories.

- Unlimited Presets & Preset Lists.

FAQ / Frequently Asked Questions: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=31983089

I understand the price may seem high, but this is a niche app with 10,000 hours of work required over 3+ years. How many other "Real FM Radio" apps are on Google Play ? Almost none.

Why ? Because Android FM is extremely difficult. Google doesn't support FM radio and carriers suppress it. Intensive reverse engineering is required. In the over 3 years since Spirit was first created, nobody else has been "crazy" enough to attempt to compete in this niche (OTA radio) within a niche (AOSP ROMs) or without (all phones with usable FM).

Spirit is not a throwaway game app you play for a few days. How many hours will you spend listening to FM radio in the next several years ?

How much can you save on data plans by listening to free, over the air radio versus streaming ?

If you care about app quality, note CNet article "We're not paying enough for apps": http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=23568502&postcount=2523

I'm one developer and Spirit is my only substantial app and income. I'm trying to do a job Google said they couldn't for lack of developer resources. :)

Your support for Spirit is appreciated.

For tons of further info, and links to free test versions, please see my XDA thread: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=13385163

Thanks !

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Recently changed in this version

Jul 19-22:
- Sony Z2 & Z2 Tablet stock, unrooted. Digital audio.
Jul 18:
- LG G2 audio fixes.
Jul 9:
- Restrict BT shim install to HTC One M7 and LG G2 (unless HCI Access=Shim).
- BT shim removal via Menu-> Test-> BC-> BT Shim Remove/
Jun 28:
- LG G2 audio.
- Bluedroid BT Shim addon.d recovery restore script for Broadcom (DHD/One/G2/etc).
- Audio-> Method renaming.
- Sony QC Transmit.

Comments and ratings for Spirit1: Real FM Radio 4 AOSP
  • (74 stars)

    by Laurie Grimes on 26/05/2014

    Ten dollar mistake. Does not work with the Galaxy 5. Not refund available yet. Do not waste your time

  • (74 stars)

    by IIRM INDIA on 26/05/2014

    When I found that the software is not working with Samsung note Pro12, I contacted the developer he mailed me back and refunded the money paid by me .Trustworthy seller.

  • (74 stars)

    by Jim Gordon on 15/05/2014

    Sadly, this app wouldn't work on the Android 4.2.2 rom of my Elephone P6. However, I don't want a refund; why? I want to express, as a veteran radio fan, my support to the developer in his quest to ensure that as many phone owners as possible have access to real radio not data gobbling online stations! Good luck to you!

  • (74 stars)

    by Neil McEachin on 11/05/2014

    I had no idea my Droid had a radio! Works. Enough said. Nice because I can listen to local stations with minimal battery drain. Absolutely brilliant. Sound quality is really good and has lots of features too! Update - upgraded to a newer phone and tried spirit 2, also excellent, works perfect! Requires root (f$@# you Verizon) but otherwise awesome. Everything great about spirit but with a clean

  • (74 stars)

    by Mtema Kuni on 10/05/2014

    I have Maclaw's revisited CM 11. With Dalvik runtime I had the radio working but no sound, with no setting. With ART and GS3/Note2/don't remember-ICS sound setting I get a "no FM" message, I have to turn off and on the app for a couple of times and I get a more or less stable behaviour, but BT turns on and if I turn it off the audio turns off too...

  • (74 stars)

    by Vic Vokvi on 07/05/2014

    Works great with cyanogenmod!

  • (74 stars)

    by Pavel Netesa on 24/04/2014

    Poor interface, looks very geeky... though it works. For that price you might hire a designer to make app look more pretty. First tried Spirit 2 which found only one station thus uninstalled it and waiting for refund...