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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: . I am still enjoying Spirit 1, is there any reason to pay again for Spirit 2? : (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:

Satisfaction guaranteed or full refund. Cancel any time on request, within 30 days. To cancel, email 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:

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":

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:

Thanks !

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Recently changed in this version

Aug 27:
Stock OneXL
Aug 19:
QC "Get RMS" fix
Xperia L/M/SP/C Ext Ant
qcom.fmradio -> android.hardware.fmradio
Stock Xperia Z SU crash
One M8 detect
kill ssd
Audio M8/Z*
Aug 2:
GS3/Note2 stock
GT-I8160 audio
Jul 31:
Shim if BT
G2 Vol
Jul 30:
Xperia M ant
MotoG stock audio
android.hardware.fmradio -> qcom.fmradio
Jul 22:
Z2/Tablet stock, unrooted. Digital audio
Jul 18:
G2 audio
Jul 9:
Restrict BT shim install to HTC One M7 and LG G2 (unless HCI Access=Shim)

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

    by John Ball on 22/08/2014

    Interface is a bit counter-intuitive.

  • (72 stars)

    by Ulrich Dorfling on 21/08/2014

    Don't waste your cash if u own a motog

  • (72 stars)

    by Artie Cortez on 08/08/2014

    Doesn't work with LG G3. Pops up error.

  • (72 stars)

    by Mark Shalagan on 07/08/2014

    App doesnt work on s4 Mini - emailed developer and had refund completed same day. Will be back when compatible version is released. Sad i dont have app but thank you for prompt assistance!

  • (72 stars)

    by Florin Velea-Grumezea on 06/08/2014

    When i had 4.4.2 it was working almost great, all features ok except speaker output. Now i have 4.4.4 and it's not working anymore. It looks like working, tune to every station, see RDS, but no audio output what so ever..... Hope to have it fixed soon.

  • (72 stars)

    by juan horta on 25/07/2014

    This app It's #1 thanks perfect in me HTC..

  • (72 stars)

    by André Silva on 24/07/2014

    Have a REAL FM radio on my phone, even if my custom ROM doesn't support it. It's the best thing ever done. i have to words to thank enough. You're awesome Mike!!!