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Rating: 4.4 (76,367) Cost: Free Downloads: 10,000,000 - 50,000,000
Listen to live audio from over 3,600 police and fire scanners, weather radios, and amateur radio repeaters from around the world (primarily in the United States and Australia, with more being added daily) on your phone.
* View scanners that are located nearest you, sorted by distance.
* View the top 50 scanners that have the most listeners (list updated every 5 minutes).
* View list of scanners added most recently (new additions are being added all the time).
* Add scanners you listen to the most to your Favorites list for quick access.
* Browse the directory of scanners by location or genre (public safety, air traffic, weather, railroad, etc).
* Enable notifications to be notified when lots of people (such as over 1000, for example) are listening to any scanner (indicating that something big is happening). You can also be notified when scanners located near you (or specific scanners of your choosing) have more than a certain number of listeners.
* Add Scanner Radio widgets and shortcuts to your phone's home screen for quick access (app cannot be installed on SD card to access them).
* Add a "Scanner Radio Favorite" shortcut to your home screen to launch a scanner feed via an alarm clock app or automation app.
* Listen to RadioReference.com's audio archives to listen to audio that's been archived over the past 30 days. Note: You *must* have an account on RadioReference.com and purchase their "Premium Membership" ($15 for 6 months) in order to access their archives using the app.
This is the free version of the app, below are the benefits of purchasing the Pro version (for only $2.99):
* The Pro version contains no ads.
* The play button at the top of the directory screens and on the widgets is can be used to start listening.
* With the "Scanner Radio Pro Locale PlgIn" plug-in is also installed you can have Locale/Tasker launch the app and have one of your Favorites automatically begin playing based on one or more conditions or have the app stop playing. One use for this feature is to have a scanner feed begin playing when your phone connects to a specific Bluetooth device and then have it stop when the connection to that Bluetooth device is no longer present.
The audio is provided by volunteers using real scanner radios. If your area is not available, see the menu in the app for information on how to get it added.
Explanation of why various permissions are needed:
The "Phone Calls / Read Phone State" permission is needed by the app so that it can detect when you're placing a phone call (or when one is being received) so that it can automatically stop the streaming of the audio to prevent it from interfering with the call.
The "Fine (GPS) Location" and "Coarse Location" permissions are required so that the app can determine what scanners are located in your area when you click on "Near Me". When you click on "Near Me" the app first attempts to determine your location via the network, if that fails the app then tries to determine your location via GPS.
The "Automatically Start at Boot" permission is required so that a small portion of the app can be started when your phone boots if (and only if) you turn on the notifications feature of the app (that feature is turned off by default).
If the audio repeats or the app stays connected for only a short time, try returning to a directory screen in the app, then select "Settings" from the menu, then "Player settings", and then try changing the "Streaming method" setting.
Follow "Scanner Radio" on Facebook or ScannerRadio on Twitter to be notified about tips, service interruptions, new beta versions, etc.
Keywords: police scanner, radio scanner, air traffic
beestal - 2011-10-04
Listened to Calfire as I watched them fight the Great Fire in Julian. It was the best source of fresh info about which way the fire was burning. A++++
Luis - 2011-10-17
Paul - 2011-10-09
Could it be possible to scan two channels at once? That would be a cool upgrade.
John - 2011-09-27
Living outside of Washington DC, you never know when you're going to need this app!
Matthew - 2011-09-28
Installing until there I'd an option to disable the Gps location.
Sean - 2011-10-01
I've had my phone for a year now and this is the first comment I've ever posted on any app this thing is legit seriously...
Scott - 2011-09-28
While not a true scanner, the app is great if someone in your area hosts a feed from their scanner and has good channels that they are monitoring.
Kevin - 2011-09-27
I was a fan of this website when a coworker introduced me to this site 6 years ago. hear any state, county, police fire & ems.
Steve - 2011-09-27
Works great on my original Droid. Recently got the Droid X2 (gingerbread) and I'm having trouble with periodic static crash noise on all audio streams
Scott - 2011-09-28
Very fun app but I'm pretty sure it is looped recordings. Acctually I'm positive it is lol
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