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Android Quick App: Scanner Radio

Guest post written by Michael T, a self proclaimed “geek” with a passion for amateur radio and scanner listening.  Oh, you can add guest posting to that list now.

I have always been a scanner radio listener, but I never thought my phone would satisfy this part of my inner-geek. I was wrong.

If you want to hear police radio chatter, there are few apps for that. However, Scanner Radio stands out because of its simplicity and speed. I can listen to the police in my hometown of 35,000 people in the middle of desert. If you’d like to hear something besides police, you can browse by genre, area or source. You can also search by location (menu or GPS).

It’s important to note that the developer doesn’t control what frequencies you can hear, this is a function of the sources. Currently Scanner Radio features feeds from LiveFireFeeds.com, RadioReference.com, RailroadRadio.net and Wunderground.com. So, asking for the developer to add the “Mayberry Sherriff” won’t help. Sorry, no Andy Griffith.

Still, the list of available frequencies (over 2,100) is quite impressive. You can listen to the Fire Department in Roswell, NM, the LAPD and many places in between.

This is a young app, and updates arrive every couple of days or so. Unlike many app updates though, there seems to be something new with each update. I am told by the developer that there will be an option to remove ads and the capability to add custom audio streams in the future.

If you like some of the other scanner apps, I highly recommend giving this one a try. If you’ve never listened in on America’s Finest, give it a try.

Best part, it’s free!

Download…

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  • Roni

    What id the difference between Scanner Radio and Scanner Radio Pro?

  • Fireman7522

    I’m with iron county fire and rescue in iron county missouri sometimes I leave my radio with my wife so she can listen in and I can’t get my county in at all and it would be great if you can get my county in thank-you

  • Brian

    Hey, recently my app, which I paid for the premium, is not working on my Droid X,  I followed all the directions and tried different streaming method, and rebooting the phone.

  • lilj2011

    i need anson county 2 pick up bit it want

    • lilj2011

      It ment but it want!!!!!!!!

  • david

    anyone sharing in the odessa area

  • CopsGirl

    how do i get staten island police? i dont know how to work this contraption. lmao.

  • fireeater

    I cant find the county I live in on scanner radio. When I search for scanners around me, it brings up Southwest VA. How can I get the county I live in to come up on my phone. Do I need to submit the frequencies to someone. Help please!

    • Junk

      Very easy! You can buy a scanner and offer to provide a feed for everyone to listen to. That’s how all of the feeds exist!

  • Krista Krepline

    I have Droid 2 and it keeps telling me unable to connect???

  • Mmercet

    Can anyone out there program in Cass county Missouri sheriff to scanner??

  • http://www.facebook.com/johnnyc503 John Campbell

    Why does the android market on my HTC HERO android not recognize this app? I have searched for it by name bu does not show up in results. I then pulled up the app's authors site and tried to download it but it just goes to the search result page and says no matches? Is this just a problem for the Hero?

  • http://www.facebook.com/johnnyc503 John Campbell

    Why does the android market on my HTC HERO android not recognize this app? I have searched for it by name bu does not show up in results. I then pulled up the app's authors site and tried to download it but it just goes to the search result page and says no matches? Is this just a problem for the Hero?

  • Mxmn1

    Mike it aint working tonight and I really want to hear the guy get taken away for animal cruelty

  • Thatlilshortyemt

    hi, i do i add a dept if I wanna hear there calls?

  • johnmcnulty

    when i scan the bar code, it says download site not found

  • Chris.Go

    http://www.radioreference.com/ and XiiaLive (Winamp) need I say more?

  • BA_Carroll

    This looks similar to the Blackberry app called BBscanner. Hey don't judge me I switched ok? But Gordon wrote an amazing app and it looks like he did a great job porting it over. Now you think he would let me switch my paid BB app to the Android app? Oh well it's free now you can't beat that

  • BA_Carroll

    This looks similar to the Blackberry app called BBscanner. Hey don't judge me I switched ok? But Gordon wrote an amazing app and it looks like he did a great job porting it over. Now you think he would let me switch my paid BB app to the Android app? Oh well it's free now you can't beat that

  • Scuff

    5 stars for this one. And for all our fellow pilots and aviation enthusiasts out there, you can add Air band streams from liveatc.net

    The guy who runs LiveATC has released an iPhone app and charges for it. I've got a Droid and the Scanner Radio app and I'm getting all the tower feeds for free. I LOVE MY DROID!

  • hinano

    Thanks Michael, I appreciate the review and will try the app. BTW, I like this guest writer/review format. I wouldn't mind reading more of them covering a wide range of topics and the best apps to use in those cases. This article is a great example.

    The TV ads for that other fruity smart phone make deep consumer in-roads by showing people ways their phone and apps can be used in daily life. Android apps and the android market could use this type of showcasing too because we certainly have the high-quality apps for it as well. I think the articles like this one are on track for getting us there. Thanks again, Michael.

  • Scuff

    5 stars for this one. And for all our fellow pilots and aviation enthusiasts out there, you can add Air band streams from liveatc.net

    The guy who runs LiveATC has released an iPhone app and charges for it. I've got a Droid and the Scanner Radio app and I'm getting all the tower feeds for free. I LOVE MY DROID!

  • hinano

    Thanks Michael, I appreciate the review and will try the app. BTW, I like this guest writer/review format. I wouldn't mind reading more of them covering a wide range of topics and the best apps to use in those cases. This article is a great example.

    The TV ads for that other fruity smart phone make deep consumer in-roads by showing people ways their phone and apps can be used in daily life. Android apps and the android market could use this type of showcasing too because we certainly have the high-quality apps for it as well. I think the articles like this one are on track for getting us there. Thanks again, Michael.

    • Michael_NM

      Thanks for the kind words Hinano! I am glad you liked it.

  • THATSkelly

    IT SAYS IT READS YOUR PHONE CALLS. IS THIS SAFE TO INSTALL WHEN IT SAYS THAT?

  • THATSkelly

    IT SAYS IT READS YOUR PHONE CALLS. IS THIS SAFE TO INSTALL WHEN IT SAYS THAT?

    • Michael_NM

      My understanding is that this just allows it to pause when you make or receive phone calls. I have a number of apps with this same permission. It doesn't actually read your call, it reads the state of your phone. I certainly believe it's safe.

  • Rick

    I work for Baltimore Bounty Fire Dispatch and just installed this App on my new Droid its totally AMAZING I dont have to carry a scanner anymore to hear whats happening at work….and it runs in the background which it a definte plus. I say download this app and enjoy you cant go wrong with it

  • rob

    I am going to give the app a try just to see what people can hear. Keep in mind we have alternate channels we switch to just to avoid scanners. Also in the case of large cities like mine… we have 5 channels for 5 different districts, an A,B, and C setting for each channel as well as some Tac channels and various training freqs. Then there are the county channels, the various smaller cities, towns and villages. Most of the programs I have seen scan all the various channels in the area… so you end up listening to multiple conversations across several different departments. To be honest.. I don't get the scanner interest. I am REQUIRED to listen to the people I work with on the radio all day. Why anyone would want to hear all those people in their spare time is beyond me. :-P

  • rraceman

    great app ,sound is good !!!

  • RLJSlick

    This is a great app, also take a look at Police Radio, I've had that for a while and it works great also!

  • iApex

    I hear a lot of static and it's hard to make out what they're saying around me.

  • DroidDrool

    Interesting. I could pick up my little country bumpkin town of 10k people. I wonder what Andy and Barny are doing right 'bout now. :)

  • Oldfart123

    I cannot get this to work on my HTC Droid Eris…does anyone know if it is specific to Motorola?

    • Michael_NM

      It's not specific to Moto . My fiance has it working on her myTouch… her phone, not me :).

      You might want to contact the developer.

  • StephanC

    Who are you? Who is Guest Post?

    • Michael_NM

      That would be me! Glad to hear the positive comments about the app. It's one of my favorites

  • nkhex19

    Just tried it out and I can't believe how good it works and its extremely simple to use. It has all the local fire and police scanners near me as well. Definitely worth downloading.

  • http://www.facebook.com/RoyR80 Roy Rader

    Aww yeah, geeks unite.
    love the app.
    live near Detroit, fun

  • Mike

    fun app, and it WORKS!!
    when you first do a local scan for frquencies in your area, it will find a few…but re-scan again, and it will find more!
    I found it useful this morning already, while out on the highway, and traffic STOPPED…on a Saturday!
    I heard ALOT of chatter on the police and fire scanner, so I knew there was an accident ahead of me, and how far ahead it was!

  • EvanT
    • Evant

      Oh and if you send an invite to me, I can send one back to another email of yours and then you have more invites!

      • Michael_NM

        Did you get an invite? I've been waiting too…

    • Chris.Go

      Sent

    • Chris.Go

      Oh and it kinda sucks. Vonage for $14 a month is way better and has the same + better features unless your trying to ring all cell phones at the same time in a Family situation.

  • Mrpicolas

    might have to try this

  • Mrpicolas

    might have to try this