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Scanner Radio for Android

By Gordon Edwards Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Sep 9, 2014

Scanner Radio provides up-to-date coverage of various public radio frequencies, giving you the ability to monitor live events as they unfold. This application's massive inventory of scanners and helpful features makes it the market leader. Aside from performance issues, it will leave you satisfied.


Variety of scanners: Scanner Radio provides you with nearby frequencies as well as the top most active scanners nationwide, so you will always be able to find interesting content. Aside from emergency services, we noted that this application also gives you access to other sources like distribution services.

Alert options: Fully integrated with Broadcastify, this application notifies you when important events can be heard, such as building fires and manhunts. Additionally, you can set custom alerts to notify you when a certain number of listeners are tuned into a specific scanner.

Helpful tools: A ton of tools, such as sound equalization, are available with this program and enhance your experience. One of Scanner Radio's best features is the code and signal guide, informing you on how to interpret what dispatchers and others are saying. The area map tool is also great for understanding where events are unfolding.


Slow processing: We were disappointed with the slow performance sometimes given by Scanner Radio. This program was not responsive and took nearly five seconds to load new windows. Scanner Radio also crashed once during our tests.

Bottom Line

Once you get passed the sluggish feel of this program, you'll find Scanner Radio to be one of the best monitoring applications on the market. Those in the emergency service field, as well as interested individuals, will enjoy Scanner Radio.

Full Specifications

What's new in version


Release May 22, 2014
Date Added May 22, 2014

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Android
Additional Requirements None


Total Downloads 667
Downloads Last Week 1
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Developer's Description

Listen to live audio from over 4,100 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.

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