NextRadio screenshotEarlier today, Sprint announced the availability of a new FM radio app, exclusively for the HTC EVO 4G LTE and HTC One on Sprint, with more devices coming soon. NextRadio seeks to enhance the already-existing FM radio experience on these devices by making it more interactive, while continuing to deliver the same battery savings versus other apps that rely on streaming data over 3G, 4G, or WiFi: like the existing HTC radio app, a headset or speaker wire plugged into the 3.5mm stereo audio jack is required and serves as the antenna for the FM radio chip in the phone.

NextRadio offers these new features for users:

  • Browse stations in their local area by genre or frequency, set favorites, view recently played stations or use a traditional tuner interface
  • Call or text the radio shows they love, providing the ability to send instant feedback to the station whenever and virtually wherever they are listening
  • Watch music and talk come to life with album art, station logos, song and show details, and instant actions like sharing or purchasing songs right from their phone

Once a headset is plugged in, users will be able to easily find a radio station from the NextRadio onscreen guide, which is divided by music genre, or by selecting the station dial position. The NextRadio app also includes radio station logos, slogans, and programming descriptions.

This app had been in the planning stages since the beginning of this year, so it’s good to see that it is finally ready for release. Users can download the app directly from Google Play below, as long as your device is compatible.

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Download: Google Play

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