I’ve blogged a couple of times about Radioplayer, so I was very excited to be working with Mike and Leo again.
Radioplayer launched their desktop app in 2011, followed by their mobile apps last summer. So the next step was of course tablets.
As far as we can tell, people in the UK currently do between 10-15% of their web browsing on tablets. And when they are using their tablets, they tend to linger longer on them, than they do on their PCs or phones. [Source: Radioplayer]
The new apps, for Android and iOS, are all about discovering new stations and getting more from the stations you choose to listen to.
The main highlights are an enlarged station view, columns for all the stations to pick and a supercharged search function.
My job throughout the project was to test the app and ensure that it met the client’s expectations. I even managed the project from our end for a week whilst my boss was away! So after many hours going through a 100+ point test list, the apps are ready to use.
Mike Hill, MD of UK Radioplayer Ltd, has done a short demonstration of the new iPad layout.
And if you feel it’s good enough to shout about, why not give it a review in the relevant app stores.
I am very proud to have been part of the team that has brought this app to life and hopefully everyone will appreciate and love what we’ve done.
Reviews & Features
Since the app’s official launch on Wednesday 25th September, The Guardian put the app in their “20 best Android (iPhone and iPad) apps this week” articles! We were even above FIFA 14 in the iOS list! Check them out: iPhone & iPad – Android
James Cridland, of MediaUK and one of the pre-release testers, wrote a review of the app on his blog: http://www.mediauk.com/article/34460/the-uk-radioplayer-tablet-app
James also spoke to Mike Hill about the mechanics behind the recommendations engine: http://www.mediauk.com/article/34461/under-the-hood-with-the-uk-radioplayer-tablet-app
On Tuesday 1st October, Lucy Hedges gave her review of the Radioplayer app on Lauren Laverne’s BBC 6Music show.
These comments are those of me (Oliver Needham) and not those of my employer, nor the client.