OUR APPLE APP TERMINATES 31ST DECEMBER 2018
Unfortunately the company who've supplied our one and only iOS [and originally our Android] app have decided it's no longer worth the hassles dealing with Apple or Google and having to produce updates that meet the standards with the various issues created by countless iOS and Android software updates. We're seeing this trend across many server providers who had originally offered app services. Looking at replacing the app has really led us to a decision that we no longer need to have a dedicated app in the Apple or Google stores. The only people who want our app are already OCEAN RADIO CHILLED listeners and access our services via the internet. We've soldiered on over the past year or so aware that aspects of our iOS app were no longer working and that the company had no intention of doing any further updates so function was falling behind in any case. Our 2nd Android app hasn't been updated in years and it was clear having an app built was going to be unnecessarily expensive.
Our website is optimised for mobile browsing though the only page that's currently specifically edited for mobile browsing is the home page because that's where most mobile users are likely to stay in order to access the player and track listings.
We've spent some time altering the mobile site so that the home page is uncluttered and easy to access. The benefits going forward are that this allows us total control and any website updates will be automatically added to the app.
Admittedly this is not as simplistic/pretty as our current iOS app but it's not a huge lot different in terms of essential functions and if anything it's better as you get 100 past track listings with the Amazon and iTune links on each track which the iOS app no longer has. So, this solves our long term issues with these developer apps over which we've never had any control, and, as such ,we're happy to go with this as it will never become outdated.
Some of you will already be aware of how easy it is to create an app from a website [essentially a shortcut]. For those who are not aware we're going to give you the easy steps you'll need in order to create your own OCEAN RADIO CHILLED app no matter whether you use Android or iOS. So, if you want to continue listening to our music on the go and you don't want the ads you get on, say, TuneIn, you can create this short cut and apart from the appearance the functions are virtually the same as our bespoke iOS and Android apps. Check it out and you'll be amazed how easy it is to do! You can also do this for iPads and other pads but in our experience it brings up the actual website instead of the mobile one. Still at least it does it faster than having to type in the website each time.
These images are taken from a YouTube tutorial on an iPhone but the steps are the same using Android.
From your mobile phone go to
When on the website look at the bottom of the screen for this upload sign and click on it
Once it's uploaded you should see this or similar list of options - you want to click on - ADD TO HOME SCREEN
NOW SCROLL TO THE END OF YOUR LIST OF APPS AND YOU SHOULD SEE THE OCEAN RADIO CHILLED ICON.
Click on that and it should now open the mobile version of our website with the player and track list - click on the player and you should be hearing the stream. You can access the rest of the website from the menu at the top right.