Managing your Aiir Mobile App
The Mobile App section in Aiir lets you manage your Aiir iOS and Android apps.
Registration with the Apple Developer Program is required to release an iOS application. Enrollment costs 99 USD per year, and stations should register for this directly with Apple.
You must register your company as an Organisation with Apple, rather than creating a personal developer account. This allows you to invite Aiir's Apple ID in to your account so we can perform app release tasks on your behalf without having to share a username/password.
When your app is submitted to Apple, either for the first time, or for an update, it enters a queued approval process. Apple will manually check over the app to ensure it meets their guidelines, and the app will not be available in the App Store until they have given their approval. This process can take up to 2 weeks, although it is normally completed in 7 days.
Apps need to be re-submitted to the App Store if the app icon or name needs to be changed, for which Aiir will charge an administration cost.
Clients should register their own Android developer account. There is a one time cost for Android developer accounts of $25.
As with Apple, once setup it is possible to invite Aiir's Google Play account in to the newly created team to perform app release tasks.
Unlike iOS, when an app is submitted to appear in the Google Play store, there is no approval process. Your app will be available for download within a couple of hours of submission.
Apps are most effective when the station is sending data from their playout system to Aiir.
The Mobile App section of Aiir allows various parts of the app to be changed, at any time.
To enable Analytics, you should register for a Google Analytics account, create a mobile app profile, and then copy and paste the profile ID into the settings box.
Great care should be taken when attempting to replace app logos. They must be in PNG format with a transparent background, so that the app's background colour can show through. They must also sit well on a dark background, the top bar of the app must use a bold colour.
The minimum requirement for an app is to provide a stream which sits in the 'High' setting. If this is all that is provided, the High stream will be used at all times.
If a 'Low' stream is also provided, it will be used by the app when it is more appropriate to use a lower quality stream.
On iOS, the low stream will be used whenever the device is on a cellular (non Wi-Fi) connection, as iOS is not capable of detecting the difference between 2G, 3G and 4G for this purpose.
On Android, the low stream will only be used on 2G and 3G, while the high stream will be used on 4G and Wi-Fi.
Supported stream formats include MP3, AAC and AAC+. AAC+ is considered the most cost effective as it is capable of producing a higher quality stream at a lower bitrate than MP3.
The navigation part of the apps can be edited at any time, and each item can be scheduled to appear and disappear.
You can add links to the mobile pages provided as part of the app, or any web page. You can also link to Call, SMS and Email pop-ups.
Divides can be used to separate the navigation and break it up into sections, with optional titles.
Each navigation item can have a subtitle, but the length of these is limited by the space available in the app.
We provide a set of suitable icons, although it is possible to add any icon you wish.
The home screen in our iOS and Android apps currently looks different. Android has a web browser which we point to our RadioFeed page, while iOS has what we call the "feed".
The feed on iOS has a square at the top which shows what is currently playing, and underneath there is a space which you can customise.
To add and manage sections in this space, go to the Mobile App section in Aiir, select your station, and then select the 'Feed' tab.
When you add an item to the feed, you'll see there's a "Source type" menu which gives you a few options. If you'd like to be able to link through to any content you don't see there, you'll need the Sectional option, but first you need to have created a sectional for this purpose over in the Sectionals app.
The apps are capable of switching between different stations, using a selection screen which can be added to the navigation. One station should be selected to 'host' this page, so there is only one copy of the page to maintain. All stations can then point to this single page.
There are various advertising opportunities in the apps.
Pre-Roll, banner, scheduled feed, and playout feed ads are all managed in the Advertising section of Aiir.