Managing your Aiir Mobile App

The Mobile App section in Aiir lets you manage your Aiir iOS and Android apps.

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iOS

Developer Account

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.

App Submission

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.

Android

Developer Account

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.

App Submission

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. 

Now Playing Data

Apps are most effective when the station is sending  data from their playout system to Aiir.

Settings

The Mobile App section of Aiir allows various parts of the app to be changed, at any time. 

Analytics

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. 

Logos

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. 

Streams

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. 

Navigation

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. 

Adding content to the home screen

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.

Station Select

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. 

Advertising

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.