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  • Location Based Music Discovery comes to Android

    Posted on February 10th, 2015 Cahit Crcioglu No comments

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    After the next generation iOS version of RADYO, Android version is updated today to include first steps of RADYO’s Location Based Music Discovery service. Currently playing stations and songs, most popular artists and songs can be seen according to the location. Next favorite but known station is just one touch away!

  • Why some applications can never get featured on Google Play Store?

    Posted on May 30th, 2014 Cahit Crcioglu No comments

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    Employees who are responsible for selecting and/or approving candidates for featured apps for store regions has no context-related experience or imagination. They also are under pressure of heavily invested companies which causes them to ignore exactly the same UI design.

    A real example without comments:
    They expect the play and the pause buttons to be located at the top right of the screen for a multimedia player application and they say that putting those buttons at he lower center of the screen prevents app from being featured. The app I am writing about is heavily internationalized and localized.

    On the other hand, a competitor app which has a big team, got heavily funded and which is not localized and internationalized enough, is chosen for a region that it is not even that popular. This competitor app, by the way, has the exact UI design and uses the same location for the same features.

    Proven by the facts, head of Play Store does not care about the real quality or the trends, behaviours of the users of the related store region. I have learned all of these by chatting face to face.

    It really seems like all these selections on Google Play Store are mostly political, strategical (based on USA partnerships).

    If the head says these, it’s basically over.

    He said getting 1 million downloads for my new app is surprising and he said I should be happy enough by still getting 1 million downloads while the competitor is GLOBALLY shown as featured on all store regions. I proved that with features, ratings, stability and the quality of the main functionality, my application beats the competitor but I was just ignored by a huge smile as I am fighting with a company which has a logo in their official presentations and which is a USA based company.

    Kind Regards to the head.. My app has been beating the competitor app since the beginning and getting featured by Apple and Microsoft.

    How you look at developers (face to face too) is not elegant. (I saw it wasn’t just me) This may not cause you to loose many apps, but this is going to make you loose respect and respect is everything. I hope this fact makes sense for you too.

    I can’t write enough about this…

    Yes my apps are never going to have chance for being featured from now on. Believe it or not I do not care it anymore and I am never going to put play and pause button at the top-right of the screen while all other mediaplayers are (even those created directly by Google) centering those buttons at the lower part of the screen. To talk about UI guidelines, you really have to experience it for different contexts. This seems a very big problem for regions out of USA, for developers in USA those of whom work hard to bring incredible work to compete in store without getting any investment.

    Learn with Google, Istanbul, Turkey.

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  • a far cry from radio

    Posted on March 25th, 2014 Cahit Crcioglu No comments