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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!

  • iOS Today Extension Demo of RADYO

    Posted on October 29th, 2014 Cahit Crcioglu No comments

  • RADYO left Spotify and TuneIn behind

    Posted on September 7th, 2014 Cahit Crcioglu No comments

    The ugly duckling did it again. RADYO became the most preferred radio application on Android (Google Play Store) leaving Spotify, TuneIn and others behind in Turkey.

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  • New generation RADYO is now available on iPhone too!

    Posted on August 19th, 2014 Cahit Crcioglu No comments

    RADYO is now a universal application (which means, an optimized single application that works both on iPad and iPhone beautifully) with version 1.1 update. It was initially named “RADYO for iPad” where it was replaced with “RADYO for iOS” with version 1.1. RADYO now tracks unlimited number of stations all around the world. “Big Data” for great music!

    http://itunes.apple.com/app/id652144352?mt=8

  • 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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  • Google said: Functionality is irrelevant for getting apps featured on Play Store

    Posted on May 30th, 2014 Cahit Crcioglu No comments

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    Yesterday, Google officially told in Istanbul, Turkey: Functionality is irrelevant while determining featured apps for a country. UI is everything for an app to get featured. Only apps with the perfect graphics or the app that was somehow partnered with Google will be selected. It is said that only 1 single Turkish app was selected by Google. Google says that they have to fill the screen with apps featured in USA if there are no cool looking apps in Turkey or in any other country.

    This idea breaks competition between apps and demotivates developers. It is also just a show-off of Google employees.

    As a side note: Microsoft and Apple do this localization of application store contents in a better way. Microsoft > Apple > Google

    Google may be right. But as a user on and a developer on all these platforms, I do want to see local content. I care less about apps mainly created for other regions of the world. I would prefer badly designed local content than perfectly designed foreign content.

    Assume that Google is perfectly right about what they are doing. In that case it is obvious that there is a common and a big problem related to UI guidelines or how they get interpreted by designers and developers; as only 1 single app was designed ‘that good’ from all of those applications, developers and companies. When compared with Apple and Microsoft, almost all of the apps are from the local region.

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  • Why RADYO is not named RADIO?

    Posted on May 22nd, 2014 Cahit Crcioglu No comments

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    This is a frequently asked question related to my product RADYO. Most of the people who ask this question are either software developers or they work in a company which includes a software department.

    This post is far short than you can imagine.

    CONSUMER PRODUCTS

    Here are the answers:

    • Every product may be an application but not every application be a product.
    • A product’s name, under normal circumstances, cannot be internationalized. (There are exceptions to this like “Coca-Cola” (not the company, the bottle) is renamed to “Koka-Kola” in Turkey for a limited or unknown duration.)
    • Why the Turkey originated jean company “Mavi” is not selling as “Blue” in USA?
    • Why Facebook is not named “Yuzkitabi” in Turkey?

    Ask your self about what is the difference between an application that is not a product and an application that is also product. You may still think that every single application is indeed a product, please let me know about your theory and share me the details of why every single application is exactly similar to a bottle of Coke, a jean, a car.

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  • Answered: Why Windows Store media applications fail on some Windows 8 devices?

    Posted on May 10th, 2013 Cahit Crcioglu No comments

    If you have purchased your computer with Windows 8 already installed on it and if it is a really new computer (not just a batch with operating system replaced), you may never ask a question like this.

    Problem: Applications those supposed to show video/audio, can’t show video/audio ; It may stay at “buffering” state forever, either internally or exposing this status to user visually too.

    Discovery: I have found this problem, it’s visible reason and it’s visible solution while my application was being released as one of the first Windows 8 applications. I have received numerous messages through the contact form of my application and Windows Store reviews related to this problem. After some investigation i saw similar messages on other media-related applications too and when i tried those applications i saw the same problem really do exist on them too. So it was not a problem caused by my application.

    Reason: You (or manufacturer) have probably installed non-Microsoft made display driver. Eventhough the relation between a display card driver and an audio application may not make sense, relation really goes down to Display driver-Microsoft Media infrastructure level.

    Affected products: Any Windows 8 device with an old display adapter (WDDM 1.x) operating with NON-Microsoft display driver. (certified or not)

    Official solutions: None yet. That may be possible, though it has still not been fixed since the beta versions. I have informed both Microsoft (face-to-face, MSDN forums and email) and display card manufacturers (email, forums): They couldn’t solve this issue or they don’t solve this issue and/or they won’t solve this issue. This issue MAY never be solved as i started to think that this is a low-level decision made by Microsoft. I never received information related to this situation, it may be being kept as a secret because of technical or marketing reasons.

    Solution: Telling you to buy a new computer is not a solution but an alternative. You can fix this problem with only uninstalling your custom display driver. If you have installed many custom-display drivers (certified or not) uninstalling once may not fix the issue as you have to revert your display driver to Microsoft’s default display driver (Windows Display Driver Model 1.x)

     

  • Windows Phone 8 RADYO is out!

    Posted on February 27th, 2013 Cahit Crcioglu 3 comments

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    Windows Phone 8 version of RADYO is now available for download with zero price tag!

    Some of the features of the first version are as follows:

    RADYO is a comprehensive global radio entertainment application which lets you listen to various music stations all over the world.

    RADYO project has been active since 2009 with your sincere support and it has inspired many music applications during it’s development. Again, as we hope, with your help we will keep listening to radio with RADYO in the year 2013 too!

    We all love music! Different style, different life, the same feeling!

    • Customizable application home screen. Home screen will also be automatically arranged to make it easier for you to reach your favorite music!
    • Record your favorite stations to playback whenever you want!
    • Automatic Station Scanning. RADYO can change stations automatically until you like a station!
    • Listening History. You are looking for the song you’ve just listened? You can see what you have listened recently, find them on Youtube or Bing/Google with one click!
    • Multi-format support. RADYO supports nearly all popular streaming servers. You can listen to streams of Windows Media Servers, ShoutCAST, IceCAST and direct file.
    • Playlist file support. You can open .pls, .m3u, .m3u8, .asx,.. extensions.
    • radyo:// url protocol. RADYO supports it’s own url mechanism that lets listeners easily share stations between them.
    • Multi-Language and Multi-Region support! RADYO immediately localizes itself according to the current country and language.
    • Song – Artist images. RADYO will automatically show currently playing song’s or artist’s images!
    • Automatic station-list updating service.
    • Most listened stations
    • Auto-play last station
    • Favorite list
    • Sharing features (Between applications and Twitter – Facebook support)
    • Dynamic categorization and search system. Immediately filter out station list even in your custom lists or favorites list!
    • In-App contact form
  • Your phone needs a cheerful ringtone

    Posted on December 5th, 2011 Cahit Crcioglu No comments

    There are so many ringtones designer application to count.

    So we really wouldn’t need “yet another ringtone designer”. Correct.

    Ringabella is out and available worldwide!

    Ringabella is an advanced yet easy ringtone designer which does not freeze or crash. It also lets you easily and precisely define both fade and in-out points.

    More about Ringabella and it’s lovely features can be seen at www.ringabella.com