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We’ve been quietly working away on many things during the first few months of the year and wanted to share with you one of our projects: Simple Radio for Android Auto. The connected car is part of a future that is quickly coming to the present, and at Streema we want to be a part of it.

We’re proud to announce that we were selected as launch partners at Google’s Android Auto event last week in São Paulo, Brazil, where Google announced that Android Auto was coming to the South American country in April. Local media picked it up and we can say we’re very excited to contribute to create a more connected (car) world.

Here are some screenshots of the Portuguese language version of Simple Radio for Android Auto:

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Simple Radio - Android Auto

Thank you Google for selecting us as launch partners and thanks to our team for building such an amazing app! :)

Stay tuned for more developments coming up.

The Streema Team

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Before the year came to an end, we wanted to take a little time with you to celebrate some of our milestones in this amazing 2015. :)

In particular, it has been an important year for us in mobile. We launched Simple Radio for Android in January and Simple Radio for Apple Watch in April. We also added Chromecast Support, to the delight of many of our users.

We wanted to make a special mention about our Android app: in less than 12 months we reached 1 million Monthly Active Users on that platform and its success led us to be featured on Google Play.

And finally, we have also been listening to you and working very hard to improve our product, a result of which is that Simple Radio now has a 4.4 rating out of 5 on Android and 4.5 over 5 on iOS.

We have big plans for 2016, so stay tuned.

Have a great holiday season. :)

The Streema Team

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As you may have noticed, we’ve been very quiet at Streema - no big news announcements nor blog posts over the past few months. The truth is that it’s been a busy time here. We’ve been quietly working on a few different things, the most important being listening to your feedback and improving our Simple Radio application.

Well, we can say that the work is paying off: even though we launched Simple Radio less than a year ago - 11 months ago on October 27, 2014 to be exact - we’re proud to say that we recently hit the 1M MAU milestone. Even more importantly, those are happy users that have sent us thousands of happy messages as well as given us a 4.5 average rating across mobile platforms, making us one of the highest rated radio apps out there.

We’re still hard at work, since the work is never finished, but wanted to take a moment to share the good news. 

Thanks again for being part of our story. :)

The Streema Team

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obsession - (noun) (ob*ses*sion)- a state in which someone thinks about something constantly or frequently.


People are so passionate about certain aspects of their life that they become obsessed. Sports fans with their teams. Parents with their kids. Dog owners with their dogs. At Streema, our obsession is solving people’s problems with simple products to make their lives better. That’s why we’re proud to announce that we’re launching Simple Radio for Apple Watch.

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Simple Radio on Apple Watch gives simplicity a whole new meaning. It’s another opportunity for us to improve the lives of radio listeners around the world. To deliver on our promise, we’ve created the app so that no user needs to spend longer than 5 seconds to access the station they want. We’ve made critical design decisions to minimize friction based on the limited screen real estate. Here are the the features we’ve decided to include in Simple Radio for Apple Watch:

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We have to make great products in order to solve our customers’ problems. Great products require attention to detail. You have to be extremely passionate to be this meticulous. You need to be obsessed. Luckily for our customers, our obsession only makes their lives easier. Our obsession makes life simpler.

 

Questions or comments? Email us at simple@streema.com

Read more on our press release!

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A few months ago we launched Simple Radio for iOS and we are happy to say that the response from our users has been fantastic. Our app recently reached 500,000 installs with an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars in the App Store. All thanks to your support!

But today’s post isn’t about iOS, it’s about the other great mobile platform that our users love. We’re happy to welcome Simple Radio for Android!

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As with its iOS cousin, Simple Radio for Android is free and super easy to use. You’ll be able to get to your favorite stations blazingly fast and listen to them without any interruptions.

The official press release can be found here.

We really hope you will enjoy it - we’re excited to get your comments and feedback at simple at streema.com!

Stay Tuned,

The Streema Team

PS. We’re just getting started with the Simple Radio experience! More coming soon... :)

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2014 has been an exciting year at Streema. It flew by really fast and, before it ends, we wanted to share some of the highlights that made this year so special for us.

Simple Radio Launch: Probably our most important announcement was the Simple Radio launch, only in iOS for now. Android users, don’t despair, great news coming very very soon!

FIFA World Cup: We covered the 2014 World Cup with more than 10 blog posts and a customized event microsite, all of which generated some interesting results.

Streema.com Redesign: We started redesigning our entire site early this year, and one of the most challenging parts were the radio station profiles - in case you’re interested, here was the method behind the scenes.

Infographics: We also started developing infographics, to add a little quantitative research as well as color to our blog. Additionally, the first infographic we did for the World Cup was shared a lot around the web. So far we’ve done 4, and there are more coming. :)

Experiments: There were also projects we developed and experiments that we carried out, such as the map showing the location of radio listeners around the world.

And of course, there were also some initiatives we started a while ago but we didn’t announce until this year, such as “Everyone does Customer Support” and “Streema in Multiple Languages”.

Hope you’ve enjoyed the read.

Happy holidays and see you in 2015!

The Streema Team

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Have you ever wondered how the World Map would looks like if we were able to see which radio station is listened in any place? Now you can do that!

Which radio stations would people walking along the Central Park be listening to? And which ones at Abbey Road 3, St. John's Wood, London? And what about your very own neighbourhood?

Maybe you can remember some developments displaying the most listened artists in every US state according to Spotify, simultaneous listening worldwide or even a less known but very interesting work by Andrew Filer who mapped the reach of public radio stations in the United Stations, based on data from Wikipedia and the stations search from the Federal Communications Commission.

But what about the Radio Stations audience around the world? Well, this is what it looks like when the Listeners in Streema’s Platform (Streema.com & Simple Radio App for iOS):

World Online Radio Listeners

You can zoom in and out, and see a detail about what radio station is listening each user in real time:

New York World Online Radio Listeners

How we built it?

In order to develop this map, we've employed a few tools and services. In first place, we used Mapbox, whose Javascript Open Source Library allows you to create beautiful interactive maps and data visualizations and integrate them to your website in minutes. Mapbox also has a customizable map layer of streets, buildings and places around the World, known as Mapbox Streets, powered by open data from OpenStreetMap.

In addition, Mapbox also provides an easy way to add some really useful Leaflet plugins to add some awesome features and interactions. By instance, markers clustering is done using Leaflet.markercluster, and the zoom slider widget it's here thanks to Leaflet.zoomslider.

Behind the scenes

So far, this is what you see. But how do we make everything work behind the scenes? Here at Streema, we have a set of services and applications, and between them we have Streema’s website and Simple Radio App for iOS.

Both applications keep track of several user actions and general metrics using an internal tracking tool which sends that information to a central service. By instance, we track every radio station played by every user. This central service also provides an interface to all our applications for listening to a subset of that actions and metrics. This way, we've been able to build a pretty simple application (using Tornado, a python framework and asynchronous networking library), that listens to every radio-played event and sends that information (using a websocket connection) to each visitor who’s seeing this map.

The simplicity of the application wouldn’t have been possible without the help from Maxmind whose geoip2 library gives us the power to localize each user; without the help from Heroku to get up and running quickly a production website; and NewRelic for keeping it constantly monitored and trace all the errors.

So, go and take a look at who's near you and what radio station are they listening to. :D

Stay tuned!

The Streema Team

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Learn or improve your Spanish skills with Radio! And check out these other fun ways too!

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 Master your Spanish speaking skills in 10 ultimate steps

1) Register in duolingo.com and download the app
2) Level Up in Duolingo!
3) Watch TV/Movies in Spanish with Subtitles on Netflix or Mexican TV with Streema.com
4) Install the Dictionary.com app, available for Android and iOS. Learn a new word every day
5) Join a MeetUp in your city and have live conversations spanish.meetup.com
Try Japaños!
6) Learn slang listening to radio with Streema.com/radios/genre/Spanish
Have a Taco!
7) Learn about "Lucha Libre"
8) Practice video calling real people with Verbling.com
9) Travel to Mexico
Have a Tequila shot
10) Date a Spanish-speaking person ;)

Stay tuned!

The Streema Team

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Hi!

Last week we said there was something new coming at Streema. After several months of hard work, we are proud to announce our new iPhone application: Simple Radio.

At Streema, we’ve been wanting to develop a mobile application for a long time. Additionally, it was the #1 most popular request we got from our users over the past few years. Finally, this year we made it happen!

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When you first launch Simple Radio, you’ll notice that it’s super easy to use, comes with just the essentials and has a beautiful design. We wanted to create a pure radio experience, removing everything that could get in the way of you and your favorite radio stations. Just go to the App Store, install Simple Radio (it’s free!) and experience it for yourself. Once you have tried it, we would love to hear what you think of it: you can always email us at simple at streema.com.Also, if you want to make us really happy, go ahead and tweet about the launch and use the following link ( http://bit.ly/simpleradioapp ) to help drive others to download for free and enjoy.

The official press release can be found here.

Believe us when we say that this is a very exciting time for our company! Really looking forward to the world finding out about Simple Radio over the next few weeks. :)

Stay tuned!

The Streema Team

PS: Android users, we love you too! We are working on an Android version to be shipped soon, so stay tuned for more news in the coming months!

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Hi!

We’re writing today because we wanted to give you a heads up that next week we’ll be announcing something new at Streema. It’s something that we’ve been wanting to do for a long time, but it was not until this year that we felt we could work on it.

We can’t say more right now, but soon you’ll find out - and we know many of you Streema users will be happy about it. :)

Stay tuned!

The Streema Team

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