Over the past year we’ve noticed a very important increase in mobile browser users, specifically on the Android platform. We thought, how could we cater to these users? While obviously an Android app would probably do the trick, the truth is that given how mobile has evolved – and is evolving – then it might be simpler for us and for users to be able to interact with a mobile-friendly version of our site.
So, we started experimenting.
One interesting fact is that many of our mobile users tune in via the radio station profiles, so we decided to start there and adapt these pages for the Android browser. Additionally, we included a mobile search box as well as a list of “Featured Radios”, since not all the stations can be played through the Android browser. Unfortunately, only stations with MP3 stream can be played for now, but we’re hoping that will change in the future.
As for the technical details, if you’re interested, the whole front-end was developed using JQuery Mobile. This is a powerful framework that will make it easy to export the User Interface to other platforms such as iOS, Blackberry, Nokia… you can see the complete list here.
Hope you enjoy our first very small step in mobile and do expect new announcements soon!