When Tesco jump enthusiastically into something, you know it’s gone mainstream. They’re apparently selling 7-inch Android tablets at £119 from next week.
As far as we can tell, people in the UK currently do between 10-15% of their web browsing on tablets. And when they are using their tablets, they tend to linger longer on them, than they do on their PCs or phones.
In many ways, tablets make perfect radios. They’re usually on good wi-fi connections in the home, where people have time to listen. They have great colour screens, most have decent speakers, and they’re increasingly linked with hi-fi systems. And many of the other things people do on tablets (Facebook, music listening) can help us recommend radio to them.
So, having kicked off with desktop Radioplayer in 2011, and moved on to our smartphone app in 2012, 6 months ago we challenged ourselves to build a brilliant tablet radio app. An ambitious aim – but there were plenty of average radio apps out there already, and there was no point in adding another.
Today we launch that Tablet Radioplayer, and we’re very proud of what we’ve achieved.
* We wanted to show off the amazing breadth and depth of UK Radio, so we created a ‘dynamic dashboard’ of stuff to listen to.
* We wanted to give each listener a joyful moment of discovery, so we built a new recommendation engine powered by, among other things, Facebook ‘likes’.
* And for the first time ever, you can now save programmes as Favourites, as well as stations. When people see this, they’re amazed. Some have called it a ‘Sky Plus for Radio’.
We built all these features, and more, into a beautiful, simple design. If you have an iPad or an Android tablet, please try it. If you like it, leave a nice review, so others will find it too. We rely on your word-of-mouth support, as we’re a small non-profit organisation.
This is the iPad version (also works on iPhones).
This is the Android Tablet version (there’s a separate Android app for smartphones).
And this is a short video tour of the new features.
Thanks to: Codegent for the design, All In Media for the build, Unique Interactive for the clever bits at the back-end, and Leo Andrews for project-managing it all. We’re also very grateful to our partner and member stations for their continued support – and most of all, to our listeners.