You’re right @LLK, this is merely to prepare for approval and allow for public testing - which just means anyone with the TestFlight app can take it for a test drive. Don’t worry @auggod, I am not submitting this to the App Store for public download! It seems that the same review process that allows us conduct external testing via TestFlight (e.g you can test on TestFlight without privately sending me your full name and email) also allows for submission to the App Store, so this is pretty intrinsic to the preparation process of checking all the boxes and ensuring the app meets everyone’s requirements and is ready to go.
Again, this is just a quick little thing I got together just to tide us over (since it seems people keep asking for it). It’s very limited. However, it may (once we have other things together) be enough to satisfy an alpha stage (referring to this as even a beta would be far too generous in my opinion) and show we mean business, and allow us more time to provide full built-out native apps for both Android and iOS. Bugs users experience using this app should, in theory, be limited to bugs a user would experience when using https://stream.resonate.coop in the default browser on their phone.
I completely understand (and agree) that the difference between creating a browser shortcut to our webpage and this app are, from a tech standpoint, basically indiscernible. However, given the current tech culture and the majority of folks’ knowledge/thought regarding these concepts, this tech does exist to easily bridge this gap.
Again, I have a lot of trust in @auggod’s knowledge and knowhow regarding Resonate’s ecosystem/infrastructure. I wouldn’t want to release this publicly if it wasn’t the right time or wouldn’t help Resonate grow and thrive. It may be that this is not an advisable route to take, and if that’s the case I assure you I fully accept that potentiality.
In the time of writing this, our amended build
1.0.1, was accepted by Apple, and should now be available for External Testing on TestFlight here: Join the Resonate Co-op beta - TestFlight - Apple (if that’s okay with everyone that is). For now, fear not, the
Availability is currently set to
Remove from sale so it won’t be showing up in the App Store.
Testing it now - tracks sometimes load slow and sometimes load fast. Tracks do naturally continue to the next track on the album and even while the app is in the background. One current limitation is the status bar: it’s a white bar at the top (my phone is in dark mode so presumably the time and the other information presented is also white so it’s just white text on a white bar. Could disable it completely by setting this prop to
true, but newer iPhone users with the status bar surrounding their camera would probably still have a white bar by their camera (at least that’s how it tests in the simulator, I don’t have one of those new phones to test that on actual hardware).