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Hi - are there any updates on the progress or timelines for the non-flash player? Thanks!

We've made good progress and we expect to be going into an early beta testing phase in the next few weeks. If all goes well with that, we expect to launch the new player and web site in spring 2018. As soon as we have more specific information, we will update the blog with all the details and a more accurate schedule.

Thanks for your patience! Nobody wants this to happen more than we do;-))

:: SHk

Sounds GREAT! Will I be able to use iHeart or Tunein so I can stream with Amazon Alexa?

Ed

Echoing Ed's question: HoS can be used with Alexa and Sonos, but there is a very small list of options. I would love to say, "Alexa, play program 504 from Hearts of Space". Any possibility of this?

Mark—a more full featured Alexa and Sonos integration is definitely possible and on our “roadmap”’— as soon as we get Version 4 launched.

:: SH

You can count me in for the beta, and that includes Sonos and Alexa when you’re ready. Really looking forward to a Sonos enhancement since that is how I listen most.

ASAP, Greg. We’re seeing good progress now after some slow issues.
:: SH

Exciting stuff Stephen! Looking forward to all of the developments and improvements. From climbing up a ladder in windstorms to try and point my FM antenna towards a listenable signal to today's hi-fidelity computer streaming, the technology sure has come light years forward! Thank you and your team for all of your hard work and dedication.

Thanks Tom. We are definitely excited about the new setup and trying to be patient while we get it perfect!
:: SH

Is there any news or update on this for us? It's been about a year since Stephen's last response in the comments.

I am particularly concerned about the web interface. I use the web player several times a week. But I don't see any updates or even a web site design refresh yet. Adobe ends Flash support in 2020 and we probably only have a year left until the music becomes unplayable, as I think by that time the browsers will stop supporting it as well.

Perhaps a new news post is needed to give us an update on all of this.

Thanks for asking about this, John. I have been remiss in keeping our listeners informed about what was happening with our update project, and I apologize for that.

The fact is that we’ve been working on it continuously for almost three years. Why so long? As we’ve discovered, software projects are inherently complex, and some (like ours) have a way of expanding in scope as you work on them. What started as a simple update to the player technology in the wake of Flash sunsetting turned into a from-the-ground-up rebuild of our website, our mobile apps, *and* the entire backend server and software infrastructure that they run on—a massive undertaking.

The good news is that the end is now in sight and we expect to launch the beta testing phase of the new set up within the next month. It will start with the website. We have already tested an alpha version with a new HTML5 player that feels like a sports car compared to ye olde Flash warhorse. The rest of the website is in the final stages of quality-control testing right now. So as a web application user you won’t have long to wait for the upgrade.

The next step will be a complete upgrade to the iOS app. Unlike the current generation mobile apps, it will have the full feature set of the website, a new native iOS player, and a much improved user interface. Once the iOS app is launched ( I can’t give you a time for this at the moment) we will introduce an interim upgrade for our Android users, so they don’t have to wait too long for a duplicate version of the iOS app. All of this will be running on the new backend server infrastructure on the Amazon cloud.

The main reason for the lack of information about the project has been the difficulty in setting accurate delivery dates and creating false expectations. As we have reliable information about the next steps, I will be posting all the details here. Thank you for your patience!

::SH

No love for Android? Strange...

Any chance of fixing the Android app? It won't start on Pixel 2 with either Android 9 or 10. Despite my primary intention being to listen on my phone, I subbed before I actually tried the app on my phone (figured if it was going to work on anything, it would be straight Android on a Pixel).

Chris, I’ve forwarded your comment to our help email address for response.

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