Getting Started with Futuri Mobile Apps

Congratulations on your choice to launch a station mobile app with Futuri!  This article will provide an overview of the initial app setup process and outline the steps you will take to help us build and customize and app that suits your station's brand.

Overview

The main tasks required before we can begin to set up your Futuri Mobile app are outlined below:

Once these steps have been completed, Futuri will build a test app for your review and approval. In the test phase, you'll work with your Partner Success onboarding specialist to review and customize the app to your liking.

Once approved by you, each app is submitted to both the Apple and Google Play stores.  Apple and Google review can take up to 7 to 10 business days, but once your app passes that stage, it will be live for your listeners to download!

If desired, Futuri can provide you with a sharing link that you can use to advertise your app and it will direct each listener to the appropriate app store for their phone automatically.  Just ask your Partner Success Manager or VIP Support to have it set up.

Asset Submission

To create your uniquely-branded app, we will need information about your station, logos, content feeds, and other preferences.  Just follow these steps to submit the necessary information:

1. Log in to the Futuri Control Room using the credentials provided to you by your Partner Success Manager.  Google Chrome is the preferred browser for Control Room.

2. Navigate to the Initial App Setup Form via the link on the left side of the page.

3. Next, fill in all the required fields and upload the necessary images.  You can fill in the form in stages and click the save button at the bottom to store your progress.  An overview of the form sections is provided below and specific image dimensions and transparency requirements are listed on the form itself.

Setup Form SectionDetails
Existing Apps If you have an existing app for either Android or iPhone, we strongly advise you to upgrade your existing app(s) to Futuri Mobile to avoid splitting your audience and potentially causing listener confusion. We can transfer the existing app to your current iOS / Google Play developer account if necessary, although the assistance of your original app developers may be required.  See more on transferring apps below.
App Settings These include the app's name (both in the store and on the device itself), its app store description and keywords, some basic color customization, and the raw URLs of your stream. If you have an existing app that we'll need to upgrade, we'll need its iOS App ID and Android App ID.  A representation letter is also recommended to help illustrate ownership of the station by its parent company to Apple 
Logos and Splash ScreensThese are all of the logos used throughout the app and the various app stores. Dimensions and transparency requirements are listed in the form. For more information about the art assets in your Futuri Mobile app, click here.
App Features In this section, you can configure individual Futuri Mobile features, such as the Weather, Open Mic, Station Phone/Website buttons. You can always edit these features later.

4. Once you have completed the entire form, click the save button at the bottom of the screen.  

5. Then, a blue "Submit to Futuri" button will appear at the top of the page. Click this to send your assets to Futuri VIP Support and we will begin the build process of your app.  

Note: Futuri will not be notified that you have completed the intial app setup form and no action will be taken to build your app until you click Submit to Futuri.

App Store Developer Account Setup

To publish apps, you will need Apple and Google Play Developer Accounts under your organization's name. If you have multiple stations under the same owner, those stations can share a developer account.  

Refer to the instructions below to set up your new accounts, grant access to Futuri on your accounts, transfer ownership of apps, if necessary and submit your CarPlay and Android Auto entitlements.

Create New App Store Accounts

Please follow the links below for help setting up developer accounts with Apple and Google:

Invite Futuri to Your Accounts

With both app stores, you must add Futuri as an authorized user on your account. Invite futurimobile@gmail.com as an admin for each before we can build and maintain your apps.

Adding a User to App Store Connect

  1. Log into your account at https://appstoreconnect.apple.com/login.
  2. Navigate to "Users and Access".
  3. Click the blue plus sign to add a new user.                 
  4. Add Futuri Mobile, futurimobile@gmail.com as an Admin user.  Provide access to All Apps and make sure the box under Developer Resources remains checked.
  5. Click "Invite".
  6. It is helpful if you can let your Partner Success Manager and vipsupport@futurimedia.com know when you have completed this step.

Adding a User to Google Play

  1. As the account owner or admin, log into your Google Play Console at https://play.google.com/apps/publish/.
  2. Click Settings > Users & permissions.
  3. Select Invite new user and follow the onscreen instructions. 
  4. Add Futuri Mobile, futurimobile@gmail.com as an Admin user, and provide access to All Apps.
  5. Click Send Invitation.
  6. It is helpful if you can let your Partner Success Manager and vipsupport@futurimedia.com know when you have completed this step.

Transferring App Ownership (If Needed)

If you need to transfer ownership from an old account to a new one for some reason (i.e. from your old developer's account to your own account), you can use these instructions:

IMPORTANT NOTE:  If you're transferring an Android app from a previous developer, we will need the private signing key and keystore password for that app. Your previous app developer should be able to provide this information.
Please provide confirmation of access and any needed information for app transfers to your Partner Success Manager and vipsupport@futurimedia.com.

CarPlay and Android Auto Agreements

Futuri mobile apps support both CarPlay and Android Auto for integration with many in-car displays.  Follow the directions below to fulfill the required terms and conditions for both systems.

Requesting Apple CarPlay Entitlement

Accepting Android Auto Terms & Conditions

NOTE: For newly created apps, these steps will be completed after the app is created in your developer accounts, but must be finshed before your final app can be built.  

Now Playing Setup

In order to display Now Playing metadata in your app, we will need to set up a Now Playing export from your station's automation system to Futuri. As part of this process, we will also set up our Echo software, which will allow Futuri to see your daily schedule and proactively send Instant Alerts to listeners who have requested them.

Instructions specific to automation systems can be found here and your engineer should make an appointment with Futuri VIP Support to walk through these steps.


If you have any questions along the way, your Futuri Partner Success Manager will be able to guide you through the onboarding process and your VIP Support Team is here to help. 


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