Queppelin Technologies, a Jaipur based mobile business solutions provider, has launched a new app dedicated to Indian rock music, which it calls Zephyr-The Indian rock music hub. The app is being demonstrated by Oracle Corporation at the MWC 2011, since it is based on the company’s Java platform.
Zephyr lets users stream and play songs and make playlists, in addition to updating their Facebook friends about the music they are listening to, making it social. According to the company, more than 20% of their app downloads come from Facebook newsfeed virals.
The app features music from Indian rock bands like Parikrama, MotherJane, Thermal And a Quaerter, Inner Sanctum, Five8 and Days of Perversion, among others. Queppelin says that they are also signing up European rock bands to increase the app’s collection of music. Zephyr comes with fairly basic functionality and one can browse through artists and choose to play songs or add them to playlists. The now playing interface comes with Play/Pause, Stop, Next and Previous buttons, in addition to volume control and a Share via Facebook button.
Trying Out Zephyr: Rendering And Streaming Issues
We tried using the app on Nokia X3-02 and Nokia E72 on a Wifi connection. While the app was able to stream music on the Nokia X3-02, the interface did not render correctly on the screen and, text and buttons did not display properly. On the Nokia E72, we were not able to stream music, even though the application interface rendered properly.
Although, Java makes the app accessible to a large number of devices, the interface should be made to adapt to different screen sizes. Sharing can be extended beyond Facebook to other social networks and links to online stores can be provided to buy and download music from these bands, since it is hard to find. We would also love to see an Android and iOS version of the app.