Media Support & Ringtones

The MediaPlayer extension is used to playback different types of audio files. It also allows the playback of Ringtones for the respective platform.

Enabling the API

In order to use this API you must include the following extension in your build.yml

extensions: ["mediaplayer"]

Playing Audio

Playing audio files is accomplished using the Mediaplayer API

JavaScript

var platform = Rho.System.platform;
var audiolocation = "";

if (platform == "WINDOWS")
{
    audiolocation = "\\thermo.wav";
}
else if (platform == "ANDROID")
{
    audiolocation = "/mnt/sdcard/test.mp3";
}

Rho.Mediaplayer.start(audiolocation);

The Mediaplayer.start method is used and is passed the full path to the audio file. On iOS when you pass a URL (http) to a remote file on a server, then we open the default browser for playing it.

On iOS we support: mp3, mp4, wav formats. On other platforms the formats supported depend on what support is built into the platform. Typically on WM/CE this will be wav and on Android mp3

Playing audio via native browser

Rhodes can play video/audio files in native Internet Browser. So application developer can just add link to online or local audio/video file:

<a href="http://videos3.netprofesseur.com/1/videos/130/BRICOLAGE_Changer_un_joints.mp4">Play mp4 online video</a>

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You can also have your application download file to file system using AsyncHttp.download_file and then use a local url link to this file to play.

Playing Video

Playing video files is accomplished using the Mediaplayer API

JavaScript

var platform = Rho.System.platform;
var videolocation = "";

if (platform == "WINDOWS")
{
    videolocation = "\\test.mp4";
}
else if (platform == "ANDROID")
{
    videolocation = "/mnt/sdcard/test.mp4";
}

Rho.Mediaplayer.startvideo(videolocation);

The Mediaplayer.start method is used and is passed the full path to the video file. On iOS when you pass a URL (http) to a remote file on a server, then we open the default browser for playing it.

On iOS we support: mov, mp4, 3gp formats. On other platforms the formats supported depend on what support is built into the platform. Typically on WM/CE this will be wav and on Android mp4

Ringtones

Accessing ringtones on the device is accomplished via the Mediaplayer API.

Getting available ringtones

The Mediaplayer.getAllRingtones() is used to find out all of the available ringtones on the device

JavaScript

// Use getAllRingtones method
Rho.Mediaplayer.getAllRingtones(ringtones_callback);

This will return an array of objects with a name and fullname property.

function ringtones_callback(ringtones) {

        var result = "";
        for (var i = 0; i < ringtones.length; i++) {
            var name = ringtones[i].name;
            result += '<li><a href="#" class="play_ringtone" data-ringtone="' + escape(name) + '">' + name + '</a></li>';
        }

        $(".ui-page-active ul.ringtone_list").html(result);
    }

You can then use the Mediaplayer.playRingTone method to play the ringtone by name

function play_ringtone(name) {
    //name should be a valid name returned from getAllRingtones
    Rho.Mediaplayer.playRingTone(name);

}
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