One file (linked) 5 different looks

(1) bookmarks (2) plus stocks
(3) news & bookmarks
(4) AM - news+ (5) PM - news+

Downloaded start page locations

Android: file:///sdcard/Download/
Win 10: file:///C:/Users/user/Downloads/
Linux: ~/Downloads/ (Google Chrome)
Mac OS: file:///Users/user/Downloads/

With faster modern processors, tiny low-cost Android TV boxes have grown up - no more limited KODI media boxes. Many serve as a legitimate 2nd PC running Android with keyboard-and-mouse. However, general-purpose wide-screen use for Android devices is still new. The Android TV box market is still small. Android browser developers are still focused on small screen smartphone features.

Our bookmarks-centric start pages were developed for mobile web browsers which are not yet designed for wide-screen. Unlike PC browsers, mobile browsers lack navigation-friendly bookmark bars. Compact bookmark start pages help fill that functional void. After dismissing alternatives like my⋅yahoo⋅com, I also chose this solution as my notebook PC browser's start page.

A 2nd goal: produce a single easy-to-modify HTML file as a user's personalized Android wide-screen browser start page. The file should be easy to download and reside directly (file:// protocol, not http://) on a user's Android device or PC (not on the xRadio web site). A 3rd goal: make appearance and function changes easy by file renaming (first letter changes options).

Filename-based options: basic (bookmarks), stocks+, news-with-bookmarks, am news+, pm news+. The plus start pages include a stock index ticker and two mini search bars. Listen to NPR News headlines by clicking on/off the xRadio logo. There are also five extra hidden click-to-play category heading audio/radio links with click-up/down volume buttons.

Hidden title video links - MSNBC B=Daily.Show CBS.News Bill.Maher SNL PBS Last.Week S=Xfinity

Bookmark links were made from copy-and-paste source code from OneTab share as web page (PC Chrome or Firefox). Minor edits to each bookmark code block makes it fit our start page structure. We made it easy to customize with our code generators to create the code you need. Our online OneTab Tweaker Tool converts your OneTab share URL into compatible HTML code ready to paste into your downloaded copy of our start page. There is also a Category Name Editor and a Radio Station Editor.

Copy / paste to your own downloaded HTML file from our online OneTab Tweaker Tool.

Edit your category headings and radio/audio volume + links at bottom of HTML file.

Start pages have 7 categories with 14, 6, 6, 5, 7, 9, and 4 bookmarks. To avoid CSS code changes, try to plan your bookmark categories to fit those numbers. If you lengthen or shorten one or more categories, you will need to manually edit (trial-and-error) a few of the top: pixel numbers. Our default CSS code section:

View your downloaded HTML file with the file:// protocol. Typical default locations:

Android (Chrome)   file:///sdcard/Download/bookmarks.html
Windows (Chrome) file:///C:/Users/user/Downloads/stocks-and-links.html
Linux (Chrome)  ~/Downloads/news-and-links.html
Linux (Firefox)   file:///home/user/Downloads/any-filename-that-starts-with-a-but-not-A.html
Mac / iOS (Safari)   file:///Users/user/Downloads/pm-news-plus.html

Note: security features stop web browsers from opening local file:// links from non-local web sites. None of the links above will work by directly clicking on them. You can, however, copy and paste the file:// link to your browser's address bar. For Android web browsers, copy (mouse long-press) the file:// link and then choose copy link address. Open a new tab and click on the address bar. Click again and keypress CTRL-V. (The Android long-press paste prompt method often does not work properly.)

We recommend the default Android browser (Google) or Google Chrome as most compatible Android TV box web browsers. For wide-screen TV boxes, Opera browser has a Desktop User Agent option that displays many web sites more accurately than other Android browsers - another good choice. We do not recommend Firefox. BTW, Google's Android browser can set browser type to Desktop, but, overall, Chrome (without this option) is better and Opera provides a more accurate desktop experience.

All Android browsers have limitations compared to PC versions. While Android is designed for touch navigation, it is still usable with keyboard and mouse. However, there are no hover "tool tip" bubbles in Android. Due to this limitation, I need to make changes to my Compact Radio Jukebox code to get around this problem. Also note that unlike the normal PC mouse function, Android right-click means to go back or to close. Long-press is the Android substitute for PC right-click.

Other Android TV box web browser troubles result from faulty mobile web sites that cater to small screen smartphones. These mobile web sites often display poorly on wide-screen displays. Google Chrome has an option to request desktop site but it is not "sticky" (forgets preference) and it is not global (cannot set desktop mode as default).

Limitations: the wide-screen bookmarks start pages do not work with screens less than 960 pixels wide. We chose not to show our man-woman-android background at 1900+ pixel widths. Newsfeed options are disabled for screens less than 1280 pixels wide. Our Google newsfeed code does not work in Firefox (Android, Linux, Windows, Mac) and may display poorly in non-Chromium browsers.

Our hidden radio stations usually connect quickly in Android and Linux. However, there is a browser bug that makes these radio stream connections unreliable in web browsers such as Slimjet. This is an all-or-nothing problem: when one radio station connects, they all can, when one does not, all do not. The Slimjet browser failure, a suspected memory leak bug, does not happen when it is first loaded, only after the browser has been open for a long time.

You can contact us with questions or comments at this Gmail account: TV64Box

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