How does XOGO compare to other signage platforms?

XOGO was designed with simplicity and low cost in mind. We have two apps: XOGO Player runs on XOGO Mini or any Windows 10 PC, and constantly loops whatever playlist you send to it. XOGO Manager runs on your existing smart phone, tablet or PC and -much like a remote control- lets you create playlists of content and send them to the player app where they will play in a loop until interrupted by a new playlist or Realtime mode.

What is the difference between free and pro?

In the free version you can upload up to 15 library items, videos up to one minute long and manage a single digital sign. In our pro version you can have an unlimited number of library items and playlists, no limitations on video length, plus you get access to new features like playlist scheduling (batch upload and social media integrations coming soon!). The price is just $20 per digital sign per month. 

Can I run XOGO Player / Manager on different platforms?

You sure can! We are a cloud-based solution and our apps work cross-platform. In other words, you can choose to run our player app on a XOGO Mini or your own Windows 10 device, and run the manager on your Android tablet, and everything will still work together perfectly.  They all talk to the same cloud in the background.

What file types does XOGO support?

The media player application (XOGO Decision Signage) will display both static images and video files. We currently support PNG and JPEG still images, and MP4 / MOV files (H.264 codec) for video. If you have existing videos in another format that you want to use with XOGO, there's a free application called Handbrake that you can use to rip them to MP4 or MOV.  Stay tuned as we add support for more file types and pulling in online content like social media feeds!

What resolutions and frame rates does XOGO Mini support?

XOGO Mini supports 30FPS at 1080 resolution. XOGO Mini 4k supports up to 60FPS at 1080 resolution or 30FPS at 4k resolution.  Both devices also support custom resolutions to match your screens - simply create your content in the desired resolution (i.e. 1920 x 2160 pixels) and upload it as usual, in XOGO Manager.

Does XOGO still work if my media player loses WiFi?

Absolutely. XOGO will cache your playlist on your media player PC so even if it loses Internet connectivity, your content keeps playing. You only need Internet connectivity for the media player when you want to make changes to your media playlist, or when you want to use Realtime mode.

Can I leave XOGO Mini turned on 24/7?

Of course! XOGO Mini was engineered around a mobile phone chipset and designed to run 24/7. If you need to reboot the device you can do so right from XOGO Manager. Just click on the player, go to Advanced in the bottom left menu, and click to reboot. Easy.

Can XOGO Mini turn my TV on / off?

Not yet, but we're working on it. Some modern televisions / displays are able to be turned on / off by an HDMI feature called CEC (Consumer Electronics Control). This allows the TV to automatically turn on when -as an example- you turn on a peripheral like a Blu-Ray player or Apple TV. The underlying operating system for XOGO Mini does not yet support HDMI-CEC but we are working on this with our friends at Microsoft. 

Can XOGO Mini work with captive portal networks?

The short answer is yes, our devices will absolutely work on captive portal networks! You just need to take an extra step. For those who don’t know, a captive portal network is a WiFi network that launches a webpage that you need to sign into with a username and password.  These networks are common in hotels and airports, and sometimes found in corporate environments. A lot of consumer devices like the XOGO Mini (and Apple TV, Nest thermostat, etc.) do not have the ability to launch a web browser and display this portal; however, they will still work.  You just need to contact the network administrator and ask him/her to white-list the MAC address of your device (they'll know what this means!).  And don't worry, we made it easy for you: the MAC address of each XOGO Mini is printed on a sticker on the bottom of the device!

What if I need to factory reset my XOGO Mini?

In the event that your XOGO Mini should become corrupted for some reason and not work properly, you can perform a factory reset to correct the issue. First open XOGO Manager and delete the device from your list of players. Next, we will power cycle the device a number of times. Unplug the Mini and plug it back in, wait until the Ria logo goes away, and then unplug the device again.  Do this three  times. On the 4th time, let the device boot all the way and it will perform a factory reset. This may take 5-10 minutes. The device should then work properly and display the XOGO screen with QR code / PIN code, so you can add it back into XOGO Manager.

How do I get my content from the XOGO Manager app to the XOGO Player app?

We made this super easy; in fact, it's probably the coolest thing about our platform. All you need to do is open the XOGO Manager app on your tablet or smart phone, and you'll see a screen like the one below. Just click New in order to upload content. Then click new to create playlists of that content. Finally, click New to add media players to play those playlists. There's a section where you will enter the PIN number from XOGO Player (running on your XOGO Mini or PC), and that connects the two apps together. For step by step instructions please see Getting Started.

 Figure 1: Click New to upload content into the library, create playlists and add media players.

Figure 1: Click New to upload content into the library, create playlists and add media players.

 Figure 2: XOGO Player's start screen shows a QR code and PIN that are used to connect the player to XOGO Manager.

Figure 2: XOGO Player's start screen shows a QR code and PIN that are used to connect the player to XOGO Manager.

Can I set up more than one digital sign?

Of course!  Just upgrade to pro in the XOGO Manager app. The price is only $20 per digital sign per month - less than a dollar per day and there are no limits to library size or video length. Plus you'll get access to upcoming pro features that we are building, like social media integrations. Also no more printing costs!

 Figure 3: Upgrade right in the XOGO Manager app to unlock advanced features or deploy more than one digital sign.

Figure 3: Upgrade right in the XOGO Manager app to unlock advanced features or deploy more than one digital sign.

Can I pull in web content i.e. social media feeds?

Yes, there are a couple ways to do this.  XOGO supports HTML5 apps so if you're a software developer, you can create your own HTML5 experience and load it into your XOGO library/playlist as a zip file.  For the rest of us, we are currently building a number of apps that will allow customers to pull things like Facebook and Instagram feeds into their XOGO playlists. Watch for these in autumn 2018!

Does XOGO work with touch screens?

At the moment XOGO is limited to displaying graphics, videos and web content on standard screens. However, we are working on a kiosk-mode feature (late 2018) that will allow you to easily build touch-screen experiences. Please sign up for email updates below or like our Facebook page, and we'll let you know when it's ready!

What type of displays do you recommend?

You can run any type of digital display (or projector!) with XOGO. Your media player PC just needs to have the correct connection -or adapter- for the display that you want to use. For example our XOGO Mini has an HDMI connection on the back that is compatible with all modern TVs. Feel free to contact us if you need assistance prior to selecting your displays and we'll be happy to help. 

Can XOGO work with multiple displays arranged as a video wall?

Absolutely! There are a few ways to do this. The easiest is to use commercial displays like ViewSonic or NEC that support tile matrix mode, so the displays can be "daisy-chained" together. In plain terms this means that your media player connects to display 1, then display 1 connects to display 2, and so on. These displays are smart enough to distribute the input from the media player across themselves.

The content that you develop and load into XOGO for a video wall should be sized appropriately for the resolution of the combined displays, so it doesn't get pixellated. For example if you were to mount two 1080p displays on top of one another, your content should be 1920 pixels wide (the width of one display) by 2160 pixels tall (1080 + 1080 pixels). That's all it takes! If this sounds intimidating, please feel free to email us with questions and we'll be happy to help and/or connect you with an installation partner who can install your screens and XOGO player(s).

Can I split the screen into "zones"?

We believe that the best way to see and experience digital content is in full screen, so we do not currently support zones. However, if your business has a specific requirement for zones or another feature, please reach out and we'll provide you with a quote for a customization. 

I'm an advertising agency. Can I white label XOGO with my own branding, for resale to customers?

XOGO is an excellent fit for the agency model because we make it so easy to build and deploy customized, interactive digital signs. At the moment we do not support white-labeling, but if there is sufficient interest we will consider adding it to our backlog. Feel free to drop us a note and we'll add you to the list of interested agencies.

How does Realtime mode work?

Realtime mode is a very unique feature of XOGO Decision Signage. It allows you to immediately override whatever is currently playing on your media player (digital sign) with other content -even hidden content- in your playlist. For instance you can have a normal "attract" playlist playing all day, then pull out your tablet or phone in order to interrupt the display and show off blueprints, tech specs, product videos... even give a presentation!

 Figure 4: Realtime mode allows you to interrupt your screens and play any content from your playlist.

Figure 4: Realtime mode allows you to interrupt your screens and play any content from your playlist.

 Figure 5: Items can even be set as "hidden" in your playlist so they will only appear when you use Realtime mode.

Figure 5: Items can even be set as "hidden" in your playlist so they will only appear when you use Realtime mode.

This is really cool, but I need help developing content.

Not every business has a graphic design department, and that's okay. XOGO and our agency partners offer creative services for organizations that need help developing beautiful graphics and videos for their signs. Please get in touch with us for a free estimate!

Don't see your question here?

Feel free to drop an email to support@xogo.io and let us know how we can help!