It was exactly on March 31 2013 where I’ve announced uPod on Twitter and Google+ and committed the first lines of code. In October 2013 the beta phase started and sice January 1 2014 uPod is available at Google play.
Archive for March, 2014
This morning I’ve published a minor release which brings German language support to the uPod UI. So if you’ve setup German as your primary language in the Android settings, uPod will present you a German user interface. Many thanks to Philip Olbrich and the other translators for their great job.
Do you want to see uPod in your favorite language? Go to the uPod translation page and start right now!
I now want to start to promote uPod through well known Android blogs and sites. Therefore it is important to have good ratings at Google play! Unfortunately until now uPod has only a little number (26) of ratings which makes the few 1 to 3 star ratings look more important than I think they are.
That’s why I kindly ask you again to rate uPod at Google play!
Further on I would like to have your suggestions for bloggers and sites I should contact and ask to write something about uPod.
Thanks for your support!
The main goal of this new uPod version is to ease starting off with uPod using the new podcast discovery features. But there is also a lot more in it — checkout the full changelist below.
- discover popular podcasts by category
- search podcasts
- episode duration determined during download
- streaming support for all episodes
- load 50 episodes at a bunch in ‘My podcasts’
- load additional episodes when scrolled to bottom in ‘My podcasts’
- expandable/collapsable podcast description
- action to add random episode to playlist
- hide playback bar when playlist is empty
- changed action icons »mark read« and »mark finished«
Bug fixes ∞
- fixed playback error/lost downloads
Until today uPod is only available in English language. I have received a lot of requests to translate uPod into other languages. This is something where I am depended on the help from the community — from you! So if you want to make uPod even better and are willing to invest some time, you can do so now: Simply go to the uPod translation page at Crowdin and start to translate.
Based on uPod’s current user statistics I have activated French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish for translation. If you are missing your favorite language please contact me.
I estimate that a complete translation requires about four hours. But Crowdin is a community based translation service, so every translated string helps!
Until now after installation uPod was an empty space. You needed to manually add podcasts by URL or by importing OPMLs. This is a high barrier for users trying out podcasts for the first time or even for those who know everything about podcasts but just want to quickly tryout uPod as an alternative to their current podcast player.
Version 1.2 — which is currently in beta phase — fixes this problem by providing some new podcast discovery features: You can now browse popular podcasts by category or search for podcasts. Both features require you to select your preferred podcast language(s), so that they can provide relevant results for you.
The tablet screenshot below shows the popular podcast list. To narrow the results you can pick a category by tapping the view’s title in the upper left.
The phone screenshot shows the podcast search results. Simply enter one or more search terms and they will be matched against the podcast titles, keywords, descriptions and authors. So if you know a part of the name of your favorite podcast simply enter it and easily subscribe to it. Or do you want to see a list of all podcasts created by your favorite podcaster? No problem.
As mentioned above this feature was intended for new users, but in the end I was surprised how many interesting new podcasts I have found this way. So give it a try.