Archive for March, 2014

Happy Birthday uPod!

Written by sven. Posted in Uncategorized

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.

German Language Support

Written by sven. Posted in features

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!
German uPod User Interface

Need your Ratings and Suggestions

Written by sven. Posted in help required

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!

Version 1.2

Written by sven. Posted in releases

Podcast search

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.

Enhancements

  • 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«
  • about dia­log

Bug fixes

  • fixed play­back error/lost down­loads

Help to translate uPod to your native Language

Written by sven. Posted in help required

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!

Discover new Podcasts

Written by sven. Posted in features

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.

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