Version 1.4

Written by sven. Posted in releases

Today I’ve released uPod 1.4. Thanks to Daniel Plu­ta the lat­est release brings a Pol­ish trans­la­tion. Fur­ther on it pro­vides new syn­chro­niza­tion set­tings which give you the pos­si­bil­i­ty to bet­ter con­trol the sync to — for exam­ple — reduce mobile data usage. One of the new options allows you to restrict the sync to Wi-FI con­nec­tions.

Here is the full change log:

  • Pol­ish trans­la­tion
  • sync pref­er­ences to bet­ter con­trol data usage
  • smoother cov­er­art load in lists
  • up nav­i­ga­tion for play­back screen

Hap­py lis­ten­ing!

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.

Podcast searchPopular podcasts

Version 1.1.5

Written by sven. Posted in releases

I released a small update which fix­es an out of mem­o­ry error and bad device respon­sive­ness when down­load­ing episodes from a pod­cast wihtout cov­er­art.

Version 1.1

Written by sven. Posted in releases

Version 1.1 has passed the beta phase. Though the ver­sion num­ber indi­cates a small­er update, indeed this is a big one. It’s main pur­pose is to imple­ment the new work­flow as described in the relat­ed blog post.

In short: For each episode a »New«-state is now tracked. New episodes are shown with bold font like in an e-mail client. New episodes appear in the »New«-section and — if you want — also every­where in your library where they nat­u­ral­ly belong to. The old »Inbox«-section has been removed.

Fur­ther on uPod can now add new episodes auto­mat­i­cal­ly to the end of your playlist if you wish it to — this is pos­si­ble either for all new episodes or you can con­fig­ure this on a per-sub­scrip­tion basis.

As a big­ger visu­al change you may notice, that uPod now uses a new font for episode and pod­cast titles on Jel­ly Bean and above. This con­densed font is much small­er and pro­vides bet­ter read­abil­i­ty for the titles and doesn’t occu­py as much space as before.

But the new ver­sion also brings a lot more. Here is the full list of changes:

Enhancements

  • Start­up con­fig­u­ra­tion wiz­ard
  • Replaced inbox with »new episode« mech­a­nism
  • Global/subscription set­ting to auto­mat­i­cal­ly add episodes to the playlist
  • Global/subscription set­ting to auto­mat­i­cal­ly mark episodes as read (not-new)
  • Mark finished/unfinished action
  • Noti­fi­ca­tion for new episodes
  • Con­densed font for episode and pod­cast titles for bet­ter read­abil­i­ty
  • show pod­cast title over­lay in tiny pod­cast grid view for pod­casts whithout cov­er­art
  • load­ing not local­ly avail­able cov­er­art dynam­i­cal­ly from the web
  • Tap and hold an action icon for more info
  • option to select SD card as stor­age on Android KitKat and above
  • con­fir­ma­tion dia­log for chang­ing stor­age

Bug Fixes

  • fix too long file name issue for episode down­loads
  • fol­low even cross pro­to­col (HTTP -> HTTPS) redi­rects on down­load
  • pause down­loads when stor­age isn’t avail­able and resume when it’s back
  • pause down­loads when con­nec­tion is gone instead of mark­ing whole queue as failed
  • fixed white back­ground flash when enter­ing show notes view

Other Changes

  • Reduced free lis­ten­ing con­tin­gent to two hours per month (http://upod.mobi/feature/decreasing-free-playback-contingent)

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