uPod 2.0 brings Chromecast Support

Written by sven. Posted in features, releases

The lat­est and hottest release brings two major changes: Sup­port for chrome­cast and the a new tri­al mod­el. Lets focus on Chrome­cast sup­port as I’ve already report­ed about the new tri­al mod­el a few days ago.

Chrome­cast is a top sell­er and ama­zon — a tiny lit­tle HDMI stick for just about 40 bucks which you plug into your TV’s or AV receiver’s HDMI input port. In con­junc­tion with uPod you can now bring your favorite pod­casts to the big screen or to your music sys­tem. Once con­nect­ed to a chrome­cast stick, you can start and con­trol play­back from with­in uPod. All the great fea­tures like stor­ing the play­back posi­tion still work. So you can start your favorite pod­cast show on your mobile dis­play in the train and con­tin­ue play­back on your TV at home.

uPod 2.0 also brings some addi­tion­al tiny nifty fea­tures:

  • Option to use »Add to playlist« action as pri­ma­ry action for not down­loaded episodes
  • Pre­view image in video play­back view
  • Bet­ter play­back error han­dling
  • Lots of bug fix­es (includ­ing huge fixed mem­o­ry leak)

Version 1.7

Written by sven. Posted in features, releases

This release comes packed with pro­duc­tiv­i­ty fea­tures. But first things first: Thanks to Dmit­ry Kyrov uPod is now avail­able in Russ­ian lan­guage!

The next big thing are the new fil­ter sec­tions in the nav­i­ga­tion draw­er: You can now eas­i­ly browse unfin­ished down­loaded episodes, audio episodes and video episodes. Not inter­est­ed in one of them? No prob­lem: Sim­ply hide it in the user inter­face set­tings.

Anoth­er set of new user inter­face options allows you to spec­i­fy which pri­ma­ry episode actions you pre­fer. The pri­ma­ry action is the one shown as a but­ton on the right of an episode list item. Until now you need­ed to live with what we decid­ed for you, now you can choose your pre­ferred action (for exam­ple »Stream« instead of the »Down­load« but­ton or »Down­load« instead of »Add« for new episodes). All actions are still avail­able in the list item’s over­flow menu (the three dots).

And even the tiny addi­tion­al fea­tures will make your life eas­i­er:

  • con­fir­ma­tion dia­log for clear­ing playback/download list
  • adding mul­ti­ple select­ed episodes to playlist adds them ordered ascend­ing by pub­lished date

And final­ly here is a screen­shot show­ing the new fil­ter sec­tions and the stream but­ton as pri­ma­ry action for not-down­loaded episodes:
New uPod filter sections

Version 1.6: Immediate Download Queue

Written by sven. Posted in features, releases

Immediate upload queue

As a loy­al uPod user you already know uPod’s down­load queue: You can eas­i­ly add episodes to it and uPod will auto­mat­i­cal­ly down­load all episodes as soon as a Wi-FI con­nec­tion is avail­able. In most cas­es all this hap­pens auto­mat­i­cal­ly, so that you nev­er need to care about down­loads.

But some­times you may want to lis­ten to the newest episode of your favorite pod­cast even when on the road. In this case you already have the choice of imme­di­ate­ly down­load­ing this episode or direct­ly stream­ing it. This works fine for just one episode, but if you want to down­load mul­ti­ple episodes imme­di­ate­ly things are get­ting unhandy.

This is were the new release jumps in which brings the new imme­di­ate down­load queue: Now you can sim­ply tap the down­load but­ton for mul­ti­ple episodes and uPod will down­load them one after anoth­er. You can find all queued imme­di­ate down­loads at the top of the »Down­load queue« sec­tion. You can see that an episode is queued for imme­di­ate down­load due to it’s ani­mat­ed progress bar. For exam­ple this post’s screen­shot shows one episode down­load­ing and two sched­uled for imme­di­ate down­load. For the oth­er episodes in the screen­shot the well known down­load queue rules apply. Sim­ply try it out — it’s sim­ple and intu­itive!

Addi­tion­al­ly this release allows you to request a res­can of a pod­cast for new episodes. Nor­mal­ly this isn’t nec­es­sary as uPod rec­og­nizes new episodes auto­mat­i­cal­ly, but in some rare cas­es uPod miss­es those updates for exam­ple due to faulty RSS. Please only use the new action if you know that new are episodes avail­able for a pod­cast which are not show­ing up in uPod.

Easter Special: 50% discount and doubled free Playback Contingent

Written by sven. Posted in promotion, releases

The East­er hol­i­days are right in front of us and this does also mean more time for listening/watching your favorite pod­casts. That’s why I’ve released ver­sion 1.5 which dou­bles the free play­back con­tin­gent to four hours per month. And if this still isn’t enough for you, then now is the time to go and get the uPod license: For a lim­it­ed time it’s avail­able for half the price — at only EUR 1.65.

BTW: Please don’t for­get to rate/review uPod if you haven’t done already. At the moment we need each pos­i­tive rat­ing.

Here is the full list of changes for ver­sion 1.5:

  • increased free month­ly play­back con­tin­gent of four hours
  • »My pod­casts« now also lists the episodes in your library
  • pod­cast search view keeps it’s scroll posi­tion
  • OPML import native­ly accepts XML MIME type
  • bet­ter episode list per­for­mance
  • tons of bug fix­es

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!

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

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)

Navigation drawerNew episodes

Version 1.0.3

Written by sven. Posted in releases

This tiny new ver­sion changes the nam­ing scheme of the stored audio/video files on your device (includ­ing the pub­lish date). This is a prepa­ra­tion for some cleanup on the serv­er, so please update to this ver­sion as soon as pos­si­ble.

Version 1.0.2

Written by sven. Posted in releases

I’ve pushed a small update to Google play! Here are the changes:

Enhance­ments

  • renamed »Pod­casts« sec­tion to »My pod­casts«
  • a podcast’s episode list in the inbox or the library now con­tains a but­ton at the bot­tom of the list that opens the same pod­cast in the »My pod­casts« sec­tion to access episodes cur­rent­ly not in the inbox/library.

Fix­es

  • fixed crash occur­ing dur­ing sync on some devices
  • back but­ton on tablet can now close the app