New BETA build is available!
Latest BETA build version: 4.0.24, Your Version: 3.1.20
This is a Development BETA build! It contains new features and bug fixes that we are planning for the next public release.
We try to keep our BETA builds as stable as possible (this is what we use daily in our personal devices). Keep in mind that not all features are completely tested yet and some unexpected results or crashes may still occur! We recommend that you always do a backup of your feeds and settings (BeyondPod Settings > Backup and Restore > Backup) before installing the beta - just in case you want to go back to the previous version.
What is new in this version
Several small changes to the notification and widgets.
Reduced the priority of BeyondPod's "update/download" and "sync" notifications so Android can hide them if it needs space on the notification drawer. They will also not show on Android wear devices.
How to install the latest BETA
The best way to install the BETA is from our BETA channel on Google Play. Join
BeyondPod Beta Test
Google group and follow the instructions in the first post. BETA versions will be delivered to your device directly from Google Play as they are released. (You can leave the beta group at any time and revert to the latest public release.)
You can also download and install the .apk file linked below directly to your device.
BeyondPod 4.0 comes as a single version that runs equally well on both phones and tablets (requires Android 4.0 or later). If you currently have the tablet version, we recommend that you un-install it before switching to 4.0.
Find out more...
The new (4.0) version of BeyondPod has changed quite a bit. Here are some
tips on how to make the transition easier
We appreciate your feedback.
Please use the
BeyondPod BETA Community Forum
to post any BETA related questions or comments.
Download and Install BeyondPod_4_0_24.apk
View all changes in the recent Beta versions...
Improved handling of show notes. You can now access the full show notes from both "My Episodes" and "All Published" screens. (Full show notes will be automatically available for any new episode you download. For existing episodes, we will try to fill in the full show notes during the next feed update).
We changed the way we display the player "playing" and "paused" notification to better comply with Google guidelines for media players. BeyondPod now behaves in a similar way as Google Play Music - e.g. play/pause notification shows only if the main application screen is not active and, and hides when you pause playback. If you want to keep the paused notification visible at all times, you can enable that in BeyodnPod's Advanced Settings > Keep Player Paused Notification.
Exposed Volume Boost as a normal feed setting (there is no longer need for the "User Name" hack). This is now available for both normal and virtual feeds. Volume Boost allows you to add an extra "boost" to the volume when playing episodes of a particular feed and is available in the Feed settings. (Volume Boost relies on the Playback Speed player, so playback speed must be enabled in order for volume boost to work.)
Small changes to the full-screen player and car mode.
Several small improvements to BeyondPod's Chromecast support to better comply with Google's Chromecast guidelines
Updated the full screen player. It now uses episode album art as a background (the "text" album art may return as an option at some point later).
Revised player's "car mode". Based on the feedback, we now replace the default (compact) transport controls with a version containing a full set of larger buttons. As it is intended to be used while driving, biking or jogging, the new "Car mode" is currently enabled only on phones. Tablets don't have that option, as we are considering an improved "tablet friendly" transport controls to be available at some point.
Given that the feedback we received so far for the "cards view" of the playlist (the old "car mode") has been "unenthusiastic", we are considering removing it in the next versions. For now you can still access a slightly simplified version by long pressing on the player background - please let us know if you find it useful and it deserves to stay.
We have a new application icon (...long overdue).
You can now set BeyondPod to open the "Feed List" (left drawer) or "Full Screen Player" when starting up. This will also affect the behavior of the Back button - it will first get you to the selected "startup" screen before exiting. This is currently an experimental feature and can be enabled in: Advanced Settings > 'Home' Screen' (BeyondPod Settings > Menu > Advanced settings).
Added progress bar on the mini player
Returned “Move to Top/bottom” in the playlist (long press to Multi select your items and then use menu Move to Top/Bottom).
Updated the Playback Speed Charm. You can now pre-set the Playback Speed 1 and 2 directly in the charm (no need to go to the Playback Speed in settings). Long press on the Playback Speed button still cycles between 1x and Playback speed 1 and 2 presets.
“Skip to End” button can be configured to use Long Press. (Settings > Player Settings > Skip-To-End Button).
Feed List shows feed’s last updated date (only when "Enable Hiding of Read" is enabled in the General settings)
Added Update feed/category to the Feed/Category long press menu
Added Update 'All feeds' to the main (overflow) menu when the Navigator is open or when “What to Play” is selected
Fast scroll is now enabled on the lists (only if they have lots of items)
Episode names in the playlist can now wrap to 2 lines.
Feed List now shows “Uncategorized” category if there are uncategorized feeds (feeds where both categories are set to “Unassigned”)
Fix for syncing of the SmartPlay at the end of update. If something was downloaded and SmartPlay needed to be rebuild, it was incorrectly rebuilding the “Last Used” smart play instead of the “Default” one.>
Updates to the close logic between the 2 drawers so drawers no longer allowed to overlap and are closed in predictable order when the Back key is pressed.
All feeds are neatly organized in categories and available from the new left navigation drawer.
Your playlist is easily accessible by swiping from the right screen edge (right drawer).
New full screen player with support for visualizations.
It is easier to navigate your playlist when driving or exercising with the new "car mode" player.
We also added support for multiple SmartPlay lists.