New BETA build is available!
Latest BETA build version: 3.2.55, 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!
This is BETA for the
Phone version of BeyondPod
and will install on any Android device running Android 2.2 or later. (Tablet BETA is
What is new in this version
You can now stream (cast) audio and video episodes to Chromecast devices directly from BeyondPod.
Please note that due to the way Chromecast devices currently work you can play only episodes that are streamable from the Internet. For example, even if your episode is already downloaded, the Chromecast device will still stream it from the Internet (using its own WiFi connection).
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.)
Alternatively you can just download and install the .apk file linked below directly to your device.
Download and Install BeyondPod_3_2_55.apk
View all changes in the recent Beta versions...
Added a better support for Android 4.4 KitKat
Added Portuguese, Brazilian translations - many thanks to Lucas Breno Valadares de Oliveira for his hard work
On the "Episodes" tab there is now a quick way to open episode's feed. Long press on any episode and select "More Episodes..."
Added a more direct way to play latest (or oldest) episodes for a feed or category. In addition to what we had before, you can now also use Menu > Play > Latest/Oldest
Added an easier way to share currently playing episode. On the Player screen tap on the episode title to open the show notes and use the "Share" button at the bottom.
On the Video player screen, there is now a way to immediately hide the transport controls when video is playing (instead of waiting for them to go out automatically). Press on the "back" key will hide the controls, the second will close the video player (works similar to the on-screen keyboard).
We found and fixed a (nasty) issue where occasionally pressing on episode's "Download" button was causing the episode to be played (or streamed) instead.
If "Automatic Playlist" setting is enabled, when you tap on an episode, BeyondPod will start a new playlist from the selected episode. This behavior often was causing frustration if you had manually build a playlist and then accidentally tap on an episode - your (carefully build) playlist was replaced without warning. We now track if your playlist was manually modified and will ask you to confirm the replacement first. At this point you can choose to replace it, append the episode you selected or do nothing. The solution is not ideal but at least provides a better balance between different usage scenarios.
Fixes for a couple of performance issues affecting feeds with very large episode notes for each episode.
Added a way to manually (on demand) refresh the feed image for any feed. To refresh the feed image, open the feed and LONG PRESS on the refresh button
Refreshing the feed image can also help if you have feeds that seem to drastically slow down BeyondPod when dealing with them. Some publishers (probably accidentally) attach huge (5000x5000 px) images as their feed image and many devices have trouble dealing with them. Upon downloading the feed image, we now check and scale it dow to a reasonable size before caching it.
Small change to the handling of Video thumbnails to work around issues thumbnail extraction on on some Samsung devices.
We changed the way we handle episode images. On devices running Gingerbread and later we now try to retrieve images directly from downloaded episode files and not rely on Android media database. If your publisher embeds a different image for each episode, you should now see correct image for each episode.
Virtual folder can now have custom images. To assign a custom image to a folder, use a PNG or JPG file (200x200 pixels works best), name it ".feedimage" (be careful not to omit the starting ".") and put it as a file in the virtual feed.
On devices running Android Jelly Bean, BeyondPod now shows the standard "Media Route" button
on the toolbar when remote playback devices are available. Media route button allows you to switch the audio (or video) output from the phone to the remote device and back. At this point only remote Bluetooth devices are supported. Once Google allows 3rd party applications to officially use Chromecast devices, same button will allow you to send both audio and video content to it.
Based on feedback, we slightly modified the logic of the "Not Played" episode filter. Before, it showed only episodes that were new (never played). Now it shows episodes that are new AND episodes that are partially played (in essence it hides all "completely played" episodes).
Fixed a bug in "mobi.beyondpod.command.UPDATE_CATEGORY" remote command - it now correctly supports specifying "All Feeds" as category.
Fix (hopefully) for an issue where BeyondPod widget occasionally becomes unresponsive after deice reboot.
Improvements to Feedly integration. Feedly automatically marks posts that are older than 31 days as "read". BeyondPod now detects that and disables the "read" button for those posts (so they can't be marked as "unread").
While currently Feedly does not support any way of storing episode playback information, you can now mark an episode as "read" in Feedly and, if BeypodnPod has this episode downloaded, it will be marked as "played" during the next update. This provides (a very basic) synchronization mechanism to play episodes on your desktop using Feedly's web site and for BeypondPod to mark the appropriate downloaded episodes as played.
In the latest public release, we added a feature to automatically publish track metadata (artist/album etc.) to external devices like Car audio receivers, Pebble watch etc. As Android versions at the time did not have any standard way to publish episode metadata, we used a "hack" that worked in most devices. We recently received reports that this hack causes problems with Bluetooth audio playback on some device/car stereo combinations.
Starting with this version we will automatically publish track metadata only for devices running Android 4.3 and later (where this is now officially supported). For older devices, you can still manually enable the old "metadata publishing hack" in: Menu > More > Settings > Menu (Press menu key again) > Advanced Settings > Publish Current Episode.
Added an easier way to play the audio portion of video feeds. You can turn it on in: Menu > More > Play Videos as Audio. Once it is on, any videos will be played in the audio player as if they were audio only feeds.
If playlist is empty and the widget is one row high - there is now an easy way to open BeyondPod by tapping on the "note" image.
For car radio units that support metadata display – BeyondPod now sends playback position updates. (This currently works only on Nexus devices running Android 4.3)
Added an experimental support for volume boost. You can now artificially boost the volume of episodes of selected feeds when playback speed is enabled (regardless of what the actual playback speed is). We don’t yet have the final UI for configuring the volume boost (as we eventually want to combine it with per-feed equalizer settings). For now, if you want to boost episodes of a given feed, you have to “hack” the volume boost setting by using the “Feed User Name” field in the feed properties (where you would specify the user name/password for the feed). You can enter +X, where x is between 1 and 10. 1 is no boost, 10 is max boost (for example +5). This will boost the volume of all "downloaded" episodes of this feed.
We now use a better way to load the images on the “Add Feed” screen – image loading should be faster and smoother.
We appreciate your feedback. Please use the
BeyondPod Community Forum
to post questions and comments.