Quick Play commands provide a way to automatically play episodes matching a specific
search keyword. When starting Quick Play, you provide (either type or speak) a search
phrase and BeyondPod will try to match it against any available categories, feeds
and episodes. If it finds a match it will automatically start playback of the matching
Quick Play can be started:
- Using Android Voice search (by saying “Listen to [keyword]” – for example “Listen
to News” or “Listen to Science Friday”).
- Using a (new) home screen shortcut (pre ICS - long press on Home screen > Add
Shortcut > BeyondPod Quick Play, ICS – add BeyondPod Quick Play Widget). When creating
a shortcut, you will be prompted to enter a search keyword and optionally a name
for the shortcut.
- From 3rd party application like Tasker/Llama that can send Android intents. (For
example you can start specific Quick Play when phone connects to car’s Bluetooth).
Quick Play currently uses the following logic when looking for matches:
- It will first search for a category matching the keyword and play all local episodes
in that category sorted using the "Global Episode Sort Order" (General Settings
> Sort Local Episodes By).
- If it can’t find a matching category, it will try to find the first feed whose
name matches the keyword and play all local episodes in the feed sorted using sort
order set for that feed.
- If it can’t find a matching feed it will try to find episodes whose name (or show
notes) matches the keyword and play them sorted using the "Global Episode Sort Order".
There is a way to optionally limit the search to only a category, feed or episode
scope by providing the "scope" as first part of the keyword (for example “category
news”, or “feed news” or “episode science”).
There is also a way to optionally specify a specific sort order of episodes. You
can use something like: “oldest in news”, or “latest in science Friday” (supported
"sort" phrases are: “oldest in”, “latest in” or “random in”)
Several "reserved" words can be used to explicitly start Smart Play. You can use
any of the following keywords: "smart play", "smart" or "playlist". For example
when using Voice Search you can say: "Listen to smart play" to start a fresh SmartPlay.
Here are some examples using Voice Search - if you say:
- Listen to news - BeyondPod will play any category, feed or episode matching
the keyword "news" (according to the logic above)
- Listen to feed Science Times - will play episodes for feed named "Science Times"
(will not look for category or episodes)
- Listen to episode stem cells - will play episodes that have the words "stem
cells" in their title or show notes
- Listen to playlist or Listen to smart play - will start Smart Play
- Listen to random in Music - will try to find category or feed (normal or virtual)
named "Music", randomize the episodes and start a playback of the first one.
- Listen to oldest in Science - will try to find a category or feed matching "Science"
and play the episodes starting from the oldest.
- If you often listen to episodes in a given category, you can create a shortcut
using "latest in [category name]" as keyword (for example "latest
in sports"). When you tap on the shortcut on your home screen will start playing
latest episodes in the category.
- To create a shortcut starting SmartPlay use "smart play" as a keyword
when creating the shortcut.
The first part ("Listen to") is a reserved command in Voice Search and
"directs" the result (the rest of the sentence) to applications that can
play audio/video content. When creating desktop shortcuts (or using an external
application), you have to enter only the keyword. "Listen to" is spoken only when
starting Quick Play from a voice search.
Quick Play is still an experimental feature. If you find it useful, and have any
suggestions for improving it, please share your feedback on our support forum www.beyondpod.com/forum/