Wednesday, December 3, 2014

2.0 Beta 1 Released

2.0 has been in the works for about 5 months and I finally have something releasable.  There is still a lot more to do but its current state is good enough to use as a daily driver.  One downside to 2.0, is it requires Android 4.1 and higher.  The majority of GMMP users are 4.1+, so the decision was made in order to provide the best listening experience to the most about of users.  1.6.x will still be available for 2.3-4.0.4 users.  You might also notice the 2.0 betas will actually have version numbers in the 1.9.x range.  This is simply to make the bug reporting easier on me.

Anyway, the majority of the code base has been reworked, the holo themes were significantly improved, and this will be the first version of the new material based themes.  The material themes will continue to be improved in future betas.  I had also previously talked about the new Theme Builder that 2.0 will feature.  Due to some of the limitations with material themes, the majority of the builder is disabled.  What is enabled is a MASSIVE number of theme templates to choose from.  I am talking about 1000+ different themes, 8 different "styles" total.  There is also a "live preview" available so you can quickly see what a theme looks like.  Settings -> UI -> Theme Builder -> Load Template to access the templates.

Note: There is one known bug when changing themes that users should be aware of, but it is fairly minor. When changing themes some of the views might not load.  If this happens just back out of GMMP and launch it again.

2.0 Beta 1 will go live in a few hours.  To join the beta you need to do the following

1.9.6 (2.0 Beta 1) (12/04/2014):
-Massive UI overhaul
-Added theme builder (most customization is currently off, only the ability to change templates is enabled)
-Added experimental Material inspired themes (still a work in progress)
-Added 1000+ theme templates (8 different "styles")
-Added multiple select (long press now selects a list item)
-Added overflow button to each list item
-Added media store syncing (new files will automatically be scanned by GMMP)
-MediaPlayer now uses the gapless featurea added in android 4.1
-Added new scanner menu with new folder selection view

-Updated holo themes
-Major code cleanup
-Replaced many old systems with open source libraries
-Switched image loading to use Glide
-UI inflating now uses the ViewHolder pattern
-Replaced deprecated gallery with a view pager for the album art selector and skin selector
-Replaced CWAC TouchList View with DragSortListView to provide a smoother drag and drop experience
-Tag changes are now reflected everywhere

-Removed support for pre jelly bean devices
-Removed 'Always Keep Device Awake' preference
-Removed skin support (themes are replacing skins)
-Removed vertical seekbars used in equalizer view (the custom widget was too difficult to maintain)

-A bunch of bug fixes (so much has changed since 1.6.7 that it is too difficult to single out what specific bugs from 1.6.x were fixed)
-Resume on call end will no longer auto resume if something that would normally trigger an auto pause occured during the call (disconnect from BT or unplug headset)