About a month ago, I shared my thoughts on the state of Mizuu and how I felt about working on the app and the app itself. I told you that I had started to lose my passion and that I wanted to make a change for the better. I went on to tell you that I’d be starting over with Mizuu -reimagining it from the bottom.
That’s exactly what I’m been doing ever since. I’ve been reimaging it. When I released the first version of Mizuu, it was only available for tablets on Android 3.0 or newer. That equated roughly 0.1 percent of the devices on Android Market, as it was back then. I really didn’t care about the size of the user base. I felt that it was necessary in order to achieve what I wanted to achieve. Why should I limit myself due to a limited user base when I knew that it’d eventually grow to be so much more?
My passion isn’t about creating something for everyone. It’s about creating something groundbreaking – even if that means limiting my user base. My passion is about exploring new platforms and use cases.
There really weren’t many Android tablets back when I released Mizuu. Same thing goes for Android TV today. Its user base is quite limited at the moment, but it shows great promise and it’s perfect for media consumption – just like Android tablets.
Drum rolls, please…
I’m happy to say that the upcoming version of Mizuu is being developed exclusively for Android TV devices. I believe that Android TV is the media platform of the future, and I want to get in on it as one of the first.
Everything will be optimized for TV usage. One such example is the “Add video files” screen, as seen below.
You simply select the device you want to add video files from, and then you browse the various folders on the device. When you want to add a folder as a file source, you simply long-press it and it’ll be added.
When you’re done adding file sources, Mizuu will ask you if you want to update the library.
Also, you no longer need to specify the video content type. Mizuu will automatically detect if it’s a TV show, movie or a third kind of video file. Mizuu handles all the hard stuff for you, so all you have to do is to relax and enjoy.
More details coming soon
I realize that this post doesn’t even begin to answer many of the questions you’ll have, so I urge you to post them in the comment section below. There’ll be future blog posts with more details as well. I look forward to hearing from you!