Update on Mizuu’s availability

Hi everyone! Some of you probably already know this, but I received an e-mail from Google Play four days ago, telling me that Mizuu had been removed from Google Play due to a “violation of the intellectual property and impersonation or deceptive behavior provisions of the Content Policy.” There’s been quite a bit of talk about it on Google+ and Reddit since then, and just a few hours ago I received word that it has been reinstated. I’ve republished the application and it is now online again. For anyone wondering, it seems like the issue wasn’t related to the app icon nor the screenshots. I was asked to prove to Google that I was authorized to use the data from www.themoviedb.org. I haven’t posted anything about it here, as I wanted to wait until I received a final decision. Anyway, just wanted to let you guys know what happened and how it turned...

Introducing Mizuu 3.0 “Black”

It finally happened! Mizuu 3.0 “Black” has been released. It’s a massive update and I can’t wait to tell you about the changes. It’s impossible to go through all the changes in details, so I’ll stick with the most important ones. Let’s go!   A new design language First of all, the entire application has been redesigned. I won’t say that this is a “Material design” update – partly because that phrase has been misused ever since Google announced the design concept, and partly because there’s a lot missing in order for it to fully make use of all the new stuff. Having said that, version 3.0 does have some cool elements and I’ve tried to follow the guidelines. Future updates will bring visual improvements as well, so worry not! Like I said, the entire application has had a makeover, and I’d like to highlight a few of the changes. The movie and TV show library overviews look a lot different than what you’re used to seeing. The drop-down menu on the top left is now gone and has been replaced with tabs that each show a different view of your content – i.e. favorites, watched content and new releases. The code for the library views has been completely rewritten and it’s a lot smarter now. One such example is that the tabs are sandboxed. This means that you can search, filter and sort in one tab and leave all the other tabs completely untouched. Also, filters can now stack, meaning that you can set both a genre filter and a release year filter, if you please. The layout for movie...

Calling all translators!

The upcoming version is almost ready for prime time. The release includes a lot of changes to strings throughout the application, and I’d love to get some translations ready before releasing the new version. Translation strings in Mizuu is quite simple. You just need to download an XML file with all the strings, and then translate them into your language. There are quite a number of strings, however, so it’s not something you do in five minutes. Most languages already have most of the strings translated, although some of the original strings have been updated and need to be updated as well in the translations. You can find more details about translations here and here. Feel free to e-mail me or comment below if you have any questions. If you want to make it before the next update, I’ll need the translations by December 29, as the next version will be released on December 30. Happy holidays,...

Another update on what’s to come

Hi peeps! It’s been some time since my last blog post, so I thought I’d go ahead and give you some details on what’s been happening lately and what’s coming up. What’s been up? Well, a lot! I’ve been busy making tons of changes in Mizuu. Many of them are “under the hood” changes that’ll make it possible to do other kinds of changes. An example of this is that I’m currently working on some database changes that’ll make it easier for me to implement a backup feature in a future version. Mizuu will now also support multiple file path mappings for single TV show episodes. Another example is that I’ve been making some changes to how library updates are handled. This means that it’s now much simpler to add other data sources. The next version of Mizuu will support both TheTVDb and TMDb as data sources for TV shows. And did I mention that TV show identification has been completely rewritten and is now AWESOME? Guess I didn’t. But needless to say that it is quite awesome! And it works with multi-episode files as well. Oh – and I’ve changed the way manual identification works. Previously you could only localize content in the system language, but now you can choose between all kinds of languages. If the content isn’t available in the selected language, it’ll default back to English. Quite neat. I’ve literally made changes to tens of thousands of lines of code in the past few months, and a lot of stuff has happened. I’ll go into great detail on everything when I release the next version. I don’t have an ETA yet, but it’ll be...

Mizuu wiki is now live

I’ve added a wiki to the Mizuu GitHub page and I’ve started adding various entries for guides and documentation. I’ll add more in the coming days and weeks, and it’ll hopefully make it easier for other people to join in and share their knowledge of the application. Like I said, I’ve already added a bit of content, mostly from the old FAQ pages. The information has been updated, as the old stuff was heavily outdated, and I’ll naturally update the contents of the remaining FAQ pages when adding it to the wiki. I’m particularly happy about the updated documentation regarding naming conventions for movies and TV shows, as well as the documentation on custom movie data. Anyway, this was just a brief update on documentation, supportability and hopefully on making it easier to use the application and understand how it works. Let me know what you think and feel free to help out!...

Another update on Mizuu on “Android L” and next major release

Hi guys! Another day, another set of Google I/O presentations. Lots of awesome stuff was presented today (from a developer’s perspective) and I’m super excited to get started with getting Mizuu ready for Android L. There are a lot of changes in the new release and lots of current stuff is being deprecated – in other words, Google now discourages the use of a lot of current stuff. I’ve already told you that I want to make sure that Mizuu is ready for the changes when the new platform is released in the fall. What I haven’t told you is that I’ll do my best to make the user experience the same on older versions of Android. Google have announced that they’ll provide developers with tools to use the new stuff while still supporting older versions of Android. As I’m sure you can imagine, the changes are not something that you can do in a day, week or even a month. It is something that takes a lot of time and effort. That’s why I’ve decided that I’ll ditch the upcoming version 2.9 and jump straight to version 3.0 with a release date near the final release of Android L. Like I said, Android L will be released in the fall, so it’ll roughly be 3 or 4 months from now. That’ll give me enough time to not only add all kinds of new features and do a proper re-write of certain parts of the app, but also apply the new style and thoroughly test everything. At the moment it is not possible to develop using the new Android L API’s while...