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

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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 maintaining support for previous versions of Android. This will hopefully change in the coming months, thereby allowing me to publish beta versions for those of you who are interested. I’ll also keep updating the blog with my progress and anyone can of course grab the source code and help me shape the future of Mizuu.

Thanks a lot for everything!

3 Comments

  1. So no external SD card support any time soon then? *sob*

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    • It’s probably good (for others reading this) to be a bit specific in this case, and say that Mizuu does support reading of files on your external SD card and any other mounted storage.

      What you’re asking about is the ability to change the data location, so it’s stored on the SD card rather than on internal storage.

      Well… I looked into the stuff you mentioned in one of our previous e-mail conversations, and it’s sadly not as simple as you thought. Mizuu already attempts to put the data on the external storage, but there’s no way to guarantee that this is the user’s SD card. There’s simply no “SD card path” in Android – it varies with every single device out there.

      The only solution is to add some sort of folder browser and ask the user to select the folder where everything should be stored. This could work, but I’m not able to test that at the moment, so I can’t do it.

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  2. I tend to forget that you can specify the location of files to index, including local. For me, Mizuu works best pointed at a NAS, and then use the “watch offline” functionality, which works great.

    I realise it might not be trivial, it was more about whether because you’re working on “L” support (which I’m fine with – I’d want to be able to move to L as soon as I can 🙂 it would take significantly longer for the next release. I realise that might not include everything I’d like 🙂

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