I’m pleased to announce that version 2.2 of Mizuu has been published to Google Play. Lots of things have been changed, improved and introduced with this version, so I can’t wait for you guys to try it out. Here’s a brief break-down of some of the changes.
Sync with Trakt.tv
Many of you are using Trakt.tv to keep track of your favourite movies, TV shows and what you want to watch next. Some of you may even have been using it for several years, and have built up an extensive library of which movies and TV show episodes you’ve previously watched. Mizuu will now synchronize the data from Trakt.tv with your local library on the device.
Each time you perform a library update – either movies or TV shows – Mizuu will synchronize that library with your library at Trakt.tv. It’s a 2-way synchronization, so you’ll get everything from Trakt.tv and your local library of favourites, watched movies / episodes and watchlist will be reflected on the Trakt.tv website.
All you need to do is set up your Trakt.tv account in the Settings screen of Mizuu, and you’ll be good to go.
Scheduled library updates
Many of you have requested a way for Mizuu to automatically perform library updates with set intervals, and that’s coming with version 2.2. A new settings pane has been added that allows you to set up scheduled updates, and you can handle movie updates separately from TV show updates.
Mizuu will allow you to perform scheduled updates at application launch or at a set interval. The intervals are every 6 hours, 12 hours, day and week. Also, a new application permission has been added in order to start scheduled updates, if enabled, when booting your device device. Please note that the update will not start immediately after system boot as the interval timer resets.
Updated application style
I’ve been making some changes to the visual style of Mizuu. The theme colour is now darker, and there’s even greater focus on your content now. The changes are rather subtle and you might not even notice some of them, but I’m hoping it’ll improve the user experience even more.
Google TV is getting some love
Mizuu has offered experimental support for Google TV since version 2.0, and while some features are still a bit rough on the edges, this release will improve the user experience on Google TV quite significantly. I’ve worked a lot on improving navigation within the application using a remote, and it’s a lot better now. Still not perfect, but a lot better.
In order to improve the experience on Google TV, I’ve disabled the grid view style for TV show seasons. Users on Google TV will now only be able to browse TV show seasons using the list view. When selecting an episode from the list, Mizuu will now focus the play button of that episode, so the next press of the OK-button will start playback of the selected episode. Same thing happens with movies. Also, you can now – again – collapse and expand TV show seasons using the list view style.
Here’s an overview of all the changes in this release of Mizuu:
- Added extra data to Intent extras when playing videos (for 3rd party video player devs) – related post
- Added menu option to open movies in IMDb
- Added option to filter movies by file source and parent folder
- Added option to sort by weighted rating in movies and TV shows (higher rating for your favourites and movies you’ve watched)
- Added scheduled library updates
- Added support for local trailers on non-network locations
- Added titles to Daydream (Android 4.2 only)
- Added titles to Welcome screen, and you can now touch the backdrop images to show more details
- Bug fixes, including the broken movie search issue
- Fixed an issue that caused titles to disappear in the library overview
- Improved lots of focus-issues for Google TV devices
- Improved Trakt.tv integration with 2-way-sync of watchlist, favorites and watched movies / episode
- Local content will now be shown if available from actor movies and movie lists from the web
- Made it possible to collapse / expand TV show seasons in list view mode
- Made it possible to manually identify several unidentified TV show files at once
- Replaced the trailers tab with a menu item
- Updated application theme
As always, the update is available on Google Play, and the free version will be updated within a few days. There will likely be a minor update within a few days to fix any potential new bugs.
Beta releases might be returning
The Google Play team recently announced that developers will now be able to upload release versions, beta versions and even alpha versions of their applications to Google Play. I might take advantage of the feature in the future to push beta updates to users. This will be a paid-only feature, so it won’t work with the free version. Also, you’ll likely need to be subscribed to the Google+ community, but I’m not entirely sure about it, so I’ll return with more information about that.
Info on the next version
The next large version of Mizuu will be version 2.3. I’m planning on releasing this near the end of next month. The development period will be slightly longer than the promised 1-month period, but I’ve got a few important things to do – both in Mizuu and in real life. Besides, the planned features are rather large and complex, so it’ll take a bit longer to do.