Thanks you both for the very quick and helpful replies.
Originally Posted by ktsamy
These are the main concerns in android beta test.
1. For each and every minor update the changelog is to be entered in all supported languages. MX Player supports around 70+ languages & it's very difficult to enter the change log 70+ times for each and every minor updates.
2. As of now the test builds are mostly bug fix versions, not the one for testing new features. So, only recommended for those who has reported/facing the issue. They are getting informed through problem specific thread. Only they can report the particular issue is fixed or not. If it is in the case of beta test community once you opt in for beta & you will continue to get beta builds untill you opts out. So, it can't be used with average users for bug fixing.
3. We have planned to use a closed beta test community for the upcoming major upgrade v2.0 in which new features are to be tested before landing as stable. So, please watch this forum. We may announce the beta test once it's ready to test.
4. Regarding the custom codec, it's very difficult to maintain the custom codec for each and every test version. It will be compiled only from the ffmpeg source for stable version. Anyhow I will consider to compile the custom codec for beta too once beta testing is started.
Regarding #1, I did not know they had to be published for betas, would it not be adequate to put something along the lines of "see changelog at https://sites.google.com/site/mxvpen/
" (with the actual URL to a changelog) in each language or something? I guess even just the URL alone would be adequate and you wouldn't have to edit it for each language, it would only be for the few beta testers who wouldn't mind anyway.
Regarding #2, just because something is mainly bug fixes and not features does not mean that we'd prefer to test it than be on the stable build. I see your point about the average user, could this perhaps be worked around by changing the title and logo of the app slightly for beta builds like how Google do with Chrome and Chrome Beta? So the beta app could be called MX Player Pro Beta and have a little beta strap on the icon or have something inside the app that makes it obvious that you're still opted in for the beta and a button in a menu to take you directly to the opt-in/opt-out page?
Regarding #3, I will watch out for that, thanks! Do you have an ETA for v2.0?
Regarding #4, I'm a bit confused as to how you publish test builds of custom codecs, I though that because of this post
you only have test builds of certain custom codecs at certain times, so you could just put the test builds in the play store for the custom codecs that actually have a test build
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