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WARSAW,
FEBRUARY 2019




So - I was surprised that some of the guys who commented my initial post about XenoAmp on XDA back in 2012 still lurk here (thanks cauch_y, Freak07, 39FarmallM)

When I wrote that post I had zero knowledge of Android coding and just very faint memories of Java (although back in 1995 when it was released I started learning it straight away). So really I had neither Java nor Android skills back then... What I did have was a vision of UI that I wanted to implement, and since XenoAmp is in Play for some years now, you may wonder how close the final effect was to that vision. The answer is: HARDLY AT ALL.

You see - I quickly learned (the hard way) that coding on Android isn't CODING WHAT YOU WANT, but rather HOW ANDROID ALLOWS YOU TO. But still I tried and I don't even remember how many times I fought Android and Android won, before I finally gave up trying to do things my way. But if it was the only Android annoyance I'd be a happy coder anyway, believe me. Unfortunately there are worse showstoppers: some of the things that you can find in Android documentation work only THEORETICALLY. Yes, guys! BUGS! Lots of them and surprisingly Google rarely cares about fixing them, probably being too occupied with releasing groundbreaking new features (sarcasm) and adding 1 to Android version every month. So imagine your app behaves badly and, after hours of scratching your head and thinking why your code doesn't work, you stumble across Android bug report filed in 2010 with countless comments like this:


Quote:

Hey guys! Will it be fixed in 2011?

I wonder the same thing...

...

Hello, the bug still exists in Android n in 2012!

Me too!!!

Me too!!!

Me too!!!

...

Who's first in 2013?

...

It's 2014 and it is still not fixed?!

...

Shame on you Google in 2015!

Shame!

Shame!

...

C'mon it's 2016, why does this bug exist?

And so on...

But that's not all! After you rewrite broken Android classes with 1000s lines of your code, your app stops working or crashes because of WONDERFUL (sarcasm) NEW FEATURE INTRODUCED IN NEWEST ANDROID. Your app literally keeps breaking by itself!

But coming back to my vision of UI, after so many years it's obvious it wasn't worth it! People just prefer to do things the way they are used to, which I of course knew from the very beginning, but hoped most of them are at least as adventurous as I am and try new things nevertheless. Well - very few do (and most of them liked XenoAmp UI), but the rest had a hard time using Xeno, because it just didn't work as they expected.

So, after seven years of Android coding and becoming a Kotlin expert (Java's not fun anymore) I'm giving you this very conservative, dull and following-all-Android-UI-conventions XenoAmp2.

So let's take a tour!

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XenoAmp², App for all devices (see above for details)

Contributors
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Version Information
Status: Alpha
Current Beta Version: https://www.androidf

Created 2019-02-14
Last Updated 2019-03-18
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Application Tour

1. Home tab

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Shows recently played tracks (including streaming radio stations!) and playlists.

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As you remember from previous XenoAmp, any container can be added as a favorite. Be it your network neighborhood, 8Track feed, album on Spotify, playlist on Subsonic, directory on SMB server, Trip-Hop tracks, tracks by Thin Lizzy and so on. You can switch tile view to row view if you prefer it that way.

3. The Music

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Good old music sheet is still there. If you don't know it from previous XenoAmp - it's a configurable matrix view that allows you to display your collection by selecting what is visible in rows and columns. This particular screenshot shows album artist in rows and albums in columns. But you can configure it to show i.e. year and genre.

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Long touch track or tile anywhere in XenoAmp and this thingy pops up. Colorful chips allow you to jump to separate pages showing only tracks from particular genres (green), album (purple), artist (blue), similar artist (yellow) - see example in 6. There are more chip types, depending on entry (i.e. users in 8Tracks or Spotify).

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Allows track reordering and expanding your knowledge! If you clicked a tile in sheet view you can pull this list left and right to see other tiles in the row

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This usually shows up if you click any of the colorful chips. Of course clicking any of the bands will bring you to yet another category view.

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The good old browser, nothing changed there. For new users: everything XenoAmp can play is part of one, large filesystem. So here you can find and list your Android device, UPnP, SMB servers, Subsonic, 8Tracks and other music services.


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A whole bunch of them! Long touch the cover to switch between four layouts:

a) small with thumbnail-like image (nice choice of colors for MOS 6581, XenoAmp, btw!) and boring standard controls

b) middle with whole cover visible and boring standard controls

c) big with cover filling whole screen and boring standard controls

d) big with standard XenoAmp wheel menu that some of you enjoyed

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I guess it needs no explanation

10. Equalizer

Nothing fancy here, besides the usual room correction for loudspeakers and audiogram-like test for headphones.

The technology

So this time I'm not fighting Android, during these years I learned to live with it peacefully. XenoAmp2 uses Google ExoPlayer 2 and all the goodies (and limitations) that come with it (one of them is probably there will be no Spotify support this time!). All used components and libraries are bleeding edge.

I'm planning on adding different skins that will not only change colors, but in some cases look of the whole views shown above. XenoAmp2 was written in a very skin-friendly way from the very beginning.

Unfortunately many of cool features (like i.e. nice transition animations) are supported only since Lollipop and on older Androids your XenoAmp2 experience may be different.

Misc info

It's far from being finished!

It's sure full of new bugs, as it is practically written from scratch!

Xeno Radio Station directory server is down for everyone. I'm looking for a new home for it.

Currently it asks on start for read access to your files as this is required to read ALL the tags from files, even those not supported by Android normally. For very paranoid - I might change it in the future to stick just to tags available in Android, but it's not a high priority right now.

A few first releases here will probably crash a lot due to ProGuard messing with classes it shouldn't mess with. We'll fix that as we go.
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@ssuukk very interesting little writeup

I don’t develop any apps so I can’t really comment on how it feels to design the app around androids limitations.

But when I started kernel developing I experienced the same. You have to find your way around how android is working and try to just get the best out of it!
thanks for all the continued effort, for never abandoning this project , for all the teasing regarding XenoAmp² and for the wonderful app you provided us all to use! It’s been a long and rewarding journey! You can be really proud!


Now if you’d just post a little alpha build to test after all that teasing
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Where is the alpha download? The one in the playstore is from January.

I tried using this several years ago, but could only get it to work sometimes. It was mostly because I used Google play music (but don't anymore - my music is dl'd into my phone now). Good luck with it.
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I can't wait to see it

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Glad to see that you are still in the game ssuukk!
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All - sorry for delay, but as with everything Android - there are dragons ahead.

Currently I can't run the app in release mode

And that is after I spent a day wondering why it doesn't install at all in release mode

So there's still some wait I guess...
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OK, guys. Take it for a ride (or instant crash maybe?)

https://www.androidfilehost.com/?w=files&flid=20714

SOME INFO:
  • it's not optimized, I wonder how slow it will be on older phones...
  • DON'T go to sheet while XenoAmp is syncing for the first time, since the view is live (and unoptimized...) it will be non responsive when it is trying to update several times a second...
  • When browsing SMB filesystem you won't get prompted for password, so go into prefs (on home tab) and enter your passwords first if your network doesn't use anonymous (guest) accounts
  • PROBABLY will not install with XenoAmp (the original one ) installed
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Is it called ap-debug.apk? Interesting title.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ssuukk

OK, guys. Take it for a ride (or instant crash maybe?)

https://www.androidfilehost.com/?w=files&flid=20714

SOME INFO:

it's not optimized, I wonder how slow it will be on older phones...

DON'T go to sheet while XenoAmp is syncing for the first time, since the view is live (and unoptimized...) it will be non responsive when it is trying to update several times a second...

When browsing SMB filesystem you won't get prompted for password, so go into prefs (on home tab) and enter your passwords first if your network doesn't use anonymous (guest) accounts

PROBABLY will not install with XenoAmp (the original one ) installed

@ssuukk crashes when opening on pixel 3 xl. Log attached.


https://del.dog/qipopixipu


edit:

Logcat can be found here:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1not...w?usp=drivesdk
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