Our classic music player, Cloudskipper 2.0 is now available in the Play Store. The new app is a massive UI overhaul designed for ICS and later devices with high res screens.
The new app has the same overall flow and feel, just brought closer to current trends and features. We've done away with the glassy design and applied a cleaner, flatter look. The fundamentals are still here: swipe based navigation, thumb-level buttons, social sharing, and our lock screen.
For everyone who's been asking for a direct download of the in-progress version of Cloudskipper 2.0, we've very happy to announce Cloudskipper 2.0 beta is available in our new Google+ community.
The beta requires Android 4.0.3 & later, is pretty buggy, and widgets don't work. But if you want a peek, it's there.
We got lot of work done on Cloudskipper this fall, but couldn't actually release to the Play Store because it wasn't fully "done." Recently, Google added the ability to distribute beta versions of apps using Google+ communities, so now we can! We're hoping to get a lot of great feedback during our development cycles this way. Feedback and criticism is very much encouraged.
While the cats away, the mice will play... and so we did. While part of the team was off at Burningman the rest of us gave Cloudskipper a long-needed refresh. Shown here today is the new Folders view, Album view, and music player. We're embracing a flat UI / thin-font style that looks amazing on today's ultra-high resolution screens, while still maintaining the classic Cloudskipper look and feel.
This week Cloudskipper got a decent update: we've added new widget sizes and took care of some stability issues relating to ICS.
We're still tied up with HD Widgets and getting the new themes in place. It's not nearly as sexy as Cloudskipper but it pays the bills ;-) We're getting close to where HDW can coast for a while and Cloudskipper can get our full attention. This will be a fun year!
First off, we're really happy to push out an update for Cloudskipper. This one focused on improving album artwork throughout the app. We're now pulling direct from each mp3 as it's played (as we should). On some devices, the differences will be very apparent (the image above shows the before and after for a Droid 2). The album art may be a little slower but this way it's always fresh!
This last week was crazy for HD Widgets. We took part in Google's 10 Billion promotion and the results far exceeded our expectations. We thought we'd see a big bump in users, maybe 20k-30k. Instead we had 150k downloads in a single day! Our app hit the #2 spot on the Paid Apps lists on Monday and now we're settling down among the top 20 apps. From launch to top 20 in 5 weeks - yeah, crazy. Big thanks to everyone =)
HD Widgets also got a few updates yesterday. The big one was custom hot spots - you can now pick what app is launched when you click the clock and date. Weather and forecasts will continue to launch the big weather activity screen. And finally any of the hotspots can now be turned off. Also, we added about a dozen new Galaxy Note sized widgets and fixed some time-related issues.
What's next? We're going to take care of the basics in small steps for now, and save big updates for big releases. Next for Cloudskipper is better library navigation, including Folders, Podcasts, Genres, and Options Menu shortcuts. For HD Widgets we're working on new switches and switch groups, as well as some new widgets (4x1 header, 2x1 clock).