We wanted to announce that we’re about to submit our latest version of FrostWire for Android to the OUYA developer portal!
If you are a OUYA console owner, this will be very different from a game, there’s still a lot to improve in terms of the feel and the controller and we’re probably going to be one of the few apps you’ve tried where you’ll notice that your OUYA controller has a touchpad.
Let’s keep our fingers crossed and hopefully we’ll be accepted this very week and sharing files from your living room between your OUYA, your android phone/tablet and your PC via FrostWire.
The OUYA (/ˈuːjə/ oo-yə) is a microconsole running its own version of the Android operating system, developed by Boxer8. Julie Uhrman founded the project in 2012. She brought in designer Yves Béhar to collaborate on the design of the project, and Muffi Ghadiali as product manager to put together the engineering team. Development was funded via Kickstarter, raising $8.5 million and becoming the website’s second-highest-earning project in its history.
A new FrostWire for Android is out on Google Play.
In this release we improved our search algorithm to include relevant search results that were being hidden in previous versions.
We’ve also made use of Square’s Picasso Image loading/caching library for displaying all the images on the user interface, resulting in less crashes due to out of memory errors we kept receiving. Now when browsing your Audio files you will be able to see the cover art of the track, making music browsing a lot friendlier.
We’ve removed ad display from the player window, no more admob ads, instead we’ll rely on the support of the community and we’ve placed a donation control which you can always turn off on the application settings.
We’ve added a new navigation menu called “Watch TV” which will either launch or take you to the android market so that you try our new app “FrostWire TV ” to watch live TV channels (and a huge library of video on demand content). This app is still in beta testing period, we’d love for you to give it a try and give us as much feedback as you can. We’ll reveal more details about our Live TV initiatives and new partnerships on an upcoming press release. As an added bonus,
this release is compatible with OUYA, however there’s still a lot of user experience details that need to be fine tuned for better feedback on non-touch screens. Here is the full changelog:
FrostWire 1.0.8 - MAY/31/2013
- New main menu entry to launch "FrostWire TV" app.
- Search algorithm improvement brings better quality and missing search results.
- Local audio files now show album art making local music browsing friendlier.
- Fixes bug where audio player would stop instead of pausing when removing headphones.
- Updated Image caching based on Picasso, better frame rate overall, should see
less Out of memory error reports.
- Fixes bug where the search cache couldn't purge old entries nor it could be deleted.
- Fix for parsing torrents with minor mistakes in trackers list.
- Less intensive HTML detection during torrent parsing
- Added jdk14 logging library.
- Fixes bug where .torrent files and magnets would not open with some file/web browsers.
- Fixes crash reported when there is no access to the image cache folder.
- Fixes crash initializing donations Billing Service.
- Better description for mobile network data usage and bittorrent preferences.
- Removed Google AdMob.
- Added donations request component instead of ads.
- Integrates Offercast offers on installation.
- Experimental OUYA compatibility.
Download Experimental Build for OUYA
It was a painless journey to get FrostWire to run on OUYA. We just had to add a line on the application manifest and an image so it’d be shown on the OUYA’s “Play” section.
As of now, this experimental build will let you perform downloads, we still have not plugged a keyboard to our OUYA so we couldn’t test search, but we think it should work just fine.
To install you will need to have the Android Development Toolkit installed on your computer.
You can install the apk, simply by connecting the OUYA to your computer via USB, and invoking
adb install frostwire.1.0.8.build90.ouya.apk
Then plug the OUYA to your TV and you should see FrostWire on the Play section ready to be used.
Here are some screenshots of our test run
Yay, FrostWire on the TV