We are pleased to announce a new update in time for the New Year. Version 2.5 is out now on the iOS App Store and on Google Play for Android.
This release adds an option for listening to an audio track on repeat, plus support for saving offline media items to SD cards on Android devices.
Improved audio player
We received feedback that when listening to a song, chant or talk, it was hard to follow along the accompanying lyrics or transcript text because the space for text was too small. In response, we’ve made the audio player slimmer:
Repeat feature for audio and video
We’ve also added a repeat option. This can be turned on with the repeat button, to the immediate right of the play/pause button:
The track will play in a loop until disabled (by pressing it again) or until the track is stopped.
We anticipate that this function will be most useful when listening to chants or songs.
SD card support on Android
On Android phones and tablets, we have added support for downloading media items onto an SD card for offline use. This is useful if you would like tracks to be available offline, but have limited space on your device.
To learn more about this feature and how to use it, please read ‘Using an SD card with the Plum Village app’.
Other improvements in v2.5
As usual, this update includes a range of small improvements and bug fixes. Most notably, we have:
- Added a setting which allows disenablement of the data warning when downloading tracks using mobile data (in Extras > Settings)
- Added an alert after the first download of a media item, to explain how offline items work
- Fixed a bug which could lead to the audio player controls becoming unresponsive.
Continuing the development of the Plum Village app in 2021
As we enter the New Year, we will be reviewing feedback and deciding which new features to prioritise for development. If you would like to have a say, this is the perfect time to vote on the existing suggestions or to submit an idea for a new feature on our feedback board.
As has been the case with Buddhist teachings for millennia, there is no charge for the Plum Village app and its digital content. If your means allow, please consider offering a donation to support our small team’s continued work on the app in 2021.