SubFire 1.5 status - the Chrome-Android bug fix is coming...

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SubFire 1.5 status - the Chrome-Android bug fix is coming...

Postby acroyear » Mon Mar 07, 2016 12:49 am

Chrome Dev v50 (the version that will, after testing, feedback, and fixes, become Chrome 50) has, with a little flip of a chrome://flags switch, solved the problem of Chrome-Android's issues with currentTime and duration on constant bit rate files, a problem that's been around since v40, and has since 'infected' Amazon's Fire platform where the webview is based on Chromium v41. Yay! Hopefully it is a general purpose solution in Chromium and not specific only to Chrome, so the other Android platform browsers can inherit it in due time. For FireOS, that may take 6 months to a year of the workaround, but at least the workaround isn't useless.

Testing with it today finds that it performs just as well as Chrome Desktop and Firefox Android. If Android is a platform you would like to use SubFire on, without installing Firefox, let me know and I can publish the instructions on how to get the fix.

(The fix? They're 'unifying' the media libraries to the Desktop version, rather than relying on the underlying OS and its inconsistencies. go fig.)

I may still do some testing with Howler to see if the Web Audio API does better than the <audio> tag at working around on FireOS.

Speaking of FireOS, I am aware that the screensaver on FireTV/Stick sometimes 'crashes', causing the app to close and making it return to the home page. I will try to debug it, but I'm so far liking the color-patterns on the regular playing page that I may just rely on that from now on. If you really like the screensaver mode, let me know, 'cause I'm not 100% convinced it is worth the trouble right now over just working on more improvements to the main playing page that all platforms need.

Currently, work is on hold on SubFire while I work on the upcoming SubFireRadio page, which will allow you to define rules for 'smart' shuffle playlists, and regenerate the playlist's file list directly on the page, and also save it as a 'station' to generate in SubFire on demand. I hope to have that finished by the end of March, with a 'beta' release likely in a week or so.
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Re: SubFire 1.5 status - the Chrome-Android bug fix is comin

Postby acroyear » Sat Mar 12, 2016 3:10 pm

1.6.0 has been released to the web (incl Firefox) and Chrome App Store. This now changes how the artist/album info is drawn as the music plays, and will replace the (buggy) screensaver version on the FireTV/Stick version after I do some tweaks on how the album art is rendered. I hope to finish the Amazon FireOS version by Monday.
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Re: SubFire 1.5 status - the Chrome-Android bug fix is comin

Postby acroyear » Tue Mar 15, 2016 4:44 pm

The FireOS version of 1.6.0, which fixes the screensaver crash issue and introduces artist/album text, has been approved and deployed by Amazon.
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