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New Mobile Video Player Experience and Fire TV

Posted on June 3, 2019 by Matthew PhilpotMatthew Philpot

Time flies when you’re developing and working on exciting features, am I right? The mobile team has been busy this last month. After my last post, we took a survey asking for student feedback and aligned our work based on it. Overwhelmingly, our students wanted updated media controls and features.

And that’s exactly what we’ve been doing. A new video player and all the new features that come with it. While they’re not ready for release yet, I’m happy to be able to share more details about all of the exciting work going on!

New Mobile Video Player UI

First, please note though that this is still a work in progress. That said, here’s a sneak peek of the new video player that we’re working on. Taking inspiration from our favorite apps, we have restructured the UI to make it easier to access the controls and to allow more options for video playback:

Most obvious is the new playlist feature. This list allows the ability to browse course videos without backing out to the previous screen. It will be available in both portrait and landscape. In addition, we have the following features planned:

  1. Subtitles
  2. Transcripts – follow along with what the course author is saying on the side of the mobile device screen (more details soon!)
  3. Zoom and pan on a video
  4. Related content – get community recommendations. This can be related posts about the video or maybe suggested additional content!

Chromecast Autoplay on Android

Along with the updated video player will be full support for autoplay when casting to Chromecast.

We had received a lot of feedback from our students that Chromecast support needed to be expanded upon. It simply wasn’t good enough to cast a video, but they wanted it to also auto-start the next video in a course.

While this was simply impossible before, new and improved mobile API support will allow us to finally implement this. As long as the ‘autoplay’ option is enabled in the settings, Chromecast videos will be capable of automatically playing the next video in the course!

Android TV and Fire TV support

TV support is in progress! In addition to this much-requested feature, we are reworking the UI in general for our TV apps (Apple TV included) to provide a more cohesive TV watching experience. Since development on it has just started, I don’t have any screenshots or videos to provide to share just yet. That said, we are always open to student feedback and feature suggestions on things you’d like to see in our TV apps.

Be on the lookout for more information in next month’s mobile update!

Looking Ahead

As always, I like to finish with what else we have planned and what’s on the horizon. Looking out past the new video player and TV support, we have our eyes set on Learning Paths and an improved dashboard within the mobile app.

We like to prioritize our mobile work depending on student feedback, so be sure to let us know what you want most! We wouldn’t be here without you, so thank you for your continued enthusiasm and support.

I invite you to join the conversation below or download the apps today!

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