Player FM 3.7: Full-screen and miniplayer redesigned, plus more

Our new release is here, Player FM 3.7! This update is made possible by the collaboration of our users and the team. Here’s the rundown.

Redesigned full-screen player
As always, you’ll see the full-screen player when you swipe up the miniplayer, or tap its thumbnail image. The full podcast thumbnail is now present in its un-blurred, square-shaped glory, rather than the stretched-out, fuzzy background image we had before.

Even on portrait mode, you will see an improved and cleaner version on this new design. The video will now be on top of the episode title, similar to YouTube’s portrait mode, with permanent controls displayed below.

And on landscape mode, you can watch your favorite podcast in full-screen. Playback controls will be visible when you tap the screen.

Improved miniplayer layout
A few tweaks have been made to clean up the miniplayer design. Episode status (streamed or downloaded) appears beside the title. The overflow (…) button is now laid out more like the other controls, and playback progress time appears directly below it. The sleep timer is now white (same with the full-screen player). The main benefit of the title separating the slider and playback controls is to prevent fat fingers from accidental playback oopsies.

Quick shortcuts for Android 7
We’ve also added quick shortcuts on the app’s home screen icon, allowing direct access to Discover, Search, Subscriptions, and Play Later. This update is currently available for Android 7.1 (Nougat) users.

Unread counter on the home screen icon
For those who are not using Nougat, here’s something to rejoice about – we’ve integrated with TeslaUnread! By using Nova Prime Launcher and TeslaUnread, you will now see the number of new episodes on the lower-right corner of the home screen icon. It can save you time when checking new episodes.

Episode detail screen layout and dialogs
The episode detail screen layout has been tweaked for consistency with the series detail screen. For example, there’s now a divider under the play button, an actionable Play Later option on the left, and the episode duration under the play button. This allowed us to clean up the metadata shown above the shownotes. Now, all metadata are grouped in one line.

In addition, when you tap on the “Stream” status, there is an option to download the episode.

And for episodes with “Downloaded” status, this dialog has a re-download option now.

Series detail screen showing subscription count

It’s a social app after all, so the series detail screen now shows the number of Player FM subscribers. This is useful for users to easily determine a popular podcast without going through the Discover screen. There have been a couple of minor interface tweaks in line with the episode detail updates mentioned above.

Better handling of duplicates in search results
Similar to the subscribers count on the series detail screen, search results will now show the number of subscribers of a podcast series. And as mentioned, search results have been updated to improve decision-making when there are duplicates or similar feeds present. It will also show the feed URL when duplicates are detected.

Simplified sort order for subscriptions and playlists
The playlist sort options now has “Latest added” as the first option, and the default recommended sort option since most users are more interested in listening to episodes they recently saved.

Bug fixes and more
Among other updates: played episodes are made darker in lists, so their status are more conspicuous. For users with dark theme phone settings, notifications can also be set to dark – there is a new option for those with dark theme to choose between phone theme and app theme when it comes to notifications.

Download Player FM in Google Play Store now!