Poweramp update adds new KitKat feature

January 8, 2014
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A new update to the Poweramp Music Player app adds some new KitKat features and fixes a few bugs in the app.

Poweramp, for those who haven’t heard of it, is a powerful third-party music app for Android that can play just about any music file you throw at it. It will play everything from mp3 and mp4 to ogg, wma, and flac. It’s almost like the dedicated music equivalent of VLC player. You can even skin it like VLC for a more customized app experience.

The latest build of Poweramp adds the ability to scrub through songs from the lock screen on phones running Android 4.4 KitKat. Google introduced the functionality with KitKat, and added the feature to its Google Play Store, but this is the first version of Poweramp to take advantage of it. The feature makes it easy to skip ahead in songs without unlocking your phone, which is especially helpful for music files that have long stretches of silence before a secret track on an album.

The latest version of the app also makes some improvements for Samsung fans. The app should no longer crash in list view on Samsung devices running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean or higher. Poweramp now also supports Bluetooth track info for Samsung smartphones.

Other changes to the new version of Poweramp include the album art/mobile user agent option. The new version also fixes a number of bugs including an issue with switching from vibrate to ring, and third-party skin issues. Now, when a third-party skin won’t load the app will simply default back to the standard one.

Is Poweramp your music player of choice? If not, how do you listen to music on your phone?

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