Poweramp, everybody’s favorite Android music player, is about to get even better. Poweramp version 3.0 has just been released as a public alpha, providing early access to all-new features including a revamped audio engine and visualization changes in the app interface.

Poweramp 3.0 features an overhauled audio engine for even better music playback with deeper bass, improved effects and presets and the addition of tempo control. Visualizations are a large part of the update and are enabled by default.

Fortunately, your settings and purchases from the current version of Poweramp will be carried over if you make the update to this special sneak-peek release. For a complete changelog of what’s new and what’s coming in future beta builds, visit the Poweramp forum, where you can also download the Poweramp v3.0 APK.

It’s important to note that this is an alpha build – the first step on the path to final release – so don’t expect a perfectly polished product (although it is quite good already). The alpha build APK can be installed straight over the top of Poweramp version 2.0 but you’ll need to enable Unknown Sources in your Security settings to do so.

It is advisable to create a backup of your current Poweramp settings before testing out the alpha build, as the update is non-reversible without losing your settings profile. To do this, open a root explorer and back up the contents of the folder /data/data/com.maxmpz.audioplayer/

If you then choose to roll back later, just uninstall the alpha build and restore your settings in v2.0, which you’ll need to re-install from Google Play. At this stage, the alpha build only supports ARM-based processors, but Intel support will be coming soon. Likewise, skins are disabled in the current alpha build, but will re-appear once the new UI is locked down. One thing is for sure though, if you’re a fan of locally stored music, you’re in for a real treat.

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