If you transitioned to Android from the mp3 audio era, you probably carry around a goodly amount of music files on your phone’s storage. Poweramp was one of the slickest audio players in the time of Android KitKat, Lollipop, and Marshmallow – when Android was still heck ugly and you needed an audio player with a good interface. But Poweramp grew a bit stale in the past few years – with the advent of Spotify and streaming music. It’s good to know the developers haven’t given up on the app yet.
The developers of Poweramp have just recently put out Version 3 Beta, and as you may have guessed, this is not quite ready for primetime as of yet. But what is cool to see is that the developers have done a radical redesign of the user interface, enough that you would mistake it for a newly developed app. There are also new features, including OpenSL high definition audio if your device supports it.
Check out the full changelog below:
- New UI
- New navigation: swipe or click album art to go to the current playing list as previously, swipe album art for the next/previous track, drag more for category change (applies also to the bottom miniplayer)
- Use bottom miniplayer to return to the main ui or to change tracks
- Swipe left/right from lists for fast return
- Pinch-zoom in lists
- New menus, panels, popups, dialogs, etc.
- New “wave” seekbar
- New visualization panel (appears when a visualization is active, NOTE: filtering/list operations don’t work yet)
- New notifications (3 different implementations depending on Android version)
- Updated Hi-Res (Exp) Output for Android 7.0 (but it doesn’t work for Android 8)
- New OpenSL HD Output for Android 8.0.
Poweramp V3 beta isn’t available via the Play Store yet. If you want to go ahead and try it out, you can check the official forums for an APK installer (see source link below).