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November 29, 2011

Progress on a new Android Player, part 2

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UPDATE: This new player has been officially released!

Last month, we posted that we were working on building a new Android player based on FFmpeg. Android continues to have many video playback bugs and fragmentation, and it’s been especially painful this year with Honeycomb (Android 3.x for tablets).

We’ve made great strides on the video front, but recently had a setback on the audio front. It seems that the audio decoder that’s part of FFmpeg chokes hard on AAC audio, which is how our courses are currently encoded. We’re hoping we can find a suitable replacement decoder, or we may end up transcoding the entire library to use MP3 audio for the Android formats. Ugh.

In any case, we’re going to be laser focused on the new Android player during the first two weeks of December and even if we have to reencode the entire library, we’ll do what it takes to get this new player shipped as soon as we can.

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is the Chief Technology Officer for Pluralsight. As CTO, Keith makes sure that Pluralsight's content delivery platform doesn't get in the way of your learning! He strives for less friction and more consistent quality every day.


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