What’s going on with BringCast 2.0?

Hi There.. just wanted to post a (long overdue) update on what’s going on with BringCast 2.0.

Things have been a little hectic recently.  The Day Job has been consuming a considerable amount of time culminating in the recent //BUILD/ conference.. big news from my team 🙂  But, none-the-less we have been making some progress on BringCast 2.0 in the intervening period.

BringCast 2.0 for Windows Phone “Mango:

This is the next update for BringCast for Windows Phone.  The two main features that this release will include are support for:

  1. Background Audio
  2. Background Downloads

Both of these are features that are enabled by new APIs in the Windows Phone Mango release and it’s fair to say that both have had their implementational challenges.  Still, they are up and running in builds which is great news.  We are now working on fixing up bugs so that we can get BringCast 2.0 out in a timely manner.  To that end we’ve decided to focus the next release on these two main features in order to get an update out sooner rather than later; there are other new things in “Mango” that we’d like to take advantage of in the future but we figure that users would rather have an update sooner with fewer features rather than a Mondo update at some indeterminate future date.  Plus background audio is really a must have.  There are some other features in BringCast v2.0 that users will appreciate but we’ll save talking about those until we are ready to ship some bits 🙂

BringCast 2.0 for codename “Windows 8”

Since the day job is all about big Windows, we’ve also been devoting some time to porting BringCast 2.0 to that platform.  Specifically we’ve been investing time in making the core of BringCast portable between Windows Phone and Windows 8 so that we can leverage shared code going forwards.  We’ve not yet spent significant effort on a full-blown Metro style user interface but here is a screenshot of the early test UI that exists so far running on top of the shared core:

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More news as time permits.

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Clarkezone Software

Since BringCast got a shout-out in Windows Weekly episode 202, and also because we are avid listeners of many of the shows on the TWiT network we recently decided to support Leo’s ever expanding empire by purchasing a brick that will be on display in the new brick TWiT house.  Here’s a photo of our certificate:

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BringCast 1.4 is out

BringCast 1.4 was accepted into the Windows Phone marketplace yesterday (7/12).  Appologies for how long it took to get it out 😦 Not many major changes for this release.. primarily fixes in the parser as well as a large number of new feeds added to the database as well as some behind the scenes infrastructure changes for the future.  The changelog is here.  Out of interest, one of the reasons that I was unable to release many database updates for 1.3 was due to the fixes in the parser needed to support feeds that were being requested.

From a development perspective, now we move onwards to BringCast 2.0 for Windows Phone Mango and [redacted] 🙂  There is plenty of Mango goodness.. the plan is to start with enabling Background Audio and OS managed Background Downloading.  I’ll post a YouTube video once those are working.

Welcome to the Clarkezone Software Blog

Since originally launching BringCast for Windows Phone 7, we’ve decided to set up a website that isn’t tied to specifically to BringCast.  This is because we may build new products in the future and wanted to centralize our web presence around Clarkezone Software rather than any one product.  The www.bringcast.com domain name will shortly be pointed to this site as well.  We will also use this blog to post updates on progress with BringCast on Windows phone (expect an update on 1.4 soon Smile ), BringCast for other platforms as well as other thoughts on life as a Micro ISV.  Stay tuned for more info!