subtitles, transcripts, and stability improvements – Linux Academy
Hello Linux Academy freshmen! This ultimate month has been a hectic one for the cellular staff, in additional techniques than one. For this weblog submit despite the fact that, I’m going to shake issues up somewhat. While I most often in finding myself writing the submit all through the month, this time I’m doing it multi function cross. I feel this may give me an excellent higher talent to translate ideas into phrases and recount the ultimate month of building.
When I logged into my pc this morning, espresso in hand, I assumed again to my first per 30 days replace. There, we peered again into time, having a look on the first model of the app in all its glory. Well, glory might be somewhat of an exaggeration. That first revision, which used to be launched ahead of my time right here at Linux Academy, used to be extra comparable to any individual finding out to code “Hello World” for the primary time. It used to be lovable. Anyways, having a look again I used to be reminded why we – all folks right here at Linux Academy – do that within the first position.
That explanation why is you, our scholars and freshmen. We’re right here as a result of we like serving to others succeed in their objectives, and we like this group of freshmen that ever-supports each and every different in our quest for extra. With that during thoughts, let’s take a dive into the ultimate month of cellular building right here at Linux Academy.
Subtitles / Closed-Captions
As a few of you have got already spotted, previous this month we formally launched the primary iteration of closed captions on cellular. This used to be a extremely asked cellular characteristic since its debut at the web site. While it’s now not ordinary for cellular apps to lag in the back of the web site in characteristic releases, our lengthen used to be brought about through API problems which avoided us from imposing the characteristic.
Subtitles are to be had for each on-line and offline movies with Android. With iOS despite the fact that there’s a small, albeit transient, caveat. Closed captions are lately best to be had for offline movies. There have been some small formatting problems that iOS is gloomy about, and we’re operating to unravel that. I don’t have a timeline for once they’ll be to be had for streaming movies by means of iOS, however expectantly, it’ll be quickly.
I do have some further notes so as to add right here. First, since we’ve gained some feedback in regards to the subtitles now not being 100% correct. This will no doubt strengthen with time, however getting the characteristic out for you all to make use of used to be extra vital than making sure absolute accuracy first. Second, subtitles aren’t to be had for each and every video but. We are repeatedly operating to get subtitles added to all of our content material, however this takes time. For movies that don’t have subtitles but, you’ll obtain an error message very similar to “Subtitles not available”
Okay, now onto the joys issues within the pipeline.
Coming quickly to iOS and Android! I need to be truthful. We weren’t making plans on imposing transcripts till later this yr. Our resident iOS developer, despite the fact that, applied it on twist of fate whilst he used to be operating on subtitles. I do know, I had the similar query. How do you put into effect it by chance? Either manner, that implies you get to get pleasure from it and get to look the characteristic faster than deliberate!
In addition to following alongside, you’ll scroll and click on on any of the captions to look at the lesson from that time. We actually suppose this may take cellular finding out to the following stage and I’m hoping you’re as excited as we’re.
Installation and Upgrade Statistics
When speaking about cellular building, it’s beautiful simple to mention that stability is crucial issue. In my thoughts, options come 2nd, and UI design in an in depth 3rd. Why is reliability first? Simply put, that is because of how lengthy it takes updates to be put in – spoiler, it takes a very long time! For our inside statistics, 95% is when I will safely say that “most” scholars have put in an replace or have an app the place a malicious program has been fastened.
Every Monday, I love to move over set up statistics from the Google Play developer console to look what number of lively installations there are and the distribution of app variations. While I will’t percentage precise numbers, I will percentage an instance according to the consequences.
Let’s say I sought after to estimate how lengthy till 95% of our lively scholars have put in a model of the Android app that has subtitles or closed-captions. Based on our analytics knowledge, that might take upwards of 2-Three months! In maximum circumstances, over 85% may have up to date the app inside the first two weeks, but it surely’s that further ten p.c that takes a very long time. I’d such as you to stay this in thoughts.
Let’s discuss how the apps have fared lately. I can be the primary one to confess that September and October have been tough for us. While we nonetheless loved a prime crash-free price throughout our iOS and Android apps, we have been suffering from two primary problems that ended in irritating person stories:
- The first used to be authentication-related – we had scholars that weren’t ready to login or create accounts. Since this used to be server connected, this can be a lot more uncomplicated to mend for everybody unexpectedly.
- The 2nd used to be video connected. We have been operating so hot-and-fast with cellular updates that we didn’t make an effort wanted to return and be sure the enjoy used to be as bug-free because it had to be. Being a subject with the app itself, fixes can take a very long time to roll out relying on Google Play or the Apple App Store.
Both of those problems have since been fastened, but it surely left us with a number of time to mirror. Referring to the above, because of this it’s so vital to replace apps often. I in truth really feel unhealthy for college kids which can be nonetheless affected by video-related problems that have been fastened through more recent variations of the app.
I’d like to mention that whilst we don’t intend for this to occur, insects do make it in the course of the cracks and we wouldn’t were ready to search out and monitor them down with out your lend a hand. So a large because of all of our scholars that reported the problems and helped with our debugging. Going ahead, we will be able to be extra diligent ahead of making releases. It might lead to options taking somewhat longer to broaden, however we really feel that is the easiest way to move ahead.
Finally, I love to near out each and every per 30 days replace with our plans having a look forward. It’ll be brief and candy this time round. For the remainder of the yr, our gaze lies only upon a brand new ‘Community Groups’. We’ve simply gained ultimate designs from our UI staff that we’re tremendous fascinated by and can’t wait to get began on. I stay up for sharing extra updates at some point!