Most audiophiles around here probably remember Poweramp. The paid ($3.99) music player might not be a winner in the looks department, but it makes up for it by being one of the most feature-rich music players out there. So feature rich and reliable, in fact, that it remained the player of choice for some users despite an absolute lack of updates since September 2016. It supports a wide range of audio files including mp3, m4a, ogg, wma, flac, and others, as well as including an internal equalizer, crossfade, gapless playback, support for displaying lyrics (powered by Musixmatch) and a whole lot more. A major update for Poweramp is, however, coming very soon.
The first and most noticeable change is in the UI department, and boy does it look different. Given that Poweramp’s previous UI looked rather old compared to Material-based players like Retro Music Player and Phonograph, it was one of the most criticized aspects of the application. The developers are bringing a fresh coat of paint to Poweramp. The new UI is not really Material-based like the rest of its competitors and still favors function over form, but it looks a lot better while at it, including new animated transitions on every aspect of the app. The “now playing” screen features a blurred version of the song’s cover as the background and it actually looks nice.
“Now Playing” screen for different songs.
All other menus inside the app—including the album list, the song list, and the equalizer—were also revamped, swapping the old UI for a white-based one. Animations are also the order of the day: absolutely all transitions inside Poweramp are now served with a buttery-smooth animation, making the app a complete pleasure to use. Notifications were also updated to both support the new notification format introduced with Android Nougat and to support Android Oreo‘s colored notifications.
In my opinion, while it could definitely look better, this is an absolute step in the right direction. You can download the latest beta from Poweramp’s forums but have in mind that some basic functionality—like some library categories, playlists, and more—is missing from this version. If you’re happy with your current Poweramp installation, do not download this, as a proper beta with all functionality included should come around May. But if regardless, you want to play around with what the newest Poweramp has in store, you can do so by downloading the APK and installing it on your device.
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