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it’s been a while since the last post. After coming to new york, I have been very busy on my study, personal projects and (of course) playing around. studying in new york university is harsh, but not as hard as i think. I met nice people, hanged out with my beloved new friends. I even found people having great interests in technologies and software development.

I am trying to work on instamusic as long as i have time. I also shared my project of javascript injector with my friend, and hoping to expand service and functions that it can have. I am grateful to see that there are still many people using my applications and sending emails to me. thank you very much and i will try my best to make something new.

with love, a photo in central park is nice.

peace.

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Hi there, its been a long time that InstaMusic haven’t been updated. Sorry for that because I had been so busy in working on a game project in my company. Anyway, I am quitting for the sake of pursuing a master degree. And finally I have time to implement what I thought up and designed!

An new application “InstaMusic Beta Channel” will show up in Android Play Store soon. This application aims to provide a cutting-edge version of InstaMusic. This app could be unstable, lots of force closes, however this helps me kill bugs in the program. For those who only wants a stable music playback, please download the original “InstaMusic”.

As a new version is coming out, I have created a feature list presenting the main improvements done or working on.

  1. Stability
    InstaMusic has been unstable for a long time. Music stops suddenly without telling. After a deep diagnosis, the core reason leading this bug is found, and a fix is patched! Music never stops now!
  2. Loading Speed
    Media loading speed has been a big concern for me while generating the music list. Long loading time affects user experience and might hinder other operations. Anyway, I have designed a new architecture specially for the list generation. This assured an optimised, low memory usage, synchronised and dynamic list generation.
  3. Jelly Bean Support (Working in Progress) 
    There are lots of new features and supports from platforms beginning from Android 4.0 such as notification controls and new theme styles. I am working on making use of those new features and to create a whole new user experience for users!
  4. Editable Playlists integrating with Favourite List (Working in Progress)
    In the next version of InstaMusic, Favorite List will be integrated into Playlist. The reason is… actually there is no reason to separate them lol.

Thank you for your supporting so far. Please comment below and tell me what you think on InstaMusic!

Thank you for checking out this tutorial. Reading the discussions in this post, seems like there is quite a number of people having troubles to take screenshots with Galaxy S2. To clear any confusions, I summarized some information and added as followings. Hope you could make it too. Fingers crossed.

First, make sure your Galaxy S2 is running Android version 4 or above.

Volume Down + Power Key will work fine.
Press both keys at the same time gently. In about 1 second, screen capture would be done. A notification and an animation would be shown too.

Edited on 12 July.


Press and hold power and volume down button together. This is the way to take screenshot in the new Android system 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. After the Samsung Galaxy S2 updated to this new version, it uses this method instead of the way mentioned in my old post.

Today, I moved my nicholasworkshop.wordpress.com to my owned domain nicholasworkshop.com, integrated with my old portfolio website. Thanks to my subscribers, my blog has been having a steady viewing rate over time. However, all those traffics went to wordpress.com as the blog was hosted there. To redirect them back to my domain, I have been preparing the things needed for a long time.

As a record, I had my blog in BlogSpot and WordPress before, and now they are redirected to nicholasworkshop.

Anyways, it is finally here and thank you for checking out my blog!

Happy lunar new year to all.

I am flattered. In less than a month since I put the InstaMusic to the Android Market on 27 Dec 2011, today it has already more than 10,000 downloads. To be honest, I never expected this.

If you are uninitialized, InstaMusic is a music player android application with simple and stylish outlook.

There are all kinda music player in the world, in my opinion, a player with style and an pleasant appearance would always become the famous one. Here I would like to thank you for downloading and trying InstaMusic. Especially those fans of minimalism who supported me and AndroidStatic who gave InstaMusic a pleasant review in the post “Instamusic Is A Minimal, Slick Music Player That You Should Download Now“.

Looking back the day that I began my developmement, the reason for me to kick started is that I was really unstatisfied with the music players on the Android Market. Admittedly, I am a perfectionist and I want every part of a music player to meet user’s ways of thinking. So, I hate album artworks to be scratched and unable to tell what album is it. I also hate a song sung by different artists will be will be isolated from the album. And millions of things to list.

Okay, let’s get back to talk about the my next build of InstaMusic. I am sorry for the long waited update. In code level, I really did an upside down on InstaMusic. And as expected, lock screen player is implemented already, but there are just some bug and pressure testing work to do before it can really come out to meet its users.

Recently my blog has been referred by winandmac.com to show how to install the Samsung Kies on Lion. I have been subscribing winandmac.com for a long time and I am so grad to be linked by this international and informative blog. And the followings are the posts. =]

English version: How to: connect Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 with Mac OS X Lion
Chinese version: 把Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1與Mac OS X Lion連接

Press and hold home and tap the power button. This is the magic key for Samsung Galaxy S2 to take a screenshot. It has been such a good news for users like me who used to use iPhone. Somehow it is just the same as the iPhone setting. Actually some of the recent released mobile phone adapt this feature too, including Samsung Galaxy S2, LG Optimus 2X, LG Optimus 3D, HTC Cha Cha. Enjoy!

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