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FRONT PAGE  |  12/22/2014
Choice News SUNDAY, NOV 9, 2014  |  51 comments
SERMONAUDIO TIP
SermonAudio App v2.6 for Android Mobile Devices

Attention all users!

We're very happy to announce our support for the Google Android family of phones so that now you can listen to sermons, watch videos, and access other resources on SermonAudio.com -- instantly! It's the SermonAudio Android Edition!

It's our wildly popular app for Android devices and here's how it works. Simply go to the Google Play Store on your device and search for "sermons" or "sermonaudio" and download it for free! Or you can simply click on this link!

New! Version Updates! Version 2.6 introduces support for Google Chromecast. Also, the audio player is now more robust, the audio player's notification + lockscreen has playback controls, links from the main website can open directly in the app, and player Bluetooth metadata support.

User Feedback: God is Good! All the time! With SermonAudio, I get to work and listen to what the Holy Spirit puts up on my heart to hear. Really, I just want to praise God for this application and thank the developers!

User Feedback: This app changed my life! This is literally one of the best apps period. And with constant updates it keeps getting better and better.

New! Version Updates! Version 2.5.6 introduces audio controls on the lock screen (for devices which support this Android feature), a map of your local churches at a glance at startup, an important fix for audio focus, and many small stability enhancements. Version 2.5.7 fixes a problem with audio playback during incoming calls. Version 2.5.8 has several stability fixes.

User Feedback: A *great* blessing! First, the app *works*. That is, this is not merely some great idea made a chore or worse with buggy software. Second, this *is* a great idea, and has been for years.

User Feedback: If it were possible to give this app SIX stars I would do it!
User Feedback: Solid Huge improvement this is a rock solid app.

New! Update Version 2.5! We've jumped to our 2.5 update which cumulatively includes support for sermon sharing via QR codes, export downloads to public storage and Android media player, improved searching with suggestions, grouping downloads by speaker, a better download notification, and several fixes and stability improvements.

New! Update Version 2.1! We've released our 2.1 update which includes auto-retry of playback after network interruption, improved download notification with true progress bar, and numerous fixes for stability. Nook and Kindle tablet users also enjoy the 2.1 update which now includes support for maps!

New! Major Release Version 2.0! Our version 2.0 is a major release that now supports both phone and tablet form factors (landscape + portrait modes). Audio, video, and PDF sermons can now be downloaded to the app for offline enjoyment. The app has been redesigned with native controls and largely rewritten for more robust support of the newer Android devices. Other improvements include: Player auto-resume, click title to jump to sermon, speaker + album graphics.

Version 2.0 is only available for Android OS 4+ but older OS versions can still access our 1.9.8 version in the Store under the title of SermonAudio Legacy Edition.

Portrait and Landscape Modes

We've worked hard on the user interface making this a visually appealing app for both landscape and portrait orientations.

  • Landscape: Player reformats to include speaker thumbnail.
  • Landscape: On tablets, shows your currently-playing sermon.
  • Landscape: On tablets, shows what others are currently playing.
  • Tablets: Enjoy the map, videos, and sermon transcripts on larger screen.

New! QR Scanner and Generator! We've come up with a clever way to easily jump to any sermon using QR codes! With v2.5, you can now scan the QR code for any sermon on SermonAudio and the app will conveniently jump to that specific sermon! It's an amazingly simple concept implemented beautifully! Scan QR codes from the website on your screen or from another mobile device!

New! Improved Player with Auto-Resume! The sermon player shows the title, speaker, broadcaster, and album art. It intelligently reformats itself based on screen orientation and tapping on the sermon title takes you to the sermon page. It also remembers your last play position and auto-resumes!

Background Playback Support! Sermons will continue to play even when exiting the app or performing other tasks. Simply click on the HOME or BACK button to switch to another task. To completely stop and unload the player, hit PAUSE first, then BACK.

Multi-Bitrate Video Streaming! You can now stream the newest videos over any connection, including 3G, EDGE, or WIFI. Videos uploaded at the higher bitrate on SermonAudio automatically have a lower-bitrate option available!

Live Video Webcast Support! You can now watch live video webcasts from supported SermonAudio broadcasters on your Android phone! Our infrastructure allows broadcasters to make available multiple bitrates for high or low speed connections!

New! Chromecast TV Integration! If you own a Chromecast, from your Android phone or tablet, click on the "Cast-To TV" button any sermon or live webcast and enjoy the convenience of watching the selected feature on the big screen!

Play-To Roku TV Integration! If you own a Roku Device, from your Android phone, click on the "Play-To Roku" button any sermon or live webcast and it will wirelessly send the command to your Roku to start playing on the big screen!

Local Church Finder via the MAPS tab. The app will automatically use the built-in GPS to locate your position and show the churches nearest to you! Alternatively, you can search by ZIP code or partial city name.

Download MP3+MP4+PDF Sermons! You can now easily download multiple MP3 audios AND MP4 videos directly to your phone or tablet for offline enjoyment! It's perfect for "loading up" on sermons at a coffee shop via WIFI before getting back on the road.

SermonAudio Android Edition allows you to elegantly browse and search through our library of over 888,000+ FREE MP3 sermons from thousands of different speakers and listen to any of them immediately on your Android phone! Additionally, you can watch sermon videos (MP4) and even read sermon transcripts (PDF).

Summary of features include:

  • New! Native support for phones + tablets!
  • New! Built-in audio player shows sermon information and album art.
  • New! Tune into our 24x7 Radio Stream for non-stop preaching+music!
  • New! QR scanner allows you to quickly jump to a specific sermon!
  • New! Remembers the last play position and auto-resumes.
  • New! Robust streaming and background downloading experience.
  • New! Download MP3+MP4+PDF sermons for offline listening!
  • Browse, search, and stream AUDIO sermons!
  • Browse, search, and stream VIDEO sermons!
  • Browse, search, and read PDF transcripts!
  • My Favorites. Access your favorite broadcasters, sermons, or speakers!
    PLUS or FULL membership required (learn more)
  • Browse through the daily featured sermon.
  • Browse through the News In Focus audio commentaries.
  • Browse through all newest sermons added.
  • Browse churches by name, location, denomination.
  • Use our Local Church Finder to find a good church!
  • Browse sermons by Bible reference. Book, chapter, verse..
  • Browse or search by the speaker name.
  • Browse through our recommended staff picks.
  • Browse through member-recommended sermon picks.
  • By TOPIC: Addiction, Biographies, Family, Money..
  • By EVENT Category: Audio Books, Weddings, Q&A, Funerals..
  • By DATE Preached: January, February, March..
  • Browse sermons by foreign language.
  • Online Hymnal + Psalter. Browse or search for a hymn!
  • Read Spurgeon's Daily Devotional.
  • My Church gives you convenient, 1-click access to your home church!
  • Browse our news feed with audio commentaries and user comments!
  • Find local churches using your GPS with our interative map!
  • Video streaming over 3G, EDGE, WIFI with selectable bitrate.
  • Live video webcasting support with selectable bitrate!
  • Roku & Chromecast TV integration! Enjoy sermons and webcasts on TV!
  • Play sermons in the background while doing other tasks!
  • Add user comments directly to sermons or news!
And the best news is that this new service is completely FREE for all our broadcasters and listeners! We hope you'll enjoy this revolutionary new way of accessing some of the great preaching we have on SermonAudio!

Your Favorites-To-Go! PLUS and FULL Members can access your favorite things on your Android device. A sermon you want to listen to on-the-go? Simply adding it to your "favorite sermons" on the site will bring it to your "favorite sermons" list on your phone!

MyChurch 1-Click Access! Is your home church broadcasting on SermonAudio? Go to the "MyChurch" tab and type in your church's Member ID to jump straight to your own church's sermons! Don't remember the Member ID? Click on BROWSE to find it!

24x7 Radio Stream! You can now tune into our unique 24x7 Radio Stream for non-stop preaching+music enjoyment! Simply click on the RADIO icon located in the HOME tab and keep it running all day long -- perfect for those long commutes!

Open Sermon URL With App! Now when you open a sermon link, you will be able to open the sermon directly in the native app to take advantage of far more features such as downloading, LIKING on Facebook, and so much more.

Add User Comments! You can add user comments to sermons or news items directly from your phone! Enjoyed a particular sermon? Encourage the broadcaster, and add a comment. It's now easier than ever!

A new evangelistic tool! People love to discover new apps for their Android phone, one of the fastest growing segments in the smartphone market. Introduce a friend to the free SermonAudio app and introduce them to the great preaching from your church!


VERSION HISTORY

11/9/14 - Version 2.6 introduces support for Google Chromecast. Also, the audio player is now more robust, the audio player's notification + lockscreen has playback controls, links from the main website can open directly in the app, and numerous fixes were added to improve stability. Version 2.6.1 fixes a few minor issues. Version 2.6.2 fixes the metadata for the lock screen (and Bluetooth).

9/11/14 - Version 2.5.9 rolls up several fixes, including a battery drain issue.

7/21/14 - Version 2.5.6 introduces audio controls on the lock screen (for devices which support this Android feature), a map of your local churches at a glance at startup, an important fix for audio focus, and many small stability enhancements. Version 2.5.7 fixes a problem with audio playback during incoming calls. Version 2.5.8 has several stability fixes.

5/25/14 - Version 2.5.3 Version 2.5.3 fully supports Android 4 audio focus, adjusts network timeout to work better with satellite Internet connections, has a more robust offline mode, and has numerous fixes and stability improvements.

5/13/14 - Version 2.5 Version 2.5 features a QR scanner that allows you to quickly jump to any specific sermon by simply scanning the associated QR code from the website or from any other mobile device!

5/13/14 - Version 2.4 Version 2.4 includes the ability to export downloads to public storage and Android media player, improved searching with suggestions, grouping downloads by speaker, a better download notification, and several fixes and stability improvements.

4/17/14 - Version 2.2 Version 2.2 consists of fixes and stability improvements.

4/16/14 - Version 2.1 includes resumption of playback after network interruption, improved download notification, and numerous fixes for stability. Nook + Kindle tablet users now support MAPS.

4/2/14 - Version 2.0 is a major release that now supports both phone and tablet form factors (landscape + portrait modes). Audio, video, and PDF sermons can now be downloaded to the app for offline enjoyment. The app has been redesigned with native controls and largely rewritten for more robust support of the newer Android devices. Other improvements include: Player auto-resume, click title to jump to sermon, speaker + album graphics.

6/17/13 - Use the new "Email" button found on all sermon and news pages to more easily share items of interest with family. Also supports multiple recipient emails.

10/16/12 - Version 1.9.6 adds built-in support for our 24x7 Radio Stream providing non-stop preaching+music enjoyment anywhere you go at home or on the road! A new way to enjoy the riches found on SermonAudio.com!

10/6/12 - Based on user requests and respecting Android's own platform strengths, version 1.9 is now doing sermon downloads like it did before 1.8. When a sermon is downloaded, it is now placed directly into the native Music App. 1.9 also has numerous bug fixes and the graphics have been refreshed for higher resolution tablets such as the Nexus 7.

7/25/12 - Version 1.8 allows you to download MP3 sermons directly in the app to the new Downloads tab. Downloaded sermons can be optionally copied to the SD card. There are also general UI improvements. Daily Devotional is now moved to the Home tab.

4/6/12 - Fixed a bug with viewing PDF transcripts on certain Android tablets. Internal code support for Kindle Fire + Nook Tablets.

6/29/11 - Expanded the filtering options for many of the sermon search result lists in the app. Filter by speaker for videos, transcripts, Bible reference, and much more. Give it a try!

12/24/10 - Version 1.6.5 fix now supports automatic pause and resume of playing sermons when a phone call is received.

11/20/10 - Version 1.6 added support for background playback so that sermons will continue to play even when exiting the app, turning the screen off, or performing other tasks.

11/12/10 - Version 1.5 introduces Roku TV integration so you can easily play any selected sermon, video, or webcast on your television.

9/2/10 - Version 1.0-1.4 is launched and is our first-ever Android native app. Multiple bug fixes at initial launch brings us to 1.4. We hope you'll enjoy this new way to access SermonAudio!

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News Item4/6/11 10:57 AM
Richard Romero | Portland, Oregon  Contact via emailFind all comments by Richard Romero
Hi I have in galaxy s android phone. Before updating my phone to 2.2.1 I was able to listen to sermons streaming and there was no need to download file. But now when I press play green button sermon will not play so i have to download to listen. Any suggestions?
Thanks.
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News Item3/15/11 2:18 PM
CRAsch | St. Louis  Contact via emailFind all comments by CRAsch
I have a Droid 2 as well and this morning coming to work mine froze up. Then I could not get it to stop running in the background, even when using my AppKiller. Also, when I rotate the phone SermonAudio does not auto rotate with it. Any suggestions. I am new to this, but I don't think WIFI mode would work too well when driving. I do love the App, hope it can be fixed.
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News Item2/22/11 1:08 PM
David G | Portland, or  Contact via emailFind all comments by David G
Have a Samsung Epic. Love the app! But Sometimes stops video or audio after a few minutes. Also sometimes cannot stop playing a sermon because audio player controls lock up and I have to power down. Any suggestions please.
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News Item1/20/11 6:21 AM
brian morgan | Williston, Florida  Protected NameFind all comments by brian morgan
I have the same problem with timing out after about 8 minutes. Then you have to drag the slide bar back to reset then guess where it was that you stopped so you can drag it back. This is very hard to do while driving! Tried to listen to sermons on a recent road trip. Frustrating indeed.
Thanks for your help.
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News Item12/30/10 12:51 AM
khudson73 | Adairsville, Ga  Find all comments by khudson73
Try going into the settings, display and security, screen time should be set to never. Worked for me on some other things. Hope this helps.
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News Item11/26/10 1:34 PM
Angela | NC  Find all comments by Angela
I did not try the External player option but I will do so. I did switch on the wi-fi for my phone and was able to listen to a sermon for a little while longer but it did stop about 8 minutes into it. I'll keep you posted on the Extrernal Player outcome.
Thanks!
Angela
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News Item11/26/10 11:12 AM
SermonAudio.com  Protected NameFind all comments by SermonAudio.com
Angela wrote:
I am having the same issue with my Droid phone- the sermons keep ending after a few minutes. I'm going to try using the wifi setting to see if this helps but I agree with the previous post; this is very frustrating!
Do you get the same problem when using the External Player option? Thank you.
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News Item11/26/10 10:01 AM
Angela | NC  Find all comments by Angela
I am having the same issue with my Droid phone- the sermons keep ending after a few minutes. I'm going to try using the wifi setting to see if this helps but I agree with the previous post; this is very frustrating!
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News Item11/23/10 8:15 PM
SermonAudio.com  Protected NameFind all comments by SermonAudio.com
We are aware of some issues with the Motorola Droid involving streaming video with our app. But this is the first we've heard of this problem specifically. Anyone else care to share their experiences?

Our recommendation would be to try accessing the sermons via the WIFI connection. Usually, these kinds of issues are indicative of network-related problems. Perhaps a bad signal, or perhaps some other carrier-imposed limitation. WIFI will bypass the carrier. You can also try downloading the sermon for listening offline.

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News Item11/23/10 6:50 PM
JudithMP  Find all comments by JudithMP
I have a Droid2 and was so excited to see SermonAudio offered as an app. However, the sermons are stopping short of 12-15 minutes! Why is this happening? Do you know how frustrating it is to be in the middle of a powerful message and not knowing how it ends? I am listening to it with my bluetooth headphones. Do you think that as anything to do with the problem? Any help will be appreciated!
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News Item9/20/10 2:24 AM
Paul Stoddard | Salt Lake  Contact via emailFind all comments by Paul Stoddard
The app sounds awesome! Sadly, my Motorola Cliq is Android 1.5, not 1.6. Is there anything I can do? ):
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