@krtkush implemented an important part of making NewPipe more bug hardened. He implemented notifications for app updates which inform users of the GitHub build about new versions available on GitHub.
@theScrabi had interesting conversation with F-Droid contributors about speeding up the APK build process on 35C3 back in December. As a result of this, @TheAssassin is working on setting up our own F-Droid repository. In a further step, we want to set up reproducible builds in our F-Droid builds process. This will resolve the problem that a NewPipe version which has been downloaded from F-Droid cannot be updated with a new build from GitHub.
These two steps aim to make NewPipe more flexible and faster in deploying critical bug fixes.
The download process which received a big upgrade in NewPipe 0.15.0, got a bunch of smaller improvements in this release, too. These are mostly bugfixes, e.g. the video and audio stream should be synchronous again. Unfortunately, this doubles the space which is required for merging the video and audio streams. For example when a video stream with 500MiB and an audio stream with 25MiB are downloaded another 525MiB are required while merging both streams into one file.
@yausername fixed an extraction bug which made livestreams stop after a few seconds.
NewPipe: A free lightweight Youtube frontend for Android.
NewPipe does not use any Google framework libraries, or the YouTube API. It only parses the website in order to gain the information it needs. Therefore this app can be used on devices without Google Services installed. Also, you don’t need a YouTube account to use NewPipe, and it’s FLOSS.
Display general information about a video
Watch YouTube videos
Listen to YouTube videos (experimental)
Select the streaming player to watch the video with
Download audio only * Open a video in Kodi
Show Next/Related videos
Search YouTube in a specific language
Watch age restricted material
Display general information about channels
Subscribe to channels
Watch videos from a channel
… and many more
Although NewPipe only supports YouTube at the moment, it’s designed to support many more streaming services. The plan is, that NewPipe will get such support by the version 2.0.