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Today we introduce another big update to Umano that comes packed with a new “recommended” home feed and an updated user interface that introduces two new destinations within the app.
In this update we introduce the concept of channels - a new way to subscribe to your favorite publishers and categories. Based on the channels you are subscribed to, your listening patterns, and the activity of your friends in the app, Umano can now generate a home feed for you with recommendations of articles that we believe you would really enjoy.
Along with the addition of the new home feed, we also added two new destinations in the app: Explore and Community.
The Explore page helps you navigate our expansive audio library to find featured articles and channels to follow, hand-picked by our talented editorial team. Meanwhile, the Community page lets you jump right into the conversation by connecting you to other listeners sharing their thoughts and ideas on the most shared and discussed articles.
On top of this release, we’re also incredibly excited to start launching partnerships with leading publishers in tech and science news: VentureBeat, Digital Trends and MIT Technology Review, with many more to be announced in the near future. This is the beginning of an inspiring movement in the publishing industry towards building a new and innovative way to consume short form content through audio. We will be working closely with these publishers to bring new voice to their content, powered by our incredible team of narrators. But their content won’t only be available within our app — you will be able to listen to the audio versions of many articles on their websites via an embedded Umano player.
VentureBeat has already added our player to many articles on their website, so you can easily listen to an article that piques your interest! Here’s an example: http://venturebeat.com/2013/12/08/tech-wants-reform/. Just click on the orange headphones icon on an article’s web page to listen.
We are very thrilled to let Umano 4.0 out in the wild. We hope you enjoy using it as much as we enjoyed building it. In the coming months, we will be spending a lot of time tweaking our recommendations algorithm, so your Umano experience should keep getting better and better.
And finally, If you are an innovative publisher interested in exploring a new way to share your content with the world, join the revolution here: http://umano.me/publisher/join.
We are honored to be selected as a finalist in the annual Google Play Top Apps and Games poll! Umano has been chosen as 1 of the 8 best apps featured in the Quietly Brilliant category, alongside innovative apps like Snapchat and TripIt.
From now until midnight on Tuesday, December 10, people all over the world will vote for their favorite Google Play apps and games.
If you love Umano, we ask you to please take just one second and vote for us in the poll! Click here to vote: http://goo.gl/8KcL56.
Share this link with your friends and family or tweet this to show us your support! We really appreciate it.
The Umano Team
At Umano Headquarters, we wish to extend to you all a big Thank You.
This time of year reminds us to be mindful of all that we have to be thankful for. We are thankful for our outstanding team of narrators, our expert curation team, and our community of listeners that keep Umano thriving.
Thank you and and we wish you the happiest of holidays!
The Umano Team
When we created Umano we wanted to give people an opportunity to consume content in situations where they otherwise couldn’t. By providing content over audio to mobile devices we empowered our users to listen to articles while driving in their cars, biking, walking their dogs or working out. Today, we would like to go a step farther.
We are happy to unveil Umano on Google Glass, which takes the Umano experience to a truly new level. Consuming content on the go has never been easier. Your phone can now stay in your pocket, yet the magic of Umano-narrated articles can accompany you whatever you are doing.
Umano is a natural fit for Google Glass, and we are proud to develop on this new and exciting platform. We are launching with a limited selection of our audio library and will continue to expand our content to Glassware owners soon.
If you are a proud Glass owner, you can install Umano through your My Glass app. Happy listening!
Umano Android listeners,
We have some new features for you!
First up: Listening Queue: access your list of articles queued up for playback and edit them on the fly.
Next up: Alarm Clock: let Umano wake you up in the morning, playing an article from your queue, where you last left off.
Other updates: With this release, we now offer Kitkat Support, and we have made additional UI improvements and bug fixes.
Please also note that the Car Mode and Sleep Timer features have been moved to the overflow menu in ‘Now Playing”.
We have just rolled out a significant update for the Umano embeddable player. Publishers, who are looking to integrate Umano recordings of their articles back into their own websites, will now be able to take advantage of the new adaptive sizing behavior, color customization, and the playlist feature.
The minimal size of the player is now 100px by 40px, which shows only the play/pause control. However, if the width of the player is increased, more components become visible including the progress bar, current time, duration and the number of total listens. Simply pick your desired size, and we will take care of showing what’s important!
Choosing a player style that fits your design has gotten easier. You can now customize the color scheme of the player by providing the foreground color of all controls.
If you wish to allow your visitors to see other recordings from your website, you can now include a nifty playlist that will show more listening choices.
You can see the full demo of various sizes and color options here.
For complete instructions of how to integrate the Umano player into your website, visit our publisher page: http://umanoapp.com/publisher/web.
Make your content come alive with the power of voice!
We’re back with a few new features to help you make the most of your listening experience and find the content you love.
Introducing Channel pages:
Now you can easily access all articles from your favorite publishers, by tapping on the Publisher name from any article.
You can also filter the Popular and Trending pages by category, so that you never miss out on the best articles from your favorite topics.
As a thank you to our Umano community, we’ve launched a promotion for you and your friends to get Umano Premium for free. Enjoy 1 week of Premium for free for every friend that signs up for Umano!
The new version of the app is now live on the App Store and the Google Play Store. Update or download your version of Umano today!
Umano listeners, we have launched Umano Premium, the next generation of news read to you by real voices.
Since the beginning, our team has worked to transform your daily commute and on-the-go experience by offering high quality journalism read to you by professional narrators. Umano Premium enhances this experience by offering you exceptional new features that you’ve been asking for – with some surprises.
Take a look at what we’ve designed for you:
For those of you with iPhones, we’ve designed Umano Premium to work seamlessly with Apple’s new iOS 7. We completely revamped the look with a slick new transparent navigation bar and a thinner, flatter design. Our redesigned player, with quick actions and built-in AirPlay support, and our new menu layout allow for easier navigation and freedom throughout the app. We’ve also added Airdrop, so you can now share articles with your friends nearby. And when you’re pressed for time, you can add articles to your Safari Reading List for later.
Sign up today for your monthly subscription! As a big thank you to our loyal listeners, we are providing 2 months free to those who previously held Umano accounts. Happy listening everybody!
Umano Premium is now available in the Google Play Store and the App Store.
Posted by Avalon Radys, on behalf of the Umano team.
Our listeners are talking and we’re listening: More and more of you are integrating Umano into your daily routines, whether you’re catching up on the news while running on the treadmill, or listening to stories as you kick back on your couch after a day’s work. To enhance your experience, we set out to build the perfect version of Umano for Android tablets. So wherever you go on your day’s journey, you can bring Umano with you.
This new release enables Umano to use the real estate of your tablet’s screen significantly better in both portrait and landscape mode. We optimized the performance of the app substantially as well, so you can now scroll through the app swiftly and smoothly. We’ve added new playlist buttons that make it even easier to sit back and let Umano work for you. And to top it all off, you can now login with Google+ as well!
If you are an Android developer, with this release we are open-sourcing some code that we used to make Umano work great on larger screens. You can find out more about it on this GitHub project. Umano <3 Open Source.
This was a huge effort for our team that we hope you will enjoy!
Anton Lopyrev, on behalf of Umano.
The Umano team is back again with a bunch of brand new features that help you engage with your friends and connect with the Umano community. We’ve introduced a new and fun way to interact with other listeners by commenting on articles, and replying to other listeners’ comments. We’ve also built a brand new popular page that helps you keep track of the top stories and articles with the most social activity around them.
Our new notifications view allows you to manage all notifications from your Facebook friends within the app, so that you never miss that really cool article your buddy liked a few days back. Umano is much better with friends, so don’t forget to connect your Facebook account and invite others! Also, make sure to upload a picture for your Umano profile so that your friends can recognize you.
Finally, we have done a lot of work with the accessibility of Umano on iOS. The app now works much better with VoiceOver, which makes it easier to use if you are visually impaired. On top of that, we have also added the ability to share via SMS and invite family and friends from your Contacts.
As always, we love hearing from our listeners. Contact us at email@example.com with your thoughts, feedback and suggestions, and help make Umano the premier news service. Happy listening!
Avalon Radys, on behalf of the Umano team.
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