A brief introduction to Toro 18.104.22.16802
I'm a bad developer. Bad developer often comes with execuse. Mine is: I'm quite bad at writing documentation, and once I write it down, it is pretty long and hard to follow.
This time, I want to fix it.
0. Toro, since then
So, in previous blog post (which is 1 year ago :surprised:), I had a quick introduction for Toro 3, which was still in beta. And in that post, I also promised some later posts regarding how to do what and why, etc. All of those promises are not fulfilled yet ... And today, 1 year since the library out of beta, I would like to make it.
1. Toro 22.214.171.12402, the version name
Toro, by default, doesn't vow to be dedicated to any 3rd party library. But it comes with an extension that support ExoPlayer out of the box. ExoPlayer, in its nature, doesn't guarantee to be 'backward compatible' in new release.
Though, it is important for me to always support latest feature/patches/bug fixes, but still keep your App works well with a certain dependency version. So, from 3.6.0, I add the 4th part to its version name, which indicates the version of ExoPlayer it supports. So from now on, you may expect to have 126.96.36.19902, 188.8.131.5204, 184.108.40.20602 and so on. It may be complicated at first, but I will always try to publish new release to support latest ExoPlayer available release (at the time I publish it), and consider to support lower version of ExoPlayer if there is request from developers.
2. 'What else?'
This is the main part of the introduction, which I plan to be in more than one posts. In this post, I will go through some why and what about this update. And in upcoming posts, I will fulfill my promise to talk about why and how to create a specific UX using Toro and its extensions.
3. What's new in Toro 220.127.116.1102
Let's go one by one following the CHANGELOG.md
3.1 Supported ExoPlayer version now included in version name
Why: please go back to '1. Toro 18.104.22.16802, the version name' for the answer.
3.2 Container' savePlaybackInfo() accepts Nullable PlaybackInfo
Why: There are reports about NPE in this method. In fact, this method is accessible from public, so it is error prone itself. But hiding it will break the compatibility. In my debug, the NPE never happended, but somehow it happened. To make it easier to control, I allow
Nullable parameters being passed to it, the method will just ignore the
Null value and do nothing instead.
3.3 ToroExo Config no longer uses array of DrmSessionManager
The history of this class
Config is to help Toro to cache a pool of
ExoPlayer instances those share the same configurations. One of the configuration is the
DrmSessionManager. Also, I would like to be honest about that I'm not fully understand this class, and just merely adopt from ExoPlayer demo app. And it is even worse when I try to support multiple
DrmSessionManager using as least resource as possible. This produces the array of
DrmSessionManager in the Config.
From 22.214.171.12402, I remove this option and just use a single
DrmSessionManager. I will investigate more time learning about this, and have more elegant support in the future.
3.4 ToroExo' createDrmSessionManager() no longer requires Handler
3.5 New ToroPlayer.OnErrorListener
Toro and its components lack of this interface for quite a long time. So here it is. Client can set it from
ToroPlayerHelper and variants.
3.6 ToroControlView: a custom UI to support volume control
One of the most common request to
Toro is the ability to control a playback's volume. I take this request quite seriously, and thought about many scenarios where it can be used. Toro has already supported this via
Playable#setVolumeInfo(VolumeInfo) and its callback
ToroControlView, on the other hand, is an extension of
PlayerControlView plus the Volume button. This button allows user to  Mute/UnMute and  Drag to change the volume.
With the release of
ToroControlView, Toro gives a better way to interact with playback volume from the View. To use this, client just simply use normal
PlayerView, and apply
@layout/toro_exo_player_view as its
player_layout_id. This is a custom layout that uses
3.7 PressablePlayerSelector beta
This class is a
PlayerSelector and an
View.OnLongClickListener at the same time. Using this with
Container allows client to implement the following scenario: Regardless of how the playback is going, when User press to a PlayerView (long click), that PlayerView will be set to higher priority in Player candidates. Once scrolled, it that player will be selected for playback.
3.8 ExoPlayerDispatcher beta
This class is a
ControlDispatcher of ExoPlayer's
PlayerControlView. Use this with
PlayerView will allow user to control the playback using the UI. ExoPlayerDispatcher internally use a
PressablePlayerSelector to connect to the Container to correctly update the playback position.
3.9 AdsExoPlayerViewHelper and AdsPlayable (beta)
Developers who use Toro may be familiar with
ExoPlayable. They wraps necessary implementation of ExoPlayer and ToroPlayer to allow easy integration of Toro into the App. These newly introduced classes are their extensions, allow the App to also work with Ads. This update internally uses ExoPlayer extension for IMA, therefore one should be aware of this.
3.10 New demo: demo-ads
In this update, I also aware of that
mopub for Android SDK also updates to use ExoPlayer 2.8.2 internally. It is not that I officially support
mopub, but it is important to support mostly used Ads SDK. So in this update, I also add new demo app: demo-ads. This app shows simple use case that integrate Toro with well-known Ads SDK like
4. In next articles
In this post, I quickly summary latest update of Toro library, with the why and what. In next articles, I would like to go in detail about how to implement a specific scenario. Hope it will fix more and more problem with media playback once may have.