Introducing Otter, a dedicated Android app for Funkwhale

While Funkwhale has supported Subsonic clients for a few releases now, one developer has decided to invest time in building a beautiful mobile app specific for Funkwhale users. Antoine Popineau, known by his developer handle as apognu, has been hard at work developing Otter. In his own words:

This project started out because I listen to music primarily on the go, and I was accustomed to have native players for my previous music services.

The development was initially announced on Funkwhale’s governance platform, and a handful of testers and developers have provided feedback to help further the client’s development.

An early beta version of the client is available on Google Play, and APKs can be obtained via Github Releases. The developer has stated his intent to also bring Otter to F-Droid in the near future.

These are still early days for the app, and there’s a handful of minor bugs in the current release. When I tested it, I noticed that all tracks from a given collection would be added to the player when I selected one of them. That said, the app is surprisingly stable and well-designed, and works really well with Funkwhale.

One final note: you might want to make sure that your server version is higher than Funkwhale 0.19.0. I had troubles with logging in until I updated to the latest stable release.

Sean Tilley

Sean Tilley has been a part of the federated social web for over 15+ years, starting with his experiences with back in 2008. Sean was involved with the Diaspora project as a Community Manager from 2011 to 2013, and helped the project move to a self-governed model. Since then, Sean has continued to study, discuss, and document the evolution of the space and the new platforms that have risen within it.

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