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Last Updated: August 15th, 2013

Audible received an update to version 1.5.1 today that brings in a handful of new improvements, such as the introduction of cloud storage of audiobook progress and bookmarks to the UK and Germany. In addition to that, the library filter and sorting preferences now persist after the app is closed. If you're using Audible on a device running Android 4.2 or earlier, you can stop here. But for those on 4.3, the best is yet to come. The latest release also does away with the many permanent and unnecessary notifications that Audible flooded into many a pull-down shade.

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What's new:

  • Cloud storage of audiobook progress and bookmarks now available in UK and DE
  • Library filter and sorting preferences now persist after quitting the app
  • Improved compatibility with Android version 4.3

Audible wasn't the only app to abuse the notification area like this. Ever since Android developers decided to draw attention to apps that were improperly running in the background without alerting users, many have started to display persistent notifications for users running Android 4.3. Thankfully, the most popular offenders seem to be cleaning things up before the majority of users make the jump to the latest Jelly Bean release.

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Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • http://k3rnel.net Juan Rodriguez

    Yay! With this change, will the app be more battery-efficient? Or did they simply hide the notifications that come from starting services in the background?

    • Stacey Liu

      They can't "hide" the notification because it's not theirs… it's a notification from the Android system.

    • Matthew Fry

      That's the point. You can't hide them in 4.3. The only way to get rid of them is to not have background services. From what I gather, the only way around it is to bake them into the ROM.

      I'm not really sure what they had the extra 3 notifications for. My guess would be that they just integrated them into the process that handles the notification panel controls.

    • Floss

      1) They probably just figured out a better way to do whatever the background services were doing. My guess would be they just changed them to sticky services, which aren't persistent but auto recreate themselves whenever they are auto destroyed.

      2) A background service doesn't necessarily drain battery. You can have one running with a persistent notification that literally does nothing (which would be pointless of course), and your battery usage would remain level. Whether battery life will improve really depends on whether or not those services were doing constant polling or something else that would drain battery (and whether they stopped doing it).

  • wolfkabal

    Great, now could they fix it so that it'll actually remember it's own settings to store to ExtSD instead of internal (sdcard) when configured that way in settings. I keep running into issues where after a reboot or something all my downloaded books are gone (not gone, just not in the directory it keeps looking in) and then I have to change it, refresh, and hope it sticks. I eventually got tired and created a symlink instead - but still.