Audio quality is great, never encountered a bug, runs fine behind other apps. The one thing I'd fix is this: on Android, when you open the app after having closed it with a course open, the lectures fail to load and you have to exit to menu and go back into the course in order to listen further. And it'd be great if it automatically paused when I remove my headphones, like Spotify does. Overall very good, however.
Used on my Samsung. The good: Audio is great. Nice display of courses. Remembers your place. The bad: The buttons for back and forward 10 seconds are too close and I frequently end up going back to the beginning of the chapter. Stick them at the bottom? Goes from too soft to too loud in one step. Smaller increments? It appears that the app wants to check in with Great Courses when I open it. That doesn't work when I'm out walking or in the gym. Have to open it when I'm home and connected to Wi-Fi. Am I missing a setting? But love the courses!
Love the Great Courses but huge pet peeve is the mandatory "landscape" orientation of the app on my tablet and the inaccessible course outlines. Even when my tablet is locked in portrait orientation the app opens in landscape and will not operate in portrait. I have not had this problem with my phone so not sure why it's this way on the tablet. I know it sounds like a small thing but it's really annoying. Especially when trying to read the course outlines which do not load properly on my phone or tablet. The only way I have been able to read the course outlines is on my computer by logging into the website. Ideally one could refer to a course outline while listening to a lecture but that is not the case. Otherwise the new update seems to be running pretty well.
The old one was ok this one might be ok I can't be clearer because I cannot use it with out going thru the play store. My icon for the old one disappeared when I updated and tech has not responded to tell me where it went. I love the courses, but guys can you get an app that works.
The app is improving after the missteps of last year. The BT integration was slightly fixed with the last update, it still has quite a way to go before it is where it needs to be and where it was before it was broken last year. It still will not register the title of the lecture with my car, it only occasionally will start automatically when I get in my car, and I still can only occasionally control it with ant of my BT devices (i.e., my car, my headphones, or my BT speakers). It also crashes a lot, sometimes in the middle of playing a lecture and it forgets where it was before it crashed so when you restart it you have to relisten to parts you've heard already; not good while driving.
Massive improvements since I gave 1 star 2 years ago. The player is better, with the fine grained 10s control, and allows downloads so as to play in your external favorite player. I have some trouble with the course book download, but not a big worry for me.
Performance Improvements and Bug Fixes
Look for more enhancements in 2017 and please keep the suggestions coming to us at firstname.lastname@example.org