App version: 2.6.2, from store
Android version: 10
Device model: Samsung SM-G965U1
New user here, created an account on the forums just to reply to this functionality.
This is very unintuitive in current design, and as other state, super jarring in user experience.
I use the widget to play and pause podcasts, I also often use the widget to open AntennaPod to view the current Queue. When listening to an audio only podcast the flow for opening AntennaPod, seeing the current playing episode, clicking back, and getting to the main interface works as expected. However, once a video enabled podcast starts playing, things get very unintuitive.
Once a video podcast starts playing clicking the widget play/pause will work to start audio only, but clicking anywhere else on the widget opens the video. Hitting back takes you back to the home screen, pausing audio. Using the dropdown menu to ‘Switch to audio only’ also drops you back to the home screen but continues the audio. If you click on ‘Open Podcast’ you get picture-in-picture, same if you click the Android home button.
This appears to be the current reaction to video podcasts; if you simply keep using the back button or ‘Switch to audio only’, you will be unable to get to the main AntennaPod interface easily. You either have to Open Podcast, or use the app launcher to open AntennaPod.
If you use the ‘Open Podcast’ button however, it changes how this all works. Once you’ve clicked on ‘Open Podcast’ you get picture-in-picture and the main interface opens to the Podcast, as expected. Now if you go full screen video, and click back, you are taken to the AntennaPod interface, no PinP, and audio stops. When you hit play you go full screen video, and the back button takes you to AntennaPod. Furthermore, if you click ‘Switch to audio only’ you will now be dropped from the full screen video, taken back to AntennaPod, and you have audio playing. This appears to be working, until you hit pause and play, which then takes you back to full screen video, not audio only. While the main AntennaPod application now uses video playback, the widget can be used to play/pause audio only.
It’s all very unintuitive. Having not seen how AntennaPod worked previously, I thought maybe it was just my workflow coming from a different podcast app. Looking at this post however it seems this is a recent change to how video playback works in AntennaPod. AntennaPod has been great, I am glad I’ve switched, but I have stopped trying to interact with AntennaPod during any podcast which has video.
I never experienced the ‘Upon Exiting Video’ option, but there should be a more coherent way to go from a video podcast, to audio only, and then remain in audio only for the remainder of the session. Currently you get different reactions to play/pause, back, and opening the AntennaPod application, all based on the last action you took, and whether you used the widget, app tray, or AntennaPod itself.
200+ hours in AntennaPod, and I really hope to remain with AntennaPod to surpass the 2,300+ hours I had in the last app. This has been the only functionality which really makes it difficult to use.
Thanks for taking this issue in to consideration.