Frost 3.1.17 Released

The big GIF update is here! You can now save GIF files into your image vault. I’ve also added an ad blocker, some UI tweaks, and squashed several bugs. Full change log follows:

  • Added native GIF support to image vault. You can now save GIF images from the web into your image vault and play them. Only GIF images saved since this update will work properly
  • GIF files can now be imported into the image vault from your device storage
  • GIF files can now be exported from the image vault to your device storage
  • Added experimental ad block (disabled by default)
  • Do you know more than one language? Help us translate Frost – see the new button in the options menu
  • Changed the look of tab loading progress icon
  • Tab bar will disappear when you scroll down, and reappear when scrolling up (with option to enable or disable)
  • Tab bar will adjust height based on device form factor and screen orientation if necessary
  • Viewing images in the image vault will now use entire screen on devices with an onscreen navigation bar (Android 4.4+ only)
  • Image saving dialog will now show progress in kilobytes
  • Fixed text selection context menu causing screen shift
  • Fixed missing xx-hdpi icon asset
  • Minor code base optimizations
  • Performance tweaks – browser scrolling should be slightly smoother
  • [Lite Version] Repositioned ads to be slightly less intrusive

Note that your device must support one of the following ABI’s to receive this update:

  • ARM
  • ARMv7a
  • MIPS
  • x86

I will be submitting this update to the Amazon app store as well. It should be available once it gets through their review process.

Frost 3.0.13 Released

Frost 3.0.13 Old

This update has been due for a while. Android has advanced quite a bit since ICS (4.0+) and it was a challenge implementing new SDK features while maintaining cross compatibility with older versions of Android. I decided it was time to end the cycle of despair, toss out the old and obsolete, and embrace the new hotness.

So starting off, this is the first version that will not support Android Gingerbread (2.3.x). And on top of that I decided to stop using Eclipse.

So what exactly is this new hotness?

Frost 3.0.13 New

First is a full redesign of the interface, using holo interface elements, fragments, view pagers, things that were simply difficult or impossible to implement before. Next is the use of Android Studio which is far and away more capable as an IDE. Part of Android Studio includes Gradle integration, which is a powerful build system with Android support. Thanks to this, it will be a lot easier to release updates to Frost in the future. Lastly is support for the experimental ART runtime, which was introduced in Android 4.4.

Here is the complete change log:

    • Rewritten from scratch for Android 4.0 and up
    • Redesigned holofied interface
    • Added bookmark folders
    • Can now be used as default browser
    • Built in video player with improved support (Kitkat only)
    • Reworked exit functionality
    • Stashes are now called vaults
    • Improved image vault performance
    • Many stability improvements
    • Support for ART runtime
    • Support for file downloads
    • Improved image quality in image vault

Frost 2.7.0 Released

DuckDuckGoLogoVersion 2.7.0 of Frost has been released and with it comes big changes to the user interface. Frost first came out when Gingerbread was the latest version of the Android OS, and since then Android has made big leaps in how apps present themselves on the platform. The focus was on making it clear to the user what actions and options they had available to them at any moment, and because of that, the options menu button was removed, and action bars became commonplace.

With that in mind, we’ve removed all dependencies for the option menu button in our app, and placed all functions that used to be there in menus or action bars that are easily accessible on your screen. You’ll notice the browser menu is now sporting a new look with many more buttons, and the image stash has undergone a makeover to make things easier to find. We’ve also recognized newer devices by including high resolution icons for their higher resolution displays.

Frost has always focused on protecting our user’s privacy and with that we are happy to announce the addition of DuckDuckGo as a supported search provider in the browser. It’s only logical that we included DuckDuckGo as they share the same commitment to our user’s privacy as we do and we feel that it is the best option in protecting our user’s browsing habits. DuckDuckGo accomplishes what the larger search engines fail at, and that is treat its users anonymously. Your search queries are never saved or shared, and you can be confident your search results are never filtered based on profiling.

As always, your suggestions and comments are welcome.

Here is the full change log for version 2.7.0 of Frost:

  • Frost will exit if the power button is pressed or if the device goes to sleep
  • Updated browser menu interface
  • Fixed image downloading on 4chan and other sites
  • Removed options menu in browser – options available in browser menu
  • Removed options menu in image gallery – long press an image to view action bar
  • Removed options menu in image viewer – options available when image is tapped
  • Removed options menu in folder view – options available in action bar
  • DuckDuckGo available as search provider
  • Added option to change default search provider
  • Added hi-res icons for large high density displays
  • Optimized data access in bookmark stash
  • Updated useragent strings
  • Added ‘About’ section in settings
  • Further stability and usability improvements to importing images from the SD card

Frost 2.6.1 Released

Frost 2.61 has been released following the issues that Android 4.2 Jelly Bean caused due to Google changing the default provider for the built in AES encryption. Thanks again to all the users that reported the issue.

We’re currently working on version 3.0 of Frost. Planned changes include a complete overhaul of the bookmark stash, most notably allowing for bookmarks to be organized into folders.

Frost 2.6 Available

Frost 2.6 has been released for Android. Good news for those of you with large image stashes: this release focused on improving performance in the image stash folder view. We’ve managed to make huge improvements in speed. Using older versions of Frost it could take upwards of 20 seconds to load stashes with 1000+ images and 50+ folders. With version 2.6 we’ve managed to speed it up to the point where it takes a fraction of a second.

We’ve also made several changes based on user feedback. Cancelling a slideshow will allow the user to manually flip through the images in consecutive order. We’ve also finally fixed a bug that causes decode errors when trying to save images from certain websites.

We plan on doing these speed improvements iteratively. In the next update we will focus on adding bookmark folders as well as tools to help you organize your bookmarks. Not to mention applying many of our performance improvements to the bookmarks view as well.

Here is the full change log for this release:

  • Improved image stash folder loading performance
  • Added support for tel: links
  • Added image stash folder sorting option
  • Added quick scrolling to all lists
  • Added Google support libraries to improve compatibility
  • Moved change password dialog to settings menu
  • Imported files are now sorted in natural order of their filenames
  • Fixed image ordering when slideshow cancelled
  • Fixed bug causing decode errors when saving images
  • Fixed video player history not being cleaned up properly
  • Code optimization & bug fixes

Frost 2.41 – The 1 Means it’s Better

Apparently the last patch broke hardware acceleration support on some devices, which in turn broke flash support, and reduced overall performance. Oopsy. I’m releasing a quick patch today that fixes that as well as a few bugs.

I again want to remind users that Android 4.1.1 Jellybean does not support flash. This is entirely out of our control, so please direct your rage at Adobe.

An awesome user named Lamar reported a crash bug with the import from SD feature which I’ve fixed.

One last note, there is a known bug with the interface in this version. If you’re using a device with Android 4.0+ (Ice Cream Sandwich or newer), creating a lot of tabs will cause the right-most portion of the last tab to become cutoff by a couple pixels. While this is purely an aesthetic issue, I just want you to be aware that I’m aware of it, and am looking at ways of fixing it.

I think I’ll be focusing on the overall browser UI in the future. I would like to move some buttons out of the options menu since I feel it’s starting to get cluttered. Perhaps add a drop down menu next to the tab bar, kind of like the organize feature in the gallery, we’ll see.

Introducing Frost 2.4

Today we uploaded the latest release of our private browser, making this v2.4. One of the biggest changes is an entire re-branding of the application. From this day forward “Frost” is the new name of our private browser. Before we get to the change-log we first want to talk about the latest version of Android, named “Jellybean” and its impact on the app.

If you’ve been reading up on Android news, you may already know that Adobe, the makers of the Flash Plugin for Android, have stopped supporting the plugin entirely. This means that Android devices running Jellybean (4.1.1+) will no longer be able to view flash content, this includes things such as flash video and flash games. Because of this, we ask users running Jellybean to disable plugin support in Frost due to the unpredictable behavior it may cause. Until Google or Adobe come up with a solution or alternative, there is nothing we can do. Until then, many websites provide mobile video in 3GP and MP4 format which Frost supports.

  • Renamed the application to “Frost”
  • Updated icon
  • Added Jellybean support. Big thanks to our Jellybean users for their feedback and patience! This has been quite a challenge due to the significant changes made to the Android framework. Since our only method of testing until now has been through emulators (which don’t always give perfectly representative results), we had to wait until Google released their OTA updates to our test hardware.
  • Slideshow shuffle fixed – will not repeat an image until all other images have been shown
  • Folders with pictures can now be imported from the SD card – folders will be created automatically for them in your stash
  • Relocated navigation bar. Open the navigation bar by pressing the globe button to the left of the tabs
  • Deprecated support for Android 2.1
  • Bug fixes – thanks for all the bug reports!

A Tour of What’s New in Frost 2.3

Version 2.3 has been released today. It’s been a few months since Frost was last updated, but a lot has happened since then. Probably one of the biggest things was the release of Android Ice Cream Sandwich, which changes many fundamentals aspects of how Android apps are used. Since then we have put in extra effort to make sure we support the new version of Android, and look forward to updating Frost as time goes on.

Now, let’s go through the change log that was posted on the Android Market for version 2.3:

Added bookmark sorting

We realized many of our users may have large collections of bookmarks, so we introduced a new button in the bookmarks screen that allows you to sort your bookmarks by their description, or by when you added them.

Added option to mute sound on startup

This was suggested by our users in our suggestions forum and was added as a new option in the settings menu under “Privacy & Security”. When you select this option you will see the volume slider appear momentarily when Frost is first opened. This way you can be sure the sound has been muted. Note that you can turn your sound back up at any time.

Added additional privacy options

The ability to choose how and if cookies, passwords, and form data are stored is now available in the settings menu. Note that the default settings provide the most security and won’t store any information until they are changed.

Clear Cookies on Exit: Cookies are a temporary pass that a website gives you when you login. Normally Frost clears all these cookies when you exit the app, however we added the option to keep these cookies so you don’t have to re-login the next time you visit the site.

Remember Passwords: Turning this option on will cause Frost to auto fill any username and password fields that you have recently used. By default, Frost will not save your passwords unless you check this option. You also have the option to manually clear any existing saved password.

Remember Form Data: This works very similar to the “Remember Passwords” option, but applies to any other fields you might find in a form. By default, Frost will not save your form data unless you check this option. You also have the option to manually clear any existing form data.

Added HTTP Authentication support

Some users mentioned they weren’t able to access some websites due to this missing feature, and we quickly implemented it, only a few days before the release of this update!

Performance & security improvements

We’re constantly trying to squeeze every bit of speed we can from our browser. These changes may be noticeable to some more than others.

Updated user agent strings

Thanks to one users suggestion, some mobile carriers block device tethering base on certain user agent strings, so we updated them and added a “Linux Desktop” option to help circumvent this.

Fixed image decoding issues (Android 3.0+)

Many users saving images to their stash, particularly using the newer versions of Android, experienced this issue and we’re happy to say we have fixed it.

Fixed zoom button hiding (Android 3.0+)

Thanks to some updates to the Android platform we have been able to hide that zoom button once and for all!

Reorganized settings menu

Due to all the new options available we have had to split up the settings menu into categories to simplify navigation.

Importing images from SD is now done in alphabetical order

When importing images from your SD card, images will be imported into your stash in alphabetical order. So for example, if you import 2 images, 1.jpg and 2.jpg, 1.jpg will appear before 2.jpg in your image stash after being imported.

Improved support for 3.0+ devices including ICS

As we said before, we keep working towards supporting any new versions of Android as they are released.

Once again we want to thank all our users for their feedback in the last few months and ask that you keep it coming!


Frost v2.2 Now Available

As of August 21st, Frost is one month old, and we’re working hard on making it better as it ages. Version 2.2 is currently available on the Android Market. You can expect to find a few more new features, and several very important security fixes as well as significant compatibility changes to the browser. Most of these features and changes are all thanks to the feedback we’ve received from our users. As always, you can contact us using the “Need help?” option in the browser preferences. If you have any problems or bugs that you can reliably reproduce we’d love to hear about them.

New Features:

  • We’ve added the option to permanently rotate images to the image viewer.
  • The browser now supports text selection, copy and paste.
  • HTML5 video support.
  • Improved popup blocker with the option of prompting you on how to handle popups.

Changes & Fixes:

  • Significant upgrades to application security and privacy.
  • Big improvements in browser compatibility with many websites.
  • The shuffle slideshow option is now truly randomized.
  • Fixed flash video playback on certain Honeycomb devices. (Thanks RJL!)
  • Improved support for Android 3.0+ devices as well as enabling hardware accelerated video.
  • An innumerable amount of tweaks, improvements and bug fixes.

With the introduction of this new version it will also become easier to backup and restore your stash in the event you change or update your device. Please see the updated FAQ in the help section of the app for more details.

Update 2.1 for Frost Released

Update 2.1 is now available on the market for both full and lite versions of Frost. For those of you without market access, the .APK for Frost Lite is available for download on the product page.

In this update we focused on improving the address bar in two ways. First, the address bar will recognize when a non-URL has been entered and will redirect you to a Google search automatically. Second, any URLs that were entered will be displayed as suggestions in the address bar. Note that recent URLs are only saved and displayed when you have unlocked your stashes using your password.

We also included support for mobile video playback. So anytime you open a link to a .MP4 or .3GP video, it should bring up the default movie app on your device to play it.

We have also introduced a new option in the browser preferences. The “Image link behavior” option allows you to specify how to handle opening links to images. You can specify images to be opened in a new tab, a new background tab, or to use the default behavior set by the webpage. Currently, this feature only works with links directing you to a .JPG or .PNG image, however we will likely be expanding this functionality to include popular image hosts in the future. If you have specific request for image hosts to be added, please let me know in the comments below.

Finally, we have done of bit of housekeeping in the code base, killing some crash bugs and tweaking more performance into the browser.

If you enjoy using Frost we would really appreciate your positive rating in the Android Market!

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