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Version 2.2 released

It has been so long since we released an update to Hi-Q MP3 Voice Recorder — more than a year ago! We apologize for the lack of updates. Thank you for many feedback that we received via Play Store and help@hiqrecorder.com – we read them all but we could not implement all of them.

Major features of this release since 2.1:

  • Automatic upload to Google Drive
  • Seek back and forward 10s during playback
  • Playback in a loop or “A–B repeat”
  • Longer auto-stop timer up to 100 hours
  • More reliable Dropbox v2 API
  • Fine-grained adjustment of Gain
  • Smoother playback indicator
  • Individual VU-meter values in stereo recording
  • More compatibility when sharing files in Android Nougat

For detailed changes, please take a look at the Updates page.

Another fake Hi-Q MP3 Voice Recorder in the iOS App Store

Not long after we mentioned in our blog about the existence of a fake Hi-Q MP3 Voice Recorder app in the Apple (iOS) App Store, we saw another app that mimics our app.

The app is called “High Quality Audio Recorder Premium” and has the app id of “id1204257992”.

You may ask, “Isn’t it okay to use the phrase ‘High Quality’ as the app title, since it is just a general term?” Yes, it is okay to use that, but consider the description of their app, at the time of writing (July 5, 2017), which is as follows.

We hope you love our app as much as our community and our team do. Download it today and let us know what you think!

Record your conversations and easily listen to them again and again .

Are you looking for a simple application to easily record your conversations and your meetings? Hi-Q Audio Recorder Premium provides the solution through an elegant design and easy-to-use features.

The Hi-Q Audio Recorder takes mobile sound recording to the next level. Feature-packed and loaded with customization options, and with high-fidelity audio sampling, it’s miles ahead of any standard recording app.

Personal voice notes, group discussions, band practice, concerts, lectures, talks, sermons and so much more—if you can hear it, the app can record it

* Simple and Reliable.
Start the app and you are good to go! Press the striking Green button, and you’ll immediately start recording.

* MP3 clips.
Recordings are stored as MP3 files in real-time, which are compact enough and can be played everywhere.

* Keep Recordings Safe.
With automatic upload to Dropbox, your recordings are stored safely and you can free up more space on your device. Sync happens when the preferred connection is available (Wi-Fi only or Wi-Fi and mobile network).

* Manage Clips.
Share, sort, rename and delete recordings as you please.During playback you can move fast forward or fast backward at a selected period.

* During recording.
You can reject incoming calls while recording. Background recording is also supported.

With the Hi-Q Audio Recorder you won’t ever have to fuss with your phone to get the best recording quality. Record yourself and practice for a presentation, record song ideas and brainstorming sessions, record anything !

Buy now and you will get free upgrades with many new features!!!

Record your world with Hi-Q Audio Recorder Premium !
Thank you about using the app.
Good luck !

Our original Hi-Q MP3 Voice Recorder description says:

The Hi-Q MP3 Voice Recorder takes mobile sound recording to the next level. Feature-packed and loaded with customization options, and with high-fidelity 44 kHz audio sampling, it’s miles ahead of any standard recording app.

Personal voice notes, group discussions, band practice, concerts, lectures, talks, sermons and so much more—if you can hear it, the app can record it.

Simple and Reliable. Start the app and you are good to go! Press the striking Red button, and you’ll immediately start recording.

MP3 clips. Recordings are stored as MP3 files in real-time, which are compact enough and can be played almost everywhere.

Keep Recordings Safe. With automatic upload to Dropbox, your recordings are stored safely and you can free up more space on your device. Sync happens when the preferred connection is available (Wi-Fi only or Wi-Fi and mobile network).

Home Screen Widgets. Start, pause and resume recording in a flash with home screen widget.

Quality Settings. Customize audio quality with changeable bit rate up to 320 kbps. You can also record in WAV, OGG, M4A, and FLAC (experimental) formats.

Input Selection. Select the more sensitive front microphone, or the clearer back microphone as you wish (depending on individual device).

Shhh! Switch the recording icon for discretion.

Manage Clips. Share, sort, rename and delete recordings as you please.

Wi-Fi Transfer. Transfer recordings to your PC wirelessly with the built-in Wi-Fi Transfer, utilizing your home Wi-Fi or your device’s Wi-Fi Hotspot capability.

Gain. Specify input gain settings in real-time for optimum recording in various noise levels.

With the Hi-Q MP3 Voice Recorder you won’t ever have to fuss with your phone to get the best recording quality. Record yourself and practice for a presentation, record song ideas and brainstorming sessions, record anything!

I have highlighted the copied text in orange. You can easily notice that they are copycat of our app. Full diff can be seen on this PDF report.

You may notice several things:

  • They use the name “Hi-Q Audio Recorder”, which is actually the name of our app that we publish in the Amazon Appstore.
  • They use “Hi-Q” even though the name of their app is not “Hi-Q”. I think this is such that a search on “Hi-Q” on the Apple App Store results in their app.
  • They changed the phrase “press the striking Red button” to “press the striking Green button”. It’s funny how lazy they are to make their own app description.

As an Android developer, I thought the quality of applications in iTunes App Store is much better because of their strict approval process. I was wrong. This is the 3rd time a copycat of our app has appeared in App Store, and I will file a complaint again to Apple. We do not have any Hi-Q Recorder apps on the App Store. Please be careful and do not get deceived.

Beware of fake “Hi-Q MP3 Voice Recorder” on iTunes/iOS App Store

It has come to our attention that there is a fake and unauthorized Hi-Q MP3 Voice Recorder on the iOS platform on the following Apple App Store page:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hi-q-mp3-voice-recorder-pro/id1149183454?mt=8

As of November 2, 2016, the page looks like this:

As you can notice from the screenshots above:

  • The name of the app is taken from ours: Hi-Q MP3 Voice Recorder Pro.
  • The icon is exactly the same as ours.
  • The publisher is “heon Song Seung”, a name of a Korean actor.
  • The UI is completely different than ours and very simplistic.

We have contacted Apple for removal of the aforementioned app since it infringes our trademark and copyright.

Please contact Apple if you have bought that app from the iTunes Store for cancellation or refund.

The official Hi-Q MP3 Voice Recorder can be obtained only for Android at the following links: Free trial version, Pro version.

Note: It is disappointing to know that Apple App Store approval process did not filter out such submission. This is the second time this happened. The first one happened on Aug 2016 when the same fake app appeared (same name, icon, and screenshots) and published by “Prisma bible Nguyen”, Apple ID of the app “1120553159”.

Version 2.1.0: Upload to Dropbox becomes much easier.

Dear readers,

We are glad to announce that Hi-Q MP3 Voice Recorder version 2.1.0 has been released! One major improvement that we want to highlight is the ability of Dropbox auto-upload.

Now you may already know that you can share your recordings to Dropbox from the share menu. But there is no way to automatically do it every time you create a recording. With this new auto-upload ability, you don’t need to worry if some time later you lose your phone or the storage media fails, because you will have a backup of your recordings in Dropbox! It also means that you can get rid of chunks of bulky recordings in your phone and free up the device storage because Hi-Q MP3 Voice Recorder will indicate which recordings have been safely uploaded.

Open Hi-Q MP3 Voice Recorder and go to settings > Dropbox. First you will need to log in to your Dropbox account to activate the feature. After that you can always toggle on/off or totally log off from your account by tapping the “Account” entry.

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After you log in, a folder will automatically be created at Dropbox > Apps > Hi-Q Recordings and all the uploaded recordings will be stored there.

With the “upload new recordings” option turned on, the app will automatically upload new recordings to Dropbox.

Choose to upload whenever there is wi-fi and mobile network or via wi-fi only to conserve your mobile data usage.

You can also check the Status to see how many uploads are pending or in progress, or whether it is idle.

In the recording list, you can see little Dropbox icons indicating whether the recordings are “uploaded”, “currently uploading”, “pending upload”, or “error”.

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From left: “uploaded”, “currently uploading”, “pending upload”, “error”

Errors may happen when connection is lost in the middle of uploading (it will automatically retry) or when the Hi-Q Recordings folder in your Dropbox is missing.

You can also upload your existing recordings to Dropbox by tapping them and choose “Upload to Dropbox”.

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Please note that this is not a Dropbox two-way synchronisation. After the app finishes uploading the recordings, you can edit/rename/delete the files in your Dropbox and Hi-Q MP3 Voice Recorder will not do anything about them.

Hopefully you will enjoy this new feature. Update your app here:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.hiqrecorder.full

Unleash the power of Quick Settings

On the latest update of Hi-Q MP3 Voice Recorder, we introduced new UI element in the recording page that we called “Quick settings”. We thank for your feedbacks, as this feature has been suggested by some of you and we think this is going to be very useful for recording. The Quick settings gives you ability to modify the recording directly in the recording page even while the recording is ongoing.

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There are 4 elements we add Quick Settings:

1. Recording format

Choose which recording format (MP3/WAV/M4A/OGG/FLAC). You can’t change the format while recording.

2. Quality

Set the recording quality. Note that WAV and FLAC don’t have this option. You can’t change the quality while recording is ongoing.

3. Gain

Adjust recording gain. The best part is you are able to adjust gain while recording. So if recording is too loud or too soft, you can easily change gain and adjust it directly in the same screen. Note that if you adjust gain while recording, you are adjusting the “current recording gain” which is specifically for that recording, meaning the gain setting will not be saved for the next recording. Meanwhile, adjusting gain while you are not in recording session will change the “default gain”.

4. Timer

Add timer and the app will automatically stop the recording after the specified time. You can adjust the timer even while recording is already ongoing. Note that timer option is only in Quick setting.

If you haven’t update the app, you can update the app through Google Play.

We hope this feature will be useful for you.

 

You Don’t Have To Purchase Again (Part 2)

After some discussion within our team, we come out with what we think as the best move:

1. Hi-Q MP3 Voice Recorder by Audiophile will be the app that is available in Google Play. Hi-Q MP3 Voice Recorder by Yuku will not be visible to any users. This is important to avoid confusion why there are 2 similar apps on Play Store.

2.  However, if you had bought the app previously (the Yuku version), you can go to this link to download the Yuku version to download the full version freely, if any case you switch phone. Therefore you don’t have to purchase the same app twice.

3. Hi-Q MP3 Voice Recorder by Yuku will be updated to be the same (latest) version as Audiophile version.

We truly hope this is the best solution for everyone. Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us.

You Don’t Have To Purchase Again (Part 1)

Good news!

As some of you have known, Google suspended our dev account (Yuku), resulting the change of ownership of Hi-Q MP3 Voice Recorder to Audiophile and we will reimburse you for your second purchase via Paypal.

But a few weeks ago, a kind Google employee actually contacted us and we explained our situation to her. After a while, Google finally retrieve our account back with our apps ratings, statistics, comments are still preserved like the same as before our account were closed (Thank you, Google!).

We decided to re-activate Yuku’s Hi-Q MP3 Voice Recorder because there are still so many users using it. Therefore if you are existing user of Yuku, you don’t have to purchase Audiophile’s Hi-Q MP3 Voice Recorder if you want to install the app on another devices, as what it should be in the first place.

On the other side, there are now two similar Hi-Q MP3 Voice Recorder apps on Google Play (plus one free version), with both of the apps has quite amount of users using it. We don’t want to confuse you guys of which app you should download. Currently Audiophile’s has the latest version (1.21) and Yuku’s is still version 1.19.3. We will decide what should be done the best, so stay tuned for the next updates!

Why do I have to purchase again?

Lately,  we have been bombarded with this question. So we will explain it here.

As some of you may have noticed, on Nov 14, 2014, the app Hi-Q MP3 Voice Recorder, both the free and full version, as well as Yuku account (the publisher of the app) were removed from Play Store by Google. We are sad for this and so far, our effort to contact Google was in vain to the point that we lose hope for it.

We don’t know exactly why, out of the blue, we just received auto-generated email from Google saying this (excerpt):

– – – – –

This is a notification that your Google Play Publisher account has been terminated.

REASON FOR TERMINATION: Prior violations of the Content Policy and Developer Distribution Agreement by this or associated accounts as outlined in previous emails sent to the registered email address(es) of the Publisher account(s).

– – – – –

We believe that Google must have a reason doing this, but we also believe that Hi-Q MP3 Voice Recorder has never done anything wrong, and so this suspension could be due to our other apps that was indeed banned by Google before.


Meanwhile, if you have bought the full version, and need to install it on your new devices, what you can do now is you can:

1. Install the app (APK file) directly here for free. You will need to login to the same Google account when you purchased the app to activate the code. Also, do not worry if the phone says something like “this type of file can harm your phone”. This is just a general warning that you truly aware what you are downloading, and we can promise you that this file is 100% safe and innocent.

Download Full Version APK

This is the APK for version 1.19.3 so this is not the latest version. If you want to get the latest version, you will need to:

2. Download new app by Audiophile and get refund via Paypal. For existing Yuku’s user it’s not fair if they pay twice for the same app. And now, Hi-Q MP3 Voice Recorder is back to Play Store with different owner. To get refund via Paypal, please write to help@hiqrecorder.com and provide us with:

  1. Copy of order receipt of the old app (from Yuku)
  2. Copy of order receipt of the new app (from Audiophile)
  3. Your Paypal account address.

If you have Paypal account we recommend you to go to option 2 because you will easily get updates from us if we release new versions of Hi-Q MP3 Voice Recorder.

However, if you have no PayPal account, you can contact help@hiqrecorder.com with our existing order number (or email) and we still have another way to resolve this for you.

We are really sorry for this inconvenience caused. We hope you continue to support us. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us.

Hi-Q MP3 Voice Recorder on Google Play

Wi-Fi Transfer

Wi-Fi Transfer allows you to access your recordings on your device from your computer.

There are two methods to perform Wi-Fi Transfer.

Firstly, make sure your device and your computer are connected to the same Wi-Fi connection.

  1. Open the Recording List
  2. Select the overflow menu, or press MENU on your device
  3. Select Wi-Fi Transfer
  4. Open your Browser (e.g Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, etc.) on your computer
  5. Enter the http:// address displayed on your device to your browser
  6. Start downloading the recordings

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Screen Shot 2014-07-01 at 12.02.00 pmThe second method to perform Wi-Fi Transfer is by connecting your PC to access point (tethering) of your device. Tethering allows connecting your device with your computer.

  1. Select the System Settings (Settings app) on your phone
  2. Select More…
  3. Select Tethering & portable hotspot and activate it
  4. Connect your computer to your device as an Internet access point
  5. Open your Browser (e.g Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, etc.) on your computer
  6. Enter the http:// address displayed on your phone to your browser
  7. Start downloading the recordings

Take note that Wi-Fi Transfer will only display recordings on the location of stored recordings. You can change the locations in app Settings, then select Recording, and choose your preferred location of stored recordings.

Should you need further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us!