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[android] Background audio stops at random when app is placed in background #4850

samkuhn opened this issue Jul 6, 2019 · 1 comment


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commented Jul 6, 2019

馃悰 Bug Report

Many thanks for the background audio support in SDK v33.0.0 - This is working perfectly for us on iOS but on android devices with a recent OS the audio terminates after a short while when the app is placed in the background.

We believe this stems from not implementing playback in a foreground service as recommended by the ExoPlayer team in this presentation (from 11:30 - source code here).


Expo CLI 2.20.0 environment info:
OS: macOS 10.14.3
Shell: 3.2.57 - /bin/bash
Node: 10.14.2 - /usr/local/bin/node
Yarn: 1.16.0 - /usr/local/bin/yarn
npm: 6.4.1 - /usr/local/bin/npm
Watchman: 4.7.0 - /opt/local/bin/watchman
Android Studio: 3.2 AI-181.5540.7.32.5056338
Xcode: 10.2/10P91b - /usr/bin/xcodebuild
expo-cli: 2.20.0

Expected Behavior

Background audio to continue uninterrupted on Android when app is placed in background.

Actual Behavior

Background audio stops after a few seconds to minutes.

Reproducible Demo

Third party app by David Talbot here. If run on latest OS the audio will randomly terminate when app is in background.

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commented Jul 6, 2019

I've gotten a report of this (backgrounding fine until stopping after a few minutes) from a beta tester who has a Moto x4 running Android 9. I can't reproduce it on my LG LS676 running Android 6.

source for my app is here (not ejected, super easy to spin up)

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