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Floating Music Controls beta puts persistent on-screen music controls on your Android device

2013 02 28 23.31.41 - for some reason we don't have an alt tag hereFloating Music Controls is an application that works in conjunction with your music player and will allow you to skip forward and back, or pause and play, from within any app it’s anchored over.

When it’s not in use, you can set Floating Music Controls to be about half the size of an icon, semi-transparent, and anchored in one of the corners. Tapping the mini icon will expand the full music control set out, and if you need to re-anchor it from there it’s easy enough.

It works in conjunction with your music player of choice, and will require that your music player can support headset control. For me, I was able to get Google Play Music to respect the start/stop, but not the skips. Your player and experience may vary. I’d be interested what works perfectly with this, as I only had partial success with the controls.

It’s in beta at the moment, so expect bugs and be nice to the developer. It’s a work in progress, and once it’s perfect it’ll be absolutely a must-have for anyone who uses their device to listen to music while they play games. Don’t like that track? Two taps and you’ll have skipped it. Need to stop the music for an especially intense level of Angry Birds? Bam.

If you’ve installed and run it, and you don’t see anything, just start up a music player. It should appear shortly thereafter.

?l=1&s=8&d=market%3A%2F%2Fdetails%3Fid%3Dcom.traber - for some reason we don't have an alt tag hereIt’s a bit rough around the edges at the moment, but it’s a great start. FMC is free from the Play Store, and there’s a pro version available also that allows for volume control. Be aware that if the free version doesn’t work, the pro version probably will not either. You’re just buying the developer a well-deserved beer.

Download: Google Play

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3 thoughts on “Floating Music Controls beta puts persistent on-screen music controls on your Android device

  • Avatar of JRDemaskus

    That’s cool. It is a PITA the have to go back to the home screen, or pull down the notification shade.
    I want action icons in the notification bar. When I tap that icon, battery, comm center, clock, now playing, etc…I want to be brought to that page. Not pull down the shade and get a few choices less than what is in the bar. WinMo used to work like that. I am on 2.3.3 (android) now so 4.x may have improved notification bar actions, atleast I hope so.
    I may check out this app though.
    Peace

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    • Avatar of JRDemaskus

      OK, so I am trying it. Seems to work on my Dell Streak 5.
      Skip and back too.
      But the control is staying open instead of hiding back to the persistant icon.
      The close button, closed the persistsnt icon, instead of hiding the control buttons.
      And I had a little trouble activating the buttons, their range seems too small.
      The opacity controls the buttons also instated of just the background.
      Not sure how much use I would get out of this, as my Bluetooth also has music controls.
      I will keep it, and send my feedback to the developer.
      Thanks.

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      • Avatar of JRDemaskus

        I sent the developer an E-mail, here is his response.

        Hi, At first thank for using my app :). Now, the issues:

        1.- Well, the timeout is set at 5 seconds to appear, and 120 seconds to hide. This will be a changeable value in the next update.

        2.- About the buttons, to perform the actions (next, previous, close) you have to press them “twice”. The explanation: as a “security” feature (to not perform actions accidentally) you have to press the button once, this will “enable” the button. Once the button is enabled, you have to press it again, and every time you press that “enabled” button, the action will be performed.

        3.- An obvious thing, the close button, obviously, closes the app (what did you expect? XD), the next version will add a hide button ;).

        4.- Changing the buttons opacity seems not possible (at least for now), the explanation: the opacity is set for the window which contains the buttons. The buttons’s opacity is, always, 100%, but as the window opacity changes, everything into that window does the same, but not as an individual property, but a global one. Sorry. If you have any more suggestions, they are welcome.

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