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By batesapps, Senior Member on 11th April 2013, 01:17 AM
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*** Public Open Beta ***

If you ever wanted to use a single widget or have a single place to control all of your media applications, then you are in luck. Media Utilities is designed to give you unified tools for all of your media applications.

Do you like Pandora or Spotify, but wish each had notification controls? Media Utilities provides unified notification controls that let you control the most recently started media application as well as easily jump to it.

Hate having to search for your media application just because you paused it? All of the controls keep track of the last running media application to let you easily resume or launch it.

There are several widgets available on the Play store that let you play/pause any media application. But few show you all of the meta data. Media Utilities gets all the meta data including cover art from your favorite media application (Pandora, Spotify, Songza, etc.) and displays it in a clean, unified widget.

Media Utilities provides several different widgets to satisfy your particular needs, from a classic, single row design to a larger widget that displays cover art with hidden controls for the ultimate in clean design.

Media Utilities is now in open beta. Feature requests and feedback are encouraged and would be greatly appreciated.

Widgets

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3x3
Large cover art controls on bottom.

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2x2
Large cover art, controls hidden in the cover art.

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2x2
Large cover art, controls hidden in the cover art. Clean version no title no current app.

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3x1
Highly configurable standard music controls

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1x1
Resizable coverart selecting the cover art launches current application.
Designed to be used with other widgets to design your own music screen.

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Designed to look like a desktop icon. Shows the current application. Selecting launches the current applications.
Designed to be used with other widgets to design your own music screen.

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Standard music controls. Highly configurable and resizable both vertical and horizontally.
Designed to be used with other widgets to design your own music screen.

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2x1
Just text, Title, track, album.
Hidden controls.
Designed to be used with other widgets to design your own music screen.

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4x2
Highly configurable standard music controls
Note: the lower one will be available in the next version

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3x1
Cover Art on the left large text on the right, hidden music controls under the text.
Highly configurable.
Note: available in the next version

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Example widget config page.
Current Configuration
- Optional Gradient
- Background color
- Background transparency
- Border color
- Border width
- Optional show current running music application
- Optional show your music application *NEW*
- Text color
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11th April 2013, 01:56 AM |#2  
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Playstore? Where's the download link?

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11th April 2013, 02:33 AM |#3  
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sounds great...... but where is the DL link??
11th April 2013, 03:42 AM |#4  
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Sorry new to the forms can post links yet. Ill update with links in the next day or so.
Iam a recent convert from iphone to android just getting into all of the forms now.

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sounds great...... but where is the DL link??

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11th April 2013, 04:00 AM |#5  
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Ok... I'll be waiting!

Is it compatible with walkman app?

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11th April 2013, 04:40 AM |#6  
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Not familier with "walkman app" is that built into the sony phones?
Will be interested to know if it works. I expect the controls to work, not so sure about the cover art though.

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Ok... I'll be waiting!

Is it compatible with walkman app?

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11th April 2013, 11:03 AM |#7  
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Not familier with "walkman app" is that built into the sony phones?
Will be interested to know if it works. I expect the controls to work, not so sure about the cover art though.

Yeah, it is.. It works great on my cm10.1 rom, but the widget.... It works only with the Xperia launcher and I don't like it.... So it would be perfect if I could use a generic music widget...

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11th April 2013, 01:31 PM |#8  
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Great idea!

I tried it on my x86 motorola razr i, and it works fine.

MusiXMatch works well (album art, metadata, controls)

TuneIn Radio works partially: album art and metadata are ok, but when I pressed the controls while tunein was playing music, it controlled the previous player, musixmatch, instead.

I was testing the widgets with Launcher8 and there is a bit of the problem with some of the widgets getting truncated. Have a look at the screenshot below:
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The widgets are from top to bottom: Big layout 1 (resized to 2x3), Big layout 2 (resized to 2x2), Layout 1 (resized to 4x1), Layout 2 (resized to 3x1).

Also, what impact does the scrolling text have on battery consumption?

One suggestion: it would be very useful if there was a way to go from the widget to the media player selection menu. Maybe another button; or if music is playing the button could jump straight to the player, and if not go to the player list (unless there is only 1 player available).

Another suggestion: transparent background option.
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Running flawlessly here! All that I needed... I'm using aosp launcher + walkman app.

Suggestions:
-a previous track button in a 4x1 or 4x2 widget.
-Artist name

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Thanks for all of the comments Ill go through them in detail tonight (On the east coast).

Appreciate the widget feedback, The ones I created so far are mostly designed to get feedback to see what people with better design sense then me think.
The transparency comments looks like a common thread so Ill look at adding that soon.
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It nice to see what everyone is using for media players, havent tried a lot these before.

For musixMatch make sure you configure it to use "Native ICS lockscreen" instead of its own custom, never seen that before. That should get you cover art etc.

Looking into why it played the wrong media application, pretty sure its because TuneIn aggressively unregisters itself and musixMatch never unregisters. I have a few ideas Ill try.

Never seen widgets with borders before, I use the Nexus 7 and a GSIII. Ill see about adding a border to mitigate that.

The scrolling shouldn't really affect the battery, it should only scroll if the widget is visible, you should notice that its always starting to scroll when you unlock or go back to the home screen. This may be different for different launchers so if thats not the case get back to me.

Was thinking the same thing about launching different media applications instead of just the last one. Thought that might just be me though so good to see other people thought the same thing. Really like your suggestion with different behavior for paused vs playing, not really necessary for most widgets since selecting the cover art does the same thing.

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Originally Posted by arman68

Great idea!

I tried it on my x86 motorola razr i, and it works fine.

MusiXMatch works well (album art, metadata, controls)

TuneIn Radio works partially: album art and metadata are ok, but when I pressed the controls while tunein was playing music, it controlled the previous player, musixmatch, instead.

Love the transparent idea, Ill see about creating a few that are fully transparent as a short term fix until I get the configurability working. Any specific Ideas you have on widgets are helpful. Iam really really really (did I say really) terrible at visual design.


I was testing the widgets with Launcher8 and there is a bit of the problem with some of the widgets getting truncated. Have a look at the screenshot below:
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The widgets are from top to bottom: Big layout 1 (resized to 2x3), Big layout 2 (resized to 2x2), Layout 1 (resized to 4x1), Layout 2 (resized to 3x1).

Also, what impact does the scrolling text have on battery consumption?

One suggestion: it would be very useful if there was a way to go from the widget to the media player selection menu. Maybe another button; or if music is playing the button could jump straight to the player, and if not go to the player list (unless there is only 1 player available).

Another suggestion: transparent background option.

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