by Tim Chow
The Android market – sorry…Google Play Store – is awash with music players for your smartphone. Check any forum discussing this topic and you’ll find at least five different suggestions for the ‘best’ player. I’ve tried countless music players over the years and found there isn’t one to rule them all. So instead I use three different players, plus Deezer, plus a radio app. In different situations you need different functions I guess.
I’ve seen a few music players that allow you to change track using sensors on your smartphone. This means you don’t have to turn the screen on or even get your phone out of your pocket. Most of these fail; either too sensitive or not sensitive enough. Sensor Music Player is the only one that performs this function well.
Sensor Music Player comes with a few options that cleverly use the proximity and accelerometer: a wave over the screen; slapping your phone and thumping the table it’s sitting on. You can pause the track too by holding your hand over the screen for a couple of seconds.
Rarely have I had to do any of these actions twice to change the track. It seems the developers (zgui & fich) have got the sensitivity balance just right. But if you feel it’s slightly off, you can have a play about with the sensitivity of the sensors by long-pressing the question mark image.
You can also deactivate these sensors and use it as a regular player, which brings me onto my next point. The interface is pretty ugly; you could call it minimalist if you want to be kind. It’s basic in terms of looks with a black and grey styling. No 3D effects or mirror reflections of the album art to be seen here. Elsewhere, it offers the usual functions. There’s the normal shuffle and creating playlist options, all very easy to use.
The app is particularly useful when driving, I find. A quick wave over the screen and you’ve skipped the track with ease. I guess it would be useful if you’re working out in the gym or running too.
This great tutorial shows how functional the music player really can be and it’s not just a gimmick. Best of all, it’s free on the Google Play Store.
Have you tried Sensor Music Player? What do you think of it? Tell us in the comments section below.