I use my android phone on a vent-mount to listen to podcasts and music while driving. Even mounted right next to my steering wheel, it’s slightly dangerous to have to pay enough attention to the phone to precisely hit tiny buttons, so I’m looking for a better player with the following features:
LARGE control buttons. I want them to occupy almost the entire screen. I’ll rotate the phone to horizontal if I have to get a nice screen full of huge buttons but even better would be for it to fill up the screen real estate vertically when the phone is turned that way.
Main buttons while it’s in large button playing mode must be: Play/Pause, Next Track, Previous Track, Shuffle on/off. Small volume and/or track seek sliders would be nice but not critical.
Automatically reduce playing volume whenever another app sounds off. (navigation, alarm clock, phone rings, I get a text or email, etc.)
Straightforward to add entire folder trees to its current playlist without futzing with M3U files. The controls for manipulating the list don’t need to be huge or even present while in playmode since I never worry about that while moving.
Memory of what tracks it’s played so while in shuffle mode the “previous track” will go back to what it picked before.
6: An obvious button/control area on the screen to switch between big-button and other control modes. It doesn’t have to be a big button and I’d prefer it not be. I want as much screen real estate possible devoted to the four I listed above.
7: If I miss a button and hit somewhere else on its screen it should do nothing, or pausing the file would be fine.
8: Low CPU usage that doesn’t cause the phone to heat up too much.
That’s all I can think of but I’m sure there’s something else.
I currently have two favored players on my phone, both of which have almost but not quite my desired feature set:
Its issues: Tiny controls, very hard to hit them precisely while driving. If I miss a button by even a tiny amount, the player will do something unintended. Other than that, it’s just about the most perfect player I’ve ever tried.
Music Player for Pad/Phone This is the only music app I’ve found at all that can have large buttons. This one in particular has a resizable UI.
Its issues: Even though I can resize the buttons to be quite large, there’s no mode where they’re using all or even most of the available screen real estate. Phone heats up significantly, even if it’s the only active app. It heats up a LOT if I use it while also navigating with Google Maps. It won’t reduce volume when Google Maps says anything. I don’t remember if it will reduce volume for other things. The controls for changing modes are flaky and a bit obtuse, and act slowly. The shuffle on/off button hides itself for no apparent reason. As with Folder Player, if I miss the button I was aiming for and hit a blank area, it’s likely to do something unintended.