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Now Playing Beta, a Google Now-Themed Music Player
As Holo UI-themed applications are gradually streamlining the Android app market with pleasing aesthetics, it’s with no surprise that more app developers are naturally conforming to these standards. XDA Forum Member Jack Underwood has developed Now Playing Beta, a music app with the design philosophy of Google Now in mind.
Now Playing, for an app still in it’s beta, is a well designed and polished music player for Android that bundles an intuitive and minimal interface with the clinical yet fresh and elegant appearance of Google Now. Users navigate through different categories of the music library with horizontally sliding screens displaying albums, artists, and songs, as well as other classifications. The ‘now playing’ screen again, consist of 3 sliding screens: album art, currently playing playlist, lyrics. Each screen is accompanied by a bar at the bottom with the standard play/pause, previous and next, shuffle and repeat buttons.
However, it’s also the little, subtle touches that gives the app that extra finish. Next to each album and artist, there is the associated album art and artist picture that Now Playing draws from the web. Now Playing also has widgets and equalizer support if your device supports it.
If this sounds like something you would like to try out, head over to the original thread for more details and a free download.
Update: The beta has expired, and as such, the links have been removed.
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