XenoAmp, Feature-packed Music Player with an Alien-Feeling Interface
We’ve featured XenoAmp by XDA Senior Member ssuukk a couple of times before, in 2012 and 2013. It’s come a long way since then, going past the 1.0 release to mark its maturity.
The core is still pretty much the same compared to when it first came out. If you’re used to other music players, this player’s interface will probably feel alien at first (hence the name). While that may discourage you from testing it further, it’s one of the things that make it stand out (in a good way!) from the competition. Despite its differences, the learning curve is not a steep one, and using the app becomes a breeze after spending some time discovering how it works.
XenoAmp’s interface makes it easy to use with one thumb, which makes it possible to use quick actions (once you’ve set your playlist up) in an unobstructive manner. Need to pause? Just tap anywhere. Current song doesn’t suit your mood? Swipe on to the next one. Changing the volume and forwarding is also handled through gestures, to the point where I personally found XenoAmp to be my go-to choice for listening to music while driving: after picking or making a playlist, a quick gesture allows me to do any action I want — without looking at my phone’s screen.
Playlist management is also an easy task, letting you reorder or remove entries by dragging them up and down or swiping them away. Switching playlists or moving tracks between them is also a breeze, and you could use advanced search to quickly add music by tags, genres and more. The playlists pane and the XenoAmp sidebar are accessible from any screen, providing easy access to commonly accessed features (e.g. search or shuffling).
That’s still not all. Want lyrics? You got it. Voice commands? XenoAmp has that as well. Widgets? Yup! Prefer a lighter/more material interface, or would you rather stick with the classic dark one? The choice is yours. Looking for a music player that can handle, manage and automatically download missing tags? You’ve found one. And even though XenoAmp is considered almost complete by now, the developer still has plans for it, such as SoundCloud support, visual tweaks and polishing, a nicer interface for streaming services and Xeno’s own radio station database.
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