The list of quality Android music player runs quite long, but if you’re looking for a minimalist and completely gesture-based alternative, then XenoAmp (beta) by XDA member ssuukk might be right up your alley. Defying the conventions of menu and control-laden UI, XenoAmp lets you take control of your music playback and browsing via various gestures. Whether it’s switching between tracks, adjusting volume, rating your tracks, or accessing your media library, it’s all controllable via tapping or swiping. Besides all the cool gestures, the app also supports several nifty features, such as gapless playback (Android 4.1 only), automatic equalizer calibration through automatic room correction, virtualizer & bass boost effects, music tag sync by scanning barcodes from audio CDs, easy management of playlists by tags, customizable sleep timer to automatically switch off music after a specified time, automatic album art detection & downloading from the internet, graphical representation of music albums on an aesthetically-rich & zoom-able plane, built-in file manager to navigate to music folders, ID3 tag editor, filtering of tracks by rating, date of listening/adding to library or number of plays, Last.fm & Libre.fm scrobbling, multiple preset sound profiles, home & lock screen widgets, automatic playback and volume controls upon plugging headset and receiving calls, and lots more.
The player has been designed to save you maximum battery time, as the controller screen fades out just after a few seconds of inactivity. The app’s home screen sports all but a large sapphire dial, along with a couple of additional dials representing volume level (red dots) and current playlist length tracking (green). To help you with get a good grip on various gestures that XenoAmp supports, we’ve put together a list of all the controls below:
- Hold down anywhere on the screen till the menu appears, and then drag towards a specific side to launch the EQ, lyrics, preferences, file manager, music library or the music browsing screen
- Tap the artist name to play/pause current track, and/or tap the track title to rate the song
- Swipe sideways to switch between tracks
- Swipe along the circular dial to change volume levels
- Tap anywhere on the blue dial to fast-forward current track
- Hit the three dots at the bottom to launch the current playlist
All the media management options, UI tweaks, playback controls, audio settings and lyrics fetching features that XenoAmp supports can be controlled right from this home screen through different gestures. On this note, it is worth mentioning here that the app fetches its lyrics from the LyricsWiki service. The XenoAmp home screen widgets come in multiple sizes, where each widget is customizable in terms of the buttons/controls that it can sport. Appending new tracks to the current playlist is as easy as navigating to the required albums using the app’s multiple exploration modes, and just hitting the title of your favorite tracks. While browsing tracks, you may use the pinch-to-zoom gesture to explore various tracks within an album, and tap the required track to add it to the playlist. Doing the same for an album from the file explorer interface adds all the included titles to the current playlist.
While the app allows control over modifying the track order on playlist, we were unable to find the option to automatically shuffle or repeat tracks. Also, since XenoAmp is currently in beta, there are a few blemishes that can be found throughout the app’s interface, especially when talking of its music browsing and EQ aspect. Apart from that, most of the features work like a charm, and the developer seems to have put in a lot of hard work to make XenoAmp as unique an Android music player as possible.
So, taking all aspects into account, it goes without saying that the app certainly warrants a try, especially if you’re in search for an intuitive and visually refreshing music player for your Android.
XenoAmp is available in the Google Play Store. The app requires Android v2.3.3 (Gingerbread) or higher to run, and can be downloaded via the Play Store link provided below.