We’ve just released Cover Version 0.1.8 with music controls for those of you running KitKat (Android 4.4). Now you can pause, play, and control your music right from Cover.
Cover’s music controls work for just about every music/audio app out there: Google Play Music, Pandora, TuneIn, Spotify, Poweramp, Slacker, Audible, iHeartRadio, SoundCloud, Rdio, and many more. When you’re listening to music, whichever music app you use, that app will always be pinned to the bottom of your Cover screen — right next to the controls and info about the track you’re listening to. You can peek to open straight to your music app. Music controls have been one of our most popular feature requests, so we’re excited to make them available.
To enable music controls, you’ll need grant “Notification access” to Cover. This lets Cover know which track is playing. You can do this from your phone’s settings (we’ve also provided a shortcut from Cover’s settings):
One caveat is that these music controls only work on phones running KitKat (Android 4.4). We tried hard to get music controls working well on earlier versions of Android, but versions 4.1-4.3 don’t provide us with a standard way to access which music app is playing, track names, or album art. Most importantly, we weren’t able to get basic pause/play/rewind/fast forward actions to work reliably across different apps. Many of the music apps and widgets available on Google Play suffer from similar issues. We want Cover to be reliable and high quality, so we didn’t want to go the same route. Google added the necessary APIs to get things working reliably with KitKat, so we’re making music controls available to people with that version. Fortunately, we think most people will get access to KitKat within the next couple months (when Samsung, HTC and others release their next set of updates).
In addition to music controls, we added a small feature that lets you slide Cover open directly to your home screen. This is a handy shortcut when you want to go straight to your home screen rather than to the last app you were using.
If you already have Cover installed you should get an auto-update soon. We hope you enjoy these new features — let us know what you think!