If you're listening to music while using your phone or tablet for something else, you don't always want to stop what you're doing to fiddle with the song. If you're in a game, for example, you may have to exit to the home screen just to get to your music controls, but SidePlayer offers an alternative. It pops a small control panel out from the edge of the screen when you need it, and hides it when you don't.


SidePlayer ties into various music players like Google Play Music, PowerAmp, n7 player, and several OEM music apps. Just drag in from the right edge of the screen and the controls appear. Drag back, and they recede. This works in any app, even a full-screen game. The free version of the app is limited to this basic functionality, but the $1.75 pro edition includes themes, metadata display, more layouts, active area positioning, and more.

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This app doesn't make a lot of sense for devices that can show the notification shade in full-screen apps (like Samsung devices and stock KitKat), but it could be great for others. You can give it a shot for free, so why not?

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • Andrei

    Or you could just swipe down to get to your notification drawer where every decent media player has quick controls. Just saying...

    • sweenish

      That only just became possible in full-screen apps with 4.4. Unless I'm missing skin features. I don't keep up with those.

      • Matthew Fry

        It's been a Samsung thing since the GS3

      • bungadudu

        This is possible from long ago in touchwizz.
        Many features were introduced in touchwizz and then implemented in Google 's AOSP..

    • sean

      Swiper no swiping!
      Swiper no swiping!
      Swiper no swiping!

    • sssgadget

      Never too late to have more options!

    • mcdroid


      • Anthony James

        The free version of the app is limited to this basic functionality.

  • Yash Raj Chhabra

    Apps like this is why Android is better than iOS

    • Logan

      I just grabbed an app the other day that allows me to host a webserver on my phone - allowing me to develop full-scale websites for work and personal use - accessible from any device on the same wifi network as it or locally on the device. It doesn't get much better than that

      • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

        A true hosted VPS is better than a webserver on your phone. Always.

        • Logan

          Can't develop on that when on a plane with my Chromebook.

          I'm not saying that using a true server for development is inferior, I'm simply saying that when I'm developing (and definitely sites that are geared towards mobile) I have the ability to bring it with me wherever I go, without the need for an internet connection.

          • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

            In that case (no internet on a plane) I'd be using a laptop for dev, though, where I'd have a LAMP setup going, then I'd sync changes over to the beefy VPS upon landing. :) ... but, I see what you're saying about being more mobile.

  • sweenish

    Worth noting that Action Launcher 2.0 will offer similar functionality with 1-Swipe when it launches. You can drop your music widget (along with any other widgets you want) and have permanent access to that shade regardless of where you are.

    This app is very tidy, though.

  • Kevin Nivek

    The reason I made this app is, that I have a nexus 7. 2 big points are bad.

    1. I need to go with my hand on top of the device to swipe down the status bar. Thats hard while playing or chatting.
    2. I need to pause the game because the statusbar is not transparent and it is big.

    Think about it :) Thanks for the feedback!

  • Nathan Bryant

    I can't get this to control Google Play Music for nothing. It doesn't ask me for default player or anything. It just controls my native music app and plays the samples on my Note 3 because I only use music through Google Play Cloud.

    • Kevin Nivek

      Hey. I just mailed you :)

      • Anthony James

        but the $1.75 pro edition includes themes, metadata display, more layouts, active area positioning, and more.

  • Vafan

    If it would support android as the player, then I would buy it. Smart app!

  • Anthony James

    This works in any app, even a full-screen game.

  • Unbreakable360

    Seems like a good app although my music player shows the controls in my status bar so I just use "smart status bar" app let's me pull down my notifications bar during any app