lockscreen widgets that control the music player won’t show text, like title, artist, etc. the space reserved for that info stays blank. I tried media utilities and u.m.v. controls (among others). with those two, the buttons work and i can toggle play/pause and go forward/backward in the playlist, but i have no track info (and also no album cover artwork). i tried different combinations of background and text colors with both. i tried them on the lockscreen and on the home screen. i’m using android 4.2.2 (fairphone os cherry 1.6) and the app “Musik” (german localization) also shows version # 4.2.2-eng.hjy.1406797706.
Maybe the tracks are named in a way, the FP does not support? Or the meta data uses characters, which are not supported… Best is to only use letters and numbers and characters which are known to cause few conflicts (like understroke “_” or hyphen “-”).
The fairphone can display the texts in the music player app. However on the lockscreen no information whatsoever gets displayed. Not even the album covers, which are independent of the caracter encoding etc. So far i had no mp3, flac or anything else where on the lock screen would appear one single piece of information, neither artist, album, title nor artwork. Also, the play/pause button doesn’t know if it should display the play or pause symbol. They happen to be interchanged every now ant then. Apparently the controll information gets transmitted from the lockscreen widget to the music player app, but no information from the app reaches the widget.
I installed the “U.V.M. Controlls” app that gives me this lock screen widget. As I wrote in my initial post,
I tried media utilities and u.m.v. controls (among others).
Probably I should have made clearer that these are apps installed after I got the phone.
In the moment I took that screenshot, it played the title “Jaded” from the album “Aerosmith” by the band “Aerosmith”, none of which has any special characters or even a space.
The song was paused, so a “play” button should have been shown instead of the “pause” button.
AND that behavior was the same with every other lockscreen music controll app I tried.
Okay apparently the “U.V.M. Controlls” have been renamed to “Universal Music Widget”:
I installed google apps and the one music player I found in there, which is “Google Play Music” v5.7.1783Q… and it gives me no lockscreen widget. I can have a google play music widget for the regular home screen, and it works like a charm, but it is not available for the lockscreen.
I’ve been looking at the google play widget, it only seems to appear when music is playing, and then it becomes the default widget on the lockscreen. You don’t seem to be able to add this independently and there are no config controls for it.