Android 5.1- Lock Screen Music Controls?


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Aug 3, 2015
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I have a Motorola Moto G and it recently upgraded to Android 5.1. I dislike the fact that I can no longer control my music player while the screen is locked. When I had the previous version installed, when I woke the screen up I'd be given an option to put in my unlock pattern, but there would also be music controls right there on the same screen. I'm aware that this lack of controls is a "feature" of the new operating system, but I don't like it at all.

One solution that I read about on another website was the use of the "notifidget" app. I downloaded the app and set it up to work with my music player but it isn't working the way I thought it would. There is still no access to controls on the lock screen. What it is doing is putting a non-functional notification that I'm playing music in the list of notifications, if I pull that list up manually. The notification doesn't actually allow me to do anything. And I have to pull it up manually anyway.

Last few details- this is the music player I'm using:

And this is the notifidget app:

All I want to do is get my music controls back on the unlock screen. I'm open to any method of doing so. Anyone know how to do this?

Also, sidebar question- what exactly was the problem that the developers thought they were solving when they made it like this? Why is less functionality considered progress?

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