Rockbox for Android in Progress
Think back. You had an mp3 player with an annoying user interface, everything was locked down and you couldn’t manage your music the way you wanted. And then you found out about Rockbox, the open source firmware for mp3 players. You hacked it on to yours and had a whole new music player that maybe wasn’t as pretty, but sure was under your control. Flash forward: Rockbox is still around–a surprise to me–and, even more surprising, a version for Android is in the works.
Unlike other versions of Rockbox, which replace a device’s firmware entirely, the version for Android is a standalone music player app. Though far from finished, you can download working builds of the app so far directly from the site. Once you figure out that different (completely unmarked) regions of the screen have different functions (top/bottom to scroll up/down, the center selects the option you’re on, etc.), you’ll be able to give it a little whirl.
Certainly unfinished, and certainly not for everybody, but if you’re like me, worth a try just for the nostalgia.