If you're on a flight with your phone propped up in front of you, or listening to music while you work on your phone with your hands on the keyboard, it can be a pain to stop, unlock your phone or tap it to bring up the playback controls and hit forward, back, switch songs, or change videos. Wave Control is a new Android app that lets you customise hand gestures to control music and video playback that you perform over your phone's proximity sensor, Minority Report style.
Okay, maybe Minority Report is a bit of a stretch, but you do get the ability to wave your hand in specific ways to accomplish certain commands, like skip forward, back, change the volume, stop or pause playback. One wave across the sensor skips forward, two skips back to the previous song and three will pause or resume the song. The free version of the app is ad-supported and needs to run in the background while you're watching a movie or listening to music (or even in another app entirely) so it can keep an eye on the sensor to see if you wave at it.
The paid version of the app allows you to assign different commands to your waves, gives you a stop command, and removes ads. If you prefer to stay hands off with your phone while you listen to music or watch a video, Wave Control may be a little complicated, but it might be a time saver. Have you tried Wave Control? Have an alternative? Let us know in the comments below.