That volume HUD (heads-up display) that Apple gives you is really boring looking and offers next to bare minimal information. A new jailbreak tweak called HUDE
by iOS developer Rocco Del Priore aims to increase the visual appeal and functionality of the HUD in iOS, especially when listening to music.
HUDE, also known as HUD Enhancer, will let you pick from two different styles – the classic view (shown above on the left), or the new "Modern" view (shown above on the right). The Modern view can be modified to either be as large as a notification banner, and show album artwork, or it can be modified to be as small as the Status Bar and only show the name of the song. The Modern view will display the volume level with a blue progress bar at the bottom of the HUD. The classic view takes the basic iOS 7 HUD and modifies it with album artwork and a few visual improvements.
Even if you're not listening to music, the Modern view would just show either Volume or Ringer in the HUD instead of the song name. But if you are listening to music, you can take advantage of tap controls to either pause or play your music and you can swipe right to move to the next song, or swipe left to move to the previous song. When you use any of the music controls, a screen indicator will appear:
HUDE adds a preferences pane to the Settings application where you can configure your volume HUD to your liking:
The first thing you'll notice is that you can either enable the classic view or the Modern view, but you won't be able to enable both (the Modern view will take dominance over the classic view). If you pick the classic HUD, there's not much to customize, but you will be able to enable or disable the music controls.
If you pick the classic view, you can adjust the appearance so that it takes up very little of your display, or as much as a notification banner. You can also enable or disable the album artwork and enable or disable the music controls on demand. There is also an option at the bottom of the preferences pane that lets you set a custom delay for how long the volume HUD will appear on the display.
It should be noted that even if you pick the Modern view, you won't be able to use your iOS device until the HUD disappears, just like if the classic style volume HUD were enabled.
HUDE is nicely polished, and the Modern view is a nice iOS 7-esque aesthetic improvement over the original volume HUD style in iOS 7. If you would like to give HUDE a try, it's available in Cydia's BigBoss repostiory for $1.49. It does require iOS 7 to be installed.
iPhone 5 running iOS 7.0.6
Rocco Del Priore