It's generally agreed upon that the stock iOS volume HUD (heads-up display) is boring and could do with some improvement to not only make it look better, but also to make it more useful. Other mobile platforms have much cooler-looking volume HUDs with more features.
A new free jailbreak tweak dubbed Volume8
is now available by iOS developer mootjeuh that allows you to change the style of your volume HUD from the stock iOS 7 style to one that looks like that of Windows 8, as shown above.
Whenever you don't have any kind of media playing, Volume8 just shows a vertical volume bar that shows your volume level numerically with a white block and moves up or down in the gray slider depending on the level of your volume.
On the other hand, if you have any kind of media playing, then Volume8 shows you that same vertical volume bar, along with some media controls that include the name of the media, the artist of the media, some album artwork, and previous/play/pause/next buttons.
One thing we did notice is that the music control buttons are fuzzy and don't seem to support the retina display. For that, it's going to affect our rating.
The tweak is as simple as it looks – it's a basic volume HUD replacement for iOS 7. It's also free and completely open source – if you want to view the source code of Volume8, then you can follow this GitHub link
. If you would like to give it a try, it's available for free right now in Cydia's BigBoss repository. iOS 7 is required for the install.
iPhone 5 running iOS 7.0.6
You can watch our video review of Volume8 below: