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Floating Recent Apps Button for phones with hardware buttons

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29th March 2013, 02:16 PM   |  #1  
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I have created this little app out of frustration with the hardware buttons on my Galaxy S3. I don't really mind the back, menu, or Home button implementations but I am really annoyed because of the implementation of the recent apps. On a Galaxy S3, we all know that one has to press the hardware home key for a while to open the recent apps view. This greatly hampers multitasking and, honestly, it even turned me off of the idea of multitasking using the recent apps view.
But I recently used a friend's Galaxy Nexus and found that the recent apps view was not only very convenient to switch between apps, but also very effective. And the convenience was amplified by the fact that the recent apps button was ever present on the phone's screen. So I decided to implement something similar for my phone.
I came across STANDOUT , a library made by Mark Wei (xda member pingpongboss) which perfectly suited my needs for this app and made creating this app a breeze. Thanks a lot Mark!!
So here is my app called "FLYING RECENTS". It is a floating button that does nothing but open the default recent apps view. It is draggable via the handle attached at its bottom, it is semi-transparent so as to not be too distracting, and it can be closed by clicking its notification in the notification shade. Go ahead. Give it a try. I am sure people with hardware buttons will appreciate the utility of this app once they use it. Do offer suggestions if any, and I will try to incorporate them into the app as much as i can.
Made for a Galaxy S3. Ideal use case is for phones like Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy S4, etc. All phones with hardware buttons running Android 4.0+ benefit from this app.


UPDATE: Version 1.01 includes a better looking drag handle. Thanks to pratyush997 for the suggestion!!

UPDATE: Version 1.02 includes a transparent notification bar icon.
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29th March 2013, 02:32 PM   |  #2  
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Re: Floating Recent Apps Button for phones with hardware buttons
I'm thrilled I was looking for something like a long time ...

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29th March 2013, 02:37 PM   |  #3  
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I'm thrilled I was looking for something like a long time ...

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Thanks for your response. I hope you enjoy using this. If you don't mind, hit thanks, and tell people about this app. Everybody deserves the ease of convenience don't they?
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29th March 2013, 06:57 PM   |  #4  
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Re: Floating Recent Apps Button for phones with hardware buttons
Very very nice, been looking for a while for something like this.
I have a suggestion Don't u think it would be more practical and less obstructive if it was more like a gesture based launcher (like swipepad, sidebarpro).
We set it up that once u swipe from the home button upwards the screen, it will launch the recent apps. I've tried many apps but none were perfect for that simple task.

Thx for the nice app, would be appreciated if u can consider my suggestion.

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29th March 2013, 07:06 PM   |  #5  
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Hope there was something like this for Gingerbread phones like galaxy y too.
29th March 2013, 07:15 PM   |  #6  
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Very very nice, been looking for a while for something like this.
I have a suggestion Don't u think it would be more practical and less obstructive if it was more like a gesture based launcher (like swipepad, sidebarpro).
We set it up that once u swipe from the home button upwards the screen, it will launch the recent apps. I've tried many apps but none were perfect for that simple task.

Thx for the nice app, would be appreciated if u can consider my suggestion.

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I have been working really hard to implement this sort of a possibility that you have described. If I have any success in the implementation, I will surely update and post here.
Do hit thanks and tell your friends about this app. Cheers
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29th March 2013, 07:17 PM   |  #7  
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Hope there was something like this for Gingerbread phones like galaxy y too.

You can try installing this but i cannot guarantee any success since I have not tested it on any Gingerbread sporting phone. Do let me know the results.
29th March 2013, 07:26 PM   |  #8  
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Thanks for that app
was searching for the same for long time
29th March 2013, 08:29 PM   |  #9  
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Thanks for that app
was searching for the same for long time

You are welcome. Do tell more friends about it and have fun using it!!


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29th March 2013, 08:47 PM   |  #10  
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You are welcome. Do tell more friends about it and have fun using it!!


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CAn you make that move icon a bit eye friendly ?

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