Also like similar apps it requires root.
Unlike "GMD Hidebar" or "Hide Bar" which are recommended for simply using the device in "Kiosk mode" this app is meant to be more like an replacement for the systembar. It provides two configurable softbuttons which can be configured in position, size, color and transparency or can be completely disabled.
Several actions can be assigned to the buttons. Each button holds up to three actions, one for short, one for long click and one for swipe above the button. Possible actions:
- Nothing: Um, yeah.. this does... nothing. Not sure why I implemented this.
- Go back: Acts as the known "back" button to navigate back within apps.
- Go to homescreen: Shortcut to directly go to homescreen... just like at the original systembar
- Show recent apps: Will show a little panel to quickly switch between recently used apps. Unfortunately the well known "swipe to kill" function of the original can't be implemented because the necessary permission is only granted to apps with systems signature.
- Restore systembar: An action to quickly restore systembar. With the latest version this can also be done by notification.
- Show notifications: The second most important feature of the systembar. It shows a panel displaying the notifications. It is a complete reimplementation so some features are not available for now. The basic function works well on most devices.
- Open apps menu: Older apps usually display their menu-button within the systembar. This action now can open the menu for those apps.
- Pie Menu: Opens a configurable Pie Menu next to the touch area. This menu can be configured individually for each event.
This free version is fully functional and should be absolutely sufficient for most users. For lazy ones like me, who don't want to manually hide'n'restore systembar each time, there is a "plus"version available which automatically hides systembar for selected apps.
Oh, and yes, the free version shows a little advertisment for the plus version once in a while... if you want to get rid of it: just click this advert three times and it won't appear again. If you didn't buy the plus version after visiting it's store entry three times you probably won't ever.
please feel free to post critics, bug-reports, requests and suggestions
Improvement: wallpaper restoring much faster
Added settings for position and design of toucharea.
Implemented panel for recently used apps
Added option for hiding systembar on boot
Implemeted notification to quickly hide systembar
Added second touch area to use more actions
Touch areas now can be hidden completely
Fixed recentspanel not being hidden on buttonclick
Fixed toucharea not appearing under rare circumstances
Added new action to access applications menu
Touch areas now always being composed correctly
Fixed apps malfunction on some devices (pfff.. the damn wrong environment issue most root-app-developers stumble upon)
Visual feedback on buttonpress
Added information about battery, wifi and bluetooth in notificationpanels header
Support for big notifications in JellyBean
Changed unit for size of toucharea to dip (density independent pixel)
Fixed lost ability to accept calls on some phones
Added about- and contact-info
No new features for now...
Service running more reliable. Should always restart after crash, manual or oom-kill
Removed full!screen from recent-apps-list (people swipe'n'killed full!screen from that list and wondered why it wouldn't work anymore )
New action: Pie Menu... this opens a Pie menu next to the touch area which can be freely configured for any event.
New event: Swipe... a third action can be assigned to the button which will be invoked when swiping over the button.
New extended options: activate them within the apps Options menu to freely change color and feedback of touch areas or to change long click timeout.