I NEVER RECOGNISED THIS, BUT OF COURSE THE TITLE SHOULD BE "SCROLLING SIDE LAUNCHER", NOT "SCOLLING".
first, I wasn't sure where to post this, so I chose the general section. If a mod thinks there is a better place for this, please move the topic =)
Now, what do I imagine under "Scrolling Side Launcher"?
There are many approaches to achieve multitask on mobile devices, most famous ones are Samsungs Multiwindow/Pen Window, LGs Qslite/SlideAside/Splitview, Paranoid Androids Halo and last but not least the stunning xposed module by Android developer @zst123, XHalofloatingwindows.
However, none of these seems to be very useful when you are on a smartphone, on a tablet with a wide screen they can be useful.
On smartphones, its always a switch between this window and that window, moving another window to the front, maximising, minimising, closing, reopening and so on.
So, I thought about a way how to avoid most of these complications and perhaps even make multitask feeling a little bit more smooth and natural.
But, how could you achieve a fluent experience when you have several apps on screen? I thought about the Android notification bar, where you can pinch notifications to enlarge them or to minimise them. And this was how I had the idea for this concept:
I used Samsung Touchwiz (most of you hate it, I know) as a base:
1. A new icon on the homescreen (replacing the MyMagazine icon and app, because who in the world really needs that one?), so from the homescreen you just need to swipe to the right to enter SSL:
2. A new icon in the recent apps menu (this would either need a new apk, an xposed module (?) or the whole thing be part of an own rom with this one, you can get into SSL from every app:
4. Next image shows SSL without any app added, you can add any app by tapping the "+" symbol:
5. If you add an app, it's displayed in fullscreen, but you can pinch (tap with the fingers on the borders) it to minimise it to any size until it switches to minimised view...:
6. ...and of course the other way round:
7. If you have more apps pinched out, you can scroll thru the apps. The "active" app (the one you interacted with last) is highlighted with white borders:
8. When you scroll up, the titlebar hides itself, when you scroll down, it appears again:
9. In the menu, you can choose between different options; in the settings you can set different layout options.
10. Swipe again to the right to open the sidebar, in which you can see all apps added to SSL. Active apps have a thumbnail of the current content. In the Sidebar you can change the apps order or close an app (swipe away)
or even more like in slim recents:
Edit: important to mention is that of course the app size would scale down, otherwise it would look as awkward as in my pics (just made them with paint.net) and interaction would be bad.
That's it for the moment, I'll maybe add/change some aspects. So, what do you think?