[APP][2.1+] Sidebar - Brilliant multitasking and task management on Android

Mohammad_Adib

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"Minimalistic, non-intrusive, and very functional" - XDA



Awards & Mentions

Sidebar was showcased on the front page of XDA as well as on XDA TV

Geekwire wrote an amazing article about Sidebar and my other successes

StudentRND Blogs wrote an amazing article about Sidebar and my other successes

Sidebar was also the best among Android Authority's Top 7 Apps of the week

Sidebar was reviewed by AddictiveTips

Sidebar won Best Application at CodeDay Seattle hosted by StudentRND.



Sidebar wins the XDA showdown!



Downloads
Sidebar Lite | Sidebar Pro
 
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BigJeff

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My current experience with Sidebar as of now.
There are not as many little bugs, most are limitations in Android itself, but nothing that affect myself.

  • Those limitations being, the notification glitch, without having the notification android kills it.
  • Apps take longer to launch when current app is your default launcher.

The look is amazing, originally I was looking for a unity-esque side launcher, but this is so much more.
First, it looks cleaner than unity, by coping the aesthetic of windows 7.
Also it allows for task management, which I find conflicts with the Android's built in task manager and appears to duplicate app instances, but overall looks and functions pretty well.

You simply slide the icon off the bar to kill the app, or touch the icon to naturally open it.
A plus with the pro version, is that you can pin as many apps as you'd like. Plus there's the ability to pin widgets such as home, pause song, wifi and many more toggles. Currently shortcut to activities have been removed, but with the new, better caching system, I have a feeling they'll be added back ;)

The scrolling of the sidebar could be more fluid; as in keep up with my finger better, but overall performance was fine and the app itself has a very small resource footprint.

This app has come a long way, and I can't wait for themes and easy icon rearrangement.

Good luck Mohammad.
 
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This is such a great app. So much fun to use and is great for multitasking!

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Mohammad_Adib

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I'm not sure why this isn't getting more attention, but this is the best side launcher app yet! You need to add the ability to manually change the icons (unless that's already there in the pro version...) and incorporate a multitasking function, where it showing running apps with favorited apps, however the running apps are highlighted to show they're running, much like Unity for linux. Great app nonetheless!

EDIT: I found a significant bug on the free version. When you add the max allotted apps, then delete remove an app, it won't allow you to add anymore back, even if you remove all of them, it just says you need to upgrade.
Fix is on the way. Thanks for letting me know :)
 

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The best one out there.. Period.

I've tried various quick-launch apps over the past few weeks. Stumbled onto this just today. This is by the the best one available.
Very minimal layout, & customizable. Will be buying the paid version for sure. Kudos. :good:

One suggestion - can we get customizable animation time. Currently it's a bit too slow and without the animation its just too dull :eek:
 
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Just purchased the Pro version, and so far very nice! If you're taking suggestions however, i'd like a way to disable the notification, as well as a way to move the icons around into whatever order you like (rather than having to delete and reinstall to your liking). It would also be nice to be able to position the icons where we want as well, say from the bottom up, rather than the top down. But great job overall!
 
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Mohammad_Adib

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Here is an old version of the app. Is this better than Sidebar as it is on the Market?

Major differences:
- Uses a tab
- Solid color
- Less Settings
- Sidebar tears at screen edge when docking by draggin the tab
- Some lag on the dragging on lower end phones

Try it out (SUPER OLD VERSION): https://www.dropbox.com/s/pltw4vui9e2gbpl/Sidebar.apk and tell me if it is better or worse than the released version.
 

BigJeff

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Here is an old version of the app. Is this better than Sidebar as it is on the Market?

Major differences:
- Uses a tab
- Solid color
- Less Settings
- Sidebar tears at screen edge when docking by draggin the tab
- Some lag on the dragging on lower end phones

Try it out (SUPER OLD VERSION): https://www.dropbox.com/s/pltw4vui9e2gbpl/Sidebar.apk and tell me if it is better or worse than the released version.
No it's definitely worse. The solid color is terrible in my opinion. It isn't as smooth, and also the constant tab is dreadful. Believe me you're heading in the right direction, don't go backwards.
 
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