There are plenty of alternatives to the on-screen navigation buttons that are becoming the norm nowadays such as Paranoid Android’s PIE Controls, Button Savior, and Ultimate Dynamic Navbar—just to name a few. However there’s one approach that has yet to be seen, and that is navigation buttons that float just like the various floating apps we’ve covered previously on the XDA Portal. The resources are definitely there, such as XDA Senior Member pingpongboss‘s StandOut libraries, and so is the demand. So why not let it happen?
Well, it definitely has, as XDA Forum Member rhoadster91 has created Floating Soft Keys, an application that does exactly what its name suggests. The app features the standard back, home, and menu keys, which can be made to float over your currently active application. It also includes a drag icon that allows you to move the keys around the screen.
The app’s customization settings are extensive, with options to easily adjust the buttons’ transparency, their size, and the spacing in between the buttons. Floating Soft Keys also allow for custom icons, with a brief guide in the thread teaching you how to do so. And if you’re afraid you won’t be able to quickly access Google Now or any shortcut you have associated with the home button, you can change the action of a long press of the home button, although only Google Now and the power button menu are available currently.
Rhoadster91 also made Floating Soft Keys open source, with its source code available on Github for anyone who may be interested in doing some tinkering. Please also note that the root access is required in order for the app to “emulate input key events.” It’s compatible with any device running Android version 2.2 or over, and is ad-free and free from the Play store. So if you can’t wait to give this a go, head over to the application thread for more information._________
Want something on the XDA Portal? Send us a tip! -- Join us for xda:devcon 2014!