Sidebars make for highly efficient and modern UI paradigms. They allow us to have our most commonly accessed apps, information, and settings permanently at our fingertips—both literally and figuratively. And with Ubuntu Touch making heavy use of sidebars, as well as a comparable solution for Android by XDA Forum Member leducbao that we recently covered here on the XDA Portal; it appears as if they’re here to stay.
Android is many things to many people, but for most of us here on XDA, it has come to mean the freedom of choice. To that end, having multiple options to attack a problem is always a good thing. XDA Forum Member nickmartens1980 brings another great take on the sidebar for Android with his app Appsi.
Appsi supports Appsi-specific plugins, application widgets, and DashClock extenions. It is quite customizable in look and feel, as well as sidebar placement and more. It even allows for music controls, courtesy of a guide by Senior Member Dr.Alexander_Breen that we covered not too long ago. The real power of Appsi, however, is in its plugin system. Plugins can be used to add functionality to the home tab, and they can show things like missed calls, launch Android intents, and more.
Head over to the original thread to get started. If you’re a developer looking to create Appsi plugins, head over to nickmarten1980′s open source plugin example over at his Github and visit the Appsi plugins page._________
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