Will Verduzco · Apr 27, 2014 at 11:30 pm

Create Your Own Floating Apps with the Tooleap SDK

Not too long ago, we talked about Floating Calculator. And then just earlier today, we briefly covered Floating Mail. You may be wondering what ties these two apps together. Aside from the fact that both of these apps can be launched on top of your currently running app, they were both created using the Tooleap SDK by XDA Forum Member Tooleap.

The Tooleap SDK allows developers to easily create floating applications, and in doing so, make their app accessible everywhere on the device. This is done through the use of an ever present, chatheads-like floating bubble that can be repositioned. Clicking this bubble then launches a certain activity in your app from within a floating window. What makes Tooleap special is its easy integration with your current code, as you can use the SDK to incorporate any standard Android activity. And to make your application and its floating bubble more relevant, you can make it only show up contextually (e.g. when in a certain app or after receiving a notification).

If you’ve been looking to create a floating app or incorporate floating window functionality into your existing app, head over to the original thread and give the free Tooleap SDK a try. It’s currently in private beta, but the thread details the process of getting started yourself. Then when you create the next insanely useful floating app, be sure to let us know so we can highlight it right here on the XDA Portal!


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Will Verduzco

willverduzco is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Will Verduzco is the Portal Administrator for the XDA-Developers Portal. He has been addicted to mobile technology since the HTC Wizard. But starting with the Nexus One, his gadget love affair shifted to Google's little green robot. He is also a Johns Hopkins University graduate in neuroscience and is now currently studying to become a physician.
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