Will Verduzco · May 6, 2014 at 08:00 pm

Easily Switch Tasks with a Sony Xperia Small App

For those who aren’t familiar with the feature, Sony Small Apps are lightweight floating applications that run on top of other, standard applications. They are intended to allow users to be more productive and more efficiently multitask.

Some time ago, Sony opened up the Small App API, allowing application developers to create their own applications compatible with Sony Small Apps. Now, XDA Senior Member hansip87 has released a streamlined task switcher application that makes use of the Small App API.

Fast Recent Apps Switcher does exactly what its name says; it switches between your recently used apps quickly. Rather than clicking the Android multitasking button and then selecting the appropriate app, all you have to do is click the application you’d like to switch too.

In addition to its floating window functionality, Fast Recent Apps Switcher offers a few more features than a standard task switcher. For starters, it allows you to define an application update time, as well as a variable number of viewable recent apps. If the automatic update interval isn’t enough for you, you can always swipe down to refresh the list. You can also change how the app looks by choosing either a horizontal or vertical layout. Finally, you can pin or unpin the small app depending on whether you’d like it to minimize after launching a new app.

If you’re a Sony Xperia owner and you’ve been looking for a customizable and efficient task switcher that makes use of the Small App API, head over to the application thread and give Fast Recent Apps Switcher a shot.


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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. View willverduzco's posts and articles here.
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