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Expand Your Xperia Small Apps Suite with Phone, Torch, Launcher, and Stopwatch Small Apps
Introduced back in 2012, the Sony Xperia Small Apps feature was perhaps the first major step in what has become an integral part of multitasking on Android devices. And since then, there have been plenty of useful small apps, as well as various mods and ports developed by XDA community members. Now two years on, the momentum doesn’t seem to be slowing anytime soon, especially when taking into account the four new small apps recently developed by XDA Recognized Developer and Themer Pranav Pandey.
Phone is the first of the four new Xperia small apps, and it allows you to conveniently access all your contacts, call log, and dial pad when you have another app running at the same time. The Phone small app comes with a host of functions you’d not normally see with floating apps, such as speed dial, cursor functionality, contact and call log details, just to name a few. The second is Launcher, which enables you to launch apps you have installed from a list of all your apps. You can also search for certain apps, and long press apps for more options such as application information, uninstall, and view in Play store. And if you need a stopwatch or a torch real quick, simply open them up from the Small Apps UI, and you’re good to go.
If you would like to check these out, visit the Xperia Small Apps thread for more information.
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