Samantha · Aug 30, 2013 at 07:30 pm

Get Back the Floating Remote on Xperia Tablet Z AOSP ROMs

Sony Xperia Tablet Z users who have made the AOSP switch may have noticed the consequential disappearance of Sony’s Small Apps suite. One of these small apps is the mini remote control, a floating remote that has no doubt proven its worth to many folks in living rooms on lazy Sunday afternoons. So for those missing its multitasking functionality, you can now get it back with TSRemote.

Thanks to XDA Senior Member lowtraxx, Xperia Tablet Z users will now be able to multitask on their tablet while watching soap operas on lazy afternoons once again. What lowtraxx has done to regain this functionality wass incorporate XDA Recognized Developer Apache14‘s open source IR Blaster library as the backend and XDA Senior Member PingPongBossStandOut library as the floating front end.

The end result is a floating remote control much like the small app that works with any AOSP-derived ROM such as CyanogenMod 10.1. As of right now, however, the only way for the tablet to recognize your television is by manually learning the IR commands with your remote. However, lowtraxx is planning to work on bringing in remote databases in the future.

If you would like to learn more, you can do so in the application thread. Its source code is also available at the project’s Github.


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jman2131 is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users.
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