Former Writer · Jan 31, 2013 at 03:00 am

ICS/JB Style Task Manager Now Available for Any ROM

One of the biggest changes with the arrival of Android 4.0 is the new way to switch and kill tasks. Commonly referred to as the recent apps menu, users can see all their open tasks with just one click, and then switch to a currently open task with just one more. It has become a normal feature that everyone is used to at this point—except, of course, people who haven’t experienced ICS or JB yet. For many phones, Gingerbread and below is still the only stable OS they have. Thus, they don’t have the awesome new task switcher / killer.

A new app by XDA Senior Member hamzawi along with the rest of AID Team gives any user a simulated ICS or JB task management experience. Initially, this was a paid-only application, but a free version was recently released so everyone can enjoy it. While the paid version obviously has more features, the free version still has all the features you’d expect from a task switcher / killer.

Obviously, one of the biggest feature is switching between tasks and killing unwanted applications. The recent apps screen shows up just like it does in ICS and Jelly Bean, so users can switch at will. Swipe-to-kill functionality works as well, so you can bring up the list, swipe unwated tasks, and switch between tasks like normal. Users can access this task switcher by long pressing search. If you’d rather use the home button, that feature is coming soon, but is not currently included. Also included is a kill-all widget. So if you have a bunch of tasks and don’t feel like swiping them all away manually, a quick press of the kill widget will take care of it for you.

The app may not have the features of more advanced custom task managers, but if you want to enjoy a task switcher that is similar to the beauty and simplicity of what is found in ICS and Jelly Bean, this is the app to try. You can get started by visiting the application thread.


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