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Not Enough Home Screens? WidgetShade Can Help
We currently have widgets for practically everything that we do. Our most commonly used apps have small sub-apps that sit comfortably in our home screens and are easily accessible by just pressing the Home button. However, there are times when we are doing other things that may require us to be away from the home screen, such as gaming, browsing the web, or well, pretty much anything in Android. A few devices overcome this by implementing things like multi-window, which came about from Cornerstone as well as the Samsung Galaxy S3/Note2 families, floating mini apps such as those found in Sony’s line up, and even with the implementation of side launchers. That said, access to your widgets from within any app can without the need to quit or navigate away can be a rather useful thing. If this is a concept that calls your attention, then you should definitely check out what XDA Forum Member dapaua has just released.
WidgetShade is an app that generates an overlay screen on top of any app you may be running. This overlay can contain multiple widgets that you can freely setup with full functionality. The app can be launched in several different ways, such as an activation area that can be swiped over, a launch button in the notification area, or (if you are in home) the app itself. Interestingly enough, combining this with other apps such as LMT launcher can give you very easy access from anywhere at all by configuring an action (two finger swipe, etc). Please note that this last suggestion is for when the notification bar is hidden by the active app and when you do not feel like using the trigger feature of this app.
Please take this app for a spin and let the dev know if you have any feedback, suggestions, or simply want to report a bug or two. Enjoy!
With WidgetShade you can have your widgets always on hand. Just use the “+” button , or long press any empty space to add a widget. WidgetShade can be called at any moment and will show as an overlay over your active application.
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