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Side-Swiping Multitasking with Kakudo
Recovering iPad users may still remember the multitasking function where you can swipe left or right to switch between running apps. I sincerely apologize if you are still trying to put this traumatic period of your life behind you, but your nightmares may be reawakened in the form of Kakudo, an app that brings this feature to the Android operating system.
A surprisingly useful function, XDA Forum Member Acela1230 decided that the iPad was undeserving of such practicality, and took the initiative to bring it over to Android. By simply swiping left or right from the edges of the screen, you can easily switch to other currently active apps on your device. A minimizable bar at the bottom of the screen housing shortcuts to your favorite apps can also be revealed with a swipe from the bottom up. Customization is also available, allowing for different sensitivity levels of the swipe-able areas, the icon and swipe bar size, as well as toggling on and off the notification icon, the app drawer, and start on boot. To turn off or on Kakudo, a master button on the top right hand corner will allow you to do just that. Issues acknowledged by the developer include lag when launching apps at the home screen, and the inability to toggle GPS on and off.
Acela1230 has developed an app for Android that delivers a function that (as a far as I am aware) is unheard of in the Android market, until now. Users of devices running Android 2.3 or newer can download Kakudo for free from the Play store, and are invited to become beta testers at the Google+ group page. If you would like to find out more, be sure to check out the application thread for additional information.
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