July 10, 2014 By: Samantha
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.
Previously we introduced two small apps developed by XDA Recognized Themer soumya_digi. Those were a music control small app and a LMGTFY small app, and they were created using the Small Apps add-on SDK provided by Sony. If you are not aware, small apps are floating, miniature applications that hover over any running application. They allow you to do some quick calculations, jot down some notes, and much more. Now, soumya_digi has developed 3 more small apps for Xperia users out there.
The 3 new small apps are:
Of course, each of these apps will be of use for different people in different situations, such as allowing for quick access to a makeshift torch in the dark, a readily available set of useful settings without having to navigate to the settings menu or a widget on the homescreen. And with the discount calculator, you can…um…calculate discounts quickly and easily.
It goes without saying, but still going to be iterated, these small apps are only compatible with devices that support the small apps extension, including Xperia devices and non-Xperias that have had smalls apps ports. Soumya_digi has made these available for free and exclusive to the XDA forum community, so make sure to check out the small apps thread for more details and downloads.
April 12, 2013 By: Samantha
Yes, we know you know that Xperia Small Apps have been ported to Xperia ROMs not based on stock roms, as well as to non-Xperia devices. However, what if the port just happens to not work with your device? Or maybe you’re one of them folks who likes to know what goes on behind the scenes? XDA Recognized Contributor sandy7 has written another top-notch guide to not only let users know how devs achieve these ports, but also to allow you to give it a go yourself.
With no fancy preamble, sandy7 goes straight into helping you help yourself with the porting process, which can be broken down into 5 steps aided with helpful visuals:
So there you have it. Those are the 5 steps to achieving small apps porting success and glory. It’s all in your hands now. But fear not, as the process of porting small apps seem to be relatively simple and great for beginners to try out themselves. It’s also been tested on most Xperia devices and Samsung Galaxy SL, with support for CyanogenMod 9 and 10, Paranoid Android, Pacman, and possibly CM 10.1.
For more details and information, visit the original thread and guide.
Note: Screenshots shown taken from Galaxy SL Xperia-themed running CM10
March 22, 2013 By: Samantha
The one great thing about Sony’s Small Apps feature found on their Xperia devices is not the multitasking that they grant users, but that developers are allowed and encouraged to develop their own Xperia Small Apps to their hearts’ content with the Sony Add-on SDK. Well, XDA Senior Member soumya_digi came out with not one, but two Small Apps called Media Controls and Let Me Google That For You (LMGTFY).
The Media Controls Small App is a much welcomed and needed Small App for Xperia users. It is not unlike the previously featured Floating Music Controls in function, with the standard next and previous controls, and pausing and playing songs. This means starting music playback without having to exit the foreground app and opening the music player or swiping to that conveniently placed music widget.
The LMGTFY Small App is also pretty simple and self-explanatory, allowing users to generate a LMGTFY link, and packed in a Small App means generating a link without even existing the currently open application. Soumya_digi also included a nifty feature for shortening the LMGTFY link.
Built upon the Xperia Z or T Small Apps framework, it is a requirement for users to have the Xperia Z/T Small Apps framework to have these up and running properly. So if you have the Small Apps feature on your Xperia device and would like to check out these Small Apps, make sure to head over here for the Media Controls and here for LMGTFY.