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Learn How To Make Your Own Small App

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Floating applications are very popular–not only here at XDA, but in Play Store as well. One of the first OEM that used floating application in its stock firmware was Sony. Small Apps are independent applications that can be used on top of other applications. For example, you can run a small calculator and perform some calculations while browsing a web page. Those apps can be launched from the small apps bar available by pressing the navigation button.

Small App can be developed really easy with Eclipse or any other compatible IDE. Sony even released its own SDK that makes development a bit easier. If you ever wanted to create your own small application, XDA Senior Member Geeks Empire wrote a comprehensi. . . READ ON »

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Expand Your Xperia Small Apps Suite with Phone, Torch, Launcher, and Stopwatch Small Apps

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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 come. . . READ ON »

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Three New Small Apps to Add to the Collection

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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:

  1. Small Torch: Consists of a large button which turns on and off the LED flash
  2. Slider Controls: Once launched, pops up a full suite of sliding controls for brightness, media playback, ringtone, alarm an
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How to Port Xperia Small Apps to Non-Stock Xperia ROMs

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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:

  1. Decompile framework-res.apk and add given lines to res/values/strings.xml and 
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Media Control and LMGTFY Small Apps for the Xperias

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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 havi. . . READ ON »

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