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The Open Source SidePanel
XDA Developers, being the hub of mobile development today, is always glad to see open sourced projects released to the community. Apps, ports, tweaks, and mods are just some of the open sourced projects showcased by XDA members. This time around, it’s SidePanel by XDA Forum Member sukso96100.
Like previous sidebar applications such as Sidebar and Glovebox, SidePanel is another multitasking app that allow users to bring upon a dock of apps to select and open. However because the two former apps are closed source, there is inevitably a certain limit of contributions from the community, meaning less flexibility and customization to suite users’ unique and individual needs and wants. SidePanel being open sourced means that all members of the XDA and Android community will be able to have their own take on the SidePanel experience.
The user interface of SidePanel is presented with a pleasant Holo interface and allow users to change the aesthetic theme of the app dock, the width, height, and position of the touch detection area as well as other customization options. As for the actual dock itself, it displays the recent apps of the device and vertically scrolls up and down. sukso96100 also included a helpful tutorial guiding users through the customization and functionality of the app.
Compatible with Android versions 2.2 and up, SidePanel is still in beta and is available for free on the Play store, with its source code found at its Github. So if you’re interested, head over to the original thread for more details.
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