Extreme multitasking: the best floating apps for Android

Extreme multitasking: the best floating apps for Android
Envious that some Samsung Android device owners with the Nature UX can detach the video playback in a hovering window? Looking with interest to Sony's Small Apps suite, or those devices that have the Pop-up View app mode, letting you pin notes or a calculator on top of everything else?

Well, Android's versatility is here to help. There are solutions out there that allow you to "float" videos, a note list, calculator, even browser and whatnot, above anything else you are doing underneath.

Needless to say, this aids significantly with multitasking on your handset or tablet, as it lets you see and do more things at once. While not exactly a multi-window mode, "floating" apps can certainly come in handy at various situations, so check out the list in the slideshow below.

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28 Comments

1. Lawliet

Posts: 160; Member since: Jul 02, 2012

Small apps ?

2. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I like the ones that Samsung put into the TouchWhiz UI on the tablets.

3. HTCFreak

Posts: 156; Member since: Jul 17, 2010

The beauty of android!♥

7. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Exactly this is what i was thinking to post...

16. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

you guys know, you don't have to post the same thing on every android related article?

4. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

I use a floater for video and for the calculator. Devs on XDA need to create an all-purpose mutli-task screen for any task assigned to it.

6. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

On-top calculator

5. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Hey, Phonearena, your slideshow is really screwy....

8. hobble

Posts: 130; Member since: Oct 11, 2011

Are they calling widgets floating apps now?

17. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Its not widget. Widgets are plug in for home screen. So you need to switch between the home screen and the apps you are running. Viable but not ideal. Floating apps allows the apps to run and be displayed on top of other apps. Floating Translator , No 3. is really useful to me for brushing up my second language. Thank you, PA.

9. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

10 more apps you will probably never find in iOS. :)

10. rizevnarastek

Posts: 349; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

It just adds to show that Samsung didn't innovoate any of it's S features, they just bundled them together under a new franchise. Those things are great but I just wish that I wouldn have to use 3 different apps to do almost the same thing. For example... If I already have a built-in Video player and I can't uninstall it then i want that Video player to have as many features as possible and not being forced to download a third party app... just no point in that now is there...

23. Tech_Junkie1996

Posts: 43; Member since: Aug 29, 2013

I don't mean to dissapoint you, but Samsung had the pop out apps available before the standalone apps existed. These apps were meant it imitate that experience.

11. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

U guys forgot Mobo player. Its one of the best free video players and lets you do the same thing as the Samsung video player.

12. ghanemsam

Posts: 64; Member since: Nov 21, 2012

popcorn player is awesome as a pop up video application

13. revenge_of_jpeg

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 07, 2013

I use Popup Dictionary for translation. It is floating and useful when I read something

14. bajcicak

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 14, 2013

Do you know Floating Apps? This application supports multitasking. Last version 3.1.0. contains new apps.

15. Väliaikainen unregistered

Sony Small Apps :)

18. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Paranoid android's HALO is the king of mobile multitasking. Unfortunately it is being taken down due to kitkat limitations.

19. shiv179

Posts: 144; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

Or you can just root and install the Xposed Framework, XHaloFloatingWindow module... ALL apps can be resized, dragged around, stacked on the edge of the screen! :)

24. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

rooting is fun, till a brick happens and warranty is void. I loved rooting my old droid, I just laughed at people (and still do) when they try to warranty a bricked root.

27. shiv179

Posts: 144; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

Still, doesn't take away the awesomeness of Android!

20. Fallout09

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I have been using Innocomm Floating Player almost a year now.

21. mmmanuuu

Posts: 403; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Ios and wp SCIENTISTS watch and learn from android.

22. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2134; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Developers of Android are turning Android into a better version of Windows. This is what iOS should be...

25. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Lol SCIENTISTS

26. Ahsan

Posts: 38; Member since: Jun 09, 2011

How many iOS fan actually came here to see this article and left this page by crying? My deepest condolence for them.

28. joe540

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 05, 2014

I like FloatMail because I can reply to emails more quickly than with any other app that I tested

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