Category: Development

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Floating Apps for Auto

Supported cars for Floating Apps for Auto

  To benefit from Floating Apps for Auto in your car, both your device and your car must support MirrorLink 1.1. Generally, cars with MirrorLink 1.1 manufactured after 2014 are well supported. Please note that MirrorLink is optional equipment and it may not be available in all models of supported brands. If you are not…
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The free-form mode on Android 9

The free-form mode on Android Pie – the difference

Note: This post describes how the free-form mode works on unmodified Android from Google. It can work differently on your device based on its vendor. I would expect Samsung to alter the free-form mode in the same way as they always do. From the Beta releases of Android Pie, it looked like the free-form mode is not going…
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Floating File ManagerHowever, this is not enough! It doesn't grant permission to access the added storage with the standard file access. You must switch to the newly added storage. Open the floating File Manager and tap the cog icon in the panel header. As you can see, there are two options to access the same data. In the red rectangle, it's standard file system access way. In the green rectangle, there is our newly added storage. There is a difference between them - for the standard file access way, a red icon signalizing that the storage is read-only is shown. 

How to use external SD cards, USB disks and Dropbox

There is a bit of confusion about how to access external SD card. It’s visible and accessible by default, but since Floating Apps uses standard file system mechanism for accessing it, it’s read-only. For apps like Image Viewer, Music Player or Document Viewer, it’s not a problem as read-only access is good enough. For the…
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Using Floating Apps on NVidia Shield and Android TV

Using Floating Apps on NVidia Shield and Android TV

On some devices, standard system settings don’t contain a way how to grant Draw over other apps permission which is essential for Floating Apps to work correctly. Without this permission, it’s not possible to draw floating windows. Fortunately, there is a way how to grant it by sending a specific command to the device via USB cable.…
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Why the notification cannot be disabled on Android 8?

The most recent version of Floating Apps has come with improved support for Android 8. It’s now compiled against Android 8 SDK and so it must respect changes made by Google. And there are two big differences we must consider – changes to floating windows and background services. Changes to floating windows Android doesn’t know…
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