Although floating apps are an integral part of the desktop computing experience, their presence on mobile devices is a relatively new phenomenon. Still, an app commanding only a fraction of the total display, and which can be moved around at will, is infinitely more useful, and while the likes of Samsung and Sony have both shown signs of implementing floating apps to mobile space, XDA-Developers member pidio1 has swopped the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2’s native browser with a resizable, floating one.
Once installed, you can enjoy browsing the Web while also performing other tasks on your Galaxy Tab 2, and it appears as though the custom browser works just swimmingly with stock ROMs. Those running custom firmware may find installation a little trickier – perhaps impossible – so the advice is, currently, to only install if you’re running a stock ROM.
Should you install, only to decide the new browser isn’t to your taste, it’s not to difficult to revert back to your old setup; simply remove the PopupBrowser.apk from /system/app. If you encounter any issues, be sure to check out the original thread over at XDA. In the meantime, the link to the custom browser is linked at the end of this post, and if you have a Galaxy Tab 2, it’s worth trying out.
Personally, although the floating window idea should theoretically be a solid winner for tablet users, various examples in recent times have suggested this simply isn’t the case. Lest we forget, the touch interface is quite significantly different to that of the desktop, and while the process of dragging windows and application panes around is second nature to all of us, using a stylus, S Pen, or the tips of our fingers to do so on a tablet is a completely different ball game entirely.
Before you hastily tap the download link provided below and begin installing on your Galaxy Tab 2, please also note that, naturally, you will need to be running Android 4.1.x or above in order to get started with the alternative browser.
(Source: XDA-Developers forum thread)
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