03
Feb
aircalc

One of the biggest features of the Galaxy Tab series (minus the OG Tab) is TouchWiz UX and its mini-app tray. In fact, it was difficult for me to get used to the Transformer Prime after having the Galaxy Tab 10.1 because I miss those little apps so much. For the uninitiated, mini-apps in Touchwiz UX are small "portable" applications that run in an independent window on top of the foreground application.

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The TouchWiz UX mini-calculator

Of all the mini-apps, the calculator is among the most useful - who really wants to navigate away from the current application to use a full screen calculator (especially on a tablet)? Thanks to a new app called AirCalc, you'll never have to make that choice again.

AirCalc brings a floating on-screen calculator to any Android 2.2+ device, be it a phone or a tablet. It can be moved around the screen, "minimized", or resized. It is, without a doubt, one of the most useful apps I've ever installed. Take a look:

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Not only that, but it also offers advanced features, making it even more useful:

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While it's quite useful on a phone, it really shows its full potential on the larger screen of a tablet:

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In order to launch the app, you still have to navigate away from the foreground application to open the app tray, making a quick-launch option the only thing it's really lacking. Otherwise, this is an amazingly simply, yet useful app. We hope to see more apps along these lines show up in the Android Market soon.

Not only is this app ridiculously useful, but it's also completely free (and ad-free) in the Market. There is really no reason you shouldn't have this app installed. While you're at it, you should also check out another app from the same dev called Stick It, a floating video player.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://buggin.me Phil

    Let me say it here first. This app style may become big and be a deciding factor in the tablet race.

  • Jan Mikolajczak

    And Wizz Bar can take care of opening without homescreen or tray from anywhere nicely ;)

    • Cameron Summerson

      Wizz Bar is no longer in the Market. :(

  • Cool Story Bro

    SwipePad+AirCalc=Win

  • hyperdistortion

    Add it to Wave Launcher, win at calculating. Simples!

  • http://www.pretentiousname.com Leo Davidson

    Apps sharing the screen via overlapping windows?

    Now we just need to add keyboards and mice and we'll be back to where we started before all this tablet business took hold!

    :-)

    • Dmitry Pashkevich

      And I think this is awesome. History goes in cycles, you know)

  • Skillit

    Nice, I was really wondering if it was possible to have some floating apps on Android, especially a calc.

    Now of someone can find a away to pin this app to the notification tray it would be awesome, but I guess the with ICS and the app switcher that is less necessary.

  • Dmitry Pashkevich

    Now this look like true multitasking! More apps like this!!!

  • Hal Motley

    Someone needs to do a task manager app like this.

    Come to think of it, someone needs to recreate the entire SpringBoardSettings application on Android.

    That would be so solid as it would provide toggles (power bar), information on RAM usage, memory storage capacity on the file system and IP address information!

    What do you think guys?

  • Freak4Dell

    Good. This is the direction that Android needs to head in. What remains to be done is a way to open up apps without having to go back home, then into the app drawer. I came to Android from Windows Mobile, and one of the things that I loved about Windows Mobile was that you typically did not need to go back to the homescreen to launch a new app. The Start menu was always up there at the top for you to access. Apps that can open up on top of each other in Android are a step in the right direction. Now, we just need a way to quickly launch apps.

  • cosmic

    Pretty cool. Would be nice if they could work something out with an IM client.

  • Jennifer Mark

    This is really a nice concept that above the app a calculator persisting happen to calculate the calculations more specifically. I am pretty much a user of apps in my iPhone as my profession is some what operated internationally and the apps some what help to manage my sort of work and other stuffs as well more specifically.

    I have kept one task management app in my pipeline for which I think that this calculator may work tremendously. The app that I am talking about is Replicon's task management app - http://www.replicon.com/olp/task-management-software.aspx . i think so that this particular app can really work well enough for calculating the budget of the projects that we will work on in one platform than depending on some external device for the calculations. Can this be compatible for the calculator to work specifically and one more thing I wanna clearify is whether the same will work with impremises software or not?

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