Finally! Since the dawn of floating apps (which was like, what, three months ago?) this is the one that I've hoped for: a chat client! Brought to us by the Tablified dev team, LilyPad HD finally makes it possible to rid yourself of the full-screen chat client on your tablet for something far more practical.

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Like other floating apps, LilyPad offers basic features needed for an always-on-top app, like quick-hide mode, resizable windows, and even tabs for chatting with multiple people without having a slew of small windows taking over the entire screen.

At the current time, the app costs $1.49 and only has support for Google Talk. However, the developer is working on support for other services, like Facebook, MSN, Skype, and Yahoo; all of which will cost an addition 0.99c (per service) via in-app purchase once they become available.

Between this, OverSkreen, AirTerm, and AirCalc, we're well on our way to having a full suite of useful floating apps.

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://digg.com/users/OmegaWolf Silver Fang

    So floating apps is just another way of saying windows apps? Meh...

    • LiamBryant

      It's more along the lines of making a tablet more like an actual computer as opposed to an amazing piece of technology that for some reason can only handle displaying/running one program at a time. I think this should be integrated into Android itself; it would put it light years ahead of iOS.

      • http://profiles.google.com/holtcg Chris Holt

        Great idea Liam! Then Apple could "invent" it a year or two later. You know like when they invented pull down notifications!

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

        Absolutely. My fingers are crossed that Google will at least start to implement this type of functionality into the next major Android release. 

  • http://whitelabelnation.com/ Robert

    no AIM support?

  • Danny

    When this has MSN, I will pay the price. Not paying for useless AIM.

  • deX

    Uh oh. With more and more floating apps hitting the scene, I can already see the warning bells ringing at Google. ".. But... But Android wasn't designed to be abused like this! How dare they! Let's ban them from the market! That will teach them a lesson! "

    • Florio Alagna

      Since when did Google become Apple?

    • KarimMunir

      Android isn't like Apple, iSheep. When Google finds a great feature, they actually get its developer and integrate it inside the system. When Apple finds one, instant delete for the App and the developer loses his license. Know the difference.  

  • Freak4Dell

    Hopefully Cerulean Studios updates Trillian with this function. I'd rather not use a different program than what I use on my Windows systems.

  • aatifsumar

    Hope they manage to make a floating Whatsapp client! Meego Devs found a way to make an unofficial Whatsapp client on their platform, so we know its possible.

  • CJ Walker

    Imagine the option to "float" any currently open app...

    Just the idea has me salivating at the mouth.

  • CJ Walker

    Imagine the option to "float" any currently open app...

    Just the idea has me salivating at the mouth.


    Give me a floating IRC Client!

  • Stephen Milone

    funny enough, I actually created another "floating" app that was released less then a week ago...https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.milone.floatwidget  let's you float any of your homescreen widgets over any other app. figured i'd share.

    • James343

      I just downloaded your app and it works very well.   Its nice that I only need to pay once and I can float any of my widgets.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I'm definitely interested in checking it out. Do you have a review copy you can share with the team? If so, feel free to send me an email (admin@thissite name).

    • blakmaaster

      Pla pla make watsapp as floating..i dnt know how to make it...plz plz nmake it floating...plz..