Here at Android Police, we love floating apps. Love, love, love, love, love 'em. And here's yet another one that we're adding to the list of floating apps we love: Hovernote. It's simply a note app that hovers over whatever you're doing. In a world where it's necessary to launch a full-screen app on a ten inch device to jot down three words, Hovernote is a godsend.


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As you can see from the screenshots above, you can have multiple notes open, copy, paste and share from them, and even use the app on phones. Suddenly that Galaxy Note is looking more reasonably sized. No matter what device you use it on, though, this is something that is useful across the board.

As an aside, Google? If I may have a word: Clearly your users want to see more apps like these. They're huge now and there is no official support for apps like these from any major platform. In fact, the trend appears to be in the opposite direction. Your competitors want to make all apps full-screen. Make this functionality baked in. We will love you long time.

Thanks, Mike!

Eric Ravenscraft
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  • NemaCystX

    Curious, how did they get the app shortcuts on the nav bar? Is that the nav bar mod in AOKP?

    • Sven Enterlein

      I wouldn't be surprised if that's the next app: Floating Icon Dock :)

      EDIT: I'm surprised it's not developed by "My boyfriend is a Geek (MBFG)"

      • Mike Lim

        heh, maybe

    • Mike Lim

      Hi, dev here. It's part of the tf101 rom I'm running, Megatron (
      http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1525148 )

      • NemaCystX

        Thanks for chiming in to answer that. Much appreciated.

  • jm9843

    "official support for apps like these"

    Isn't there already official support in Android since these apps are built using the standard SDK?  I guess I'm not sure what Eric is advocating here.  Is it something more akin to Cornerstone or Windows 8 split view type functionality?

    If that's the case, then I agree.

  • fixxmyhead

    didnt someone ask for a floating note app yesterday?

    well there it is

  • BrianBreniser

    I think floating apps are the best reason for a task bar like functionality baked into Android. I know the new hip thing is to have multitasking automatic, but I really like the idea of seeing the apps I've personally opened and switching to/from them. 

    I'm thinking of something like the card system WebOS had. Does WebOS being open source now mean that Google/Android developers can take advantages of good ideas like that? that would be cool.

    Imagine hitting the apps button and getting a series of 'cards' that represent the apps you are currently using... that seems like a good system for phones, I'd back that idea up :)

    • Emrystal

      I've been using all my downloaded floating apps with Wave Launcher. Makes opening multiple instances of the same app a breeze.

    • SYO

      I've been using SwipePad to launch my hover apps on the fly from anywhere. That app deserves more attention, seriously <3

  • TheTrueSchmidty

    I love my Galaxy Tab 2 because it has a bar that comes up to overlay widgets similar to this one. I just bought the app and can't wait to get home to see how it works.

    I'm guessing this will not show up in that "bar" on my tab. Anyone try yet?

    • http://twitter.com/pizza_dude PizzaDude

      It won't show up on the "bar", because you can't change/add new stuff to it.

  • denbo68

    Eric (the author) is so correct asking Google to provide support for this.   The nice thing though is that others CAN actually make this happen on Android anyway.

    Hmmm... could one make something like this work on iOS?

  • chrishordley

    Totally agree about Hovernote supplying a fundamental need. Just fussing around on my Nexus 7 trying to copy and search an app name and came across Hn which works better for that than Samsung Snote or Evernote. Sent note to Evernote, thankfully as disappeared from notification on closedown. That's OK because it is just a visible clipboard. More please such as ability to pin a note to notifications and ability to move note.