Sidebar Plus got a bit of attention a few days ago when it was in testing on XDA, but now the app is done and live in the Play Store. This app creates a series of slide-out bars on your device that can be filled with almost anything you want, from quick settings to widgets.

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This app includes a few pre-configured sidebars with settings, contacts, and a few other things. The default is to have three bars lined up in a gesture area on the left. You can add more to the list, but each tab makes the active areas for each one a bit smaller. Sidebar Plus includes templates that filter down the various items for each bar, most of which are pretty self-explanatory. It's worth pointing out that the Big Bar allows you to embed widgets and Dashclock extensions. That's really neat.

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The app is free to try with all the features unlocked for five days. After that you are limited to two bars unless you buy the full version via an in-app purchase. It's about $3.28 for all the features, but you can also get some of the features individually for less.

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Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • http://ubuntu-su.blogspot.com/ Kleverson Royther

    Does one even need a home button these days?

    • http://www.facebook.com/morrissex Javier C├írdenas

      Samsun executives say "yes" (more emphatically if it's physical).

    • Thatguyfromvienna

      I like mine. And I like it as a real physical button.

  • Rob Johnson

    Tried it last night, couldn't keep it open more than a few minutes without it closing. I'll stick with Appsi.

    • mlibbey

      why do you want it open more than a few minutes?

      • Rob Johnson

        I don't mean open as in showing, I mean open as in working and ready to use.

  • Matthew Fry

    Should work nicely (hopefully) with Action Launcher Pro.

    • attila_hargitai

      It does :)

  • My name is….

    I have been using it from the first day it appeared on XDA, its the best of its kind!

  • bse88

    Sidebars apps are the tower defense games of these days.

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    • Ark

      I for one welcome our new vertical overlords

  • Thatguyfromvienna

    Any idea for an app similar to this that lets me simply replace the notification panel quick icons similar to this one?
    Especially quickly toggling GPS on and off (I'm root) without being taken to the settings page would be interesting.

    • Brady KEITH

      power toggles

      • Thatguyfromvienna

        Lovely app, I used both Power Toggles and Widgetsoid.
        I should have been more precise with my question - I want to save some valuable screen estate so I'm looking for something swiperific like the app mentioned above or my beloved Swipepad.

  • HA99

    GYF has fewer options, but seems to work better.

  • Larizard

    Is this similar to AOKP's Ribbons?

  • Bloodflame87

    Very nice! It's not often I buy an app within the first 5 minutes of using (I usually like to try them out for a couple days, at least) but I have been waiting for one of these sidebar apps to fill all my needs, and this one seems to do the trick. The Dashclock extension support sealed the deal for me.