The Xposed Framework provides incredible, fine-grained control over the features and functionality of Android. You can do almost anything, but sometimes you just need an extra button – it's good for that too. ViewInPlay is a new module that handily creates links to the Play Store.

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When activated, this module adds a button to the app info screen that links out to the app's Play Store page. Cool, but there's another module that does this. ViewInPlay goes a step further by placing a link in the recent apps list too. Simply long-press on the app preview and 'View in Play' will be in the pop up.

If you have Xposed installed, this module will be easy to install. Just open the APK, enable in settings, and reboot. As with all things root, use caution. The APK is available on XDA and there is source available.

[XDA, GitHub]

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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  • Suhas Vemuri

    This feature's been there through xposed since 6 months. Am I missing something?

    • Hello

      Play store in app info yes, but not recent apps list

  • Guest

    A module since the beginning do the same in app info better

  • irishtexmex

    I'm more interested in what that 6-dot button on the left does in the navigation bar.

    • axel

      That's from gravity box. I have it on my N4 and you can select apps to launch. But I took it a step further and combined that with a few other modules and whenever I open apps in the "mini app drawer" the apps open in a floting window. So I can multitask. The ones I have are Hangouts, Music, File explorer, Calculator, and Droidiris (an image search that uses many search engines) and it doubles as a gallery

      • Tucker

        Care to share what xposed modules can open apps in a floating window?

        • axel

          The modules you need are Gravity box, XFloting Halo notifications, and a plugin called Halo Launcher, it can be found in XDA I found d it featured in the News feed.

          • Harsha

            Any video to see this in action? And unable to find halo Launcher plugin. Any link?

          • axel

            Sure I can try to make a video. But it might be laggy with Android's screen record. At least that's how it was last time I used it. And I am so sorry. The plugin is actually called "Halo Shortcuts" not launcher. I am sorry but here's the link. http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2551814 and if I make the video i will post a link to it

      • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

        I didn't do anything that amazing with it. I kept it simple. One tap for screenshot, double tap for screenrecord, long press for power menu. Comes handy too many times.

        • axel

          Yeah, I also have double tap to pull down notification and long press to activate Expanded desktop

      • axel

        For anyone interested in how it works I've made a video showing how all this looks an works

  • armandocj

    Pardon my ignorance but, what's the point of a play store link if you already have the app installed?

    • Ivan Myring

      Updates? I can't think of anything else

      • armandocj

        For updates you can just launch the play store app and see all apps with available updates. There must be something else

        • Android Developer

          Sure, you could reach the app details easily , allowing you to put your review and give feedback to the developer.

          • hp420

            A good reason, as seen from the dev's point of view.

          • Android Developer

            but I do this too as an end user.
            For example, for apps that I wish to ask for new features and report bugs.
            I use many apps, and some of them lack features I would like to have.

            Another nice reason is to look at what's the status of the app (popularity, other reviews, reading what's new,...).
            Not all apps show what's new on the app itself, and I don't want to miss new cool features...

        • hp420

          read my post above...apps don't always show up in this menu.

    • Egnimatic_Foolishness

      Read details about the app again (Like SoundSeeder has some troubleshooting tips for the app once you run into problems) If you want to read reviews about the app after it's installed, if you want to go to the apps page to find related items/or find other apps developed by the same person. It's all much easier and quicker to be able to go directly to the play store listing.

      Nothing earth shattering, but a little bit of convenience.

    • hp420

      Sometimes when you install an app using adb, or manually install from your sd card/storage, the app isn't recognized by the play store under "my apps", so if you don't have a button or a link to its play store page you have to open the play store, then manually search for it for an update. With this you can just open the app info (or recents) and click the button to visit its page.

    • http://twitter.com/Rodrigost23 Rodrigo Tavares

      Maybe you wanna share the Play Store URL?

    • Kidd_Funkadelic

      To email the dev about a bug!

  • David Hart

    What's the name of the module that shows a force close option from the app picker?
    I just looked for it but can't remember what it's called.

  • Android Developer

    Is there a module that will make the menu button act as a recent-apps button, so that additional menu/action items would be on the overflow button of the action bar?

    • Matthew Fry

      I would use xposed for that. I hate the Samsung menu button. It's no easier to hit than the top, especially on this giant note 3, and I forget there is a menu constantly because I've trained myself to look for the 3 squares/dots.

      • Android Developer

        But do you know of a module that does this?
        Surely there is a ROM for this, but I wonder if there is an Xposed module too.

        • Matthew Fry

          Nope. I'm just hopefully riding your coattails to overflow button nirvana.

          • Android Developer

            Oh, ok.

    • Eszol

      The irony in your name is strong. Anyway, xposed additions is the answer

  • hp420

    There has been an xposed module for this feature for MONTHS...but, like usual, AP ignores it and focuses on a newer module that does the same thing! This is by far not the first (or I'm sure last) time AP chooses to write a review of a copycat app and completely ignore the module that's existed for months with the same functionality. Way to promote the idiot who isn't creative enough to come up with their own idea, guys!! If it weren't for the fact that you guys seem to get a decent amount of leaked info, posts like this one would definitely keep me from returning!!! Try giving credit to the right people next time guys!! You can't be wrong every time, right?!?!?!

    • sssgadget

      Which was the existing module?

      • hp420

        It's very aptly named 'play store link in app info'...and iirc, it's available from the official xposed repo

    • Egnimatic_Foolishness

      Calm down, you don't want to have an aneurysm do you?

      AP actually addressed this specific fact in the 3 paragraphs of text up there.....

      "When activated, this module adds a button to the app info screen that links out to the app's Play Store page. Cool, but there's another module that does this. ViewInPlay goes a step further by placing a link in the recent apps list too. Simply long-press on the app preview and 'View in Play' will be in the pop up"

      and then explains how this is a lil bit different. I actually use the original app, so I can see how this is a little bit more convenient.

      TLDR: It does more than what you were referring to

      • hp420

        Sorry, didn't mean to sound like i was going off the deep end, but I've seen this happen so many times on this site, and I've let it go...I guess you can say my post was the culmination of having let it go too many times lol

        Anyway...I know it can add the button to recents, but it only saves one step....literally. Optionally, I could use the original module, press recents, long-press the app i want and go to app info for tyhe button...literally one step. I guess that's why I am so angry AP promoted this module instead. They said (in not so many words) 'screw the guy that had the original idea, my thumb is too precious to press one extra button!!!' That's not cool! Giving a little more than a shout out to the genius who created this in the first place would have went a long way here.

        • Egnimatic_Foolishness

          Ok. I can respect that. All in all, it is just one step, I like the concept, but not enough to replace the one I've been using to save that one step.

          When it comes to posts like these, I don't always expect AP to know everything similar that's been out before, but then again, if this is something they do on a regular basis, I can see why you would be upset

  • chris