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  1. javasirc

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    I currently use an iPod, and one of my favorite features is while i am playing a game or browsing the web, i can double click the home button. That brings up the 4 most recent apps. If i swipe to the left, there are 5 buttons: Orientation lock, previous song, play/stop, next song, and music app.

    This allows me to switch songs fast and easily without the app i am using leaving the screen. And the app even pauses and does not switch orientation while i am switching a song.

    My question is, does Android have a similar way of changing a song without leaving my current app? I seen on youtube that there is a multitasking app that allows the user to swipe from the left to view the 8 most recent apps, but that is not at all what im looking for. I want my main app to stay on the screen and a small box that allows me to change my songs. Does this exist for Android?
     

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    Welcome to AF javasirc :D

    I would suggest trying out QuickDesk BETA it is still in beta but it tries to emulate the iOS type music controls.
     
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    A lot of music players let you change tracks from the notification bar. you can pull the notification bar down over your current app, change track and pull the bar back up to go back to your app.

    widgetsoid may be able to change tracks from the notify bar for music apps that dont have their own thing in the notify bar
     
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    I haven't seen any app other than the Samsung stock TW app that has controls on notification bar, but that would work. Pull down the notification bar, change track, then press back to close the notification bar and go back to the app.
     
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    I think it will always be in beta. I have been using it for a year and a half.

    I configured mine to launch on a long press of search - I don't need the default voice search there.

    OP, this is exactly what you are looking for.

    When it launches, it presents a translucent overlay of your screen.

    I added the 1x4 widget for my music player. I swapped songs just now, posting this from my phone, without ever leaving my web entry widget.

    And it does a lot more. I consider any Android incomplete without it.

    It's the missing link for multitasking.
     
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    Thanks for your replies. I checked out QuickDesk BETA on YouTube, it looks like it would fit my needs. Im not sure what the notification bar is. I don't have an android device yet as I am waiting to get asus transformer prime.
     
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    At the top of Android phones is a status bar that you pull down, window-shade like, to get to various options. It's layout varies by model. I don't know if tablets have it or not.

    Also, I understand you will get the newest Android with the Transformer Prime, Ice Cream Sandwich aka 4.0 - that may have other advanced options you are looking for built-in.

    I'm not using ICS yet so I couldn't say.

    Let us know how it works out for you! :)
     
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    The notification bar is the bar with the clock on it
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    On the tablet it is located at the bottom of the screen
     
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