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Multi window for Android – any device* any ROM*

This is one thing that baffles me, why do I always dig into these things during my exams !? That was a rhetorical question and I wasn’t expecting you to answer that anyway. So, now getting to the point.

You need ROOT for this to work

Here is a snapshot of the working setup on my Nexus 10

 

multi-window-demo

Multi window demo. Google Music on top of Kindle reader.

The below mentioned steps would let you use Paranoid Android style multiwindow on your device, ofcourse with your stock or any other ROM. I mean you don’t need to change to Paranoid Android based ROM. I prefer that because the stock ROM in Nexus 10 has greater stability over any other ROMS.

 
We will start from top the level to give you a sense of what you are doing. However if you just want to blindly follow a couple of steps, scroll down to steps summary
 

Details

Before you start, I strongly recommend you to do a Nandroid backup
  1. You need an app which can handle notifications, like Halo in Paranoid Android, and opens requested apps in a small window. There a couple of apps which can do this thing. Here are a few to nameHalo))) – Modified (I use this)
    https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B7CBSsJQIV5-ZTNnbVRXbk5OeVk/editPortal
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gflam.portalBubble launcher
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.esolutions4you.bubblelauncherxda
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2334221Floating windows
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=robj.floating.notifications&hl=en
  2. The above apps can trigger a script, assuming it’s in place, to open an app in a small window. So, for it to work you need to install,XHaloFloatingWindow
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2419287Just install this app and go to the next step
  3. The XHaloFloatingWindow can’t work by itself, i.e., to say, it can’t install the required scripts into the system partition by itself. It needs Xposed framework to do this. So, we also need to install Xposed framework for this.Xposed framework
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1574401
 

Steps Summary

Before you start, I strongly recommend you to do a Nandroid backup
  1. Download XposedFramework Installer. You won’t be able to install this.
  2. Use root explorer and put in /system/apps/ folder
  3. Reboot you device
  4. Download XHaloFloatingWindow and install it
  5. Now go to XposedInstaller app -> Modules and check XHaloFloatingWindow
  6. Reboot
  7. Install any one of the 3 apps mentioned in part 1 of Details section and ….

Voila, Paranoid Android floating windows for your ROM. 

I own no credit for any of the scripts or methods. I just happened to stumble upon this and decided to write in detail. 
 
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