I have always loved the idea of interacting with any device based on gestures. I mean, who would want to use the back button when you can just swipe back from the left edge of the screen to go back in the app. But such an option is only available on iOS devices, by default. In Android, there are certain third-party apps that bring in similar feature for users. Again, there are apps using which you can swipe from either of the edges to open recent apps or launch a new app from the list of apps you have installed on the device and then there is another one using which you can copy text, take the screenshot and translate a snippet of the screen on Android.
So all in all, to get all these features on Android, you will have to install two to three different gesture-based apps. But thank an XDA developer for coming up with an interesting app that promises to take care of everything. fooView – Float Viewer is a magic floating button that brings in gesture based actions on your Android. It’s a system enhancement tool to help you access your favorite websites, apps, games, files, music, photos, and video by a gesture using one hand.
Cool Tip: fooView is a great app for people who have a hard time in managing things on a large screen Android device. The gestures based action of fooView will make it easier to control certain aspects using just one hand.
Working with fooView
After you install fooView app and launch it for the first time, it will ask you to grant three necessary permission for the app to work. Based upon your Android version, the number of permission might vary and the app will assist you in enabling all of these permissions.
Once it’s done you will be asked as to where you would like the fooView icon to appear. Depending upon your comfort level, you can select the position on either of the edge and complete the setup.
Once the floating fooView icon is ready, it can be swiped up to open up the file manager (comes as a package with fooView). Swiping down a little will open up recent app Window while same gesture made longer will open up the notification drawer. Swiping towards the center of the screen will act as Back and Home button respectively depending upon the length of the gesture.
Those were some interesting gestures, right? But it was just the tip of the iceberg. Cropping an area of the screen is another interesting feature of fooView. You can take a screenshot of an area of and share it using other messaging services as an image. But fooView takes things to a different level where it can do an OCR on the image and extract words out of it which you can copy to clipboard or even translate with Google Translate. You can also crop a number from business card image you found online and call the person or route to the address using Google Maps.
The app also comes with a built-in File Manager that you can open with quick gesture where you can preview files and images directly. The File Manager is quite limited, but you need to remember that the app is still in Alpha stage. The developer has promised that we would be adding features to the file manager and make it equivalent to ES File Explorer minus the ads it has.
Tap and hold the fooView icon and you will get a list of recent apps you have used that you can open from any screen. It’s like a one icon army according to me, which can take some time to master, but once you start using it, it’ll be tough to live without it.
By far, this is one of the best XDA labs apps I have come across. The app is still in its Alpha stage of development and there are very few bugs and a lot of interesting features that makes it easy for you to do so much more on the device with a few simple gestures. So try it out today and let us know your views regarding it.