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    Default Floating Home Button

    When using my Note I hate having to reach all the way down below the screen to press the physical home button whenever I want to go back to the home screen.
    I came across an app called SoftHome that adds a floating icon on your screen. You can move it around to any part of the screen you wish. It also allows you to customize the icon. I replaced the green icon it comes with, to one that is white and transparent. The icon I'm using is small, and doesn't get in the way. I moved mine to the right side of the screen so I can quickly access it with one handed use. It also allows you to long press the icon to access your recent apps, but unfortunately it doesn't work on the Note 2.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...gavin.SoftHome

    If anyone come across any other apps similar to this, please share. It's not easy searching for apps like this in the PlayStore. I just happen to stumble upon this one while looking for another app.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdf3 View Post
    http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/01/26/6ypeheva.jpgWhen using my Note I hate having to reach all the way down below the screen to press the physical home button whenever I want to go back to the home screen.
    I came across an app called SoftHome that adds a floating icon on your screen. You can move it around to any part of the screen you wish. It also allows you to customize the icon. I replaced the green icon it comes with, to one that is white and transparent. The icon I'm using is small, and doesn't get in the way. I moved mine to the right side of the screen so I can quickly access it with one handed use. It also allows you to long press the icon to access your recent apps, but unfortunately it doesn't work on the Note 2.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...gavin.SoftHome

    If anyone come across any other apps similar to this, please share. It's not easy searching for apps like this in the PlayStore. I just happen to stumble upon this one while looking for another app.

    Sent from my SCH-I605 using Tapatalk 2
    It is working on my note 2

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    Quote Originally Posted by DroidXcon View Post
    It is working on my note 2

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    Is the press and hold to access recent apps working on yours?
    All of the other features work on mine except that one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdf3 View Post
    Is the press and hold to access recent apps working on yours?
    All of the other features work on minr except that one.

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    Oh I see , I read the OP wrong. That feature is not working for me either

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    Sometimes that feature doesn't even work with my physical button... :/

    Swyped from my Galaxy Note II on the Now Network
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    Quote Originally Posted by tirith View Post
    Sometimes that feature doesn't even work with my physical button... :/

    Swyped from my Galaxy Note II on the Now Network
    I've had that happen to me a few times with the physical button as well in the past. Have to reboot in order to get it working again. Probably a bug in TouchWiz

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdf3 View Post
    http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/01/26/6ypeheva.jpgWhen using my Note I hate having to reach all the way down below the screen to press the physical home button whenever I want to go back to the home screen.
    I came across an app called SoftHome that adds a floating icon on your screen. You can move it around to any part of the screen you wish. It also allows you to customize the icon. I replaced the green icon it comes with, to one that is white and transparent. The icon I'm using is small, and doesn't get in the way. I moved mine to the right side of the screen so I can quickly access it with one handed use. It also allows you to long press the icon to access your recent apps, but unfortunately it doesn't work on the Note 2.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...gavin.SoftHome

    If anyone come across any other apps similar to this, please share. It's not easy searching for apps like this in the PlayStore. I just happen to stumble upon this one while looking for another app.

    Sent from my SCH-I605 using Tapatalk 2
    Button Savior does this and has support for more soft key buttons. There is a Pro Key available that allows further customization of the buttons.

    Root version: https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...om.smart.swkey

    Non-root version: https://play.google.com/store/apps/d....swkey.nonroot

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    Quote Originally Posted by seancojr View Post
    Button Savior does this and has support for more soft key buttons. There is a Pro Key available that allows further customization of the buttons.

    Root version: https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...om.smart.swkey

    Non-root version: https://play.google.com/store/apps/d....swkey.nonroot

    Sent from my GT-N7100
    Thanks. I didn't realize there was a nonroot version.

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    Download Smart Taskbar. Has the ability to access apps and widgets as well.


    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d....smart.taskbar


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    Quote Originally Posted by seancojr View Post
    Button Savior does this and has support for more soft key buttons. There is a Pro Key available that allows further customization of the buttons.

    Root version: https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...om.smart.swkey

    Non-root version: https://play.google.com/store/apps/d....swkey.nonroot

    Thanks! I downloaded it. I noticed that Button Savior asks for a lot security permissions. It disabled Air View and needs USB Debugging to run. Received a security warning if I enabled USB Debugging. I turned Air View back on, because I like using the hover feature with my S-Pen. So far the app is still running without USB Debugging being enabled. It's also running with Air View enabled as well.
    I'm now comparing it to Smart Taskbar.

    Sent from my GT-N7100


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    Quote Originally Posted by cdf3 View Post
    Sent from my SCH-I605 using Tapatalk 2
    Glad to hear. Many apps, I believe, that ask or notify to disable Air View mean to refer their conflict between Air View and Talkback. If I'm correct, that's because of the way that Air View works on text hover and the fact that Talkback reads aloud focused text. As for the USB Debugging warning, that's great news.

    Sent from my GT-N7100
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    Tested the Button Savior (non root) app, and it took a huge toll on my battery within 2 hours. I went ahead and disabled Air View and USB debugging. I'll see if that makes a difference. If it doesn't, I'll probably go with another app.



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    Quote Originally Posted by cdf3 View Post
    Tested the Button Savior (non root) app, and it took a huge toll on my battery within 2 hours. I went ahead and disabled Air View and USB debugging. I'll see if that makes a difference. If it doesn't, I'll probably go with another app.



    Sent from my SCH-I605 using Tapatalk 2
    I went ahead and enabled USB debugging and disabled Air View. No battery issues after those changes so far. I enabled Air View once again. Going to see how it effects the app.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdf3 View Post
    I went ahead and enabled USB debugging and disabled Air View. No battery issues after those changes so far. I enabled Air View once again. Going to see how it effects the app.

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    Okay. I'd be interested to know the results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seancojr View Post
    Okay. I'd be interested to know the results.

    Sent from my GT-N7100
    So far no battery issues after disabling USB debugging again, and turning Air View back on.

    Sent from my SCH-I605 using Tapatalk 2
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    Quote Originally Posted by seancojr View Post
    Button Savior does this and has support for more soft key buttons. There is a Pro Key available that allows further customization of the buttons.

    Root version: https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...om.smart.swkey

    Non-root version: https://play.google.com/store/apps/d....swkey.nonroot

    Sent from my GT-N7100
    Decided to uninstall Button Savor Non Root. It disabled the Swype feature in the Samsung Keyboard. After I uninstalled it, the Swipe feature for the Samsung Keyboard started work again. This app has a nice concept, but it was causing too many issues for me.

    Sent from my SCH-I605 using Tapatalk 2
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    Default Re: Floating Home Button

    Came across an app called Pie Control. Allows me to quickly jump to favorite apps I choose, settings, Home, & recent apps.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...ace.piecontrol

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