Samsung is never one to shy away from software – some are more gimmicky, but others are really very useful. One such piece of software came with the Samsung Galaxy S5 and was a sort of ‘floating window app’ that was called ToolBox. It was a very useful application that, for some reason, Samsung never duplicated in any of its newer devices – the Galaxy Note 4 is even without it. It was a floating ‘button’ that you could enable in TouchWiz…and it would ‘float’ above your other programs. You could drag it around and place it wherever you wanted, then when you needed it, just tap it and up would pop a five handy shortcuts.
Samsung had default shortcuts setup in ToolBox – Camera, Browser, Voice Recorder, Notes and the Calculator – but you could customize them to almost any app…ones that you felt that you would use the most. While floating on top, any of those apps were just two taps away – one to open the ToolBox and the second tap to select the app you wanted to open. It is not a big deal that Samsung chose to leave it off their subsequent devices, but if you were used to using the feature, you could actually miss it, once unavailable.
If this sounds like something you would like to try, a new ‘ToolBox – Floating Window App’ is now available in the Play Store…and it is totally free. It should work on any Android smartphone that is running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or above. In many ways, it is actually superior to the Samsung app – this one allows a lot more customization. You can still add up to five icons, you can drag it anywhere on the display, resize it, have it start on boot up, sort the apps within the ToolBox and now, you can even customize the colors.
It makes one wonder why Samsung did not continue with their ToolBox on subsequent devices, especially since it appears to be one of their more useful applications. Give us a shout on our Google+ Page and let us know if you used your ToolBox on your Galaxy S5 or if this sounds like an application that would interest you…as always, we would love to hear from you. Just click the source link below to pull it up in the Play Store.