By Stephen Schenck | January 28, 2014 12:26 PM
LG’s been experimenting with its own floating-window, multi-tasking system for a while now, and we’ve been talking about QSlide ever since the days of the Optimus G back in 2012. While it sure seemed to take a lot of inspiration from Samsung and the company’s own Pop Up Play, QSlide managed to do enough right to catch our interest, and LG has been continuing to deploy it on more recent models. Now QSlide threatens to start becoming a lot more useful, as LG opens up its SDK to third party developers.
The QSlide API allows devs to integrate their apps in the QSlide notification shade launch bar and have them run in floating windows just like native QSlide apps. The system allows for control over window style, as well setting things like the degree of transparency used, so apps underneath can still be partially visible.
It’s great that LG is doing this, and really we only wish that the company would have taken this step a lot earlier. As things stand, though, it might be a tough sell to convince a lot of devs to invest their time and effort in implanting QSlide compatibility, especially with LG only controlling something like five percent of the market.