chromepie (d)

To say that Android is customizable is an understatement. With tools like the Xposed framework, you really can make Android “your own,” without any of the hyperbole you typically see in ads and press releases.

Case in point, ChromePie, a new Xposed module that lets you add easily accessible pie controls to Chrome and Chrome Beta.

Pie controls is a concept first introduced on the Paranoid Android custom ROM that places navigation controls in a radial format, hence the name pie. Now XDA user JT5 adapted the concept for browser navigation. His ChromePie module gives you access to all the commonly used Chrome buttons:

  • Back, forward, refresh, new tab, new incognito tab, close tab
  • Add bookmark, history, request desktop site, find in page
  • Add to home, share, scroll to top, full screen

The point is to give you a quick way to interact with the browser with just one hand. JT5 says he only tested the module on the Nexus 5, but it should work on most devices – from the comments in this thread, the tool works quite well.

After installation (instructions here), you can activate the radial menu with a touch of the edge of the screen. Obviously you will need a rooted device and the Xposed framework pre-installed, but that’s it.

ChromePie is available here for download, and here in source form. For more details, check out the original thread on XDA.

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