Use Link Bubble to open links in the background on Android

Load links in the background while you're using another app, keeping you focused and saving time.

While many apps are starting to display in-line media (showing content of a link without opening a new window), this capability isn't omnipresent across Android. Instead, when catching up on one of your feeds, like Twitter, you have to click the link, and then wait for it to load in Chrome. Link Bubble is an app that seeks to bridge the gap between your apps and the Web by letting you queue up a link to read when you're finished catching up on social media or RSS feeds. It's similar to when you open tabs in the background on your desktop Web browser that you intend to read when you're finished with the primary task at hand.

Ready to check it out? Let's get started:

Note: Link Bubble only works on Android 4.1 and higher.

First you'll need to grab a copy of Link Bubble for your Android device.

Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

Before using the link loading capabilities of this app, you should adjust one of the settings. Open Link Bubble and then tap the Settings icon in the top-right hand corner. Under the first choice, Auto content display, uncheck both options and then press OK. This will keep links loaded in the background, instead of popping them up over your current app.

Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

The easiest way to really see how this app works is to open the Facebook app or a Twitter client that doesn't offer in-line content, and then tap on a link. You'll see a pop-up asking which browser you want to use. Pick Link Bubble and then choose the Always button. You won't see this window next time.

Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET


An introduction page will load for Link Bubble, explaining how it works. You can close this by pressing the Back button on your device. To minimize links, tap on their bubble at the top of the screen. To close bubbles, press and hold on them and then drag to the Close bubble at the bottom of the screen. The only drawback at this time is not being able to choose where the bubbles will appear on the screen. As a Note 3 user, I wished they were close to the bottom or right-hand side of the screen; with smaller screens this probably won't be an issue.

Press and hold on a link bubble to see the sharing and closing features. Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

In order to queue multiple links, you will need the Pro version of the app, priced at $4.99. According to AndroidPolice, this is an introductory price, and may increase in the future.

As an added bonus, you can drag bubbles to the right or left to share with other apps. The default settings are Pocket and the Share command, but these can be adjusted in the settings menu of the Link Bubble app.

 

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