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Glovebox brings an Ubuntu Unity-like launcher to Android

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Glovebox brings an Ubuntu Unity-like launcher to Android
If you like the look of Ubuntu, but don't want to wait for the official release, you can get a bit of the OS on Android right now. As always seems to happen with Android, an enterprising developer always jumps on a cool idea and brings it to the Play Store. This time the app is Glovebox, which adds an Ubuntu Unity-like sidebar launcher to your Android device.

Although the original XDA thread about the app claims that the "app [is] not based on the Ubuntu Phone OS side bar", that seems like one of those meaningless legal disclaimers, because the app works exactly like the Unity Launcher from Ubuntu. You swipe from the left edge to pull out the Glovebox, then slide your finger up or down to the item you want. 

Being an Android app, you can do more than just put app shortcuts on the Glovebox launcher though. The app also supports widgets and other shortcuts. There have been some reports that the app will freeze up your device after a bit of use, but a reboot will fix that and the dev is working on a permanent fix. 

If you want to give Glovebox a try, it's available for free in the Google Play Store.


source: XDA

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posted on 21 Feb 2013, 18:12

1. techguy22 (Posts: 227; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


that was fast. thanks. i tried the preview on my nexus 7. its alright

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 18:20 2

2. joseph98 (Posts: 167; Member since: 03 Feb 2012)


After watching the video I noticed that I don't need it because it is similar to my galaxy note II the left side menu with apps launcher for the split screen. in fact I can move it from left to right or even to the top or bottom screen so no use for galaxy note II user this app as we are already ahead.

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 20:04 1

3. MC1123 (Posts: 1249; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


wow, android was actually kinda late!! symbian has a ubuntu mobile launcher called vbuntu!

posted on 22 Feb 2013, 00:06

4. iDroidWin (Posts: 117; Member since: 07 Dec 2012)


Its not. Relaunch is an improvement over it and has been there for Android for quite sometime. Ubuntu's sidebar is similar to dock for your favorite apps as it was intended to be in the PC version. I have my dock in notification drawer, that way I have access to my favorite apps everywhere. And I use relaunch, that way I have access to my app drawer everywhere. I think I would stick to Apex Launcher using Relaunch along with it.

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