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Move over, Apex and Nova, there is a new Action Launcher for Android in town

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Move over, Apex and Nova, there is a new Action Launcher for Android in town
We can never get tired of Android launchers, and days when we have brand new kids on the block are always exciting. Friday was one such day, as a brand spanking new idea appeared in the Play Store ready to be taken for a spin.

The Action Launcher is done by Chris Lacy, the creator of Tweet Lanes, which is a merit alone, and introduces something the developer calls Covers, essentially souped-up folders. You tap the Contacts folder once, for instance, and the app gets launched, tap twice, and your favorite contacts appear, simple idea with a lot of practical applications like this one. The way it works in practice is a bit hit-or-miss, and the dev admits there's still work to be done with Covers.

The other interesting addition is that the app drawer can be called by swiping your finger from the side of the screen, instead of delving into endless pages with app grids. Action Launcher is $3.99, and you can take it for a spin from the source link below. The great thing is that if you are using another launcher, like Apex or Nova, your homescreen layout will be kept intact and transferred to Action Launcher, so you won't have to rearrange things again.

source: ActionLauncher (Google Play)


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posted on 10 Dec 2012, 02:59 10

1. wendygarett (unregistered)


Hmm, cost $4.18 and the review is below 4... Need more positive feedback for me to get this babe :)

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 03:02 1

3. ABDULGHAFOOR (Posts: 81; Member since: 04 May 2012)


I like your comments Wendy :D

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 03:23 2

7. wendygarett (unregistered)


Thank you :)

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 05:15 5

9. sid07desai (Posts: 262; Member since: 03 May 2012)


now kiss...

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 07:28 2

11. ajac09 (Posts: 1367; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


macking on a person cause they got a girl name wow ABDULGAHFOOR lol I hope its a gay guy lol

posted on 11 Dec 2012, 01:58

19. ABDULGHAFOOR (Posts: 81; Member since: 04 May 2012)


i just say i like his comments not HIM :P ,you stupid evil minded ,nonsense duffer

posted on 11 Dec 2012, 01:58

20. ABDULGHAFOOR (Posts: 81; Member since: 04 May 2012)


i just say i like his comments not HIM :P ,you stupid evil minded ,nonsense duffer

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 03:10 5

6. SonyXperiaNexus (Posts: 374; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)


yeah, the've gotten more mature...

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 03:02

2. loken (Posts: 462; Member since: 09 May 2012)


similar to windows phone

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 03:02 3

4. baldilocks (Posts: 519; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)


It has a LONG way to go before it is as feature rich as Nova or Apex or even Go Launchers...

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 06:39 1

10. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Well Go Launcher is probably the most feature rich, but it is stuffed with tons of features that nobody uses, whcih really slows it down.

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 07:29 1

12. ajac09 (Posts: 1367; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


god I hate GO EVERYTHING. Made just to advertise 24./7

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 09:21

14. SleepingOz (unregistered)


True, ads ruin the Go experience.

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 11:17

15. RapidCat (Posts: 351; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)


the only GO i use is GO Taskmanager, easy clean ram.
any suggestion for another taskmanager with 1x1 widget?

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 17:13

18. firelightx (Posts: 71; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


My suggestion? If you're running anything 2.3 or later, stop using Task Managers. 2.3 (perhaps 2.2? Been so long I can't remember now) handles your ram in a way that is healthy for the phone and will naturally keep it moving along the way it's supposed to.

Task Managers end all processes in a very violent and unnatural way and has been widely documented to cause more harm than good.

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 03:09 9

5. SonyXperiaNexus (Posts: 374; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)


sweet. no wonder they give each version of android a dessert name. plus you can customize it to suite your taste. I just love the way you can customize android....unlike some bitter rotten....

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 03:23 5

8. Adithya7184 (Posts: 316; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)


"unlike some bitter rotten" i know what you are saying about...lol. that's why i love android.

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 07:30 1

13. ajac09 (Posts: 1367; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


Sorry apex FTW. I dont see any reason to buy this launcher.

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 12:04

16. p0rkguy (Posts: 684; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)


So a WP8-like launcher for Android.
Multiple home screens isn't going anywhere, sorry. Limiting it to only 1 and giving it the ability to swipe to all apps feels like a step backwards.
I'm willing to try something new but this destroyed a core UI of Android.

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 14:40

17. Twisted247 (Posts: 242; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)


Doesn't look bad and has a good idea for the home page and over laying the folder option. But the added bar at the top below the status bar is just too much clutter. I certainly don't need an additional bar to layout options that can be on the menu of the long press. Simple Idea, just take that bar that lies on the home screen and place it at the top of his long press window that pops up with the apps/widgets/w/e then it would be less clutter.

So in the end it has some good ideas and concepts but it needs a little more refinement.

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