Move over, Apex and Nova, there is a new Action Launcher for Android in town
posted by Daniel P. / Dec 10, 2012, 2:55 AM
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)
Hmm, cost $4.18 and the review is below 4... Need more positive feedback for me to get this babe :)
posted on Dec 10, 2012, 2:59 AM 10
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I like your comments Wendy :D
posted on Dec 10, 2012, 3:02 AM 1
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It has a LONG way to go before it is as feature rich as Nova or Apex or even Go Launchers...
posted on Dec 10, 2012, 3:02 AM 3
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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 Dec 10, 2012, 6:39 AM 1
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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 Dec 10, 2012, 5:13 PM 0
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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 Dec 10, 2012, 3:09 AM 9
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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 Dec 10, 2012, 12:04 PM 0
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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.
posted on Dec 10, 2012, 2:40 PM 0
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