Glovebox - Side launcher

Glovebox - Side launcher

100,000 - 500,000 downloads

  • It runs smoothly
  • Different themes
  • Highly customizable
  • Only 8 apps can be added to the bar
  • Icons pack not supported yet
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Expert's Review

"A pinch of Ubuntu Touch in your Android"

Reviewed by / Mar 07, 2013

GloveBox is a Ubuntu-style handy side-dock that allow users to quick launch favorite apps.

Ubuntu Touch is almost ready to officially hit some mobile devices. However, if you are Canonical's most-known product fan and want to make your Android look like Ubuntu Touch, you can start with Glovebox: a side-dock which is a replica of Ubuntu Touch and desktop application launcher.

What I liked most of Glovebox is that's highly configurable. You can add up to 8 applications to the dock (more can be added after upgrading to its premium version) and sort them at your whim. In addition, margins to make it show can be adjust as well as vibrate on touch, enable it in landscape mode, add transition effect, sensibility levels, bar opacity and icon on notifications. Actually, it comes with 5 different themes including classic Ubuntu (icon pack not supported yet).

Glovebox brings to Android its multi-tasking philosophy.

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Developer's original description available here
Glovebox brings to android the best way of multi-tasking.
Swipe without lifting the finger to select an application to open.
You don't even need to unlock your device.

- Add App, shortcuts, toggles to the sidebar;
- Custom triggers to activate the sidebar;
- Direct access from the Lockscreen*;
- Icon pack support (Apex & Nova);
- Personalize the side bar & icons.
- Blacklist (apps that will pause Glovebox).
- Recent apps on the sidebar*;
- Floating widgets*;
- Unread counts (Supports Missed it!);
*This feature requires in-app purchase.

XDA Developers Thread:

Google+ Community:

-The app is not recognizing my in-app purchase. How to solve this problem?
Make sure you're have the same Google account, used to make the purchase, configured on the device.
Try to clear the cache and data of Play Store, then start Play Store at least once.
Android Settings>Apps>Play Store app>Clear Cache/Data.
If the problem remains, please contact by email.

-How to enable Glovebox on MIUI?
Go to the app info and enable 'Show popup window notification' setting. Then restart the app.

This app will not use any of the permissions required for malicious purposes.

Directly call phone numbers
Required for Direct Dial shortcuts that can be added to the apps list. This permission will not be used to make phone calls without your permission.

Precise location (Gps and network)
Access Wifi state
Access Bluetooth settings
Required for quick toggles that can be added to the sidebar;


Keywords & Tags:
multitasking, side launcher, sidebar, ubuntu, unity, apps, touch os, task, switch, widgets

Recently changed in this version

Version - 23/08/2014
Fix: Icons missing in landscape;
Other bugs fixed and stability improvements;

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Comments and ratings for Glovebox - Side launcher
  • (67)

    by Marla Braverman on 26/08/2014

    Thank you so much for this excellent app. Exactly what I was looking for since the launcher I use got rid of this feature and once you have a side dock, its impossible to live without!

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    by Rakibul Hassan on 26/08/2014


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    by Chris M on 25/08/2014

    That's a great launcher

  • (67)

    by Robin Pols on 25/08/2014

    Exactly what I was looking for but it seems very laggy. It's jittery and not smooth. On my HTC one. Doubt its my phone.

  • (67)

    by Abhishek Sharma on 25/08/2014


  • (67)

    by Eric Whalen on 24/08/2014

    Best app switcher I've tried. You can switch from any app to any app at any time with one single touch. Exactly what I wanted.

  • (67)

    by Paul Bearry on 24/08/2014

    I've been using this app for years and have tried many alternatives, but I always come back to this one.