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 3.3.8b - 30/07/2014
Fix: Trigger editor force closing;

Version 3.3.8 - 30/07/2014
New: Unread counter available in free version;
Improvement: Sidebar under the translucent navigation bar;
Improvement: Unread counter improvements;
Improvement: Small improvements in Music widget;
Fix: Floating widget force closing on some devices fixed;
Fix: Other bugs fixed;

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

    by Ben McCluskey on 27/07/2014


  • (67)

    by Frédéric Voyer on 27/07/2014

    Very simple and easy to implement into just about any of my settings (from phones to tablets).

  • (67)

    by Soo Horng Ng on 27/07/2014

    Any way to add this? Prefer to have it as the top and first item before recent apps..

  • (67)

    by Jose cato-cherubin on 27/07/2014

    great its like Ubuntu phone

  • (67)

    by Gasper Luuk on 26/07/2014

    Probably the best android sidebar out there. Simple and clear.

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    by Yassir Arafat on 26/07/2014


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    by Mar Po on 26/07/2014

    Good ui to work with. Very easy to rearrange apps. Quick and tidy layout. Can contend with Swapps. Combine both apps and you can get rid of launchers entirely. Well done.