Action Launcher: Pixel Edition

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    Action Launcher: Pixel Edition

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    Action Launcher: Pixel Edition's review

    Published: 2014-05-06, by Manu Galvez.

    An original and balanced homescreen replacement

    • Original features: covers, shutters and app drawer
    • Seamless performance
    • Highly customizable
    • Falls shorter than others in themes and appearance customization
    • Cover and shutters' signs cannot be hidden

    "Innovation leads to action"

    It's already difficult finding an Android launcher that brings up something fresh and original. It's an over-exploited niche. And it's also true that plain launchers do work properly and there's no room for innovation without threatening usefulness. However, once in a while a brave developer comes up with a truly groundbreaking yet balanced proposal. That's precisely the case with Chris Lacy's Action Launcher.

    Action Launcher breaks the inertia by introducing three new features: covers, shutters and a phonebook-format app drawer.

    First, covers are similar to folders. If you tap a shortcut, it'll launch the app as usual. However, if you swipe up the icon it will spread out a group of icons as long as you have previously set that app icon as a cover.

    Second, shutters are similar to covers but instead of spreading out a folder containing other shortcuts, it displays the app's widget if it includes any. That's a really good idea for enjoying the immediacy of widgets without giving up your free homescreen space.

    Finally, Action Launcher features an innovative app drawer. You won't leave the homescreen to navigate through installed apps: a left-side menu will swipe in with a vertically scrollable list of apps (it really looks as the built-in Android phonebook).

    Those are the main elements that distinguishes Action Launcher from other launchers. Obviously, it includes many other features such as gestures, icon packs, layout importing, full tablet support... and many more. However, you won't feel overwhelmed with features. It fall shorts on themes and appearance customization though.

    In brief, Action Launcher is a well-designed, original and feature-balanced homescreen replacement.

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    by Emmanuel , Appszoom

    May 06, 2014


    Action Launcher brings the best features of Pixel Launcher and Android Pie to your device, then adds a wealth of color, customizations and unique features so you can quickly and easily make your home screen shine!

    Standout features include:
    • All Pixel Launcher features: swipe up from your dock to reveal the new full screen All Apps mode, tint the dock, use the new circular folder style, place the Google Pill and Date widgets and more. Enabled by default, and available for free!
    • Full customizable dock search box: Complete control to color and customize the search box and its icons to your heart's content!
    • At a Glance widget: Quickly view the weather, date and your next calendar appointment!
    • App Shortcuts: Use Android 8's App Shortcuts, on devices running Android 5.1 or later!
    • Adaptive Icon support: Devices running Oreo can use native Adaptive Icon support. Devices not yet on Oreo can also use Adaptive Icons by installing Action Launcher's official companion app, AdaptivePack!
    • An inbuilt weather widget!
    • Google Now integration for all!
    • Full Notification Dots support.
    • Quicktheme: marvel as your home screen is customized with the colors from your wallpaper.
    • Shutters: swipe a shortcut to reveal an app's widget. Useful for previewing your inbox or Facebook feed without opening the app.
    • Quickbar: customize the Google search bar with shortcuts and apps of your choosing.
    • Quickedit: have alternative icon suggestions instantly presented to you, without having to dig through icon packs.
    • Smartsize icons: icons are automatically resized to match Material Design's recommended icon size.
    • Covers: an innovative take on traditional folders. Tapping a Cover loads an app, swiping a Cover opens a hidden folder which you have customized.
    • Use icon packs, scale icons, hide and rename apps and much more.
    • Full phone, phablet and tablet support.

    #1 on Android Central's "Best Android launchers of 2016" list!
    Awarded Google Play's best apps of 2015!

    Action Launcher allows you to import from your existing layout from other launchers such as Apex, Nova, Google Now Launcher, HTC Sense, Samsung/Galaxy TouchWiz and the stock Android launcher, so you'll instantly feel right at home.

    Note: Some features require the Plus in-app upgrade.

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