Action Launcher Pro
by: Chris Lacy • 9.1K
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.
Tags: action launcher themes , action launcher , action launcher pro themes , mkbhd
by Emmanuel , Appszoom
May 06, 2014
★★★ Featured by Engadget, Google Play, Lifehacker, MKBHD and Leo Laporte on TWiT ★★★
★★★ "Action Launcher is something special." - Android Police ★★★
★★★ "Action Launcher brings something new to the table, and it's definitely worth a look." - Android Central ★★★
Action Launcher Pro unlocks the full feature set of Action Launcher. Upgrades include:
• 1-Swipe: access the Quickdrawer and Quickpage from any app on your device, whether Action Launcher is running or not.
• Use icon packs
• Change the icon scale
• Change individual icons
• Hide apps from the Quickdrawer
• Use Shutters in a folder
• Change the widget used in a Shutter
• Change the Quickdrawer and Quickpage backgrounds
• Remove the upgrade incentives throughout the app
• Access to future features such as displaying the unread/notification count
• Support me as I develop this app :)