Wednesday , June 6 2018

Action Launcher now available from Google Play

Australian developer Chris Lacy has released his new launcher, Action Launcher, to the Google Play store. Ausdroid took an early look at Action Launcher in October.

Action Launcher reimagines the Android homescreen and app drawer, and provides a number of improvements and enhancements while remaining faithful to Android’s design guidelines.

The main draw is the slide-in App List on the left of the screen, providing quick access to all your installed apps and aiming to get you to the app you want within 1 second. It’s a distinctive feature, which I find reminiscent of Windows Phone 7’s full app list – not a bad thing. Action Launcher also introduces Covers, a new spin on homescreen folders which launches an app on a single tap, but opens the folder as usual on a double tap.

Homescreens are arranged left-to-right. You can configure the number of homescreens in use, and a long tap on the homescreen brings up some customization options allowing you to add apps and widgets to the homescreen and set up wallpapers.

You can buy Action Launcher in its Pro form from Google Play. The app costs $3.99.



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Source: Action Launcher Pro (Google Play).
Via: Chris Lacy (Twitter).

Jason Murray   Deputy Editor

Before discovering the Nexus One, Jason thought he didn't need a smartphone. Now he can't bear to be without his Android phone. Jason hails from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane depending on his mood and how detailed a history you'd like. A web developer by day with an interest in consumer gadgets and electronics, he also enjoys reading comics and has a worryingly large collection of Transformers figures. He'd like to think he's a gamer, but his Wii has been in a box since he moved to Sydney, and his PlayStation Vita collection is quite lacking. Most mornings you'll find him tilting at various windmills on Twitter - follow @JM77 and say hi!

7 comments

  1. Chris, missing info in your write-up of this launcher.
    Minimum Android version for this launcher is ICS.

  2. anyone that used Tweet Lanes before Twitter screwed it all up knows that Chris is a fantastic app developer. There are some really really well thought out and implemented features in this launcher!

    It’s amazing when I first heard about TweetLanes I thought “Just what we need, another twitter client” (thought with a sarcastic tone!) but when I actually used it, I was impressed and said “I really do need this twitter client!!”

    It wouldn’t surprise me if this launcher ended up being similar, many people thinking “just what we need, another launcher…” but after using it, realising that there is definitely space in the Android world for this excellent launcher!!

  3. Too pricey for a launcher which has only few extra features, wonder if its going to be sold well :0

  4. This looks great. Gonna buy it and give it a try! Always happy to support Aussie developers too 😉

    • Well I tried it. What is currently in there is fantastic! Very smooth, and well thought out features. But I run a custom DPI on my launchers (240), and this launcher doesn’t have custom number of rows or columns so the launcher is useless at lower DPI. Also found swiping between home screen very intermittent and didn’t always work. (Possibly due to custom DPI?). I also really dislike the action bar at the top but there’s no way to hide or remove it. I’ve refunded the app for now and will try after further development.

  5. Great to see it finished.. Might have to give it a whirl

    Classic , having Andy and Matias on speed dial

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