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.