Friday , October 20 2017

Action Launcher 3.2 rolls into Google Play with new features, changes and fixes

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Chris Lacy has today released a massive update for his popular launcher replacement: Action Launcher. The 3.2 update for Action Launcher brings about a number of new features, as well as some fixes and some minor behavioural changes within the app.

The big new features include the inclusion of QuickPage which allows you to add a page you can access with a swipe to the right. It’s a fully featured Home Screen, sot that means you can use it to display widgets, shortcuts, or Action Launcher specific features such as Shutters and Covers. Also added is icon scaling, allowing you to change the size of icons on your home screen, and a neat feature for Android 4.x users which allows you to use the slide up animation from Lollipop when opening apps.

Chris has done a quick run down video introducing the headline features, and you can check out the full changelog below. Action Launcher is available in Google Play for free, but you’ll need to pay $5.99 via In-App Purchase to access the headline features.

The full changelog :

NEW: Quickpage, a fully-featured Home screen accessed from right screen edge (Settings -> Layout -> Quickpage).
NEW: Quicktheme supports customizing the Quickpage appearance.
NEW: Icon scaling (Settings -> Display -> Icon scale).
NEW: Settings and layout can be backed up and restored to and from a device’s storage (Settings -> Backup and import).
NEW: Option to change the transition animation used when loading apps (Settings -> Display -> Open app animation).
NEW: When using Android 4.x, app defaults to using the “slide up” open app animation.
NEW: Material design themed dialogs, checkboxes, switches, sliders, etc., when using Android 4.x.
NEW: The default Home screen can be changed (long press empty space on a Home screen -> tap the Favorite icon).
NEW: Option to lock desktop (Settings -> Layout -> Lock desktop).
NEW: Option to hide page indicators (Settings -> Layout -> Home screen indicators).
NEW: Option to disable opening Quickdrawer via swipe (Settings -> Shortcuts -> Quickdrawer).
NEW: Option to disable the screen edge shadow (Settings -> Display -> Screen edge shadow).
NEW: Activity picker (Long press -> Widgets -> Activities).
NEW: Option to disable Shutters (Settings -> Display -> Shutters).
CHANGE: Quickdrawer scrolls beneath the status bar rather than using its own tinted quasi-status bar (requires Android 4.4 or later).
CHANGE: Settings uses switches instead of checkboxes.
CHANGE: Quickdrawer/Quickpage automatically close after a few seconds.
CHANGE: Quickdrawer/Quickpage can’t be opened when in All Apps and/or long press mode.
CHANGE: Zoom out to show adjacent Home screens when an existing icon/widget is picked up (matches experience when dragging from Quickdrawer/All Apps).
CHANGE: Hide the Infinite folders setting for Plus users (functionality is now always enabled).
FIX: Wallpaper/icon images applied correctly from 3rd party apps that point Action Launcher directly to a file’s location on the SD card.
FIX: Hidden apps no longer re-appear in Quickpage/All Apps.
FIX: Widget resize outline bounces back to the nearest grid position.
FIX: Exit zoomed out mode when dragging a shortcut onto the App info helper.
FIX: Shutters/Covers/folders open correctly when animation scale has been changed to .5x in System Settings -> Developer options.
FIX: Introduction screens can be scrolled.
 
Source: +Chris Lacy.

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