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Action Launcher 3 Android App Review

Posted by Terry Richards on

If you’re looking to enhance the functionality of the home screen of your Android device, Action Launcher 3 might be the app for you.  Action Launcher is primarily made up of these features (you can read about them in detail below): Covers, Shutters, Quickdrawer and Quickbar; with the added bonus of Quicktheme.  On top of these, there are more customizations available for the swipes and gestures you'll use with Action Launcher.  You can also back up your layout and import layouts from other launchers to make setup even easier.  There's also the Quickpage, which gives you a little 4x4 app drawer accessible at all times, from the right of the screen (for those apps you constantly use!). 

Action Launcher 3 Covers

Covers

This is a standard for Action Launcher to replace folders, which really only “hold” your apps and the folder itself will serve no functional purpose.  Not to say folders are useless, but if there is one app you use way more than the others - say, Google+ - you might consider turning that folder into a “cover”, with Google+ as the lead app.  (Whatever is on "top" — or at the top left of the folder — will serve that purpose.  Once a folder is converted into a cover, you tap it to simple launch that lead app, but swipe it to actually open the folder to get to those other apps.)


Shutters

Shutters take an app that has a corresponding widget — say the Android Central App — and sticks a couple lines on the bottom right of the icon.  You tap to open the app per normal, but swipe up and the widget will launch on top of the home screen.  It's a great way to get the temporary functionality of a widget without the permanent disfigurement of having a bunch on a screen all the time.

Action Launcher 3 Quickdrawer

Quickdrawer

While there is still the standard option for an app drawer in AL3.5, you might not want it once you experience Quickdrawer.

This scrollable list is 100 times faster to flip through than a grid of icons and you can do it with just one thumb.  You can also run down the right-hand side of the Quickdrawer to quickly move from letter to letter, similar to what you may have experienced if you’ve ever used an old school iPod.  You can also still drag apps out onto the home screen just like you would a normal app drawer.

You've got sorting options here as well: name, most used or installation date.   It’s pretty powerful to be able to hide the apps you never use and can’t uninstall. 


Quickbar

This is one of the new options in AL3.5 that lets you stick app shortcuts inside the Google Search Bar in order to save a little room.  Personally, I’d only stick my most used shortcuts here, but it’s possible to fill it completely, especially if you do use a lot of apps.


Quicktheme

Quicktheme is a quick and easy way to theme your home screens.  You've got a number of options here, but you can generally just let it theme things based on whatever wallpaper you’re using.

Action Launcher 3 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”.  Overall, users love Action Launcher 3.  You can try it for free to see if it works for you! 

Download the app from Google Play here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.actionlauncher.playstore&hl=en

 


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