I know that many of you love all those home replacement Android apps especially as long as enjoying them has nothing to do with rooting your smartphone and installing a custom ROM. Since we are at this chapter, have you ever used Action Launcher 3? In case of thinking of a powerful, yet flexible launcher with unique features, trust me when I say that this is what you are looking for.
Action Launcher 3 has so much to offer, so let me tell you what I love about it. First of all, there is the Quickbar that lets you add apps in Google search bar on your home screen. It is a great way to keep the home screen clean and to save precious space, so this is a feature that I rely on all the time.
Then, Quickpage is another feature that you must know about from the start. This is like a space allotted to your apps and widgets separate from the app drawer, quickdrawer, and home screen. It is accessible from a swipe from the right edge of the screen and I know that I am not the only one who likes to have the Google Keep widget there in order to take a quick look at my to-do list.
What about Quicktheme? As you can easily guess from its name, it seems that Quicktheme is a quick way to theme your home screens. You’ve got a number of options here, but I generally just let it theme things based on whatever wallpaper I’m using.
I don’t know about you, but I love widgets for their functionality. However, there’s no standard style for widgets, so having more than one on a screen can ruin the overall look in no time. Shutters takes an app that has a corresponding widget and sticks a couple lines on the bottom right of the icon. You just have to tap to open the app per normal.
But if you choose to swipe up, then the widget will launch, on top of the home screen. Up next, feel free to dismiss it when it’s done. This is 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. As for Covers, they are a lot like shutters, but their job is with the folders instead of widgets. All you have to do is to tap on the icon to open that particular app, swipe upward on it to open the folder.
Even more, it seems that Action Launcher 3 allows you to import from your existing layout from various other launchers that you might love using such as Nova, Apex, Nova, Google Now Launcher, Samsung/Galaxy TouchWiz, as well as the stock Android launcher, so you’ll instantly feel it familiar. As for the fact that there are so many developers who keep the size of their icon bigger than other icons, just use the Smartsize feature which can automatically resize all icons in order to fit the material design grid and get rid of this annoying issue.
And best of all, Shortcuts & Gestures are there too. Action launcher 3 provides some useful gestures and shortcuts such as double tap, triple tap, swipe up, swipe down, swipe up and down with two fingers, pinch in, or pinch out. As for shortcuts, different apps can be assigned to one, two, and three taps on the home button. It only works on home screen.
Action Launcher 3 waits for you right here, so give it a try!