Launchers are meant to better your Android experience, and Action Launcher does just that. Everything is designed to give you quick access to content, while still looking beautiful.
Shutters, Covers, Quickdrawer, Quickpage
A free version is available
PRO ($3.99) version adds more features
Action Launcher mixes form with function, and it does so fantastically. Designed to bring everything one or two taps closer than it was before, Action Launcher comes with a near-stock look.
Action Launcher is set up differently than any other launcher I’ve ever seen. It moves the app tray to a scrolling menu-style drawer. Chris Lacy (the developer) calls this the ‘Quickdrawer.’
The Quickdrawer can be customized with different colors, and you can hide apps from appearing there. To access the Quickdrawer, press the app button on the top-left of the screen, or drag your finger from the left-most edge of the screen to the right.
Widgets are in an alternate tab in the Quickdrawer, and they show a preview of the widget, along with it’s dimensions. These are listed alphabetically, but this time there are two widgets side-by-side.
Hidden on the right side of the screen is the Quickpage, which can hold apps and widgets like the home screen. In the settings is an option to make the Quickpage accessible from anywhere, making it a very powerful tool for your most commonly used applications.
Together, the Quickdrawer and Quickpage make for a unique layered feeling, where everything is accessible on the home screens. I feel the Quickdrawer is a great way to access your apps – instead of opening a whole new panel your apps are laid out alphabetically in an accessible manner.
Action Launcher is designed to look mostly like stock android. It adds a few buttons along the top edge of the phone (just below the notification panel). These are the app button, search bar, Play Store shortcut, and menu (in order from left to right).
The icons and colors are all holo themed. The Quickdrawer and Quickpage both have options for different colors from the holo palette of colors.
Action Launcher has two main features – Covers and Shutters.
A Cover can be described as a hidden folder, and is named as such because a single app ‘covers’ the rest of the folder. Folders are indicated by a small semi-transparent square in the bottom right of the covering icon.
The point of covers is that in any given folder, there is likely one app which you use most. For example, in a ‘messaging’ folder you might put your default SMS app as the cover, and other messaging apps in the folder behind it (perhaps Gmail, or Facebook Messanger). To reveal the folder behind a cover, swipe up on the cover. Touching the covering app acts as a normal app icon.
Shutters are shortcuts for widgets. Swipe up on any app with a widget to open it’s widget. This virtually removes the need to have any widget on your homescreen.
Under ‘display’ there are many options, including icon packs, wallpaper scrolling, grid size, icon scale, as well as an option to entirely remove the dock.
1-Swype (BETA) is what allows you to access the Quickdrawer and Quickpage from anywhere, including when you are inside other apps. You can modify the detection region, and disable this feature for specific apps.
Shortcuts has options to modify how to access Shutters and Covers, as well as gesture options to toggle the Quickdrawer with the home button. There are gesture options: swipe up from anywhere (on the home screen) to access recent apps, or down for notifications.
You can backup your home screens and settings, as well as import icons/widgets from another launcher.
Action Launcher is a different take on the stock android launcher, with tweaks such as the Quickdrawer and Quickpage, and features like Covers and Shutters, along with added customization options.
Once you get used to the slight alterations, it is very simple and easy to use. It allows you to make less swipes and taps to do actions.
Clean look, Shortens down on swipes and touches, neat features
Lacks some advanced features of other launchers