Action Launcher is being updated to version 3.8 which brings a number of big changes along with it. Google Now integration has been added for those who are rooted, the base code has been updated to ensure better performance and much more.
This is the first time that the popular launcher has added a root-only feature, and the reason behind it is that Google does not offer an API for developers to use to access Google Now. Some of the biggest changes in Action Launcher 3.8 include:
- Update base code to Android 6.0.1's Launcher3 code. Notable usability enhancements include the addition of fast scroll in the All Apps drawer, a much improved widget picker and infinite paged folders and more. This base code upgrade also sees a year's worth of Google's bug and stability and performance fixes.
- Can select pure black color via Quicktheme.
- Option to disable the Quickdrawer (Settings -> App drawers -> Quickdrawer).
- Option for enabling dark icons on the status bar (Settings -> Display -> Dark status bar icons). Note: requires Android 6.0 or later.
- Add shortcut to jump to weather forecast (via Google App).
- Added old material design versions of Google Play apps to in-built icon pack.
- Option to enable Google Now integration (Alpha). Note: REQUIRES ROOT. Please see FAQ for full details. Option will appear in Settings -> Desktop -> Google Now integration (Alpha) for rooted devices only.
There are also a number of features that have been improved with this release. Some of them include reducing the app's memory usage, Samsung Knox support, a new high-res icon on the Quickbar and more. Chris Lacy, the app's developer, has posted an FAQ to answer some questions about this update.
You can grab the latest update from Google Play now to take advantage of all the new and improved features.