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Action Launcher

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  • Vendor: Chris Lacy
  • Version: 3.6.8
  • Price: Free

The launcher may be the most important app on any Android smartphone — it's the combination of your home screen and the drawer that holds all your apps — and Action Launcher is a favorite among many hardcore Android users.

The main features of Action Launcher? Start with the slide-out app drawer. It's somewhat reminiscent of the early days of Windows Phone, but only superficially. And while it takes a little getting used to, it's also an extremely fast way to get to apps that aren't on your home screen.

And then there's the home screen itself, and more specificially the way widgets work. You can place entire widgets like normal, but that takes up space. Action Launcher goes much further why allowing you to swipe on an icon to have its widget appear. That's called Shutters, and it'll change your life. When you want to see the widget, it's there with a swipe. Don't want it? It's not in the way. And Covers transform normal folders into something much more useful.

Action Launcher 3 is free, but a $4.99 in-app purchase unlocks most of the major features. And they're well worth it.


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Action Launcher gains Quickfind, new transition effects and much more

Action Launcher gains Quickfind, new transition effects and much more

Action Launcher has received yet another sizable update, bumping it to version 3.6, which adds Quickfind, new transitions and a slew of other changes. With the update, icon packs can now use dynamic calendar icons, which would change your calendar icon each day with the proper date. If you...
The Blerg is an Android Podcast you should listen to

The Blerg is an Android Podcast you should listen to

I've recently pared down the number of podcasts to which I'm subscribed. (We'll discuss the reason for that at a later date.) But one that I'm absolutely glad I've kept — and it's a podcast that's still in its infancy — is The Blerg, from app developer Chris Lacy. You know him from Action...
Why Action Launcher is the only launcher I use ...

Why Action Launcher is the only launcher I use ...

The launcher is the most important part of any smartphone user interface. And the best one comes from Australia. I don't recall exactly when I got fed up with every launcher that wasn't Action Launcher. But I do remember why. I'm not all that adventurous when it comes to my home screens. I know...
Action Launcher 3.5 Quickbar

Action Launcher 3.5 jumpstarts the Google Search box with a customizable 'Quickbar'

Action Launcher 3 — one of the our Best Android Launchers of 2015 — today has gotten a pretty big update that makes it an even more compelling install. With Version 3.5 you can now customize the search bar — which actually has become an all-powerful "Quickbar." The gist is this: You can...
Action Launcher 3.4 adds over a dozen new customization options

Action Launcher 3.4 adds over a dozen new customization options

Action Launcher has been updated to version 3.4, adding even more customization options and unlocking nearly 70 percent of options for non-paid users. Popular launcher replacement, Action Launcher, has received yet another huge update bringing it to version 3.4. While the bump from 3.3 to 3.4...
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Action Launcher's massive update adds awesome new live wallpaper API

Action Launcher has been updated to version 3.3, bringing new features and tons of fixes along with it. The extremely popular launcher replacement, Action Launcher, has received an update that brings along new features while fixing some existing bugs. One of the big new features here is shortcut...
Action Launcher 3

Action Launcher 3 brings Android 5.0 stylings, performance

Premium features will require a new in-app purchase, but they're well worth it Chris Lacy's Action Launcher has been one of our favorite alternative launchers of late, thanks to its speed, design and innovative options for widgets and folders. Today marks the release of Action Launcher 3, a top-...
Action Launcher

Action Launcher 2.0 released with latest features, new free version

Pro version just $1.99, 50% off, for a limited time after launch Popular third-party launcher Action Launcher has made a notable jump to version 2.0 today, bringing with it new features and a slightly different business model. Version 2.0 brings Quickdrawer, Covers, Shutters, Quicksearch and...
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Action Launcher 2.0 enters beta with new '1-Swipe' and 'Quickpage' features

New multitasking system that is fully customizable, just like a home screen Action Launcher is receiving an update, at least in the beta channel for now, that adds a new swiping gesture called Quickpage, as well as a feature to access your drawers from anywhere in the phone. Users of Action...
Action Launcher

Action Launcher 1.8 lets you choose widgets, improves support for Ice Cream Sandwich

Action Launcher today has dropped Version 1.8 on us in Google Play, bringing with it a few welcomed improvements. You're now able to choose which widget you want associated with a Shutter action (that's the one where you swipe an app icon to open its widget), which gives you far better control...
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Action Launcher update makes customizing even easier

Action Launcher is getting an update today, making customizing the third-party launcher even easier. You can now drag apps directly from the quickdrawer onto the homescreen, speeding things things up even more. You're also able to lock the desktop, so things won't slide around so much. I've been...
Action Launcher Shutters

Action Launcher gains 'Shutters' - swipe your way to widgets

Tablets also get some attention, along with a number of other fixes Every now and then you run into a cool system-level Android app that does some really interesting stuff -- and does it well. Action Launcher is one such application. From Aussie developer Chris Lacy, Action Launcher, erm,...



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Action Launcher


I've tried loads of launchers but always seem to go back to Nova Prime.
It's a great way to personalise your phone.
Currently running it on my new OnePlue One, which incidentally is a fantastic phone.