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HTC Edge Launcher can now be triggered from the lock screen

After launching Edge Sense on the U11, HTC followed this up with Edge Launcher on the U11+. Edge Launcher allows you to squeeze the sides of your U11 handset to get a calendar and array of apps, contacts, and quick settings right at your fingertips, and it's a nice alternative to squeezing your phone for one particular application.

HTC recently updated its Edge Launcher app on the Play Store, and there are a couple big improvements that make Edge Launcher even more useful.

For starters, Edge Launcher can now be triggered from the lock screen. You've previously had to unlock your phone before you could use Edge Launcher, but now you can squeeze at any time to bring it up.

Along with this, HTC has also added new shortcuts for Battery Saver, Auto Rotate, and Wi-Fi Hotspot, in addition to now letting you customize the order of which these appear on Edge Launcher.

This new version of Edge Launcher is available on the Play Store now, and you can grab it by tapping the button at the top of this article.

Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.

  • I do like that I can open Google assistant with the edge control on the pixel 2 xl, but I wish Google would open this up more like HTC has. I would imagine they won't, simply because they want you to use Google assistant, but it would be nice.
  • I've been able to use Edge Sense from the lock screen and with the phone off since day one. Oh, I see now, it lets you launch the App Wheel from the lock screen. That's new. Don't know why the Android Police article linked above acts like the feature is trying to prove itself. I'd think that Google licensing the feature would be a solid endorsement, on top of owners who use it daily.
  • This is the most gimmicky sounding feature on a phone that really isn't gimmicky at all. It is so damn useful, and the added functionality with each update makes it better and more intuitive. I hope they keep it around going forward.