You may recall that a little over a month ago, we took a look at an innovative application called Dial an App. At the time, this application allowed users to “dial” applications with a virtual T9 keypad. To launch an app, you simply had to open the Dial an App and hit the first few letters of the application you’re searching for on the virtual T9 keypad. The more letters you’d type, the further the list is narrowed down.
Dial an App worked extremely well–so well in fact, that we wished we could use it for more. As such, the only minor suggestion we had at the time was that this application be extended to also work as a regular dialer, so that users could replace their dialers entirely for both phone and app launching purposes.
Well, XDA Forum Member luciferabby has been hard at work over the past month, but now he’s done it. Dial an App has become The Dial, and it is capable of searching your entire phone. Obviously, it retains its initial/primary functionality by allowing you to find local apps by the application name—but that’s where the similarities end. In this version, you’re also able to find, call, and email contacts, as well as uninstall applications. The app is even themeable now, to allow you to tailor its appearance to your liking.
If you’ve been looking for an efficient and lightweight application launcher that can do so much more than merely open apps, we can’t think of a better option than The Dial. Head over to the application thread to get started._________
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