Conan Troutman · Feb 11, 2013 at 08:00 am

Access All Your Apps Everywhere with Swapps

If you have ever used a recent version of Ubuntu, you will no doubt be familiar with the Unity interface. Love it or hate it, Unity offers an incredibly quick and intuitive way to access your most commonly used applications from a launcher that appears on the left hand side of your screen. It’s this launcher that has inspired XDA Senior Member roshga to develop Swapps!, a Unity inspired “pseudo launcher” for your Android device.

In a similar style to the recently discussed HomeFlip, Swapps! doesn’t attempt to completely replace the devices main launcher. What it does do, however, is offer a way of accessing all your applications from wherever you are without returning to the home screen. It is activated by swiping from the left hand side of the screen to reveal a list that is separated into three parts: favorite apps selected by the user, recently used apps. and a complete list of all the applications currently installed on the device. Up to ten of your most commonly used apps can be assigned to the favorites section, and the swipe needed to coax out the launcher itself can be customized, making this a very useful little app.

These add-on or pseudo launchers seem to be gaining a fair bit of popularity of late, and if you ask me it won’t be long before we see this sort of functionality built into some of the big name launchers out there. Until then, though, an application such as this is definitely a great option for making multitasking just that little bit easier. Check out the original application thread for more information.


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Conan Troutman is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Senior Moderator, Newswriter, Recovering Meme Addict. View Conan Troutman's posts and articles here.
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