Update: Thanks to commenter Xcom923 (below), I rebooted my phone and have it working! It's freakin' awesome!

Meet Itching Thumb, an absolutely amazing task switcher that's very similar to the one found on WebOS. There's not much I can say that rivals what's shown in the video:

For those who are unable to watch the video or who are unfamiliar with WebOS, it's basically a "card" system - similar to CoverFlow (but with a customizable style). These screencaps illustrate what I'm talking about fairly well:

itching_thumb itching_thumb2

Left: the cards are flat as you scroll; you can drag an app to the top of the screen to close it (shown). Right: the cards angle out, as in CoverFlow.

There's a surprising amount of customization, especially considering that the app is still in beta (the most recent version is 0.7). There really is just too much to this app to be described in such a short post - which, again, is why the video is so essential.

Unfortunately (for me), I can't get this running properly on my EVO running CM6 nightly 131. I'm not sure if it's because of the weird custom theme I'm running or because of having ADW, LauncherPro, and CM6 all installed and running a ton of custom (and sometimes conflicting) settings. Just had to reboot my phone! Regardless, this is still an incredibly cool task switcher and packs some serious eye candy - and once I get my launcher and settings sorted out, I'm definitely going to run this app.

Itching Thumb is free and can be found in the market or on AppBrain. Alternatively, you can scan the QR code below:

QR code for https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bw.flipit

Source: XDA-Developers

Aaron Gingrich
Aaron is a geek who has always had a passion for technology. When not working or writing, he can be found spending time with his family, playing a game, or watching a movie.

  • Chris

    Keep in mind, if your launchers start crashing, like ADW or the new QuickDesk, it is because of the way this app works.

    So if you get strange crashes after installing this, try uninstalling to verify it was this switcher that did it.

    • Hans

      I guess that's why they are kind enough to call it a beta =) ...and that's why I'm not wanting it right now, even though it looks like a really intelligent switcher.

      When it's out of beta, THEN I'll be wanting it a lot though.

  • http://www.anivision.org Xcom923

    this looks like it would be so awsome but it won't work on my Evo either. I use ADW as my launcher with damage control 3.5 >_< it's really a shame

    • http://www.anivision.org Xcom923

      update: got it to work....AWSOME!!! I had to reboot (why I don't know ) but after that it work very well. it's conflicting with widget locker though from what I can tell.

      • Aaron Gingrich

        Thanks, worked for me too! Updated the post :)

  • NYC_dave

    Not working properly on Epic 4G, which i think is a conflict with TouchWiz launcher (which is awesome i might add). I guess if one turns off TWiz and goes stock Android launcher, then it might work, but that defeats the point of the Epic with TouchWiz which only a few seem to like. Me included.

    Uninstalled for now.

    • Aaron Gingrich

      Try rebooting your phone after installing - I did so based on Xcom923's experience, and it worked for me.

  • Jason

    Itching thumb kept crashing on my Slide. It worked for an hour or so. Then just kept crashing every 2 minutes. Reboot solved nothing.

  • TareX

    Another one of those "it's so good it should be released installed on Android by default" apps! Love it.

  • Ben

    Cool app, but I can't really see myself using it a lot. IMO, seems like it would get more in the way. Uninstalled.

  • Pax

    Does not work in Samsung Vibrant!!!

  • Seth

    This app works amazingly well with cyanogen mod's custom long home application. now instead of the default list of "recent apps" I have this baby and it's working beautifully on my evo!

    • Cal

      I have been using the app for about 4 days now and I like it. I had a PALM PRE and webOS used the same concept and I liked the concept. a nice touch is the gesture concept. Of course you have to remember the gesture, but when you use just a couple of the apps and the others can still be accessed by HTC Sense, I just have a gesture to take me to sense or press the home button. Still has a couple of bugs (once you swipe the last card, it ask for a type of wallpaper and would like a little more animation (growth or expansion of cards once selected), and possibly a bigger area for more apps besides the small area for a couple of them, but overall an excellent application that I plan to use. Will definitely await the updates.

  • Seth

    Does anyone else see very low quality previews? I see in the video and screen shots in this article pretty high quality screen shots, but on my phone they are very low quality. I am rooted and running cyanogen mod 6 so I thought they should be high quality. The high quality preview box is checked in preferences, but if I uncheck it it makes no difference. Any suggestions?

  • http://www.gplus.to/8055 hkb

    Not available in the android market :/