Almost immediately after getting my hands on a Galaxy Tab 10.1, it was updated by Samsung to include the infamous TouchWiz UX. This brought about some significant aesthetic and UI changes, including a quick-access tray, which brings up a list of handy apps at the touch of a button. The only problem is that this bar isn't customizable. For those who want more options, or those not fortunate enough to have the TouchWiz experience, developer SnowBEE has released Wizz Bar.

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Wizz Bar allows you to create a sort of mini app tray, fully customizable with the apps you use most. For those who already have TouchWiz, Wizz Bar can be set to open by touching slightly to the right of the existing mini tray. One of the great things about this app is it doesn't require root, making it a good option for any owner of a Honeycomb tablet.

The interface is simple enough, and the app does just what it sets out to do. Wizz Bar not only makes your favorite apps accessible from anywhere, but opens up tons of possibilities for  truly minimal home screen designs, especially because it doesn't leave an icon behind in your task bar. Best of all, the app is free on the Android Market, so go grab the download and give it a try.

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • nj

    I like your website design, Time to look at the CSS :P

  • gabbre

    Unfortunately the applications can not be centered. Great app though.

    • Jon Garrett

      I can only get drop box to work with it. none of my other apps even show up.

  • Aaron

    The TouchWiz app tray seems like a real missed opportunity to me. It's nice to be able to bring up a calculator, but imagine being able to bring up any app on your tablet, running as a phone app, on top of whatever you're running fullscreen. I have to think that would be extremely effective for real multitasking.

  • Dextroz Asdj

    You must be the first to make a comment about 'missing' a skin on Android.

    No thanks, give me my ASAP upgrades and I'll use apps to get close to whatever I am 'missing'.

  • Joshua

    I used it for a good long time and while the convenience was handy, it seemed like it sucked a chunk of performance out of the device. As soon as I uninstalled it, the home screen felt like it went from software rendering to hardware accelerated rendering.

  • http://www.techthirst.com Anuj Ahooja

    Great idea, but like SwipePad, and essentially any gesture-based extensions on Honeycomb, it slows down the homescreen animations to a torturous point.

  • Andy K

    This app no longer exists. Really looking for an app which allows icons, or a pop-up bar on the task bar! Anyone know of an equivalent?