Last Updated: April 29th, 2012

One of the great advantages of using a tablet device is its display. Having a big, bright touch display allows for enhanced media enjoyment, browsing, and gaming. Logically, a large touch display should make heavy use of touch controls, implementing at least some level of universal functionality to unify the touch-centric interface a tablet display begs for. Looking to bring this idea to fruition, Good Mood Droid created GestureControl, an app that allows rooted users to control their tablet using a variety of multitouch gestures.

GestureControl, as you can see from the video above, allows users to hide Honeycomb's status bar in any app, at any time, and also allows basic system navigation using simple gestures. What makes GS even more impressive is the fact that users of the app's paid version can create their own gestures, which can still work even when the tablet's display is turned off.

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While the app works perfectly with Honeycomb devices, Ice Cream Sandwich support is currently in its Alpha phase. GestureControl's free app includes basic system navigation and status-bar hiding, while custom gesture creation is reserved for users who opt for the paid version, at a reasonable $5.00 price tag.

For those who tend to get tired of Android's status bar, or just want more intuitive gesture-based controls on their tablet, this app is definitely worth a shot. Hit the widgets below to grab the download.

Update: v2.0 just came out with the following improvements and additions:

  1. New action: Previous Application, default gesture - swipe 4 fingers left.
  2. New action: Next Application, default gesture - swipe 4 fingers right.
  3. New actions: Play/Pause music, Previous song, Next song.
  4. Fixed: was possible to execute 4 points gesture with 3 fingers on TF101.
  5. New device: I9001 (Tab 7 Plus).
  6. New device: Teclast A10.

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.

  • Aditya Gulia

    Nice idea as such, but Can you please comment on the battery drain.. (if any)

    and how this app copes with other apps which might have similar gesture controls of their own?

  • Aaron

    This would be nice with ics, to hide the capacitive buttons when they aren't needed

    • Aaron

      On a phone, specifically. I think the edit feature is broken in the comments?

  • http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1535740 Alien

    Very cool app.
    Developer has active thread in XDA, you can find all answers there.

  • http://wave-france.blogspot.com supercopter

    No more AppBrain widgets? :-(

    I'll badly miss them, at least untill Google Play allows me to put apps in a "to try later" list...

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      They're there, when available.

      • Ivan Myring

        Does the app actually work on gnex/nexus 4 with the stock ROM

  • Daniel

    On a device that has no buttons (like the gnex) were even the touch screen buttons are hidden this could be awesome.

  • spydie

    Typo above... script says $5, but link says $5.50... (it really is $5 when you click on it)

  • Ruben Alvarez

    Would love to try but ditched Honycomb for ICS on the old G-Tab and the Nook Color and Tab are both running CM9. Needs ICS support and I would probably consider buying since I use multiple devices. Hopefully, I remember to check this app for updates.

    • clel

      I am using the app with CM9 and the app does officially support Android ICS (alpha stadium but works fine for me). I think that at least one of your device should be supported in the Play Store. If not you can visit the xda thread (http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1535740) and write a message to the developer that he adds support for your devices.

  • LiamBryant

    Wait...how in the world does it detect touch commands if the screen is off? Does the digitizer stay on even when the display is off?