One of the nicest things about Android that gets taken for granted is the ability to customize your user interface. While most folks tend to stick to app icons for launching their apps, Tagy offers an alternative approach: a tag cloud. Tagy is actually a set of widgets that let you specify a list of apps, contacts, or bookmarks to appear in a single widget. Then, as you use the widget, the items you use more often will get bigger.

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Users can customize the color of their tags to fit into whatever theme they're already using. Additionally, because the items you use get larger the more you use them, you can isolate the less-used apps, which you can then either remove from the list or uninstall altogether. It's not very often that a UI incorporates such a simple interface and usage data without getting overly complicated.

The widgets are compatible with whatever launcher you're using, so you don't need to give up your workflow entirely to use the tag cloud. Tagy is free for ten days, but after that, you'll be prompted to buy Tagy Unlocker for $2.61. Additionally, there is a separate widget, Tagy Settings, that is also free and has no restrictions that allows you to create a tag cloud for just about any setting in the Android system.

All three downloads are available on the Play Store via their respective widgets below.

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

    I'm loving the idea, will definitely be trying this out. Sometimes text is the way to go.

    • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

      I like it, but I can't help thinking that I'd like it if they offered a way to replace words with icons. 

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

        But that would defeat the whole purpose. There are other apps that list most used apps by their regular icons - this one specifically opts in for text.

        • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

          Hmm, true I guess. This one does categorizing the apps the best though :)

          • http://twitter.com/TagyAndroid Tagy

            Exactly, text is universal, since it conveys apps names, contacts and bookmarks altogether.

        • Spydie

          no, it wouldn't defeat the whole purpose.  Having icons behave the same way as text (getting larger for most-used ones and smaller for least-used ones) works just the same.

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

            OK, fair enough, perhaps that could work then.

    • Bruce Kraft

      I feel the same, but instead of having these tags apply to contacts, id like to find out what are the hottest tags at any given moment in the world in the form of a widget for SEO. This is a great start.

  • http://twitter.com/MeCampbell30 Matt

    It could be more pretty, but it's a neat idea. 

    • http://twitter.com/TagyAndroid Tagy

      Maybe the screens look that way, but you can customize the look

  • http://twitter.com/Bateluer Robert Boluyt

    God no. Thats about the ugliest, least usable UI I've seen since Metro launched. 

    • http://twitter.com/TagyAndroid Tagy

      It's love it or hate it obviously

  • ElfirBFG

    Hideous. Wow. To top it off, they're charging for this app? No one with ICS would ever use this. 5 minutes of customising and I could set up folders to contain my most used apps. As for webpages I frequent, I have a whole page full of bookmarks, it even scrolls if I have more than 12(they're added instantly when I star a page on Chrome at home too).

    • http://twitter.com/TagyAndroid Tagy

      Folders are a different approach. They need an additional tap also to get into.

  • http://twitter.com/PCSievers P.C. Sievers

    Its a pretty cool idea, I guess, but jesus $2.61 is a ridiculous price for a widget that tells you which apps you use the most.

  • Simon Belmont

    I'm digging this. I like it when developers try something new like this.

    I'd gladly pay the $2.61. If just so the developer can keep improving upon the idea and its implementation.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7GU4N7CVDBJXMZOBFO3DMIQZH4 J

    1.) I like the idea, though not all that on the look....  Not really sure what would be better though....  
    2.) If this is just a widget, I'm assuming I can use it along side the traditional row of icons, right?
    3.)$2.61...  really?  I could see 0.99 maybe, but IMHO, 2.61 is too much for as little that this seems to do
    4.) If this catches on, I cant wait to hear some mishaps....  Someone being excommunicated from their uber-strict church because (s)he unlocked their phone & in size 72pt font it said "Kinky gay bondage porn" plain as day for the person in the pew behind to see...

    • http://twitter.com/TagyAndroid Tagy

      1. If you come with an idea, feel free to write us
      2. Exactly

  • Sven Enterlein

    Loving it! (the idea that is)

  • Cardinal

    this is the worst kinda crap i've ever seen. it's the opposite of a clean UI. its just awful clutter. seriously how can anyone ever like it?

  • DarthCaniac

    The idea is interesting, but I don't like it (At all). I think it looks way too crowded and messy.

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

      It could use a prettier UI, sure, and I hope they update it, but anyone who's ever dealt with tag clouds and understands how they work will realize why this app is valuable (hint: the more popular the app, the larger the text).

    • http://twitter.com/TagyAndroid Tagy

      It's the only way to have unlimited number of apps behind your eyes. Of course, you can add as much or as little as you want.

  • nid

    Great idea, downloading now.  The tablet images in the Play store look way better.