Sudo Make Me An App has just released Sudo QuickLaunch to the Play Store, an app that handily replaces Google Search's swipe-up gesture in Jelly Bean with a list of your favorite apps.

If you're like me, you hit the search bar in Jelly Bean more often than you swipe up to get to Google Search, so Sudo QuickLaunch is a welcome addition that not only makes that gesture useful, but can keep your home screen clutter-free. Plus, those wanting swipe-up access to Google Search can place the Search app in their QuickLaunch tray.

Besides its functionality, one of the benefits of Sudo's new app is that it is simple – it works exactly how you'd expect, is ad-free, and requires absolutely no special permissions. All that and it won't have a large footprint on your device – the app weighs in at a miniscule 110k.

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The app will cost you $1.49, but just because it's a brilliantly simple application doesn't mean it's not worth every penny. To give Sudo QuickLaunch a try, and make Jelly Bean's swipe-up gesture a little more useful, just hit the widget below.

Liam Spradlin
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  • http://www.kovdev.com/ koveleski

    I would like for roms to come with this feature built in.

  • http://jordanhotmann.com/ Jordan Hotmann

    This will come in handy on my tablet...I've been looking for an elegant way to quickly launch overskreen browser without leaving my current app.

  • RedPandaAlex

    My first thought when I saw this was "must be root only." But no!

    This kind of extensibility is what I love about Android.

  • GooNow

    You keep using Google Now and Google Search interchangeably, when Now just refers to the predictive cards within the Search app.

    • gnexguy

      yes, but if you delete the app for google now, goodbye google search

      • Melina M

        Hi gnexguy, we actually didn't want people to worry about losing access to the stock search functionality, so we left it on top by default. It does not show up in the list of apps to add, and it can't be removed accidentally. :)

  • http://twitter.com/SiamNigel Nigel naughton

    What about SwipePad ? It does basically the same thing but with more functionality I think.

    • Melina M

      Hi Nigel,

      I'm one of the (two) devs, and I actually used SwipePad for many many months myself on a variety of phones. I think our app is better because it uses the stock actions built into Jelly Bean, so it consumes no more resources than a stock phone/tablet, and it won't have any lag issues, which was something I encountered frequently with SwipePad. Also, you can have as long a list of apps as you please and don't have to buy extra panels. :)

      We'd love to hear any other thoughts you (or anyone else here!) might have, though, so if you want to share anything else feel free to find me on Google+ and tell me what you think!

      • smithers85

        I think it would be cool to swipe up and have the list of apps appear in a semi-circle (similar to the way it looks when you swipe up for Google Now) select the app when you lift your finger, versus swiping up, lifting up your finger, opening a box, then tapping again.

        i'm not a dev, so i don't know how feasible any of that would be, but just a thought.

        • gnexguy

          I can't wait till they make something like this

        • tyguy829

          Kind of like lmt launcher, except from the bottom. I would definitely go for that.

        • Melina M

          Hello smithers85, the thought actually occurred to us too, but that would have to be a totally custom action. We decided to use the built-in action instead because we want the app to be as stable and light on resources as possible. Thanks for the ideas, though, and if you have any others please send them my way!

  • sssgadget

    Swipepad is better and free.

    • Melina M

      Hi sssgadget, one of the developers here. I actually used SwipePad myself for a very long time, but on several of my phones I found it was often laggy or unresponsive. When we built this app, we decided to use the stock action which is new to Jelly Bean (and intended for devices without hardware buttons) in order to minimize resources and battery needed. As a result, this app should be just as fast and reliable as the stock Google Search action. Also, you can add as many or few apps to the list as you'd like and don't need to buy add-on pads. :)

  • Firelight

    I'll stick with SwipePad and keep the JB search just where it is.


  • fixxmyhead

    Ruquires JB wtf -___-

    So only nexus devices and phones with half assed broken JB roms can use it

    • Greg Bissell

      its a feature only found in Jellybean so what do you expect genius

      • fixxmyhead

        to port it to non JB devices u know the majority of phones

        • Melina M

          The reason it's Jelly Bean only is because we built it on a stock intent which is new with Android 4.1. That is why our app runs lighter and smoother than other options like SwipePad (which I actually used for many months myself).

    • http://twitter.com/rohanXm Rohan Mathur

      Dafuq? Half assed? Go get some balls and make a JB ROM yourself and see how you fare.

      • fixxmyhead

        i have balls they got drained last night ;)

        • Abhisshek Das

          Jack Ass

  • KateS

    y brother Brian showed me how to make some extra $ for me and for my family... All i did was, follow the steps explained on this webpage

  • MacD

    I still prefer AppGrouper ... much more organised.

  • Samvith V Rao

    SwipePad is better because it is free and for all android versions. Also, their add-on "Dynamic pads" is awesome because it brings up a grid of recently used apps. So if you are on a phone without the multi-tasking button (like my S2) you can simply swipe in from any region of the phone you like instead of wearing out your Home button. So if you dont mind an extra 0.1 second lag, you should really go for that.

    • Melina M

      Hello Samvith V Rao, I'm one of the Sudo QuickLaunch developers. I used SwipePad for many months on a few of my phones, but for me the lag ranged from barely noticeable to "holy crap, is it doing something?". Now that I'm on a pure AOSP device I'm finding that any amount of lag is infuriating, and we thought other people might feel similarly. :P

      By the way, this app is really intended for phones without any hardware buttons. Even if and when your S2 gets updated to Jelly Bean, the swipe action will not work from a button that isn't part of the screen, so the only way it would be of any use to you is from a lockscreen. For that reason, I'd recommend that anyone with a phone with physical buttons should probably stick with SwipePad or Wave Launcher instead. But for Galaxy Nexus or tablet owners, I think Sudo QuickLaunch is hard to beat. :)