Notifications have been one of the areas that Android has excelled in since day one. In Jelly Bean, that feature got a boost with the ability to expand a one-line entry, turning it into what is essentially a widget. Quickly happens to be one of the neatest uses we've seen of this new feature. This app creates a persistent notification in your shade that can be expanded to reveal an app launcher.

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This app is a first release and the developer notes in the description:

The app was originally meant as a proof of concept, but there was demand, so here!

In other words? You may see some bugs. We've already noticed that, when selecting app shortcuts, text is white on a white background (though the app icons are clearly visible, so it's more of an annoyance than actually getting in the way, but it does clearly need to be fixed). Also, as of right now you can't change how many apps are available. It's eight or nothing. This will be changed in future releases.

For now, though, it's a great start. Even Google hasn't fully taken advantage of what expandable widgets can do, so it's awesome to see developers make use of the feature.

Quickly is $0.99 in the Play Store and requires Android 4.1 and up, naturally.

Eric Ravenscraft
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  • RitishOemraw

    Been waiting for this since expandable notifications became a reality :D
    Now if only it had a free version or I had a credit card :(

    • Trill43

      Get a Google Play gift card

      • RitishOemraw

        They don't sell hem in my country and if they did to redeem it you need a Google wallet account I think. And to get that you need a cc :(

        Please correct me if I am wrong

        • Ash Hanna

          your Google Play store menu doesn't have an option for/named "Redeem"?

          if you COULD get a gplay giftcard I don't think you need wallet account.

          what I do tho is I have one of those green dot visa reloadable gift card credit cards, I use that for my play store purchases. works just fine.

          pretty sure any pre paid visa/MasterCard giftcards will work

          • RitishOemraw

            When I click the Redeem button I get to the page to redeem it, with this message in red letters:

            Gift Card and Promo Code redemption is not available in your country.


  • Sorian

    Very nice, now add in support to Tasker (or the like) and this would be solid.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

      I'm confused. What would Tasker support look like in something like this? In most of my experience, Tasker works just fine on its own as a standalone app. Do you want to be able to toggle profiles on and off? I don't get it.

      • s427

        I think he means the other way, i.e. let Tasker change the selection of shortcuts in Quickly based on XY conditions. Which would be neat.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

          I could maybe see that being useful for some people. Personally, I rarely use different apps in one place than I do in another, but to each their own.

          Frankly, I'd rather see a customizable number of shortcuts, which thankfully the dev is working on. :)

          • s427

            That goes without saying. :-)

          • Sorian

            Exactly what s427 said is what I was meaning to say. I could use a folder with shortcuts for the different locations (work, home, car) but using Quickly would help reduce the amount of clutter on the home screen.

      • PCSievers

        I use LMT launcher to (amongst other things) do exactly that with Tasker, though it is something I plan on semi-automating with NFC tags in future.

        Quickly is a nice concept and is one to watch though, for sure.

  • Fatty Bunter

    This is begging for a "Yo dawg..." meme

  • randomdad

    Anyone use SwipePad? If so, how does it compare speed / ease of use? I ask because I notice SwipePad will lag from time to time [on my stock Rezound].

    • swipepad

      works fine with my n4, and previously Atrix..
      prefer that over this any day!

  • Markus Ala-Juusela

    What is that battery widget?

  • AMGala

    Having a Google Authenticator shortcut in the shade is one of the best uses of this app! Great functionality

  • mustafa

    use -notification shortcut- its a far away better
    ..if you cover this app u will find thias
    application -simply- a craaaap

  • blk_jack

    This feature has been added to the Android framework in the newest version of Slimbean. http://www.slimroms.net/

    It lets you set up to 16 shortcuts, comes with stock icons, works with Tasker and even lets you colorize the icons to match themes.

  • Dan

    It has fewer than 5 installs from the Play store so far. Doesn't look like people consider this functionality to be indispensable.

    • Jeff

      Google Play statistics aren't real time, nor are they specific.