Action Launcher is one of the more distinct alternative home screens for Android. Instead of grafting new abilities on a standard launcher setup, the developer has created some innovative features that change how you use apps and widgets. Version 2.0 is just out and it's adding even more goodies.

Probably the biggest user-facing feature addition is Quickpage, which is a small home screen panel that is accessible at any time with an edge gesture on the right of the screen. The active area for this is toward the top, so it shouldn't interfere with using other apps. The Quickpage lets you place your favorite apps and widgets just a swipe away. The app Quickdrawer is also easier to get at with a similar gesture on the left. These "1-Swipe" features are accessible anywhere, even from other launchers, if you want to roll that way.

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That's not all, though. Here is the full changelog for v 2.0:

  • Quickpage (beta) - a fully featured home screen accessed by swiping from the right screen edge.
  • 1-Swipe (beta) - access the Quickdrawer or Quickpage from anywhere, whether you're running Action Launcher or not.
  • Android 4.4 support.
  • Translucent status bar and navigation bar (requires Android 4.4).
  • Add option to select between the transparent action bar, clear action bar, stock search bar or nothing.
  • Add option to specify Portrait, Landscape or Auto-rotate screen orientation.
  • Add Activity picker shortcut.
  • Rewrote icon scaling. No longer do icons appear smaller than they should when using a larger grid size.
  • Update look and feel of highlights, glows and UI elements to match Android 4.4 (all devices).
  • Add option to use Android 4.4's 'dots' style dock separator.
  • Use Android 4.4's new All Apps button and Settings theme.
  • Use Android 4.4 themed image highlights for the current Quickdrawer tab and Home screen page.
  • Add "Alternative wallpaper height" Labs setting for people running Android 4.3 or earlier.
  • If a shortcut for an app is not installed, flash an interactive toast message allowing the user to jump to the Play Store to install the app. Useful for people restoring an SD card backup on a device that does not have the app installed on it.
  • Layouts can be imported from Google Home.
  • Add FAQ to Help menu.
  • Add "Use full screen height" option to "Screen padding" setting. If enabled, do not adjust the usable screen size for the translucent navigation bar height (requires Android 4.4).
  • Beta release of a Holo Light background option for the Quickdrawer
  • PLUS: Lots of bug fixes

Action Launcher also has all the neat Cover and Shutter stuff from before, but you can get a sampling of the app with the new free version of Action Launcher. If you like it, the pro version is on sale for one week for $1.99, down from $3.99.

[+Chris Lacy]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • usaff22

    In the video, calendar entry: "Reject facebook acquisition offer", "eat lunch but don't tweet about it" lol

    • Nate

      Chris' Twitter is entertaining. He's a funny guy.

    • chrislacy

      Glad you enjoyed those ones :)

      • Andy Stetson

        Apparently you chat with Larry Page on the regular as well ;)

    • Andy Stetson

      "Finalize logo for #projectLB"
      -can't believe Google is shying away from tasty treats and naming their next OS version Lima Bean!

      Or maybe it is Lemon Bisque!

  • David Margolin

    Guys, he's one of us... He's got Matias Duarte on speed dial :)

    • RTWright

      Matias Duarte is a idiot!

      • Roh_Mish

        Where the hell is spam button. Saw: if Matias dosent make something, it has something important missing.

  • Andrew

    I can't find list of differences between free and pro versions. Or free is just time limited trial?

    • joeljfischer

      The pro features are listed on the Pro play store listing.

      • rmesh

        thanks for sale, immediately purchased the pro version. I really love this launcher, are there any plan for 'Gestures & Buttons' like nova? it will be quite useful

  • joeljfischer

    Pro features that aren't in free:

    1-Swipe: access the Quickdrawer and Quickpage from any app on your device, whether Action Launcher is running or not.
    Enable 1-Swipe - access the Quickdrawer and Quickpage from other apps!
    Use icon packs
    Change the icon scale
    Change individual icons
    Hide apps from the Quickdrawer
    Use Shutters in a folder
    Change the widget used in a Shutter
    Change the Quickdrawer and Quickpage backgrounds
    Remove the upgrade incentives throughout the app
    Access to future features such as displaying the unread/notification count
    Support me as I develop this app :)

  • Jalok Xlem

    Ugh, is not quite as good as ReLauch. Yet...I think... Can you put apps in folders in the right-sidebar feature? That would be cool, so that I never have to go to the homescreen ever again. 0_0

    • Tim Wing


      • Jalok Xlem

        Really!? Cool! Going to take advantage of this sale and buy! :D Goodbye Smartlauncher & Relaunch combined! Hello Action Launcher! :)

        • Tim Wing

          Anything you can put on a homescreen you can do on quickpage, it does have a smaller grid size width wise for widgets but mine is loaded with app folders and direct call message shortcuts.

  • andy_o

    So I bought it. The 1-swipe features lag a lot on my N5 using the GEL. To be fair, they're in beta, so I'm just keeping it installed to monitor for updates.

    • Mantas

      You probably mean using Action Launcher. You can't use two launchers at once.

      • andy_o

        Watch the video, that's what 1-swipe is about.

        • Mantas

          Oh, somehow missed that. NVM.

  • http://www.emuparadise.me/roms-isos-games.php rarely online

    My only problem is that the Pro unlock key doesn't disappear from,your app list.

    • cmikeh2

      You can hide the pro key from the drawer by going into settings, quick drawer, hidden apps.

      • http://www.emuparadise.me/roms-isos-games.php rarely online

        That is only in the launcher, if you access your app list outside of Action Launcher it shows up as a separate app now.

  • http://twitter.com/Rodrigost23 Rodrigo Tavares

    The thing I like about it is covers, but I really prefer the traditional App Drawer experience...