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SwipePad is a gesture-based app switcher that lets users open a selection of apps without exiting the one they're in beforehand. The latest update isn't a large one, but it's bound to make using the launcher slightly less annoying. Now users have the option to select apps that should disable SwipePad's functionality while they are running. The recently updated version of Carbon, with its new slide-out view, is an example of one such app that could benefit from this option.

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What's new:

  • Conditional Switches>Blacklist: choose apps in which you want SwipePad disabled
  • Improvements for Android 4.4

Keep in mind, SwipePad is not a home screen replacement. Your home button will still open your launcher of choice, even with this additional one installed. After all, this app isn't interested in redesigning your home screen - it wants to reduce how often you even have to see it. A link is available below for anyone who has yet to check it out firsthand.

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

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

    Swipepad is the only app switching/starting app that survived on my phone, and I've tried many. In fact, I now can't use a phone without it.

    Btw, my personal preference is swiping from the bottom right corner. Then it almost never gets in the way of anything and is easy to reach with one hand on a large device. The new Blacklist support is good, but you wouldn't even need it with a corner zone.

    If you have not tried Swipepad, do it. Do it nao.

    • Dan Wilczynski

      LMT and Switchr lasted about a week each for me. But hey I'll give it a shot!

    • patrik

      Have you tried Swapps? Personally I prefer it over Swipepad.

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

        I have in the past, but I much prefer Swipepad. First of all, it only needs a single motion - then just let go to start the app. It also shows more apps at a glance (with MoreSpace, I have the grid set to 5x6 on my Note 3) and uses the screen more efficiently.

        • patrik

          While yes, it only requires a single motion, that can also be seen as a downside. Atleast to me, I often mix certain logo's and I end up letting go over the wrong app. This doesn't happen with Swapps. Also with Swapps I feel like you have alot more customization. You can choose to only see the icons, what size the bar is etc. You also have latest apps, you also have an option to show all the apps installed on the device. So it's almost like a side-launcher.

          I think with all the customization that Swapps have, it's honestly the better choice for most people. However that's just my point of view.

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

            See, I'm used to pulling out all apps I use to my homescreens and relying on muscle memory to know where all of them are, so Swipepad is a natural extension of that. Also, it does have an add-on called DynamicPads which can do some of the things you mentioned, but I haven't used it.

            To each their own, of course.

          • patrik

            Certainly, I'm not trying to persuade you ;)

            Just a question though, has stability issues been resolved? I haven't used SwipePad in well over a year and for the months that I did use it, the SwipePad "active area" failed alot. As in it just stopped working and didn't show the pad whatsoever. I needed to restart the app to fix this. Does this problem still exist?

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

            Never had this happen even once (at least on the Note 3 which has a lot of RAM).

          • patrik

            Ah well, when I used SwipePad I believe it was on my Sensation XL :p

            Greetings from a fellow Note 3 owner.

          • Darrel Dent

            Unfortunately I'm having the problem right now on my Note 3, which is how I found this thread. It's REALLY a PITA because my home button has never worked well, but it didn't matter. I've restarted the phone, but no luck. The next step is to uninstall and reinstall the app, which also means recreating my pads. This is the second time it's quit on me, but the first time I haven't been able to get it going again. I'm so annoyed at this point that I'm looking at other apps to replace it.

          • George Bradford

            I've used swipe pad for a couple of years now. The only time I've had a problem with the active area failing is if I have disabled Indicator icon in notifications under the look and feel menu in Swipepad settings. This setting is enabled by default do not disable it .

    • sssgadget

      Agree 100%. This was the one of the first 5 apps I installed on my 2011 Inspire 4g. MoreSpace addon is a god send.

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

        MoreSpace and WidgetPad, and you're all set.

        • sssgadget

          Widgetpad with the usual " This widget is deprecated" error is a PITA. I stopped using that addon as I flash Roms often and restore using TBu. Many users on Play store have same issue.

    • My name is….

      I was feeling like that untill i installed Action Launcher.

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

        Does Action Launcher let you launch apps from a any app or just the launcher?

        • My name is….

          It has a feature that it lets you open quickpage (swipepad euivalent) AND quickdrawer from any app.

          Personally i never used that specific option, but launching shortcuts/folders/widgets from quickpage at my home screen made swipepad redundant.

          Plus, you can launch widgets by swiping on an app icon (and folders)

          Please excuse my poor English

    • abobobilly

      Been using it ever since it came out. The fact that it works flawlessly on low end devices such as my i9000 without becoming a memory hog, makes me feel its one of the best apps on Android. Multitasking has never been a breeze without Swipepad.

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