Developer Chris Lacy's last release was Link Bubble, an app that loads web pages in Chat Head-like bubbles that float on the screen until you need them. The newly released TapPath seeks to refine the mobile browsing experience even further by assigning different actions depending on how many times you tap a link.

Say you like to use Link Bubble for certain pages, but sometimes you just want things in Chrome. All you need to do is set TapPath as your default web link handler once, then choose which apps you want to route links to for one, two, and three taps. For example, one tap could pull up the link in Chrome, two taps loads it in Link Bubble, and three taps could be used to open the link in the "Complete action with" menu. The process of handing off to the selected app is rather seamless as well. They don't even have to be browsers—TapPath could send links directly to Pocket, Pushbullet, or something completely different.

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TapPath works very well most of the time, although it does have issues with web views and anything that allows double-tap to zoom (think Gmail and Chrome). You have to be very precise to hit the link with your double or triple tap to avoid zooming accidentally. If the app doesn't seem to be acting right for you, there is a tap delay slider in the options that might help you get more in tune with TapPath.

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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  • Jack Bauer

    His tools are creative but lacks support.. Still unread count sucks on his first app.. Action Launcher

  • Phil

    This app has now fixed the only issue I had with link bubble, being able to pick and choose what links i want to open in link bubble, without drastically blacklisting it on a per app basis. Bring it on, this is great!

  • Frank B

    Oh boy, another app that works "most of the time". LinkBubble is such a great app that works "most of the time", and frustrates the hell out of you the rest of the time.

    • http://galaxynote3tips.blogspot.com/ Martens Nkem

      get Flynx works just the same but you get four tabs on the free version of flynx

      • Chris P

        Cripes, that's almost exactly the same as Link Bubble...

        • http://galaxynote3tips.blogspot.com/ Martens Nkem

          yeah it is but somewhat better (4 tabs instead of 1). I have used javelin too. i like flynx, it's simpler

          • Tíghearnán Carroll

            Link bubble doesn't have a restriction on tabs.

          • http://www.martinkem.com Martens Nkem

            yeah it does, the last time i used it the free version only lets you use one tab, if you require more the you need the pro version. but Flynx allows four on the free version

    • aouniat

      Try Javelin browser. It's linkbubble but free and u can download files without opening another browser

  • Ryan Callihan

    We need more devs like Chris Lacy. I can say without shame that I love this dude.

  • howtomen

    Cool idea but I bet this dies off in about 3 weeks.

    • sssgadget

      LinkBubble did not die off for me atleast.

  • AJKahn

    Man this Chris Lacy guy is a real innovator. He's doing stuff to Android that should be made system wide in the next release. :)

  • Kenneth Maxwell

    Damn you Chris Lacy....another dollar stolen by another great idea.

  • WORPspeed

    should have been a party of LinkBubble, I feel like Linkbubble is offering add-ons as separate payed apps :(

    • cabbieBot

      I thought the same thing, but it didn't stop me from buying both. It does seem like this functionality belongs in LinkBubble (so we have to have another app) but as a revenue generator for the dev this is just printing money.

    • Nate

      Guy has to make a living. He quit his job to develop Android apps full time. I don't blame him.

    • xnadax

      For someone who uses Link Bubble it would be great to have this feature built in, but for others it's better as a lightweight standalone app.

  • sssgadget

    App doesn't work most of the times. Double tap is rarely registered and triple tap is almost impossible.

  • Mick Collingwood

    I have Link Bubble Pro but found it very frustrating sometimes, I use Atlas as my de facto browser now but this may make Link Bubble less of a pain in the ass.

  • Guest

    If it's Chris Lacy than...

  • Samuel Hayden

    I kind of agree with the other posters here. App works well sometimes, but fails sometimes. Another app LinkSwipe does pretty much similar stuff with swipes in four directions that can be set to do different stuff. Has a free version too. Worth a try.