Action Launcher v3 came out a few months ago with a ton of refinements and a slimmed down feature set. I thought it was quite a nice app, but the lack of certain extras irked some users. Developer Chris Lacy has been hard at work pushing updates to the launcher since then, and today is a big one. Action Launcher v3.2 adds so much stuff I'm going to use our snazzy new multi-column layout for the changelog.

Here's everything that's new in Action Launcher.

  • NEW: Quickpage, a fully-featured Home screen accessed from right screen edge (Settings -> Layout -> Quickpage).
  • NEW: Quicktheme supports customizing the Quickpage appearance.
  • NEW: Icon scaling (Settings -> Display -> Icon scale).
  • NEW: Settings and layout can be backed up and restored to and from a device's storage (Settings -> Backup and import).
  • NEW: Option to change the transition animation used when loading apps (Settings -> Display -> Open app animation).
  • NEW: When using Android 4.x, app defaults to using the "slide up" open app animation.
  • NEW: Material design themed dialogs, checkboxes, switches, sliders, etc., when using Android 4.x.
  • NEW: The default Home screen can be changed (long press empty space on a Home screen -> tap the Favorite icon).
  • NEW: Option to lock desktop (Settings -> Layout -> Lock desktop).
  • NEW: Option to hide page indicators (Settings -> Layout -> Home screen indicators).
  • NEW: Option to disable opening Quickdrawer via swipe (Settings -> Shortcuts -> Quickdrawer).
  • NEW: Option to disable the screen edge shadow (Settings -> Display -> Screen edge shadow).
  • NEW: Activity picker (Long press -> Widgets -> Activities).
  • NEW: Option to disable Shutters (Settings -> Display -> Shutters).
  • CHANGE: Quickdrawer scrolls beneath the status bar rather than using its own tinted quasi-status bar (requires Android 4.4 or later).
  • CHANGE: Settings uses switches instead of checkboxes.
  • CHANGE: Quickdrawer/Quickpage automatically close after a few seconds.
  • CHANGE: Quickdrawer/Quickpage can't be opened when in All Apps and/or long press mode.
  • CHANGE: Zoom out to show adjacent Home screens when an existing icon/widget is picked up (matches experience when dragging from Quickdrawer/All Apps).
  • CHANGE: Hide the Infinite folders setting for Plus users (functionality is now always enabled).
  • FIX: Wallpaper/icon images applied correctly from 3rd party apps that point Action Launcher directly to a file's location on the SD card.
  • FIX: Hidden apps no longer re-appear in Quickpage/All Apps.
  • FIX: Widget resize outline bounces back to the nearest grid position.
  • FIX: Exit zoomed out mode when dragging a shortcut onto the App info helper.
  • FIX: Shutters/Covers/folders open correctly when animation scale has been changed to .5x in System Settings -> Developer options.
  • FIX: Introduction screens can be scrolled.

So, yeah. That's a lot of stuff. This update was out recently in the beta channel, so it's possible you already have these features. If not, keep your eyes peeled for the Quickpage, a slide-out home screen panel that you can access with a swipe in from the right on any screen. There are also a few changes to the settings layout, icon scaling, the ability to back up your layouts, and so much more.

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If you were concerned that Action Launcher was too light on features when it came out, I think you should be satisfied at this point. The full version upgrade is $4.99 via an in-app purchase.

Action Launcher 3
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