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Action Launcher beta brings iPhone-like widget stacks to Android (APK Download)

Action Launcher beta brings iPhone-like widget stacks to Android (APK Download)

In our Android bubble, we like to say that Apple "reinvents" some features with every new iPhone or iOS release. While that is sarcastically true in many instances, Apple often adds a special twist that we hadn't seen before. This was the case with iOS 14's widgets which, although hamstrung by various limitations, still offered a cool addition in the form of widget stacks. I've wanted something similar on my Android devices for months and now it's arrived thanks to the beloved third-party launcher, Action Launcher.

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Action Launcher v46 is rolling out now with enhanced customization and automatic cloud backups

Action Launcher v46 is rolling out now with enhanced customization and automatic cloud backups

Apple may be adding more flexibility to the homescreen layout with iOS 14, but Android's ability to set custom launchers remains unmatched. Action Launcher has long been one of the most popular options for replacing default home screens, and now developer Chris Lacy is releasing version 46 with some handy new features.

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ActionDash acquired by market intelligence firm, most premium features now free

ActionDash acquired by market intelligence firm, most premium features now free

Action Launcher developer Chris Lacy published a Digital Wellbeing competitor last year, ActionDash. While it's lacking the same tight system integration, the app has more features to offer than Google's project, and it even runs on Android versions older than 9 Pie. Over the weekend, Lacy announced that he has decided to sell ActionDash after receiving an offer from SensorTower, which will continue developing the app.

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Action Launcher v45 adds Android 10 gesture navigation support, ActionDash enhancements, and more

Action Launcher v45 adds Android 10 gesture navigation support, ActionDash enhancements, and more

The initial Android 10 release wasn't playing nicely with third-party launchers — to use the new navigation gestures, you were forced to stick with Google's Pixel Launcher. The December feature drop (which sadly still hasn't arrived on all Pixel phones) changed that and finally added gesture navigation support for third-party solutions. Action Launcher is one of the first to take advantage of this with a new version that also brings along improvements to the app's take on Digital Wellbeing and its Quicktheme UI customization engine.

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[Update: APK Download] ActionDash v5.0 update introduces Fresh Start feature and additional Focus Mode options

[Update: APK Download] ActionDash v5.0 update introduces Fresh Start feature and additional Focus Mode options

ActionDash comes from the same dev who brought us Action Launcher, and the latest update to the Digital Wellbeing add-on bumps it up to version 5.0 with a couple of new features. The most intriguing of the new additions is Fresh Start, which kicks you back to the launcher homescreen after you've locked your phone while in another app. There are also some new focus mode options to play with.

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ActionDash updated to v4.0 with focus mode schedules, additional Action Launcher integration, and more

ActionDash updated to v4.0 with focus mode schedules, additional Action Launcher integration, and more

Google added Digital Wellbeing features to Android last year, but not all phones got them right away, and the feature set is a bit barebones. ActionDash can do everything from Digital Wellbeing, plus it has a ton of power-user features. This app just got an update today to v4.0 with even more ways to keep you from wasting time.

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Action Launcher v42 gets more theme customization, ActionDash icon integration, and more

Action Launcher v42 gets more theme customization, ActionDash icon integration, and more

A new build of Action Launcher is rolling out today, and it includes several notable visual changes. The already robust theming features are getting a boost, and the Google Discover panel can switch to the system dark theme. There's even additional integration with the ActionDash digital wellbeing app.

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Action Launcher v40 adds improved device and web search functionality, plus a colorful new icon

Action Launcher v40 adds improved device and web search functionality, plus a colorful new icon

The latest update to the ever-popular Action Launcher includes a new search feature that's been a year in the making. Version 40.0 includes Action Search, a powerful new tool that serves results from the web, your apps and contacts, your in-app search history, and your settings (from both your phone and Action Launcher itself). Also included is a snazzy new app icon.

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[Update: Out of beta] Action Launcher v38 adds Pie styling, more granular Quicktheme settings, and more

[Update: Out of beta] Action Launcher v38 adds Pie styling, more granular Quicktheme settings, and more

So, your stock home screen is getting you down? There are plenty of great alternatives in the Play Store including Action Launcher, and it just so happens there's a new beta build of Action Launcher popping up online. This one adopts more of Android Pie's look and feel—plus there are new settings, theme options, and more.

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Action Launcher v37 adds desktop shortcuts, faster settings changes, and more

Action Launcher v37 adds desktop shortcuts, faster settings changes, and more

A new version of Action Launcher (v37) is rolling out today, and it includes the usual dose of Android P styling. There are also some functional improvements mixed in there, along with a helping of bug fixes and minor enhancements.

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