LaunchTime is an alternative home/homescreen/launcher for Android devices. Its main feature is a side menu used to organize your apps into common-sense and configurable categories. It also features widgets, text search for apps, a QuickBar, links/shortcuts, recent apps list, and portrait and landscape support.
I've been using it on my LG phone as I develop, but it is still a late alpha or early beta stage, so breaking changes are possible.
- Configurable app categories in a scrollable side menu.
- Scrolling QuickBar on the bottom for easy access to your favorite apps.
- Text search to find apps.
- List of recent apps.
- Widget support (no resizing yet)
- Rearrange icons and menu items.
- Shortcut/link support.
- Supports both portrait and landscape mode.
- Can hide apps you don't want but can't uninstall.
- Back up and restore your settings.
On the first run, or when a new app is installed, an attempt is made to place each app into its proper category. However, many apps could go into several categories, and Android provides no way to categorized apps, so, many apps will end up miscategorized, or in the "Other" category. If you'd like to help the situation, please go to the settings menu and click "Send app data", which will send me information about what apps you have installed and how you have categorized them.
- Internet permission for (manual) usage reporting and feedback, and (manual) crash reporting.
- Storage permission for backups.
Data is never submitted without explicit user permission. Submitted data is as anonymized as possible, and no one but the app author sees the submitted data. It is only used to improve the app, never sold or used nefariously. (I'm just some guy who programs for fun.) If you don't want to use those featues you can disable the permissions in the Application Manager.
The QuickBar is located across the bottom of the screen.
- Populated automatically on install.
- Long click icon and move to rearrange or remove items.
- Long click icons and drag icons to add.
- Can scroll horizontally to add as many as desired.
- Long click and move to rearrange.
- On any category, click the up arrow button at the bottom right to show options:
- Add widgets.
- Add a new category.
- Rename/Edit the current category.
- Delete the current category (if available).
- The category list will scroll vertically if needed.
- To move an app, long click and hold/drag.
- If you drop the app…
- On a category: moves the app to the category.
- On the QuickBar: creates an quick link in the QuickBar.
- On the uninstall/remove area: if the source was the QuickBar or the Recent list, the link is removed, otherwise, the app is uninstalled.
- Not all apps are automatically sorted properly, or at all.
- Auto-screen-scrolling while dragging is a bit choppy.
- Widgets cannot be manually resized.
- No labels on widgets.
- Labels on apps don't always reflect changes when the app upgrades and changes the label.
- The uninstall/remove dropzone is small/partially covers the QuickBar dropzone.
- Not tested on large devices (my development computer is a small laptop which cannot run the emulator).