[Android] Launch apps, view messages, and use widgets from your lock screen with Quick Launch Lock Screen

Quick Launch Lock Screen is an app that will put your most commonly performed tasks right on your lock screen. This app is great for those who hate stumbling through menus to accomplish tasks. It is also great if you are trying to do a simple task and don’t feel like launching into the full operating system to do it.

What is it and what does it do

Main Functionality

The main functionality of the app is to make sure that none of your primary functions are ever too far out of reach. It attempts to make your life significantly easier by simplifying the steps it takes to accomplish certain tasks.

The following video is a quick demo of the main features of this app:

Pros

  • Add widgets to your lock screen
  • One-click launch of recently used apps
  • One-click to display contacts
  • Easily view messages and missed calls
  • Search anything on the web or on your phone right from your lock screen
  • One-click access to camera
  • Control ringer volume
  • Change wallpaper

Cons

  • Sometimes cycles stock lock screen
  • Cannot remove search bar
  • Camera function is buggy
  • Wallpaper is stretched
  • Limited to one widget at a time

Discussion

Quick Launch Lock Screen is an attempt to combine all the features of various lock screen replacements into one. As a result, this app is packing a lot of features and can really perform just as well as the others. The biggest convenience is that it will give you access to all of your favorite apps and widgets right on your home screen. Combine this with easy access to your contacts, messages, and missed calls, and you’ve got a system that will work for nearly every single major function you could ever want.

Additionally, this app provides extra features that will be perfect for power users who are looking for more convenience. For starters, the app will give you web and local search right on your lock screen. This is fantastic for those cases where you just need to look something up rather quickly. On top of that, you get shortcut functions to your camera app and your ringer volume so you can keep track of your phones functions easily.

Perhaps the best extra feature is that the app is highly customizable. You can obviously decide which shortcuts and which widget you want to be displayed. However, you can also change the wallpaper of your lock screen. This means that you can have a separate wallpaper on your lock screen and your home screen.

There are, however a couple annoying aspects. There are some minor bugs like the fact that sometimes your stock lock screen will pop up even when you have the app enabled. Additionally, the camera launch feature sometimes crashes, thus completely destroying the convenience of the function. You also cannot remove the search bar at the top if you decide you don”t like it. Which takes away from the fantastic customization that you can traditionally do.

Conclusion and download link

Overall, this app really goes above and beyond most lock screen replacements. This is because the developers truly made a fantastic effort to make the experience nice looking and easy to  use. This app has fantastic potential and once the minor bugs are ironed out, then this app could really become a heavyweight contender.

Price: Free

Version reviewed: 1.2.6

Requires: Android 2.2 and up

Download size: 2mb

Quick Launch Lock Screen on Play Store

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3 comments

  1. Coyote

    Not quite any widget, the circle clocks that come with only moto phones won’t work. Sadly that’s the widget I wanted on mine…

    But yes only 1 widget limited to 2×3 or smaller.

    From what I can see this app needs polish, there are very sparse options and I can’t see how to change the auto launcher or dialer from recent to a favorite list.

  2. Ashraf
    Mr. Boss

    I personally am not convinced by lock screen apps simply because it defeats the purpose of a lock screen — to prevent accidental usage of the phone. However, I’m sure other people will find this to be useful.

    @Shankar: I believe you can only add one widget at a time with this app, but you should be able to add any widget you want. Sounds like the app isn’t working properly on your device — what do you have?