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[Android] Make multi-tasking easier and more intuitive with SwitchApps

Posted By Brendan Lynch On December 3, 2012 @ 11:00 PM In Android | No Comments

[1]Experience multi-tasking at a whole new level with SwitchApps, an app designed to make multi-tasking easier and more intuitive. This app is perfect for power users who are underwhelmed by Google’s stock multi-tasking. It is also great for users who want access to their favorite apps quickly and easily.

What is it and what does it do

Main Functionality

SwitchApps is a very simple app with the only goal being to make your multi-tasking much more enjoyable. It is designed as an elegant alternative to stock-Android’s take on multi-tasking

The following is a short 2 and a half minute demo of SwitchApps:

Pros

  • Quickly switch between apps
  • Easily close apps
  • Access currently running and favorite apps
  • Quick settings menu
  • Customizable icons
  • Multitouch gestures

Cons

  • Can’t launch apps using gestures
  • Uses lots of memory

Discussion

[2]SwitchApps offers a unique way to handle multi-tasking on your phone. The entire interface revolves around a press-able icon. This icon will always be showing, even when you are in your apps. While this may sound intrusive, the icon actually become transparent while your in a app. This means you will see the icon, but only the outline. This is actually necessary because if it wasn’t always visible, you wouldn’t be able to switch between apps quickly.

The icon will provide you with several functions, all demonstrated in the video below. The icon will be your go to spot for launching your favorite apps and switching between already-running applications. It will also be a convenient way to adjust quick settings if you don’t like the stock power widget. You can use a combination of gestures on the icon to accomplish different actions.

While this app is fantastic, there are just a couple, minor complaints. For starters, the gesture support is really intuitive, but not exactly thorough. It would be great if you could launch apps by using gestures. This type of feature could really revolutionize who we use our phones. Additionally, the app itself can be quite a memory hog. Seeing as it’s an app that will be on constantly, you might want to steer clear if you are on a lower end device.

Conclusion and download link

Overall, this app genuinely provides you with an entirely new experience. Multi-tasking isn’t something every Android user uses on a regular basis. However, this app makes it so easy and simple, that some might decide to use it as they become more aware of how capable their phones or tablets are. This app could in fact help some users really push the limits of their device because it makes multi-tasking a very natural process.

Price: Free

Version reviewed: 1.2.2

Requires: Android 2.2 and up

Download size: 1mb

SwitchApps on Play Store [3]


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[3] SwitchApps on Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=kunong.android.switchapps

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