The whole purpose of technology is to make our lives easier; from appliances that perform certain functions for us to machines that handle certain other tasks that come up in our lives. Tablets were developed to give us ease of use and access to the functions that our laptop or desktop performs, while on the go. But even with this advancement in technology, we still look for various applications that can simplify our work even further.
One of the most annoying things about using the umpteen number of apps that are installed on our Android device is that there's no easy way to switch between apps. That’s where SwipePad Gesture Launcher comes into play.
How to Switch Between Apps with SwipePad Gesture Launcher
SwipePad Gesture Launcher– is a program that creates and provides easy access to apps and bookmarks. Once you have it set up, all you need to do is swipe your hand from a preset location (also called hotspots) on the screen. This action will automatically present an overlay screen with 12 portals which you can link to apps you frequently use.
There are 9 hotspots in all, each capable of holding 12 portals. Each portal is capable of holding a shortcut. To add a shortcut to a portal, you need to swipe the hotspot and drag it over a portal. This will show you a screen from where you can link to your favorite applications.
The wow factor about Swipepad Gesture Launcher is that you can create shortcuts to your favorite apps in one hotspot, say, the top left corner of the device, and organize your favorite games in another hotspot, say the top right corner of the device. You can customize and activate hotspots according to your own convenience.
Plus, the app eliminates the need to go back to the Home screen every time you want to access the apps. To switch between apps, simply swipe over a hotspot from whatever screen you are, and you have all your games and apps ready at hand.
You can also customize SwipePad for your working convenience. For instance, you can switch off the app launching feature in specific situations such as when your cheek is close to a hotspot when you're taking a call; change the size of the pads, the wallpaper backgrounds, the transparency levels and hide the status bar indicator among others. To edit a portal you need to hold the portal for 2 seconds and when it turns orange, release it to access the edit dialog.
SwipePad Gesture Launcher Add-Ons
Swipepad Gesture Launcher is free to download, however there some advanced features or add-ons that can enhance its features.
- The MoreSpace add-on lets you add more pads and portals
- The Dynamic Pads add-on automatically fills pads with your recent tasks and contacts;
- The WidgetPad add-on that assigns widgets to a pad portal; and
- The Keypad S add-on that acts as a super dialer allowing you to instantly search for apps, bookmarks and contacts.
There’s no really good reason you shouldn't try Swipepad. It’s free, simplifies the way you switch between apps, and is a fun way to get around your Android device.