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By osbapat, Junior Member on 17th July 2011, 05:41 PM
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Hi There,

I am relatively new to XDA Dev forum, although a long time developer. We've got a vibrant community here so as a budding Android developer let me introduce myself with my first Android app! Speedlauncher app launcher widget !! Let me describe my app for your feedback.

Many of us install a ton of apps on our phone and have to constantly scroll up and down screens to find a specific game or app. Its pretty annoying at times. Speedlauncher is a different take on the launcher concept. Speedlauncher is an app launcher widget that launches any app by pressing a 1 or 2 digit shortcode. So for e.g. you might have shortcode 9 for Angry Birds, 18 for Facebook, 27 for Twitter and so on....

You need to add Speedlauncher on your homescreen from the widgets list to be able to use it. I'm giving the Android market link below as well as the QR code.http://market.android.com/details?id....SpeedLauncher


I have also attached few screenshots with this post.

Please give it a try and share your real feedback both negative and positive as that will help me in refining the app.

Thanks,
Omkar


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17th July 2011, 08:48 PM |#2  
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I hav'nt tried the widget but my impression is that it might be a bit difficult to use, as you have to memorize the number of each application you want to launch.
What if instead you make an alphanumeric keyboard, where you can type in the first 2-3 letters of the name of an application and it starts listing all applications containing this letters in the name? From this pop up list you can then launch the one you want.
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18th July 2011, 12:30 AM |#3  
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Very nice & useful app/widget osbapat But i think Claus is right, please think about it
18th July 2011, 02:44 AM |#4  
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Very nice & useful app/widget osbapat But i think Claus is right, please think about it

Google search. Press search button, type app name, possible matches show up. Run app.
18th July 2011, 08:47 PM |#5  
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Originally Posted by claus1953

I hav'nt tried the widget but my impression is that it might be a bit difficult to use, as you have to memorize the number of each application you want to launch.
What if instead you make an alphanumeric keyboard, where you can type in the first 2-3 letters of the name of an application and it starts listing all applications containing this letters in the name? From this pop up list you can then launch the one you want.

It is a nice suggestion but an app for that is already available (kinda works the same way as SmartDial, but to launch apps).

This concept is not bad at all. Yes, you need to memorize the speed dials, but if you have some contacts on speed dials it should flow rather well. I would be nice to be able to have a reminder of what is what.

Edit: nvm, just saw the "Edit" button
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19th July 2011, 06:45 PM |#6  
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Thanks to all of you for your valuable feedback! I will try to improve my app.

@egzthunder1, do you think a screen that displays only the app name and assigned shortcode, to quickly scan which shortcode is given for which app will be useful?

Thanks and Regards,
Omkar S. Bapat
19th July 2011, 09:01 PM |#7  
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Well, I rather create folder with apps. But you could do something like t9 search (similar to t9 dialer)
19th July 2011, 09:34 PM |#8  
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Thanks to all of you for your valuable feedback! I will try to improve my app.

@egzthunder1, do you think a screen that displays only the app name and assigned shortcode, to quickly scan which shortcode is given for which app will be useful?

Thanks and Regards,
Omkar S. Bapat

I think it will help.... kinda like having a quick guide on regular land line phones....
19th July 2011, 09:36 PM |#9  
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I think a t9 launcher makes more sense and is much easier to use. Indeed, reminding all those shortcut codes is not convenient at all. As far as I know there is no t9 launcher for android, so +1 from me for making one :).
I also prefer an app over a widget...
20th July 2011, 01:45 PM |#10  
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i suggest you will use a t9 like suggestions :
lets say i configured number 10,11,12 as Email,Gmail,Phone

when i'l just press '1' ill see an icon of all 3 apps above as a suggestion.
i think your idea is great.
30th July 2011, 06:54 PM |#11  
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Speedlauncher Version 1.0.5 released!

Thanks for your feedback. Based on the feedback received so far I have made 2 changes to the app:

1) Added a new screen for quick reference of shortcodes to apps. To access this screen tap on the SCode button on the widget

2) Changed the UI of the widget buttons

Regards,
Omkar



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