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[APP][-v1.0.1-][14/6/11]AppGrouper, a simple, catagorised app launcher for android.

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19th April 2011, 03:29 AM   |  #1  
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[OK, got some stuff done this weekend (not too much, got some family going over to a different country for a year, so they had to be ... sent off, merrily :P)]

It seems that with every mobile OS released, I hate the way you launch apps. I always end up with tons of apps and it always gets tedious to find and launch the one I want quickly.

To solve that, I've made AppGrouper. It's a quick, simple, catagorised application launcher. The idea is to pin the app to your homescreen, and launch your apps from there. It frees up all that homescreen real-estate into just one button:





You add apps by just hitting the "ADD APP" icon or long clicking on any app icon after you've added an app to a category. You can add category buttons (or rename/delete them) by long clicking on a category button.

This is version 1.0 of my first android app, so be gentle :P

Nah, just kidding: send/post everything and anything you find broken (I don't expect much to be) or would like different or to be added. Don't be shy Even if you don't like the colour :P

PS: this works great on my Desire HD, both on Froyo and Gingerbread. I'm real curious to know if it works on other devices!

--UPDATE 14/6/11--
Thanks for all the feedback, guys! It really helps!

Anyway, I posted v1.0.1:
-fixed scrolling issue
-cleaned up interface (you won't notice ... much)
-code cleanup (removed some calls which were unnecessary)

Still working on:
-swipe gesture
-multi-select of apps to be added to group
-getting the app to recognize that your trying to launch the context menu when you hit an empty GridView item (Man, that's obtuse! I really don't want to write my own onTouch listener and throw away the contextmenu code )

Also, ITS IN THE MARKET!!!11!!01!
So, if you're using this (as I suspect a few of you are :P), donate me a cup of coffee for the hours I've been putting into this by buying it on the market, please! Thanks! Maybe I can take my girlfriend out to celebrate

AppGrouper Market link

And, as usual, keep the feedback coming!
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19th April 2011, 04:23 AM   |  #2  
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I pmd you. Always looking to declutter the only organized thing in my life :D

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Finally... I uploaded a draft apk to Market, so now you guys get a shot Let me know if it works for you and what changes you'd like and what advice you have!
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Just installed and testing it out, really like what I see so far. One issue I have found. Selecting transparent background does not stick. The next time I launch the app the background is back to default.

And a suggestion, you might want to make adding additional apps once the first one has been added more intuitive. I had to try several different options before I found I needed to long press the existing shortcut to add new one.

Great work.

EDIT - I have an Inspire running CoreDroid 6.7.
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Ah ... uh ... Heh, the transparency thing Yeah, I should fix that. I just never use that option, so I kinda left that to v1.0.0.1

As for the shortcut adding, what would you say would be a better way of doing that? Just adding a "help" menu explaining it, add a menu option to "add shortcut", allow right clicking the free space next to the icons ... any suggestions are welcome!
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Quote:
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Ah ... uh ... Heh, the transparency thing Yeah, I should fix that. I just never use that option, so I kinda left that to v1.0.0.1

As for the shortcut adding, what would you say would be a better way of doing that? Just adding a "help" menu explaining it, add a menu option to "add shortcut", allow right clicking the free space next to the icons ... any suggestions are welcome!

I was thinking long press anywhere in the open space (that's what I tried first) or "add shortcut" in the menu. You could do both if you want to cover all bases. I think long press should be adequate though. Maybe short press and icon to change it. I will keep testing and send anymore feedback your way.

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I was thinking long press anywhere in the open space (that's what I tried first) or "add shortcut" in the menu. You could do both if you want to cover all bases. I think long press should be adequate though. Maybe short press and icon to change it. I will keep testing and send anymore feedback your way.

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I agree with making it a long press to add shortcut. Running smooth on my captivate on 2.3.3
9th June 2011, 06:23 AM   |  #8  
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Good work, however MIUI had folders quite a while now, alas still good work
9th June 2011, 06:50 AM   |  #9  
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I already use Apps Organizer, do I have any reason to potentially switch? Just wondering how this app is unique when apps like Apps Organizer and other app categorizers have been around since nearly Android's inception.. Pardon me if I am uninformed
9th June 2011, 08:15 AM   |  #10  
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Well, it's nice to have choices. Try them all and keep whichever you like best. So far I like this one just fine. Well done dev.

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