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[APP][4.0+]Swipes: App Launcher/Switcher

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By Acela1230, Senior Member on 5th March 2014, 07:08 AM
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Hello everyone. Swipes is my new app that replaces my old app Kakudo. I felt I should create a new thread because the app is 100% completely build from scratch and many of the features have been changed. As a thank you to everyone who supported Kakudo, if you had previously bought Kakudo Pro you get the entire complete unlock of Swipes for free. All you need to do is have Kakudo Pro installed on your device and Swipes will unlock for you.

Anyways here's what it does:
Swipes brings faster app switching and multitasking to Android. With Recent App Cards you can change between your recent apps with a single swipe from the edge of the screen faster than any other way. The Favorites drawer let's you add your favorite apps, toggles, actions, widgets, and shortcuts to have access to them anywhere and anytime while using your device. When upgraded you can create as many Favorite Lists as you please and with up to 8 different swipes you have easy access to all of them. With the Quick Launch feature you can add your most used app to have it 1 swipe away at anytime.
The free version includes access to the Left and Bottom Left Swipe areas for a total of 4 swipes. With a one time in-app purchase you can unlock the Right and Bottom Right Swipe areas for an additional 4 swipes. The free version also restricts favorite lists to Apps, Toggles, and Actions.

and why it's different:
Gives you 3 options for the side areas. Allows for multiple areas to be active at once. Multiple favorites lists. Faster app switching, instead of cycling through all your apps if you pass one you can go back and it's an easier motion to cycle through apps. Option to quick launch most used app. Recent App Cards look like they belong in android and not windows 8. Toggles indicate status.

I use this app everyday and the way I set it up is I have two favorite lists, one opens on the up swipe and the other opens on the down swipe. The regular swipe does recent apps cards. I mirror the functionality on the left and right swipe areas so no matter which hand I have my phone in, I don't have to reach across the screen with my thumb. One list contains the apps I use the most often including Chrome, Netflix, BubbleUPNP (for chromecasting), I put a brightness and toggle because I go in and out of the office frequently, I also put a direct call shortcut since I call work everyday when I am outside the office. My other favorite list has my morning routine apps in it so when I wake up I can quickly go through all the news and stuff.

Let me know how you end up using it and maybe I can add features to make it better.

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3rd May 2014, 06:01 AM |#2  
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Great Works. With both left and right bottom swipe area, plus diagonal side wide are the best upgrades from Kakudo!

I once experienced a crash (Swipes stopped) with the latest version of Dolphin Browser when doing diagonal wipe. But I cannot replicate the crash again so it could be a rare occurrence.

Highly Recommended!
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3rd May 2014, 11:28 PM |#3  
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It recently came to my attention that if you bought Kakudo Pro and download Swipes it may not work. I am working on fixing this but for now if you had previously bought Kakudo Pro you have to Uninstall it then install Swipes and open Swipes, then download Kakudo Pro and open Swipes. Everything works correctly if you do it this way. I am looking into why it might not work the other way.

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4th November 2014, 06:32 AM |#4  
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With the release of Android 5.0 Lollipop the method used to access recent apps has be depreciated and no longer works. Because of this the recent apps option in swipes will not function on devices running android 5.0 or above. In the next update for swipes this feature will either be changed to open the stock recents window or hidden on devices running android 5.0 and above. I do not know when I will release the update as I am currently working on all of my apps to update them for Lollipop as well as a new app.

I will continue to look for other ways of continuing the functionality of the swipe for recents if not for everyone who uses Swipes but for me as I still find myself swiping from the side to switch back and forth between apps while using Android 5.0

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