[APP][2.3+]Kakudo: Faster App Switching and Multitasking

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Introducing Kakudo Lite an app for faster app switching and multitasking.

WHAT IT DOES:
Kakudo allows users to switch between apps faster by just swiping. Swiping from the left or right sides of their devices opens the most recent open apps. If you want to copy text from a website to paste in a document, Kakudo makes it easier and faster to switch back and forth between your apps. Swiping up from the bottom and adding your most used apps to the Favorite Apps Drawer allows you to open your favorite apps without having to navigate back to the homescreen to do so. Adding toggles to the Favorite Apps Drawer allows you to turn them on without having to leave the app your currently in or to just check to see if the toggle is on/off since Kakudo's toggles show whether they are on/off.

Kakudo is also ergonomically designed to make it easier to use on larger screens. It's easier for your thumb to reach down when holding your device in the middle instead of up.

FEATURES:
- Swipe from the left or right to cycle through recent apps

- Swipe from the bottom to open your Favorite Apps Drawer

- Add your most used apps/toggles to the Favorite Apps Drawer (Limited to 7)

- Choose to start on boot

- Toggles indicate whether they are on/off

- Drag and Drop to reorder/remove apps and toggles from the Favorite Apps Drawer (Android Honeycomb and Above)

- True Swipe Detection

- Multi-Touch Mode

- Long Swipe or 2 (3 in Multi-Touch Mode) finger Swipe for All Recent Apps Window

- Kill Background Processes from the All Recent Apps Window

- Favorite Apps Drawer ergonomically design for easier use

- Minimal RAM/CPU footprint and closes fully when turned off

- Change sensitivity and size of swipe detection areas

- Adjust Icon size to best suit your preferences

-Languages Supported:
English, Spanish, German, Italian, Russian, Hungarian, Chinese, Portuguese, Polish, Romanian

UPGRADE TO PRO AND UNLOCK:
- Unlimited apps/toggles on Favorite Apps Drawer

- Favorite Apps Drawer on the Right Side

- One-Side Mode

- Change gravity location of side swipe detection areas

- Customize Favorite Apps Drawer Color and Opacity
-Choose from 8 Color Schemes or Create your Own

- Disable Notification Icon

- Additional features to come...

ADDITIONAL INFO:
- Apps may not launch when at the home screen, this is not a problem with Kakudo it is a bug with the Android system

- GPS toggle may not work on all devices (Use GPS Settings instead)

- A Persistent Notification is required by Android to allow Kakudo to stay open

- Killing App Background Processes removes them to free up memory and does NOT close them

- If you can help translate Kakudo to your language please go to https://applokaligo.appspot.com/app/#/projects/1775020



Downloads
Lite Version | Pro Version
If you want to be a beta tester join this group
**Pro Version is on Sale for the first week**​

**Thank you to all the XDA Members who helped test Kakudo
**Thank you to all the XDA Members who translated Kakudo

5/23/13: Featured on the XDA homepage

ChangeLog:
5/30/13:
KAKUDO 2.0:
-Redesigned Settings Menu
-All Apps toggle
-True Swipe detection (no more accidental triggers)
-Imporved detection areas for Higher Res devices
-Animation on Side Swipe for Android Jelly Bean

Introducing:
-One-Side (Pro Version Only):
Have the swipe detection area on one-side and swipe up to go one way and down to go the other
-All Recent Apps Window
Long Swipe or 2 (3 in multi-touch mode) finger Swipe to see All Recent Apps
Hold down on an app to kill background processes
-Multi-Touch
Turn on to use 2 fingers for fast switching between apps and 3 to open All Recent Apps Window

Changes:
-Favorite App Drawer limit raised to 7
-Favorite Apps Drawer Pre-Filled on First Start for Better Visibility
5/23/13:
-Added NFC and GPS Settings buttons in toggles
-Fixed the ClassDefNotFound error for android 2.3 devices
-Other bug fixes

5/20/13:
-New app icon
-Fixed the settings issue when turning off the app drawer and then trying to change sensitivity
-Add three new toggles (Sound, Notification Sound, and Rotate Lock)
-Added haptic feedback for the swipes and when long clicking an icon in Favs drawer
-Also some UI changes to better accommodate languages other than english and the add fav button on Android 3.0+
-Other bug fixes
 
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bouncynemoss

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Thanks that's why I put it on sale, to try and entice people to adopt it. I'll continue to add to it and fix any bugs.

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:) Could you make it vibrate when the app detects my swiping? At the moment I can't tell if the app is lagging or it's not detecting my swipes.

Edit: Early review, I'm mostly just using this app to "return" to my previous app after I respond to a message. It's very nice for that feature. I find the app drawer really hard to use because I have a navigation bar there.
 
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:) Could you make it vibrate when the app detects my swiping? At the moment I can't tell if the app is lagging or it's not detecting my swipes.
Yes this will be coming in a future update. I only have tablets so it was hard for me to test this feature, but Google has just released an update to Google play that allows developers to upload betas and I have a few people who said they would help test features for me


Edit: Early review, I'm mostly just using this app to "return" to my previous app after I respond to a message. It's very nice for that feature. I find the app drawer really hard to use because I have a navigation bar there.
I understand the difficulty with this but the app drawer swipe detection is just above the nav bar and it shouldn't interfere with the nav bar. It may take a little practice to not hit the nav buttons. Try going to the settings and testing the sensitivity to help with this. I may also include the ability to move the swipe bar so you can place it on any edge.

Thanks for the feedback



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Thank you all for your willingness to help me test future updates. I am currently just learning how the new beta/alpha system works on the Play Developers Console, and as soon as I'm done I'll let everyone know how to become a beta tester for my app.

Again thanks for all the support and help.
 

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Quite a useful app but impossible to fully use with pie controls. If only i was using the standard navbar.


EDIT
Turns out i was mistaken. All i needed to do was change my trigger size. Sorry if i gave anybody false impressions!
 
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Thank you all for your willingness to help me test future updates. I am currently just learning how the new beta/alpha system works on the Play Developers Console, and as soon as I'm done I'll let everyone know how to become a beta tester for my app.
OK I just finished setting up the beta testing and the beta is now available to download.

To become a beta tester you need to be apart of this Google Group: https://groups.google.com/forum/m/?fromgroups#!forum/kakudo-testers

After asking to join I will have to confirm you as a member which I will try to do as quickly as I can. Once your a member of the group you will see a topic that says Beta Link in the group. Go into that and click the link to get the beta version of the app.

As a beta tester you will have full access to Kakudo and I ask that you help improve my app. To do this you will have to participate in the group letting me know how the app is working. If at anytime someone isn't giving feedback about the app updates, I will email them asking if they still want to be a tester. If I don't receive a response I will remove you from the group and you will lose access to the beta version.

Anyone interested just go to the group link and ask for permission to join the group.

Thanks in advance for everyone willing to help.



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Pretty lame guys. I'm willing to help out, test, and provide feedback/logs/etc., but only giving testers access to the lite version is kinda silly imo for two reasons: (1) the only incentive a tester has is pure altruism and early access to new lite features, as such most rational humans will opt to stick with stable lite releases (i.e. you guys get useful information, but what do we get?); and (2) without access to beta pro versions many features will be untested.

I signed up to your group under the screen name "meeeee" feel free to remove me, unless you're gunna reconsider your lite tester policy.
It is the FULL PRO VERSION, as I clearly state multiple times. The code for the 2 apps is exactly the same. There are 2 lines of code that changes between them disabling certain features in the Lite version and in the beta version I use the same code as the pro version. The only cosmetic difference is it still says Kakudo lite which I was going to change in the next beta update.

Clearly you didn't download the app or read the descriptions of the lite and pro version.

As I understand it if I did the beta testing under the pro version it would still require users to pay. This is a brand new feature to the developer console and every developer is still learning how best to use it.

If you still want to be a tester hopefully this clears up any misconception you may of had. If I don't hear from you by tomorrow afternoon I will remove you from the group as per your request.

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Great app all it needs is some customization to the task bar
enable/disable app dividers
enable/disable glossy and or gradient overlay (so it wont make things look to flat)
Transparency
Full RGB color

This could turn into its own light weight launcher with benifits of having the fetures it has now. All it needs is a very simple ipadish homescreen (the light weight part is there is no app/widget joor) and then throw in a feture to open preview windows of all apps open and launcher for easy tasking between 2 or more apps.

Just throwing out ideas this could be another project ;)
 
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It is the FULL PRO VERSION, as I clearly state multiple times. The code for the 2 apps is exactly the same. There are 2 lines of code that changes between them disabling certain features in the Lite version and in the beta version I use the same code as the pro version. The only cosmetic difference is it still says Kakudo lite which I was going to change in the next beta update.

Clearly you didn't download the app or read the descriptions of the lite and pro version.

As I understand it if I did the beta testing under the pro version it would still require users to pay. This is a brand new feature to the developer console and every developer is still learning how best to use it.

If you still want to be a tester hopefully this clears up any misconception you may of had. If I don't hear from you by tomorrow afternoon I will remove you from the group as per your request.

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My bad, I apologize and feel like a bit of an ass. Yeah I did not even try to dl it initially, but I did read the description which is the same as the normal one for the lite version in the playstore and that would lead one to believe it is not a full version. But at any rate I did go back and try to dl the beta, but unfortunately playstore said it is not compatible with my device. Thus I cannot test it and you can remove me to make room for others. Sorry again, I won't wast any more of your time, and gl it seems like a promising app that could out perform its competition.
 
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Pretty slick app, unfortunately I found a way to crash the app on demand, which kind of sucks. I sent logs and detailed information to the developer, hopefully helping to make this app even better. ;)
Thanks for the log and image. I have already fixed the empty app from appearing (I had the code to save part of the remove on top of the code to remove). I am working on moving the settings into an activity instead of a window so hopefully that will fix that problem. The one where I think your getting it to crash on demand (Clicking the app multiple times), however is a bit trickier and has to do with the StandOut library focus listener. I can't seem to find what is causing it to crash.

Great app all it needs is some customization to the task bar
enable/disable app dividers
enable/disable glossy and or gradient overlay (so it wont make things look to flat)
Transparency
Full RGB color

This could turn into its own light weight launcher with benifits of having the fetures it has now. All it needs is a very simple ipadish homescreen (the light weight part is there is no app/widget joor) and then throw in a feture to open preview windows of all apps open and launcher for easy tasking between 2 or more apps.

Just throwing out ideas this could be another project ;)
Thanks for the ideas. There is a slight gradient on the colors that are included with the app (perhaps I should mess around with this some more to make it look better). In the Pro version you can set the fav app drawer to any color and any opacity that you want (although if you choose this there isn't a gradient).
 

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Bought the full version, try swiping up from bottom for app drawer and it force closes the whole entire app altogether. I'll continue testing though.

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