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Thumbs-On with Splay Launcher for Android

Authored by: Nico Heister — May 7, 2013
splay launcher menu
Ever wish you could navigate your entire homescreen with just your thumbs? / © AndroidPIT

If you've heard of the Paranoid Android ROM, Splay Launcher will seem quite familiar to you. Like the PIE controls available via Paranoid, Splay allows you to access a number of functions and apps using just your thumb.

Instead of the usual widgets and shortcuts, Splay launcher uses a radial menu, offering quick access to your dialer, media, apps and more. Using your thumb, you can select individual items and reach submenus by swiping from left to right.

You can assign up to seven links for quick access. The integrated search function also allows you to search your contacts, apps and / or audio files with a simple press.

splay launcher apps
Splay won't work for everyone, but it's a nice start. / © AndroidPIT

The launcher takes some time to get used to, and it's probably not suitable for everyone. For example, I had problems accessing submenus because I always swiped my thumb accidentally to the right and landed in the wrong menu. For left-handers, the app is even less helpful because the orientation is only geared towards those who want to use their right thumb. As of now, the orientation cannot be changed. However, since the launcher is only in a beta phase, this could presumably change at some point.

Try it out for yourself with a free download from Google Play

 

What is your preferred Android Launcher?

 

 

Source: Google Play

Nico Heister fell in love with Android when he bought the Motorola Milestone back in December 2009. He is passionate about hardware, software and all sorts of technology. He is curious about new things and is always on the lookout for new apps and gadgets. He is known for drinking too much coffee and sleeping too little. In his free time, he enjoys a good movie and long walks on the beach. The last part isn't true.

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  • Dvoraak May 8, 2013 Link to comment

    Looks like it would be best used on a Note 2 or larger. The sub-menus look pretty small. Nice to see some original thought in a launcher though. Tired of seeing Go, Nova, Apex, TSF etc going in circles like a pack of dogs sniffing each other's butts.

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