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Action Launcher: Pixel Edition for Android

By Chris Lacy Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 20, 2015

Action Launcher 3 uses material design to reinvent many elements of your home screen and increase the ease with which you access applications.


Streamlines the home screen experience: Action Launcher 3 makes the Android home screen faster and more functional by enhancing it with a Quickdrawer, a kind of left-hand sidebar you can bring up with a swipe and which facilitates access to any app on your device by listing all apps in alphabetical order. The Covers feature, which uses the concept of folders to group similar apps under the same icon, makes each available with a tap. The paid version also has Shutters, which shows you an app's widget whenever you swipe on that respective app's icon.

Quicktheme: This feature extracts the colors from your current wallpaper and unify the folder backgrounds, Google search box, and Quickdrawer, maintaining a harmony between the colors so that no home screen UI element seems out of place. What's great about this feature is that it works even with rotating backgrounds.

Outstanding performance: In our tests, the app ran as smoothly as the default Android Lollipop launcher, never lagging, crashing, or stuttering.


Learning curve: While Action Launcher isn't hard to use, the lack of an integrated tutorial when you first launch the app means you have to figure out on your own how to use features, such as Covers or how to rearrange app icons and layout.

Free version not powerful enough: To fully enjoy this app you have to upgrade to the Pro version.

Bottom Line

With its ingenious features and excellent performance, Action Launcher 3 can be a great replacement for the default launcher, one that can streamline your user experience to help you access your apps faster.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 37.9

New in v37.9 (September '18):

- New "Desktop shortcuts" system, which takes Android Pie's new-look desktop long press UI, adds color & allows you to customize its shortcuts.

- Android P Preview style "Dock dash".

- Use Android Pie's default icon size, font & number or rows/columns.

- Drag All Apps folders to desktop.

- Vastly improved experience when changing settings.

- Performance improvements & bug fixes.

Please contact support@actionlauncher.com if we can help you further


Release November 15, 2018
Date Added November 15, 2018
Version 37.9

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Android
Additional Requirements None


Total Downloads 1,741
Downloads Last Week 1
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Developer's Description

Action Launcher brings the best features of Pixel Launcher and Android Pie to your device, then adds a wealth of color, customizations and unique features so you can quickly and easily make your home screen shine!

Standout features include:

-bAll Pixel Launcher featuresb: swipe up from your dock to reveal the new full screen All Apps mode, tint the dock, use the new circular folder style, place the Google Pill and Date widgets and more. Enabled by default, and available for free!

-bFull customizable dock search boxb: Complete control to color and customize the search box and its icons to your heart's content!

-bAt a Glance widgetb: Quickly view the weather, date and your next calendar appointment!

-bApp Shortcutsb: Use Android 8's App Shortcuts, on devices running Android 5.1 or later!

-bAdaptive Icon supportb: Devices running Oreo can use native Adaptive Icon support. Devices not yet on Oreo can also use Adaptive Icons by installing Action Launcher's official companion app, AdaptivePack!

-bAn inbuilt weather widget!b

-bGoogle Now integration for all!b

-bFull Notification Dots support.b

-bQuickthemeb: marvel as your home screen is customized with the colors from your wallpaper.

-bShuttersb: swipe a shortcut to reveal an app's widget. Useful for previewing your inbox or Facebook feed without opening the app.

-bQuickbarb: customize the Google search bar with shortcuts and apps of your choosing.

-bQuickeditb: have alternative icon suggestions instantly presented to you, without having to dig through icon packs.

-bSmartsize iconsb: icons are automatically resized to match Material Design's recommended icon size.

-bCoversb: an innovative take on traditional folders. Tapping a Cover loads an app, swiping a Cover opens a hidden folder which you have customized.

-Use icon packs, scale icons, hide and rename apps and much more.

-Full phone, phablet and tablet support.

#1 on Android Central's "Best Android launchers of 2016" list!

Awarded Google Play's best apps of 2015!

Action Launcher allows you to import from your existing layout from other launchers such as Apex, Nova, Google Now Launcher, HTC Sense, Samsung/Galaxy TouchWiz and the stock Android launcher, so you'll instantly feel right at home.

Note: Some features require the Plus in-app upgrade.

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