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Action Launcher Adds Android 7.1 Features With New Update

By Kim Barloso , Oct 02, 2016 04:33 PM EDT
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Android users may have to wait for its latest version to roll out on their devices, but an update on Action Launcher might give a preview of what Android 7.1 Nougat would look like - at least in terms of user interface.

Action Launcher 3, an app developed by Chris Lacy, has released a new update that was reportedly inspired by screenshots of the rumored Pixel Launcher, which will come with Android 7.1 Nougat. In addition to rounded icons, Action Launcher now has a "QuickCuts" feature, which allows you to access an app's key functions from the icon. To do this, you can create a QuickCut icon and place it on your home screen, then swipe to see shortcuts.

While this might look like it's a cool way to do to most apps, there are limitations. In a Google+ post, Lacy explained how the Quickcuts feature won't be available for all applications.

"Given Quickcuts use a yet-to-be-announced API, the number of apps that support them is obviously limited at this early stage point, but Google Photos, Play Books, Play Movies & TV and Play Music are all excellent apps to showcase Quickcuts. Action Launcher also bundles dedicated Quickcut definitions for Gmail, Twitter and YouTube, because, well, we've all waited long enough for a quick way to jump to our Watch Later list right?," he wrote.

Watch the video below to see the launcher in action:

Action Launcher also comes with other features found in Pixel Launcher, including its rounded icons, a sliding app drawer, a new Google search icon and time widgets.

The Pixel Launcher, which will come with the Android 7.1 Nougat, is said to be launched on Google's October 4 event.

Action Launcher is free to download from Google Play, with an in-app purchase of $4.99 to unlock all features.

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