June 25, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka
Android multitasking works well, but what about when you need super-tasking. I’m not sure if that’s a real word or term, but that’s what I call the way ReLaunch enables more than just switching between recently open apps – it can launch new ones as well.
ReLaunch is a utility app for Android that allows users to open any app from any screen. Rather than going to your default home screen or app launcher, it provides an always-accessible shortcut to getting wherever you need to go. The user can get to the desired app or game just by pressing down near the edge of the screen.
Users can change the areas for which ReLaunch activates. The entire left or right sides can be triggered, one side can be disabled, or only the top portion of a side can start the persistent launcher. Once ReLaunch appears, it shows all installed apps according to category, so someone can just drags over the labels and then a specific app.
The downside to ReLaunch is that it can get in the way of typing if the user presses too hard on some areas of the screen. You may accidentally switch an app when typing or trying to tap on a specific area in the browser, so be sure to limit the area of the app. Then you’ll be able to take advantage of features like manual categorization, choosing the highlight color, change icon size, and sort apps alphabetically or according to which are most used.
ReLaunch is free, but fans of the app can upgrade to the Pro version to support the developer.