Integrate an App Search Engine Into Your Launcher for Quick Launch
The problem with smartphones these days is that we have so many apps that it can become really hard to find the one we want to launch at a specific time. The Android OS has integrated a great search engine but some third party software on the Store can work even better.
GYF Side Launcher from developer Chris Ravenscroft provides a great way of launching apps from any launcher you have installed. It works by way of gestures to reveal itself and displays a list of apps that you can quickly launch. To make it appear one has simply swipe from the side of the screen and the list immediately opens to reveal all the apps you have installed on your system. On the sidebar of the list there are also letters that you can press and each category is sorted depending on the naming of the app(s). The launcher also provides some customisable features.
One of the settings you can adjust with GYF Side Launcher is how the launcher reacts when swiping from the side. You can have it appear from any screen or just the homescreen. In terms of looks and style you can customize almost every aspect. You can make the letters bigger, hide the apps names, change the grid opacity and even install an icon theme. You can also long press on items to add them to favorites and have them appear first in the list. In the Input Configuration area you can change how you should perform the gesture for the launcher to appear and other useful options like haptic feedback and scrolling speed.
GYF Side Launcher is provided in Beta form on the Play Store and it has proven to function very well for most. Get it free of charge.