One Very Good Alternative Ubuntu Phone Launcher Available for Android (Video)
Not to long ago, Canonical made a big announcement regarding the Ubuntu Phone OS that is apparently going to be available at the begining of next year. The project developers demonstrated the OS running on a Galaxy Nexus smartphone and it made quite an impression.
Ubuntu Phone is expected to run side-by-side with Android and also come pre-installed on devices that will be available in a few months. Until then, many users have shown a growing interest for the upcoming OS and would like to have it on their devices. Though at the moment that isn’t possible, some developers for Android apps have started working to port some of the features of the OS to existing Android devices. With some implementations better then others, one that stands out is Swapps by developer SchizTech and it’s a good implementation of the Ubuntu Phone side-bar launcher.
Canonical has made it so in Ubuntu Phone it is always easy to launch apps, no matter where you are, even from the lockscreen. That is what the developers behind Swapps tried to accomplish and they made a fairly good implementation of it. The app lets you swipe from the side of the screen to reveal a side-bar from where you can launch your favorite apps. The launcher shows up no matter the service you are running and allows for fast switching of apps. The side-panel is divided so you can have your favorites up top, recently used and all apps available. It is also highly customisable from the settings menu.
Swapps is provided for free on the Play Store.