Twisty Launcher – quick launch apps Moto X style!
Aug 8, 2013 8:06 AM –
Twisty Launcher is a new launcher app that responds to specific gestures. You can choose up to three gestures which can be used at the same time to launch three specific applications. For example, you can have one open your camera application- much like the new Moto X’s Quick Capture feature, or any other app you choose. The free app lets you use one gesture, but after an in-app purchase, you can use all three.
Price: Free with an in app purchase of $0.99
Tested on: Nexus 4
Pros & Cons:
- Lets you use gestures to open apps, Moto X style!
- Easy to set up!
- In my testing, and backed up by comments on the Google Play Store, gesture 2 seems to cause app 3 to launch. 😕
With the Moto X being the device on everyone’s lips, many of its features are being envied across the Android user-base. One such function, Quick Capture, can essentially be replicated with Twisty Launcher. Once you enable the app, simply hold your device in portrait mode, then flip it twice into landscape and the camera opens automatically (this is called ‘Chop Twice’ in the app). It’s beautifully simple and very effective.
Arguably though the app goes beyond the Moto X’s functionality by providing two other gesture options for an in app purchase of $0.99. This opens up ‘Face down up twice’ and ‘Twist twice’- two additional gestures which can then be enabled and have apps assigned to them. You can select whatever apps you like. Personally, I went for Google+ and Google Voice Search respectively.
One small issue I found was that the second gesture option; ‘Face down up twice’ causes the third app to open instead of the second. I set this for Google+, but it activated Google Voice Search when performed. Therefore, I’d conclude that currently, gesture 2 is buggy. Aside from the this, the novelty of using the app is actually pretty cool. The apps perhaps do not launch quite as quickly as performed by the Moto X in their ad videos, but there’s not a huge difference.
I’ve never been taken with gesture controls before but this seemed intuitive and responsive. While the second gesture doesn’t seem to work correctly, I’m certain the bug will be resolved soon. If you’ve seen the Moto X videos and been impressed by the Quick Capture feature, this is an app you can try right now, so definitely check it out.
Twisty Launcher – Settings 1
Twisty Launcher – Settings 2
Twisty Launcher – Settings 3
Twisty Launcher – Settings 4
Twisty Launcher – Choose app
For opening up your camera (or up to two other applications) quickly with gestures, Twisty Launcher is pretty handy. It also seems far more intuitive to flick your wrist instead of battling with a lock screen and finding your camera app shortcut.
Ease of Use:
Very! Setting up is a just a case of enabling via a toggle and selecting the app you want to open. There are small visual guides which show you how each gesture works and you simply select apps from a normal list.
This will always depend on the user, but with more gestures available, the more you might use it. I’ve obviously been using the app for testing purposes, but I’m keen to keep using it and trying it in more real-world scenarios.
The interface is nicely designed and very easy to navigate. Some functional tools, for example the highly configurable Tasker, are awesome apps but are notoriously complex to use for the average Android user.