Developed by XDA member ne0fhyk, TasKarou Launcher is a free tablet-specific Android app launcher and task manager that draws inspiration from the stock ICS and Jelly Bean browser’s Quick controls feature to allow quick switching between required apps or tasks through a dedicated app drawer overlay that can be revealed by swiping in from either edge of your device’s screen. Once activated, the app lets you reveal a compact, radial control panel by tapping and holding anywhere along the left or right edge of the screen. Accessible from virtually anywhere in the OS, the panel offers you shortcuts to recently used apps, the entire app drawer, your home screen, Google Play Store, the default search app, general system settings or the app’s own configuration screen. That’s not all, the app also lets you play around with a handful of customizations, such as number of recent tasks to show in the app drawer, thickness of the transparent strip along screen edges, and selection of your favorite Android launcher with which you wish to use TasKarou.
Although there are quite a few gesture-based Android task management solutions available in the Google Play Store, like SwipePad, Dock4Droid, SwipeSwitcher and Flip Launcher etc., TasKarou is one of the few solutions that are specifically aimed at Android tablet owners. That being said, it won’t be a bad decision to use it with smartphones either.
By default, TasKarou supports displaying 15 different tasks on its recent apps list. However, you have the option to increase/decrease this number as you like. Oddly enough, there is no option to clear a task from this the list, as is the case with the default Android task manager.
The TasKarou app drawer, on the other hand, is a tad more flexible, as it lets you directly uninstall unwanted apps, search for apps, and most importantly, pin favorite ones to a dedicated panel at the bottom. To uninstall an app, just hold down on its icon and drag it over the bin icon that appears at the top. Using the same gesture, you may drag an app’s icon downwards to have it pinned to the aforementioned quick-launch list. There are three additional shortcuts on the right side of the apps menu bar that point to search, recent tasks and settings.
TasKarou requires Android 3.1 (Honeycomb) or higher to run, and can be downloaded for free from the Google Play Store.