App launchers are usually associated with Android but if you have a jailbroken iPhone, it is possible to get some convenient ways to quickly access your apps. InstaLauncher and atom are two gorgeous examples of full-featured app launchers for iDevices. Though if you don’t have access to the Cydia store but still want in on the action, there is now a way of getting a collection of app shortcuts inside your iPhone’s Notification Center. Push Launcher works on the same principle as Speed U, making use of push notifications to ensure that you get semi-permanent app shortcuts in the Notification Center. In addition to that, the app is also capable of displaying notifications at the time of your choice, which is a bit like scheduling the automatic launch of your favorite apps.
You might not grasp the whole concept behind Push Launcher straight away, but there’s not much to it. Push Launcher has icons for all the popular apps available in the App Store, and you just have to choose their names from the app list. This can be done by swiping downwards on the main page, and then hitting the ‘Installed apps’ button. Even if you want to add an app that isn’t listed, simply write its name, give its URL scheme, and upload an icon of your choice. This creates a shortcut on the main screen of Push Launcher, tapping which executes the URL scheme, thereby launching the app.
If you are looking to add the app shortcut to the Notification Center, swipe across the desired entry to the right until you see a yellow checkmark. To delete an entry, keep swiping to the right until a red bar appears. Shortcuts that have been added to Push Launcher can be modified pretty easily, and all you have to do is swipe across them to the left.
Push Launcher populates the Notification Center as soon as you quit the app, letting you launch the desired apps any time you want. Even after you have tapped a notification and it has launched the target app, it doesn’t go away until manually dismissed.
Scheduled notifications are an important feature of Push Launcher, as they serve the dual purpose of reminding you about using an app, and providing a swift way to launch it no matter where in iOS you are. To schedule an app, head to Push Launcher and swipe across the desired entry from right to left until the clock icon appears. Now you can choose any time you want for the notification.
Push Launcher is a free app, so even if you have reservations regarding its concept, go ahead and give it a shot. It comes optimized for iPhone and iPod touch.