The concept of multitasking is slowly but surely being incorporated into most mobile operating systems, and Android is simply no exception in this regard. The Android Market contains numerous apps such as SwipePad, previously reviewed SwipeSwitcher that let you specify apps that you can easily launch from anywhere within the OS by swiping in from the edges of the screen.
Based on the same concept, App Clip is a free Android app that not only supports multitasking, but also lets you bookmark apps so that you don’t have to sift through the entire list of installed apps to search and launch your favorite one. Using the app, you can also opt to display shortcuts of your favorite apps within the notification panel. App Clip sports a native app drawer, a custom as well as a favorite app list, and can be launched by swiping in from the right edge of your Android screen or long-pressing your device’s Search key.
The app’s rich, intuitive Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich-style interface helps you instantly switch to the generic app drawer, custom app list or the list that contains your favorite apps. In simple words, App Clip is meant to make switching back and forth between required tasks/apps a breeze. Unlike other similar apps – most of which are either paid or feature-constrained – App Clip is very much ahead not just in terms of features, but aesthetically too.
The app’s main interface is split into four tabs in all. While the star and clip tabs house your favorite and other commonly used apps respectively, the tab in between the two displays the App Clip’s native app drawer, which displays all the applications installed on your device.
The last tab on this screen launches the app’s settings screen, from where you can enable/disable various options including the app’s background service, vibration upon swiping, the App Clip notification icon, or the apps added to the custom (quick launch) list.
Once you’ve modified the app’s settings according to your liking, all you need to do is swipe in from the right side of the screen to launch App Clip, and pick the required app. As mentioned earlier, you may also long-press the Search key (that is, if your device has one), or pull the notification bar down to launch required apps. It’s all very simple and effective at the same time.