Using gestures is a great way to quickly access different apps, settings or sections of any mobile OS, and a prime example of their use is the default notification shade that can be accessed using a downward swipe from the status bar in Android in order to access your notifications and quick settings. Though when it comes to using a smartphone with a single hand, that gesture can be a difficult to maneuver. If you want quick access to your phone’s settings, currently running and recently launched apps, contacts, quick in-app actions and more, all using gestures that can be activated from the phone’s side edges, try Quickr. Developed by the team behind the famous Root Uninstaller and 1Tap Quick Bar apps, Quickr comes with pre-configured as well as customizable panels that you can bring up with gestures for quick access to all the aforementioned actions.
The app’s home screen is as simple and minimal as it gets. To get started with configuring the app, tap the Hotspot button. You will then be able to assign gestures to four different edge hotspot regions, two along each side of the screen. The free version allows you to configure only two panels, which should be enough for most users. There are pre-configured panels available for accessing your recently used apps, currently running apps, favorite contacts, frequently contacted people, and settings. In addition, you can also assign a custom panel to a hotspot, but before you do that, you need to configure one first from the Panels section (we’ll be getting to it shortly.)
Any panels that you’ve added can then be accessed from anywhere across the OS – be it the home screen, the settings section, or any running app, including full screen apps – by swiping in from the edge to which you have assigned it. After the panel appears, don’t lift your finger and just drag it over the icon for the action that you want to perform, and then release it to trigger that action. You can see the Recent apps and Settings panels in action below.
So, how do you create a custom panel of your own? Just head to the Panels section and tap the + button in the top bar. You will then be able to give the panel a name of your choice, and add different apps, settings, shortcuts, contacts and some quick actions to it via the + button at the top. You can even add folders to panels and then add more of the aforementioned actions to a folder. The button next to the + in the top bar allows you to rearrange the actions that you’ve added to the panel.
Once configured, you can simply assign your custom panel to any of the edge hotspots just like any of the pre-configured panels, and access it just the same way from anywhere in Android.
The app’s settings allow you to tweak the edge hotspot area’s width, toggle vibration on triggering any of the panels, set Quickr to show the actual app when you hover your finger over its icon in any panel (only available after the paid upgrade), and hide the notification icon of the app if you’re running Android 4.2 or later. You can also rate the app and purchase the premium version from here.
Quickr is available for free but is limited to two hotspots in the free version. You can unlock the remaining two hotspots with an in-app purchase of the premium version.