For the next couple of weeks I’ll be posting much more frequently. EXAMS DONE!! And thank you guys for the response. That surely does help 🙂
So today I have zeroed on LMT launcher. Don’t let the name misguide you. It’s not a conventional launcher you know. In fact it isn’t one too!! It is one of the best multitasking tool that you can have. Mark my words- THE BEST.
Get the LMT LAUNCHER first (This is the official XDA-Developers page for the app. Go to the bottom of the first post to find the apk file) LMT is not available on playstore. And it’s never to be taken that apps not on playstore are not safe. In that case, you have limited yourself to just 40% of useful stuffs.
Here is what you do with it :
You set some trigger area on the screen. Anytime while using the device, let it be in a video or in a game, you use this trigger area to get to a interface that lets you use some predefined functions.(Don’t blame me if you don’t get even a word of what is written! Blame the Indian Education system instead. I’m doing engineering and till now I have learnt a way to define anything and everything in a sophisticated manner.)
To quote the developer of this tool :
LMT is a tool for Android that launches a command when user performs a single touch or multitouch gestures on the screen (In any app/screen/etc.). You can connect basic and advanced commands to any gesture LMT supports. In addition to the gestures you can activate a system-wide PieControl for navigation like the feature in the ICS stock browser (touch the side of the screen to activate it).
On a personal note, I have been using the pie functionality for almost a year now. So it is good and is constantly improving.
All the available commands are :
- None -> Trigger no command
- App -> Trigger an arbitrary app
- Home -> Switch to home screen
- HomeLongpress -> Trigger the TaskManager
- Menu -> Trigger the menu key
- Back -> Trigger the back key
- Search -> Activate search
- SearchLongpress -> Activate voice search
- NextApp -> Switch to the next running app
- PrevApp -> Switch to the previous running app
- LMT -> Open LMT user interface
- Wifi -> Toggle the Wifi mode
- Data -> Toggle the data mode
- Bluetooth -> Toggle the Bluetooth mode
- GPS -> Open the GPS mode
- Key -> Trigger an arbitrary key (e.g. “3” for the HOME key – see http://developer.android.com/referen…/KeyEvent.html for keycodes)
- Activity -> Trigger an arbitrary activity (e.g. “com.android.lmt.InfoActivity” for the LMT info page)
- WebPage -> Open an arbitry webpage (e.g. “http://forum.xda-developers.com”)
- Script -> Open an arbitrary script (e.g. “/mnt/sdcard/sendevent.sh” for Home Longpress – see attached script sendevent.sh)
- KillApp -> Kill the current foreground app and switch to home screen
- KillAllApps -> Kill all apps and switch to home screen
- TaskerTask -> Start a predefined tasker task (You should avoid spaces in your task name)
- OpenNotificationBar -> Open the notification bar
- OpenQuickSettings -> Open the quick settings
- OpenKeyboard -> Open the soft keyboard
The real fun is how you trigger these commands- Gestures and pie
Under this you make a shape on screen which then is recognized by the app and the related command is executed.
Here when you touch the specified part(One of the edge) of the screen, the current screen dims and a beautiful interface comes up that allows you to multitask between apps and other commands. Pie started with paranoid android roms and was well received and so ported to all the devices.
This is a screen of my pie control. I have two layers up in here. 10 buttons in total and another 10 come up on long press. Clocks and various other info flash besides in a beautiful animation. I have set the right bottom part of the screen to trigger this pie And this is not irritating as this comes up only when you touch the edge. So no accidental popups. I don’t use the hardware back,home button but instead these. Apart from color and all you can also choose to enable pointer.
And the use of pie is in one single touch. So it’s very handy. Check out the video at the end of the post.
Here you see the available customization for the pie and the trigger buttons.
Now comes the pointer. It’s very handy for one handed use of the phone.
You swipe out from the edge of the screen and use this “Pointer” to select anything from the other edge (or for that matter and other part) of the screen without actually reaching there. Helps in case of large screen devices and using it one handed.Look here.
Check out this YouTube video to get a hang on it.
Overall, this is what you would ever need to make the full of your droid. Plus it uses very less ram then many other multitasking apps and Sleeps when the screen goes off. So it’s not a battery hungry app
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