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Pixel Launcher/Android 7.1 style icons now available in Action Launcher for all Android versions

As Android Police pointed out yesterday[1], soon 'round icons' will be supported in Android 7.1/Pixel Launcher. In fact, many of Google's apps are already shipping with round icon variants. I spent yesterday looking into this, and the end result is full support for round icons in Action Launcher.

You can use these round icons in three ways:
1). To use round icons only for apps that include such icons: Settings -> Display -> Prioritize round icons.
2). To replace all icons with a round icon pack: Settings -> Display -> Icon pack -> Pixel Launcher.
3). Pick the round icon variant when editing a shortcut via Quickedit (assuming the app has a round icon).

I'm in boat 3. I like the dedicated circular icons in say Hangouts and Maps. I'm far less of a fan of the "take an existing icon and put a white circle behind it" look of Gmail and Play Music.

Long time Action Launcher users will know I don't normally release new features in point releases, but this seemed cool enough to warrant an exception, so enjoy!

Grab Action Launcher from the Play Store:
Note: this release is going to the beta group first. Join that here:
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Damn Chris, that was fast. I was just reading about this the other day and was looking for round icon packs. Thanks for this!

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Action Launcher's September 2016 update is OUT NOW!

The goal of this update was simple: add all of Nexus Launcher's new features, then make them even better.

By adding Nexus Launcher's new All Apps mode, folders and dock tinting, then allowing these features to be colorized via Quicktheme, I feel they are enhanced in a very simple yet powerful way.

And I'm particularly happy with the enhancements to folders. When Nexus Launcher's new folder style was first revealed in an N Preview earlier this year and I wasn't overly excited by how they looked, but between Quicktheme support and a new "outline only" mode, I'm happy with how they turned out in Action Launcher.

The complete list of changes in this update is as follows:

• NEW: Revamped All Apps panel, based on the rumoured Nexus Launcher. If enabled, swiping up on the dock will reveal All Apps.
• NEW: Add two new Nougat inspired folder presets (requires Android 4.4 or later).
• NEW: Quicktheme support to customize the color of folder icons.
• NEW: Add tinted dock background with full color customization via Quicktheme.
• NEW: Option for caret (^) style page indicator.
• NEW: Add rumored Google "pill" widget.
• NEW: Add rumored Nexus Launcher style Date widget, which can be configured to load a custom app.
• NEW: When setting a wallpaper on Android 7.0, you can select whether the wallpaper applies to the lock screen, home screen or both.
• NEW: The wallpaper picker app can be configured.
• NEW: Add "Marshmallow (Beta)" All Apps style.
• CHANGE: Group some rarely used Desktop settings in an expandable "Advanced" group.
• FIX: Fix low-res icons sometimes displaying in All Apps/folders after using Quickedit to edit a label but not an icon.
• FIX: Fix issue going back to Action Launcher via Home button from landscape when running Android 7.0.
• FIX: "Action 3 Settings" appears in app drawers when running Android 7.0.
• FIX: Long pressing the dock enters overview mode.
• FIX: Fix issue where uninstalling an app that was in the most loaded row would cause an empty slot to display.
• FIX: If configured, opening Settings via the button on the overview bar will use the Reveal animation (requires Android 6.0).
• FIX: Fix rare crash attempting to load Display settings after restoring a backup created with a more recent Android version.
• FIX: Ensure correct text color is applied when dragging Shutter shortcut into an open folder.
• FIX: Fix visual artifact on certain icons when app boots on Jelly Bean.
• FIX: Stability fix when loading widget previews when the device is running low on memory.
• FIX: Fix issue with Quickpage not re-opening after loading an app via the Quickpage whilst using the Action bar.
• FIX: Fix red status bar briefly displaying when app boots on large Android 7.0 tablets.
• FIX: The T9 Quickfind option works again.
• FIX: All Apps search box cursor only blinks when entering text.

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Thanks for everyone's kind words and comments with this release!

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Move over Hackers, Swordfish, and Scorpion, and especially you, Mr Robot, Hollywood has finally depicted the way hacking works in real life.
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Of course I didn't just watch half an hour of leaked footage from a cancelled GoldenEye remake...
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I had no idea there was a cancelled remake :(

And Dave is right, GoldenEye source doesn't have campaign mode. 
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I've released a beta of Action Launcher 3.9 which integrates many of the heavily rumored Nougat launcher's features.

3.9-beta 1 change log:
• Alpha integration of Nougat's rumored revamped All Apps. Swipe up on the dock to reveal All Apps, or continue to use your existing All Apps shortcut. Must be enabled via Settings -> App drawers -> Nougat style (Alpha).
• Add caret (^) page indicator ("Nougat style (Alpha)" option must be enabled).
• Add tinted dock plate ("Nougat style (Alpha)" option must be enabled).
• Add combined Google "pill" and date widget.
• Add Google "pill" as standalone widget.
• Add date widget.

Note: 3.9 won't be releasing for a while yet (> 2 weeks at least), but given the hooplah around the rumored Nougat launcher*, I decided to buck with tradition and release an incremental beta here.

• "The styling/positioning of items in the All Apps search box is a little off": I know. I will fix in coming betas. There's only so much I can do in 2 and a bit days.
• "Will you add Nougat launcher's folder types?": At some point, yes. Sidenote: Action 3's Covers are better than folders 😎

Install Action Launcher 3 and/or sign up to the beta via the Play Store:
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Locking this thread now. Thanks for everyone's kind words/comments!

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Australian high speed internet=5Mbps I guess.
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Multilingual? Is this Month-Day order wrong in your language? If so, please tell me the language and I’ll fix. Thanks :)
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If you're enjoying the Action Launcher update and haven't yet left a review, it'd help me out a lot if you'd do so 😀
🏆 #1 on Android Central's "Best Android launchers of 2015" list! 👏Looking...
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Can you make AL3 compatible with KLWP multiscreen sets or would that
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No problems using it with one screen sets
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Catch y'all tomorrow!
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Action Launcher 3.9 beta 11 is currently rolling out, adding support for Nougat style folders.

I resisted adding these up to this point because I hated the way they looked when they dropped in one of the N Previews. But when you combine the weight of user requests for them and my coming to not hate them so much, here we are. Of course Covers are still a far superior means of organizing desktop shortcuts 😎.

It's been a full 3 weeks since the first 3.9 beta arrived. I had hoped to have this update out publicly by now, but there's still a few tidbits to go yet. It won't be an "August 2016" update as I had hoped, but such is life. Between the new All Apps mode, Nougat style folders, Google Pill/Date widgets and a few other goodies to come, it should be a good update.

Enjoy, and thanks for everyone's help reporting bugs!

For those not in the beta group, sign up here:
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Good for him. I'd be drowning right now if I scraped up what it took to do that
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I'm pretty happy with the Action Launcher 3's July 2016 update which released today, but this may just be the coolest thing I've seen all day. Awesome stuff Koush 😀
Inkwire - Firebase Dynamic Links

In case you missed it, Inkwire is my upcoming remote assistance app.

Anyways, Firebase introduced a "Dynamic Links" feature at Google I/O. This lets you deep link into an app, before the app is even installed. Dyamic Links enabled me to build one of the headline features of Inkwire, which IMHO makes the setup experience super seamless.

You can send your friend a link that requests them to share their screen. If they don't have Inkwire installed, it prompts them to install it, and then upon opening the app, it immediately starts your screen share session. No need to pass around access codes or fiddle with anything else. Check out the video below, the Android on the right doesn't have Inkwire installed when it receives the request to share its screen.

Inkwire Beta (now available):

Random tidbit. Here's the moment I found my inspiration:
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Oh and BTW just installed AL3 update and wow. Buttery. Thanks +Chris Lacy​
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iOS/Android/Web developer, developer of Link Bubble, Action Launcher and Tweet Lanes.
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Amazing setup and Dr. McNamara was terrific!
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