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Action Launcher Beta 2.1 Adds “OK, Google” Hot Word, Double-tap to Sleep

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Action Launcher, Chris Lacy’s 3rd party launcher option, received a solid beta update today to v2.1, in case you happen to be participating in the app’s beta program. One of the standout features of the update is the introduction of “OK, Google” hot word support for launching hands-free Google searches, similar to what Nova Launcher just received. That’s not all, though.

The update also allows you to double-tap or “knock off,” if you will, to turn the screen off. All you have to do is find an open space on a home screen, then tap twice and the screen will power off. There is a new option for enabling Roboto Condensed, additional “fine-grained” control over icon labels, and improved icon scaling throughout. The update is sizable, so be sure to join the beta and check it out if you haven’t already. 

To join the beta, follow these instructions:

  1. Join the Action Launcher Google+ Community.
  2. Opt in to the beta group on Google Play.
  3. Update to the latest beta via the Play Store app the way you would any normal app.

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Via:  +ChrisLacy
Cheers jason!
  • Droid Ronin

    Interesting…I didn’t know third party launchers had the ability to access the screen-off toggle. I always thought you needed a custom kernel (and therefore, root) to do that.

  • Bob

    Smart Launcher had both of these features before either Nova or Action. I was using Action before I found Smart. If you like minimal but functional, give Smart Launcher a look.

    • http://smartlauncher.net Gin Lemon

      I’m glad someone noticed it…

  • MichaelFranz

    I got both Nova and Action now set up the way I like. Going to give Action another Go. Really liking the double tap off feature.

  • https://www.heartbleedbug.com/ Intellectua1

    After less than one day I’m back on Nova. Dang. Nothing can topple Nova Launchers reign..

    • Cesar

      I’m a former Nova Prime user converted to Action Launcher Pro. AL is just so much more handy, though admittedly less customizable. I was actually able to get everything I need onto one home screen using AL, something I had been trying to accomplish with Nova for months without success.

      • Hothfox

        I would like to try Action Launcher again, but I am waiting for the dynamic calendar icon feature to be built in.

  • DMC

    I’ve been doing double tap to sleep for a very long time. Just download one of the lightweight screen off apps and assign it to one of the Nova gestures. I use double tap, but you could use any of them.

  • trwb

    I really like this launcher and have bought the full version but I stopped using it because of all the permissions it requires, like reading contacts. Can I trust this developer with all these permissions?

    • blackjaguar25

      Yes. Chris Lacy is one of the best guys out there.

      • trwb

        He seems to be. I was just checking. One never knows though with all the privacy concerns these days.

    • drathos

      I could be wrong, but I think launchers need to request access to contacts in order to have direct dial shortcuts.

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    • Cesar

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    • Grayson

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      • A Skylit [S]unjΔy

        That’s a lot of money.

        • Grayson

          After taxes, $2000/month rent for an old, small 2 bedroom apartment (Bay area, :( yeesh), and paying for living expenses for me and my wife, it’s actually not that much. Lower than the average income where I live.

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  • Alix8821

    My favorite launcher keeps getting better… awesome!

  • Allen Kowal

    “Ok Google” has been added to almost every launcher alternative lately.

    • Cesar

      2 launchers = “almost every launcher alternative?”

      • Allen Kowal

        There’s more than two launchers. Just cause they don’t report on it doesn’t mean it isn’t happening. Smartlauncher, Nova, apex, action, etc. All of the major ones have it.

  • Ben Murphy

    … after they searched through Nova’s code to figure out how to implement it. =)

    • Jeff718

      And you think this is an original feature that Nova made up on their own?

      • yodatom10

        lg had it first

        • Aooga

          lolwut?

        • Cesar

          He’s talking about hotword detection, not the double-tap to sleep feature.

      • Ben Murphy

        I was being facetious. Calm your nerves.

        • EdubE24

          You had to know that comment was coming…loved the response!

    • chrislacy

      The change log clearly credits @MohammadAG for finding and open sourcing this code.

      • Dapke

        Thanks for a great launcher, Chris. It’s been my go-to for 3 separate phones so far. Unique and useful.

      • Arnold

        Easy there, chief. It’s called a joke.

        • blackjaguar25

          Probably not too big of a joke to the guy who made Action Launcher.

          • Arnold

            He needs a sense of humor then. Moving on.

      • Genaro

        Don’t let the jerks let you down man, Action Launcher is a amazing launcher, I have bought since the first releases, keep giving us that great work, and thanks!

  • yodatom10

    still to many re draws

    • Grayson

      What phone?

    • MichaelFranz

      Re-draws only seem to happen when leaving the apps settings. Kind of like redrawing after settings have changed, not really a bad issue as i doubt once you have it set up you really go into the app settings all that much.