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Swirl Launcher

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Quickly find and launch your apps, using the delightful Swirl interaction style.

Swirl is perfect for a tiny screen like the one on your smartwatch. A dynamic wheel swirls and expands each app in turn to where you can see and touch it easily.

Here’s how to Swirl with touch controls:

  * Watch the swirling apps
  * Tap an app to launch
  * Press the back button to return to the Swirl
  * Swipe a curve on the Swirl to turn it to a new angle
  * Fling the Swirl to send it swirling again

Better not try and hit a fast moving app:

  * Rather stop, place & tap:
    (stop) touch-and-hold to stop the swirling
    (place) swipe a curve to place the target well
    (tap) lift, then tap the target
  * A fast moving app will stop swirling instead of launch when tapped

The app icons expand as they approach the focus area at the top of the screen and shrink again when receding from it. The name of the app currently in focus is shown lower down at the centre of the Swirl. New apps enter the Swirl discreetly at the bottom. Once every app has passed through focus, the Swirl repeats.

The linked video shows how to use the app:

Please rate the Swirl Launcher in the Galaxy Apps store once you have tried it. We also welcome your comments.

A widget is included to simply launch the Launcher. From the watch face, scroll clockwise to the "+" screen at the end, and tap to add a widget. Scroll to the "Launcher" and tap to put it on the widget board. Newly added widgets appear at the end of the board. They can be moved to any desired position using long-press for edit mode, and another long-press to allow dragging. See the video for a demonstration of moving the "App shortcuts" widget.

Some watchfaces (e.g. Modern Utility) can be stylized to put an app shortcut right on the face. This makes launching the Launcher even quicker.

Suggestions for new features will be added to the Launcher wish list and carefully considered for inclusion. Due to our preference for simplicity, we do no guarantee that any particular feature request will be implemented. Bug fixes will be prioritized.

Advanced Swirl interaction hints:

  * The swiping down gesture has been eliminated. Press the watch's (upper) back button instead.
  * The bezel can be used to change the swirling pace. Slow down the Swirl before tapping.
  * Curved swiping can be extended to cover multiple rotations around the centre of the Swirl.
  * When swirling really fast, look at the smaller icons to anticipate the opportunity to grab an app.

Known issue [deprecated]:

  * Interaction following an initial touch in the top 15% of the screen is ignored, due to a clash with the framework's handling of swipe-down. You can still swipe through this area, just do not start there.

This is a stand-alone app for the Gear S2/S3/Sport and Galaxy Watch.

Patent applications are pending on Swirl interaction and its derivatives.

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Version1.0.4 (2019.08.23)
Size75.48 KB
Age restriction For all ages
ExpirationNo expiration date
Seller info
Seller : Swirl Design
Corporate/rep. name : Swirl Design/Hendrik Boshoff
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Reviews (57)

Very cool but drains battery too much.
I have a active 2 LTE and this app works awesome so far. It makes it so much easier to access all my apps. Thank you so much!
Can you add a clock? If it had a clock instead if the app description I would use this"launcher 24/7", it will make it a work art.
Seller 2019.10.17
Interesting idea! We have added a (simple) clock to other demo apps. so it is possible. Two issues: it will drain the battery very fast & you would be stuck with watch face(s) supplied by us.
Works great in my frontier.
Now this is the smartest design and the best use of a small screen by an App Launcher than any I've seen so far. Bravo!
Seller 2019.09.17
Thank you!
Would give 5 stars if would not load apps marked as hidden, and keeps the original order as set on the watch. Love the app though.
I like it.
I like it.
Beautiful and useful! Is it possible to sort apps by name, recently used, etc.?
Coolest app ever. Seriously made finding apps on my phone 10000000 times easier. Download this, you will not regret it!!!!
Wow! Excellent app... How is this free? Get it!
Good concept. Works smooth. Can't get it to update right when new apps are installed. Can't see them
Reat app but wanting it to be my go too help
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