Wave Launcher for Android App Review

Wave launcher is something we have overlooked slightly, their Android Market listing explains it better than we ever could:

“Wave Launcher is the ultimate add-on launcher available for Android! With a single swipe you can launch up to 120(!) of your favorite apps, shortcuts and recently-used apps regardless of which app is currently running. Wave Launcher is accessible anytime, anywhere!” An interesting proposition so say the least, so how does it work? Well, perhaps not like you might expect. It isn’t a launcher in the sense of LauncherPro or ADW – it is an add on for any launcher. We tested it on the default launcher of the Samsung Galaxy S – Touchwhiz.

Initially you will need to add your apps to the app using the configuration tool. This is really easy to do and works pretty well. There are then many other settings to configure the app exactly as you would like it. The main settings you may want to change are where you need to start the swipe from to bring up the ‘wave’ and how big the area is for initialising the ‘wave’. The default area spans the whole bottom of the screen which works well enough but if the area is too big, then any buttons (especially on the keyboard) at the bottom of the screen will not work because they are covered by the gesture area for Wave launcher. On the flip-side, if it is too small then it becomes hard to Wave launcher to recognise your gesture most of the time.

This is the most frustrating thing about the application – it would be great if the area for gestures would simply shift up with the rest of the screen when the keyboard pops up, but this doesn’t seem to be an option. The application is really smooth and didn’t cause any crashes whilst testing but the above mentioned problems really stop it from being a ‘must have’ app. There is currently no free version to try, so purchase with caution. Whilst it may not be perfect yet, definitely an app to watch.