any android app thats similar to zephyr?

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  1. maximus96 macrumors 6502a

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    does anybody know of a zephyr alternative in android? i miss swiping up from bottom of the screen to bring up the app switcher...long press on home button does that right now on my note 2 but i'm wondering if there's anything for a bottom swipe.

    thanks
     
  2. blackhand1001 macrumors 68030

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    Are you rooted? LMT launcher has edge controls. I think it also has configurable gestures. It may have what you want. It needs root though.
     
  3. F123D macrumors 68040

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    There's a free app that's a little similar called swipe pad that will allow you to swipe from any edge of the phone to bring up a list of pre selected apps.

    For a $1 add on, you can purchase an app called Dynamic pads that will give you the option to swipe and select recent used apps and recently contacted.
     
  4. tbayrgs macrumors 603

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    I use SwipePad on my HTC One and love it, have the bottom edge of the screen set up to launch it, can get pretty much anything I need.
     

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  5. onthecouchagain macrumors 604

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    I used to use SwipePad too but just realized that hitting the home button was just faster. Still, an awesome awesome app.

    Zephry is easily the best thing about jailbreaking iOS.
     
  6. tbayrgs macrumors 603

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    Yeah, I mostly use it to launch frequently used apps, lets me keep my home screen less cluttered, don't really use the bottom row of shortcuts in my SwipePad launcher much. I use Nova Prime as my main launcher but like using Blingfeed so the HTC Sense shortcut in the top corner is handy--set up the Sense launcher with only Blinkfeed as my only home screen so going to Sense automatically opens Blinkfeed. Nova Prime also supports gestures (on the home screens only) so I make use of those as well.

    Gotta love the nearly endless ways you can configure an Android device. :D
     
  7. onthecouchagain macrumors 604

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    It also helps that HTC conveniently left the center "HTC" logo vacant, too. Perfect location to swipe up from.

    It should've still been a home button, though. ;)
     
  8. maximus96 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    thanks for the replies. i found an app call "glovebox". although it swipes in from the left or right instead of the bottom it lets me swipe in to reveal a list of recent apps as well as some commonly used apps...i really like being able to swipe in and switch among my three ssid's at home instantly

    [​IMG]
     
  9. Cod3rror macrumors 68000

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    Zephyr is one of the reasons I jailbreak, the other is Navigate from Maps.
     
  10. Assault macrumors 6502a

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    You don't need root. You don't have to modify anything. Just download Nova Launcher and you can do all sorts of gestures. See image below.
     

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  11. Assault macrumors 6502a

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    If you like that, you would probably love the app "Swapps" more.
    Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.schiztech.swapps
     
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  13. onthecouchagain, Aug 16, 2013
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    But only from the home screen.

    Zephyr is universal, no matter where you are, you can swipe up to go back home. Imagine the pull down notification -- you can always pull down anywhere you are to see notifications. It's the same with Zephyr only from the bottom and it takes you to the home screen.


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    Hm, I'm gonna give this a shot.

    EDIT: WOAH. It's the closest thing to Zephyr I've ever seen! OP, you paying attention to this?
    And for 99 cents, too (after free 7 day trial).

    WELL DONE, Greentwo!
     
  14. onthecouchagain macrumors 604

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    I can't stress to you guys how much this app rocks. It's very reliable. You can swipe up to go home from anywhere, anytime, any app. Just like Zephyr.

    Wow. My new favorite app.

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    I'm gonna buy the app and see if I can customize one of the gestures to shutting off the screen. That would rock even more. :eek:
     
  15. onthecouchagain macrumors 604

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    It works! You just have to install an app that turns the screen off (I use screen off and lock. Its free) and tie it to one of the custom gestures. It works perfectly.

    So now I gesture up from my blank HTC logo to go home, gesture left to pull down notifications, gesture right for recent apps, and gesture up and down to shut the screen off.

    Amazing.
     
  16. Sensamic macrumors 68030

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    Swipe home button is really good.

    I had GMD Gesture before but didn't quite work like Zephyr.

    This new one is awesome!

    Android is awesome for things like this. Screw you jailbreak!!!

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    Oh, another little trick.

    If you don't like the permanent notification of the app go to the settings page of the app via info in Android and select "don't show notifications from this app".


    Another little recommendation of you are rooted: download app adBlock to block all ads in the web browser.
     
  17. onthecouchagain, Aug 16, 2013
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    Does this have anything to do with Swipe Home app? Just curious. A little confused.

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    Yup! Or just long press the Swipe Home notification from the notification pull down, hit APP INFO, and then uncheck "Show Notifications". Same thing basically.

    Anyway, it's an awesome app. I think it works even better than Zephyr cause you can add more than just one gesture. It also doesn't require any jailbreak/root, and is cheaper (Zephyr was $4.99, I believe). Swipe Home is 99 cents after a free 7 day trial.

    I can't tell you how awesome it is to sleep my device with a gesture up-down motion. It's so small, too. You don't have to gesture largely, so to speak. Just a slight up-down from the HTC logo is all it needs. Device is asleep.

    Wonderful feeling. This app is especially awesome for the One.

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    This guy has some nice ideas.

    Long swipe up to launch camera app.

     
  18. maximus96, Aug 16, 2013
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    does the swipe home button app have an ignore list to disable itself within certain apps, like games for example?

    edit: i installed the app, but don't see where i can set up a an ignore list...
     
  19. onthecouchagain macrumors 604

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    Nope but would be pretty hard to gesture in a game. The first movement has to come from off the screen.
     
  20. F123D, Aug 16, 2013
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    I never used zephyr when I had an iPhone but did have Activator installed and controlled my gestures with that app. Swipe up from the bottom center of the screen took me home and swipe up from the bottom left or bottom right opened up the app switcher.

    Will take a look at Swipe Home. Trying to see whether it's worth swapping out my SwipePad gesture at the bottom of the screen for this instead. The nice thing about SwipePad is you can swipe in from any of the four corners of your screen as well as the sides and bottom giving you plenty of options to customize and set up as you please.

    Edit: Swipe Home looks like a keeper. The swipe up gesture is a lot quicker and smoother than having to swipe and select an app (home button) compared to SwipePad. Looks like I'll be using both. SwipePad for gestures using the four corners and Swipe Home for the bottom of the screen.

    Thanks greentwo for the tip.
     
  21. samjwitwicky macrumors member

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    by far my favorite app on android. Thank you greentwo !
     
  22. F123D macrumors 68040

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    I've got a similar setup. I've also added swipe left down to open S-Voice, swipe right down to open Google Voice Search, and swipe far up to open Google Now.

    Definitely a must have app. Guy should be charging more for it.
     
  23. onthecouchagain macrumors 604

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    Great set up.

    Yeah I really like this app. I bought it right away. 99 cents after a 7 day trial is a steal.

    It's really changes how I feel about my HTC one. It's one of those apps that really affect the way you use your phone.
     
  24. onthecouchagain, Aug 17, 2013
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    Here's my full setup:



    SWIPE UP: Home

    SWIPE UP-DOWN: Screen off & lock (if you buy the Swipe Home app, you can Bind custom apps to gestures. In this case, I'm using this free app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.katecca.screenofflock&hl=en)

    SWIPE FAR UP: Camera

    SWIPE LEFT-DOWN: Notification pull down.

    SWIPE RIGHT-DOWN: Recent apps

    (Nothing for swipe left and swipe right -- I find those gestures awkward to do).

    And here's a neat little trick:

    Because I'm using Nova launcher, I set the "home" button while on Nova's home screens to launch the app drawer. So essentially, I can swipe up twice really fast from any app on my phone and it'll take me directly to the app drawer. It's nifty.



    This app and setup has REALLY changed the entire way I interact with my One. It really makes up for HTC's incompetent home placement decision and has really breathed new life to the device. Now I don't mind keeping this all the way into 2014 (except for the lack of updates).

    I feel like I'm doing magic tricks with my One. :)
     
  25. tbayrgs, Aug 17, 2013
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    I traded SwipePad for Swipe Home Button and Swapps, very slick though I do see a bit of lag with apps opening from the swipe left or right and down.

    Couch, just curious, why do you find he swipe left or right gestures awkward when they are just half of the swipe left or right and down motion that you're using? If anything, I find those motions a little awkward.
     

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