Use Google Gestures To Quickly Run Android Apps

If you are new to Android, you are probably just discovering the thousands of apps for it in the Android Market. You may have also found that as you install more apps on your phone you end up scrolling a lot through the Apps drawer, which you open by pressing the grid button at the bottom middle of the screen. There are many ways you can speed up the process for finding and launching your most-used apps.

One thing you can do is to add an icon for the app to the home screen on your phone. Press and hold on a blank space on the home screen and then press Shortcuts on the Add To Home Screen window. Tap Applications, scroll through the list of apps until you find the one you want, and then tap it to add the app icon to the home screen.

I have an icon for Gesture Search, which is a free app in the Android Market, on my main home screen, and it is what I use to quickly launch apps on my phone. When you open Gesture Search you see a blank screen, on which you write the first letter of the name of the app you want to launch using your finger. A number of items like application names and contacts that have that letter in it appear on the screen. To narrow the search continue writing the remaining letters for the name of the item on the screen, right over the items that appear on the screen. Once you see the item you are looking for on the screen, simply tap it to launch.

As you can see in the screen shot, the letters that you write appear at the bottom of the screen. If you want to delete a character that you wrote, simply swipe your finger from right to left. Gesture Search will search for and display the following items: Contacts, Browser bookmarks, Apps, Music (artist, albums, and tracks), and Settings.

Gesture Search is the main tool that I use to launch apps and retrieve much of the information on my phone. I think it is so easy to use that I wish Google would integrate it into Android so all you had to do was write on the home screen the letters of what it is you are looking for. If you are interested in trying Gesture Search for yourself, you will find it in the Android Market.