When it comes to overlays on your Android we love trying out various ones from the hundreds found on Google Play Store.
Of late I’ve been playing around with TSF Shell, Widget Lockscreen, Zooper and UCCW to name but a few. Between them you can produce something very similar to Ubuntu Phone Experience but, as this is free it make complete sense to try it, as those mentioned are paid apps.
So let’s get on with Ubuntu Phone Experience, it brings to android some features of the new Ubuntu Phone OS.
A real Ubuntu Phone Experience as you can see in video below is a very simple slide out
One swipe without finger lifting to select your favorite app.
- Launch your favorites apps from anywhere;
- Themes for the side bar;
- Reorder the apps;
- Change sidebar density
How does it work:
When you first open the app you are presented with a screen (shown above) with Application List, Side Bar Preferences and Theme. To input your apps tap the Application List. Once you have chosen your apps you can change the order by holding the app and sliding it up or down and laying it on top of the one where you want it to be. You can go back and add apps at anytime.The Side Bar Preferences screen is where you well, set the preferences. You will see that you need to unlock them to make changes. At the moment the Theme is just that one theme so no changes there.
Well that’s is the setup, now to use the app simply slide your finger from left to right, this brings out the main app bar,then moving your finger up or down brings out an extended bar as you don’t touch the main bar.Once the app is showing release your finger off the screen to activate the chosen app. If you want to remove any app the just long press the app release and a UI comes up giving you three choices, Rename, Remove and Cancel.
THIS APPLICATION HAS ACCESS TO THE FOLLOWING:
- SYSTEM TOOLS
- DRAW OVER OTHER APPS
- Allows the app to draw on top of other applications or parts of the user interface. They may interfere with your use of the interface in any application, or change what you think you are seeing in other applications.
- SYSTEM TOOLS
- RUN AT STARTUP
- Allows the app to have itself started as soon as the system has finished booting. This can make it take longer to start the tablet and allow the app to slow down the overall tablet by always running. Allows the app to have itself started as soon as the system has finished booting. This can make it take longer to start the phone and allow the app to slow down the overall phone by always running.
There is not a lot to say really, about Ubuntu Phone Experience, suffice to say it works, and judging by the reviews on Google play store,plenty of users like it. Very simple to setup and use. I like the fact you can change the order of the apps, all-in-all, an excellent app well thought out. Just to inform you the screenshots were taken off my Samsung Galaxy S2.