On popular crowd-funding platforms today are a couple of interesting smartphone add-on accessories. On Kickstarter, we have Pressy, which plugs into the phone’s 3.5mm audio jack and acts as an extra button. On Indiegogo, there’s Dimple, which is an adhesive strip that contains four buttons that work in conjunction with NFC.
The key functionality in these accessories is the easy access to functions through button-press shortcuts. For instance, a series or combination of button presses could turn on your torch or launch the SMS app, and so forth.
These accessories are taking quite some time to produce and get to market, however. The Pressy team, for example, has just faced yet another delay. Xiaomi’s own MiKey might even beat it to the punch. If you can’t wait to get into the button-pressing action, you can go for another alternative: QuickClick.
QuickClick is a free app that lets users create custom shortcuts from combinations of volume key presses. Some practical use case scenarios include toggling the flashlight, taking a photo, making a call, starting a message or launching an app. For better customizability, the app also supports launching Tasker tasks.
Sequences are customizable, and the app is even smart enough to remember to revert to the previous volume settings so you won’t inadvertently change your ringtone or notification volume when you access shortcuts.
QuickClick is a free-to-use app, while a premium in-app purchase gets rid of the ads. Check out the Google Play link through the source links below. Do you use QuickLink or any other app for shortcuts or automation? Share these with us on the comment thread below.