Wizz Bar Enables App Tray Customization Wizardry for Honeycomb Tablets

August 30, 2011
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    Customizability is one of Android’s greatest come-ons, and with customization apps such as Wizz Bar, “Android customization” takes on a new level of meaning.

    Recently bumped up to version 1.4, Wizz Bar is a fully customizable application tray ala the Samsung Touchwiz app shortcuts for Android 3.x Honeycomb tablets. Though, in contrast to Samsung’s implementation, this app lets you select what shortcut you want to be placed on it. Nifty, right?

    The app tray does not diminish or eclipse the overall beauty of Honeycomb since it only appears as a series of small, almost-barely-discernible dots at the bottom-center spot of the display (just about right in the middle of the navigation bar on Honeycomb).

    On top of that, you can access the app tray anywhere. You do not have to go to the home screen and access it there. Just tap on the same bottom-center area (or the middle of the Android Honeycomb’s navigation bar)  and Wizz Bar would be pulled up so that you can access the shortcuts to the frequently accessed applications that you have added.

    Want to save more apps than what the small tray allows? You can use the box-style view.

    Besides application shortcuts, you can also add system activities/actions. Saving the changes you have done is a no-brainer.  Just tap the “Apply button” and voila! it is saved.

    Additionally, you can also display the app’s title beneath the icon.  You can use any text as a title, since you can manually rename the shortcut.

    Although Wizz Bar has some kinks that need to be worked out and being days-old only, there’s absolutely no reason not to try it.  Heck, the app is free from the Android Market, so that’s one less reason for you not to try it.

    Do you think Google should add a similar functionality to the next Android update?

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