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Action Launcher 3 update brings Google Now integration (root only) and much more

Action Launcher got a nice update today adding Google Now integration for root users, as well as more shortcuts and other features including a new theme and Samsung Knox support.

Published onJuly 22, 2016

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Action Launcher 3 received a nice big update today with a bunch of improvements to an already great app. Here’s what you can expect from the new update.

There are notable enhancements including the addition of fast scrolling in the All Apps drawer, an improved widget selector, infinite sized folders and much more, details below.

In the Quicktheme menu, you now have the ability to select a pure black option, instead of the wallpaper theme and Material oriented themes if you just want black.

Moving to widgets, you can now overlap them, which can be very helpful if a widget is using an unnecessary amount of space.

The status bar has also gotten some love with the ability to enable dark status bar icons, although this requires Android Marshmallow 6.0 or above.

There are also more shortcut triggers including music search, launching the weather in Google Now and more! This can come in handy if you want to get to certain features of your phone fast.

If you are a fan of Google Now, then you are in luck, Action Launcher 3 now integrates Now just like the stock Launcher from Google! As long as you are rooted that is. The developer explains why this is, he states that Google is only allowing system apps to use the API for this feature at the moment. He goes on to say that this API was more than likely made for manufacturers and their launchers, not developers.

For this feature to work, you will need to make Action Launcher a system app, which is easy to do, as long as you are rooted. The developer states that if the API is updated to support non system apps, he will add the feature for the launcher right away so everybody can enjoy. Looking at the video above, we can only hope Google will come to its senses soon.

Other notable features include full support for Samsung Knox as well as performance improvements and bug fixes.

This is a welcomed upgrade to an already good launcher. What launcher do you use? Are you happy to see Google Now integration? Let us know in the comments!

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