Action Launcher v50 brings more top features to all free users – Android Police

In some regions you can get all the features for free

Chris Lacy, home screen replacement developer for Android Action initiatorcelebrates the release of its 50th version with some significant feature additions and a major shift in the business model of the app that will give each user more top-notch features, especially for those who can’t nominally pay for them.

IN his middle postLacy admits that the Freemium model of Action Launcher has made it almost impossible for free users to have a good experience that they want to spend on Action Launcher Plus.

With Action Launcher v50, more features of Action Launcher Plus will be available to every user, but how many more will depend on the market based on two factors: whether app purchases are available and; if Action Search can generate affiliate revenue from Bing.


In this dynamic freemium model, half of Plus’s features are free in most commercial markets including the US and Canada. In regions where in-app purchases are blocked – India and Mexico, for example – all Plus features will be available if users enable Action Search. If in-app purchases or Bing revenue are not available, free users have full access to Plus features. Brazil, Turkey and Ukraine fall into the latter category.

Of course, Lacy would hope that its users would want to use Action Search whether or not each search brings them money – it’s a universal device and web search after all – and the experience is enhanced by incorporating recently changed settings into suggestions and the ability to apply your search to a range of different goals including Wikipedia, YouTube and other applications.

If you are interested, here is the full list of changes:

• NEW: Greatly reduce features requiring Plus upgrade and make the app more appealing to non-paying customers.

• NEW: Action Search displays recently changed settings in its history, allowing one to tweak settings changes directly from the home screen.

• NEW: Add Search Target bar which displays at the top of Action Search results. Allows one to direct searches directly to popular services such as Wikipedia, YouTube, Play Store, etc.

• NEW: Settings displays dedicated search bar.

• NEW: Shortcuts to recently changed settings display at top of settings. Toggle on/off via "Help -> Recent settings".

• NEW: Customize Action Search sources.

• NEW: "Open searches in browser" setting.

• NEW: Add initial Action Search suggestions that display if there's no search history.

• NEW: Add Google Search shortcut to Quickbar's quick select panel.

• NEW: Display Plus banner on settings toolbar.

• NEW: Add 10th wallpaper to 2022 Supporter Pack.

• IMPROVEMENT: No longer request WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE permission. The only code that used that was legacy backup code which has been disabled for more than a month.

• IMPROVEMENT: Revamp Help menu items, including adding FAQ link.

• IMPROVEMENT: Change picker settings UI to use a bottom sheet style picker.

• IMPROVEMENT: Increase max auto complete suggestions from 3 to 5.

• IMPROVEMENT: Improve algorithm for identifying settings items to display from an Action Search query.

• FIX: Squashed dock/search box on large tablets (thanks myculito#1992, Sid6Niner#5646, Grantman#1499 and others).

• FIX: Increase default workspace margin for devices with gesture navigation.

• FIX: Google search opens to in a browser if the Google App is not available/disabled.

• FIX: Stability fix using composite emoji in Action Search (thanks ritsl#1461).

• FIX: Prevent opening widget picker when desktop is locked.

If you haven’t had a reason to try or even go back to Action Launcher for a while, the v50 could be it. You can download from the Play Store. And if you want to support Chris Lacy in other ways … well, he doesn’t have a public jar of advice, so get Action Launcher Plus and become a 2022 fan.

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