Enjoy Multitasking on Android? Then You'll Love the Sidebar Launcher

Let's face it, if there's one thing (among many) that Android does pretty damn well, it's multitasking. We can easily run a good amount of apps at the same time and switching between them has been real easy ever since Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and the multitask button. That's great and all, but as always, the community has taken this part of Android and made it even better. We've seen a number of new launches hit the scene over the past year, and Sidebar Launcher is a little different. It leverages the great multitasking inside of Android, and amplifies things to bring you a bucket load of functionality with a simple slide out.

The app is available from the Play Store and, somewhat impressively, it runs on anything from Android 2.3 Gingerbread and up, making it a decent app to breathe a little new life into that old phone you just refuse to get rid of. The launcher itself is easy to set up and works off a concept of "cards", which I like to think of as modules. Each module contains different functionality, and they take up a strip of your sidebar launcher - which is scrollable, by the way - and feature things such as toggles to adjust WiFi and such, to memory monitors and music controls. You can customize where and how your launcher appears too, which makes things a little easier when using your phone for long periods of time.

There's even a way to put this guy on your lockscreen, and the app is under active development, so don't hesitate to swing by the thread on XDA and leave a suggestion, leave thanks or whatever it is you want to say. Apps that developed like this one are the reason we love Android so much, and we're sure that Sidebar launcher will only continue to get better. You can download the app from the Play Store and take a look at the video below for a taste of what it can offer.

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For years now I've had a heavy interest in technology, growing up with 8-bit computers and gaming consoles has fed into an addiction to everything that beeps. Android saved me from the boredom of iOS years ago and I love watching the platform grow. As an avid reader and writer nothing pleases me more than to write about the exciting world of Android, Google and mobile technology as a whole.
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