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SmartWidget keeps your most-used HTC EVO apps at your fingertips, even after a reboot

What apps upon yonder VaelPak wallpaper float? I like the recently-used applications long press that is provided by Android on my HTC EVO 4G. It's neat, but it's missing a few things that an app called SmartWidget brings to the table.

I reboot my phone a lot—significantly more than most people, I assume. I have my reasons, none of which involve a tinfoil hat: usually I'm flashing a kernel, doing a ROM or radio update, trying to fix my mail client when it stops working with my Exchange Server, or just tinkering around with something new. This means I'm presented with a freshly booted OS quite often, which results in my recently used programs no longer being listed by long pressing the home key.

Often this also means I'm stuck scrolling through my overly large applications list trying to remember what the name of that application I've been playing with all day was called even though I probably ran it 20 times. Have you ever had so many applications that you realized you're only playing games alphabetically below D? I did.

SmartWidget in the marketplace SmartWidget survives through a boot, lists your most-used apps, and has the ability to not bother displaying any apps you may already have on your homescreen.

It's a little short on features at the moment but it's pretty new, so there's a lot of room, and time, for improvement.

It takes running a few applications before it knows what you use, so there is a learning curve for it, but it will keep up with what you use most.

You can keep up with the development thread over on XDA and download the current product in the Market.

Links: Market (EVO) | Market (web)

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9 thoughts on “SmartWidget keeps your most-used HTC EVO apps at your fingertips, even after a reboot

  • I highly recommend Circle Launcher. Puts a small circular button on your home screen. Its extremely customizable to the point of making it completely invisible. Check it out, it would be cool to see a review of it on here.

  • ok, Circle Launcher is wicked cool. If it had an automatic way to have one of them keep up with recently used apps I’d say it entirely sinks SW, but both have their purposes.

    I will write up something on CL tonight.

  • Try Swipepad. Very awesome, launch anything from inside any program…I’m going to go try this reviewed launcher right now though, can’t try enough things for me. :)

  • Which ROM / App are you using that shows the phone / messaging / etc buttons at the bottom of the screen like that? Are those buttons changeable?

  • That is Launcher Pro and you can edit what is in the dock / have multiple docks. If I swipe my fingers over that one I have mail and a couple of other icons to the right of it.

    The ROM is VaelPak 0.2.2 GB preview. I do not think LP is included with it – I forgot when I picked up LP but it was pre-gb days and has traveled with me (along with Fancy Widget) from rom to rom

  • looks like you can have a total of up to 3 docks. I love me some Launcher pro.


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