How I use Wave Launcher to get access to my DIY menu from anywhere

I’ve shown how Wave Launcher works before, but since then I’ve stopped using it in favor of other solutions. However, with the introduction of my DIY Tasker-based settings/utility widget, I found a new use for it.

Wave Launcher allows you to access a second launcher using a gesture, and unlike any other non-root app I’ve found, it doesn’t require you to push a button or anything like that to activate gesture sniffing (or more precisely, it hides this button in a clever way). You can access several shortcuts or widgets from this launcher, but what I did for this use of it was to add a single shortcut that activates the scene I made in Tasker. In other words, I grab a very tiny portion of the bottom of the screen, pull up, release, and there’s my DIY pop-up with various settings and controls. I can activate this from anywhere, and it adds itself as an overlay, so I can be in the browser, for example, and copy a link and use the gesture to access the link input field I have in my pop-up.

I dare say this has a lot of potential when used with custom scenes, but of course the result wouldn’t be too different with settings widgets. By settings I mean things like brightness, auto rotation, WiFi settings, and so on. Even on phones that have some of these settings in the drop-down notification menu, full screen apps disables the ability to use those while in the app, so being able to access those settings regardless can be quite useful.

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Andreas Ødegård

Andreas Ødegård is more interested in aftermarket (and user created) software and hardware than chasing the latest gadgets. His day job as a teacher keeps him interested in education tech and takes up most of his time.

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