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Action Launcher v50 brings more premium features to all free users

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In some regions, you can get all features for free.

Chris Lacy, developer of the Action Launcher that will replace the Android home screen, marks the release of its 50th version with some significant feature additions and a major change to the app’s business model that will bring more premium features to every user, especially those who can’t nominally pay for them.

In her post on Medium, Lacey acknowledges that Action Launcher’s shareware model has made it nearly impossible for free users to get the good experience they want to spend on Action Launcher Plus.

With Action Launcher v50, more Action Launcher Plus features will be available to every user, although how much more will depend on the market based on two factors: whether in-app purchases are available and; if Action Search can earn affiliate income from Bing.

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In this dynamic shareware model, half of the Plus features are free in most commercial markets, including the US and Canada. In regions where in-app purchases are blocked, such as India and Mexico, all Plus features will be available if users enable action search. If there are no in-app purchases or Bing earnings, free users have full access to the Plus features. Brazil, Turkey and Ukraine fall into the latter category.

Of course, Lacy hopes that his users will want to use Action Search regardless of whether each search makes him money – after all, it’s a universal device and web search – and the experience has been improved by incorporating newly changed settings into suggestions. and the ability to apply the search to a number of different targets, including Wikipedia, YouTube, and other applications.

If you’re interested, here’s the full changelog:

• 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 google.com 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 didn’t have a reason to give it a try or even go back to Action Launcher after a while, it might be v50. You can download Play Store from it. And if you want to support Chris Lacy in other ways… well, he doesn’t have a public tip jar, so get Action Launcher Plus and be a 2022 supporter.

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