Today, marks the fifth birthday of Action Launcher’s release. In that time, developer Chris Lacy has released 32 major updates for his launcher and has been installed over 5 million times and even won a couple of awards.

Here’s what the first version of Action Launcher looked like, back in 2012.

To celebrate the occasion, the Action Launcher Plus in-app purchase will be 30% off for the next three days. This is the first time that the upgrade has been discounted.

Today also sees the release of the v32 update which brings a number of enhancements including:

  • All new installs of the app will default to a Pixel Launcher 2 style appearance.
  • Key features such as the dock search box and Oreo style app shortcuts no longer require the Plus upgrade.
  • For Android 8.1’s users, an Oreo style banner displays in the settings requesting the Storage permission, so that Action Launcher can access the device’s wallpaper for its Quicktheme feature.
  • The recent focus on performance and bug fixes continues, with boot time optimizations and a bunch of key bug fixes.

I’ve been a big fan of Action Launcher for a while now and it’s one of the best launchers I’ve used to date. I use it on almost all my devices.

Also, if you’re interested in learning more about Action Launcher’s development, then you should check out Chris Lacy’s podcast The Blerg where there’s a special episode for Action Launcher’s fifth birthday.

You can grab Action Launcher from the Google Play Store.

Source: Action Launcher Blog, (2)

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