One of the things that you can do on Android to speed things up a little bit is to place widgets or applications on the home screen of your phone or tablet so that you can access information or start applications right from where with a single tap.
Android by default supports only one icon size so that you are rather limited in terms of the number of apps that you can place on your home screen. While you may have multiple screens available that you can flip through, it is not really that comfortable to do.
Multicon Widget is a free application for all versions of Android from 1.6 up that lets you add up to 36 apps in the place of a single application. This is done by reducing the size of icons displayed in a single icon space.
You may find the configuration a tad bit confusing at first, but it is not really once you get the hang out of it. Once you have installed the app on your device, do the following to get started:
To add an application, simply tap on the location that you want it to be in and select it from the apps listing that Multicon Widgets opens up afterwards.
You can add multiple Multicon Widget widgets to the home screen, and they all can have different sizes if you want. It is not really a good idea to use the maximum of 36 icons on smaller devices, as you will have a hard time selecting the correct application to launch. The best size as far as I'm concerned is four for smartphones, but you may want to experiment with it depending on how many apps you want accessible on the frontpage.
The main advantage that Multicon Widgets provides you with is faster access to more apps on the homescreen. Instead of having to flip through pages or open the all apps listing, you can simply add more apps to a single homescreen page and run all of your favorite apps from that location.
You may have noticed that this is similar to how folders work on Android. The main difference however is that folders need to be opened before apps can be launched, while that is not the case if you are using the application for that purpose.
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