Flick Launcher is a home screen app build upon the popular Pixel Launcher, but with its own twist atop. It provides a crazy amount of extra options, settings, and so much customizability, but sadly, it is still in alpha state so there are many issues that need to be ironed out.

The developer has released a new beta with build number 0.4.0 Beta 401, which does come with literally a dozen changes + fixes and here is the changelog provided by him on Flick's website.

Changelog:

  • Improved Dark Mode
  • Dark Mode on Google Now Feed (Requires FlickNow 1.4, NB: Uninstall the previous version)
  • Added search when change single icon
  • Added Android P dock with Blur support
  • Added German translation
  • Improved backup and restore functionalities
  • Fixed a fingerprint dialog bug on devices with Lollipop
  • Fixed invisible Google Assistant icon in P style dock search bar
  • Fixed fingerprint locking on folders
  • Fixed icon overlapping
  • Fixed uninstalling apps on Android P
  • Other bug fixes and performance improvements

One of the more noteworthy additions is support for Google Discover's dark mode, aka Google Feed. Though, the first thing you will have to do is update to FlickNow version 1.4. Note that If you have an older version of FlickNow installed on your device, you will have to uninstall it beforehand. Another welcome addition is the Android P style dock with rounded corners and blur support, but I was not able to find the toggle that enables blurring. Maybe it will come in a feature release.

Of course, the app being in alpha stage (unreleased) means that it has some known issues. In my own testing, I went out for bug hunting and have prepared a list with the problems I have faced. I would like to mention that I do have a POCOPHONE F1 with Android 9 (Lineage OS 16) installed as a test device.

Issues:

  • Text colors cannot be overwritten
  • Even though the dock search bar is disabled, it randomly turns on again
  • Flick's automatic color selection does not apply until a manual restart of the launcher
  • In Flick's auto color selector manually assigned colors do not get saved
  • There is too much empty space in the app drawer
  • Home screen app label colors not matching
  • Setting the home screen app label color to white (#FFFFFF) results in black text instead
  • Invisible text (white on white) in the long-press pop-up menu on the home screen after a fresh install
  • App opening animations are off by default (Why?)
  • Randomly, after pressing the home button, we get switched to a different launcher app

You can install Flick Launcher from the Play Store and see if it works fine on your Android device. If you would like to support the developer so he can fix all of the major issues that app has as soon as possible, you can also purchase the Flick Launcher PRO add-on, which unlocks some extra functionality in the launcher as well.

Source: flicklauncher.com


Flick Launcher is available on the Google Play Store as an unreleased app, so it is not very stable at the moment. But for those who are looking for something different, it is for sure a great alternative because it packs a ton of unique features on top of the Pixel Launcher look and feel. With that said, keep in mind that some of these features do require you to purchase the Pro add-on.

The latest update released by Flick's developer comes with the following changelog and a version bump to 0.3.0 Beta 331, after the previous beta 330 release, with its most notable improvement being the added support for Spanish.

Changelog

  • Added an option to search for hidden apps in the app drawer.
  • Added an option to search for all hidden apps in the app drawer by typing your password (PRO).
  • Improved widgets.
  • Improved hiding apps - You need to select your hidden apps again.
  • Fixed security and notification issues.
  • Fixed a crash related to gestures when the target app has been uninstalled.
  • Bug fixes and performance improvements.

As you have already read from the title, there are two new functionalities added - one for free users and another one for Pro user. The first one of them allows you to see your hidden apps by typing their names in the search bar inside the app drawer, whereas the other one shows all of them when you type in your password there.

To hide apps, go to the Flick Launcher's settings by holding down your finger on an empty space on one of the homescreen pages, and of course, select Settings. Then navigate to Security and choose 'Hide your app'. Then hit the checkboxes on the right side of every app name to hide it. To unhide, just do uncheck. To enable the searching functionality to show hidden apps enable 'Show hide app on drawer' and to use the other one, where you see all of your hidden apps by typing your password, turn on 'Show hide app on drawer using password', and bam!

After upgrading to Beta 331, do not forget to re-add your desired apps to the list with hidden applications.

There are many bugs ironed out too with this one, so make sure to install this update and stay tuned for more reports like this.

Source: Google Play


Flick Launcher is a launcher app for Android, made by Michele Lacorte, that builds upon the Pixel Launcher by Google. The concept behind it is crafting a better Pixel launcher experience by adding tons of tweaks on top. It is currently classified as an unreleased app on the Play Store, so be aware that bugs do exist.

Version 0.3.0 Beta 327, released on November 6, brings performance enhancements all along with better support for Android 9 Pie included. Below is the changelog for it:

  • Added option to disable the one hand panel.
  • Fixed and improved gestures.
  • Refactor app security.
  • Improved app icon sizing and label hiding.
  • Various improvements for Pie.
  • Bug fixes and performance improvements.

Disable the one hand panel

The one hand panel displays a control center-like menu with toggles and a search bar. It can be accessed by flicking up on any page of the homescreen. There is now an option to disable it, which can be found inside the Gestures page in the settings of the app.

Graphical issues in this version

  1. The pop-up when long-pressing on an app icon animates twice. See the embedded video below.
  2. The status bar icons are black in the setting when Night Mode is on.
  3. Option titles in Settings - Gestures - Double tap to lock screen pop-up panel are black when Night Mode is enabled.
  4. Edges of nine-patch background images used for the pop-ups that are showing when long-pressing on app icons are visible.

Be sure to check out Flick Launcher beta on the Play Store and keep following us for more insights like this.