One of the key strengths of the Android operating system is its simplicity. Navigating menus is easy, but what if it was even easier, even faster? EAS: Easy App Switcher is a shortcut that provides just that.
EAS is an app which adds a floating icon to your Android display. Its essential function is to switch between your two most recently-used apps.
For example, if you are browsing the internet while taking part in a WhatsApp conversation, simply tap the button to quickly swap between these two apps.
Why is it great?
Here's the deal. Without this app, if you wish to return to a WhatsApp conversation from Chrome, you can't hit the return key (this will bring you to your previous Chrome page). You can hit the recent apps menu, and then select WhatsApp, and that's fine. But that's also a two-step process.
The main reason EAS is effective is because it removes one of the navigation steps in Android; tapping this app will switch between both apps in one move.
But EAS also houses an "excluded apps" list. Apps on that list can never be switched to by using the app switch button.
This addition is crucial. There are a number of apps or places that don't require constant attention (perhaps a weather app, or the settings menu) which you will open only once, and won't wish to revisit again. The beauty of the exclusion list is that you can make it so that those lesser used apps don't interfere with your two-way shortcut: it will act only on the apps you let it.
What else can it do?
EAS has another function: it can open up if you swipe across it, revealing a history of your recently used apps, as well as a shortcut to your favorites (which you can set in the main app menu). What's more, you can also theme the floating icon to an extent: you can adjust its size and transparency to suit your personal tastes.
Why it's not great?
One problem with EAS: Easy App Switcher is that, no matter where you put it or what size it is, it can get in the way: this is inherent in all floating apps and I'm yet to see a solution to it. If it could be applied to the bottom shortcuts bar this would be much more preferable (I'd even prefer this to the recent apps menu, to be honest).
Additionally, EAS allows you to select different default actions for the button, but not all of them are useful. You can assign it to act as a recent apps key, home key or back key, but selecting one of these is pointless: you have them across the bottom of your phone anyway. It's an easily ignored option, however.
Should I install it?
Yes. It's free and provides a shortcut that you can't achieve with the normal Android interface. It's certainly worth a look, but as with many of these shortcut apps, it still occupies space on the homescreen, which may frustrate some users. Download EAS: Easy App Switcher here.
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