Despite having phones capable of running tens of apps simultaneously, we all primarily rely on a handful of apps which we use a lot more than the others on our phone or tablets. These apps usually reside on our homescreen for easy access, because we end up frequently cycling through them in our daily usage.
TUFFS Notification Shortcuts puts these apps directly on to your notification panel. While the idea of putting your favorite apps on the notification panel is not new to seasoned Android users, TUFFS provides a specially unique experience in getting this job done. TUFFS can not only add your favorite apps on to the notification panel for quick launch ease, it can also add Android system shortcuts, thereby extending this ease of launch to even one-click opening your favorite website or instantly calling preset contacts. You can add up to 8 apps in a row, and add a second row via IAP.
The app itself uses elements of Material Design, embracing and implementing a lot of its philosophies, especially those related to transition and animations. The developer claims that the app does not have any background service, which I found to be true through my usage as the app did not have any active services aside from a cached process.
TUFFS does have IAP’s, but these were very non-obtrusive. The app is ad-free and without any internet permissions, so the user experience is focused on getting the job done rather than facing a money-grabbing piece of code. Some features are unlocked via IAP’s, but these mostly relate to customizing the launch area, or adding the second row or the “enable on boot” setting. The core functionality and minor UI tweaking are open without the need of making purchases.
I did have one qualm with the app, mainly in the way that there is no clear demarcation where the free features end even though the IAP’s are tucked away neatly. Accidentally tapping on an IAP base feature will you take to the IAP screen, with the back button functionality bringing you back to the first screen of the app rather than the menu screen you were previously on. My personal qualm, however, does not affect the core functionality of the app at all.
If you were looking for an unobtrusive way of putting your favorite apps withing finger’s reach, take a look at TUFFS (XDA Forum Link | Play Store Link). Even if you aren’t, give it a spin. You may not realize you need it till you start using it!