Finger Shortcuts is an application that was developed by Carlos Morera de la Chica, which sent us a request to review his application, and so we did.
For those who have no clue what Finger Shortcuts is all about, the simplest way to describe it is that you set shortcuts to applications, settings, whatever you want just by settings them on the application and them drawing them on the screen when you want that application/setting to open.
This application provides you with loads of options such that you will never need to access the applications menu ever again.
You can set as many shortcuts as you want, as long as you can keep them in your memory.
When you first open Finger, you are presented with a menu that’s divided into 4 categories, being the first the one that matters the most, General Settings, In-Finger Purchases, Donate and About us and Social.
The General Settings section is what allows you to set your finger gestures, drawer settings and general settings. In the general settings you can tell the application to start when you turn your device on and give it administrator privileges, which will allow it to lock your device’s screen.
The finger drawer settings allow you to enable the drawer service, home, notifications and set the drawer size. What is the finger drawer you ask; well it is what you have to click in order to be able to draw your shortcut.
The drawer service sticks the drawer button to the top right of your screen, the home adds the drawer button to your homescreen and the notification adds it to the notifications bar.
As said before, you can change the size of the drawer, being that the options available go from XS to XL. Be aware that the XS size can only be hit by an S-Pen, at least in my case, but the S is a perfect size to the button has it is easy to hit and occupies a small portion of your screen.
Here you can add, edit or delete finger gestures.
To add a finger gesture just press the add gesture button at the bottom of the screen. Here you will be asked to name the gesture and draw it at least three times, preferably in three different ways so that it can easily be recognizable by the application.
After you draw the gesture you will be asked what it should do in here you can choose between:
- Open system setting,
- Open application
- Open recent tasks
- Open WhatsApp conversation
- Open Internet address
- Lock device
- Switch system settings on/off
- Simulate home button
- Root features
Each of these options has loads of different options that you will be able to see in the video review, as it would be very tiresome to write them all down and you would get tired of reading less than halfway through the list.
In order to edit a shortcut you just need to tap on it in the list and it will ask you again which action do you want the shortcut to activate.
If you want to delete a gesture, for any reason whatsoever, you just need to press it long enough so that a menu appears in which the only option is delete.
In Finger Purchases
In this menu you have 3 options, remove ads forever, remove ads yearly and remove ads monthly, each with their own price tag.
As far as I gathered the ads only appear in the application menus, so I wouldn’t bother paying to remove them, but that’s up to you.
This allows you to donate some money to the developers in order for them to continue the good work they have done so far.
About Us and Social
The first choice in this menu is to rate the application, which is more than fair given the use cases it provides and will surely make lives easier for many Android users out there.
The other choice in this menu is to follow the developers on Facebook or Twitter or learn more about the team that developed Finger Shortcuts.
I really enjoyed the possibility of setting my own shortcuts to applications, settings and even web addresses. This might seem a little bit useless for some of you, but for someone that needs to shave off a few seconds here and there without having to worry about going to the applications menu or recent tasks or even not bothering to type a web address when you are in a hurry this is a great application.
Besides that I loved the care the developers took to ensure everyone could use the application without having to pay, if only they keep the ads, which is a very small price to pay, in user experience, and you can always pay 4.35€ to get rid of them if you really can’t stand seeing them there.
Overall it is a very nice addition to our list of useful applications out there for those who need to expedite repetitive actions in their smartphones.
Review by: Cátia Sofia @ Android Emotions