Add An OS X-Like Dock To Your Android Phone Screen With Dock4Droid
Does changing apps in Android bug you just a little? Do you find it just a teensy bit annoying to exit an application or jump back to the home screen in order to start a new application? Shouldn’t you be able to change between apps using a dock? Yeah, that’s what the makers of Dock4Droid thought too.
Dock4Droid is an easy way to add a dock similar to the Mac OS X dock to your Android phone. It’s easy to choose which apps feature in the dock and to customise where the dock is placed. Then you’re set to switch between applications using your dock instead of exiting each application in order to navigate to a new one. Easy!
Get your copy of Dock4Droid for free here. As well as the free trial version, there’s also a paid version of the application available for a tiny fee, which unlocks a few neat features such as colours and advanced features. The trial version also limits you to two dock items you can choose to lock. Other dock items will be chosen from recent applications you’ve used.
Setting Up The Dock
Open up the Dock4Droid application to access a menu of options. This allows you to choose whether to have your dock at the bottom or some other area of your screen. You can customise the response time, which apps you want to appear in the dock as well as many appearance options. Many of these options are unavailable in the free trial, but there’s still plenty of customisation available to the free application user.
You may also wish to view a brief tutorial on how to use the dock, which is accessible at the top of this menu.
Using The Dock
You’ll see a red line appear in your chosen section of the screen, indicating that the dock is available there. It will be red to start with if you chose the free application, since colour changes aren’t available to the free app users.
Simply touch that area, swipe to the app you wish to use and release your finger while resting on that application. It’s a natural movement which is easy to get used to.
Dock4Droid Is Tiny
The Dock4Droid application is a tiny 84KB, which is a nice surprise for those of us with space issues on our Android phones.
Problems With Dock4Droid
Dock4Droid doesn’t yet support an auto-hide feature to get it out of the way of the stock keyboard when in use. The work-around is that you can change the settings to hide the dock when in landscape mode. Specifically, this means if you’re trying to use the keyboard then you only have to swing it into landscape mode to get rid of the Android dock app. Since many people do this habitually anyway, it’s a decent fix for the interim.
Other Dock Options
There are a few other options available to Android users looking for a dock or launcher application. Very few of them are available for free or even with a free trial.
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How have you found Dock4Droid? How does it compare to other Android dock apps and launchers you’ve tried? Let us know in the comments!
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