App launchers are extremely important, particularly when you have a gazillion apps in your smartphone or tablet. But there are also a gazillion (okay, maybe not that many) app launchers out there, so how do you choose which one best suits your needs? Pie Control is not just an app launcher per se, but it also gives you easy access to the most important things you need in your device. Oh, and it is shaped like a pie (or at least half of it), if you didn’t get it from the name itself.

It’s not something new actually, if you’ve had custom Android ROM Paranoid Android on your rooted phone for some time. But now, with this version, any phone or tablet running on Android will be able to use Pie Control. The gesture-activated control center will give you access to the settings, favourite apps, app drawer, menu buttons and other important features.

You can customize which ones you want to see on your pie, your phone options, and which apps you want to immediately see. To activate Pie Control, you can choose to swipe left, right or bottom, whichever feels more natural for you. And even if you’re playing a game or using an app, you can still activate the app and then switch to another app or go to the settings quickly.

Pie Control has a free version, which has most of the features you need, including a notepad, an app drawer widget, a WiFi toggle and others. But if you want to be able to add more shortcuts, show recent apps and show a battery bar, among other things, then you need to pay $1.99 for the Pro version. You can download the free app from the Google Play Store.

VIA: Life Hacker