Action Launcher v50 offers more premium features to all free users

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In some regions you may get all features for free

Chris Lacy, developer of the go-to Android home screen replacement Action Launcher, is celebrating the release of its 50th version with some major feature enhancements and a big change in the app’s business model that will bring more premium features to every user, especially these ones who cannot nominally pay for it.

In his Medium post, Lacy acknowledges that Action Launcher’s freemium model has made it almost impossible for free users to have a good experience to want to spend on Action Launcher Plus.

With Action Launcher v50, more Action Launcher Plus features will be available to each user, although how many more will depend on the market based on two factors: whether in-app purchases are available and; if Action Search is able to generate affiliate revenue from Bing.

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With this dynamic freemium model, half of Plus’ features are free in most commercial markets, including the US and Canada. In regions where in-app purchases are blocked – such as India and Mexico – all Plus features are made available when users enable Action Search. When neither in-app purchases nor Bing earnings are available, free users have full access to Plus features. Brazil, Turkey and Ukraine belong in the latter category.

Of course, Lacy would hope that his users would want to use Action Search, regardless of whether each search makes him money – after all, it’s a universal device and web search – and the experience has been enhanced by including recently changed settings in suggestions and the Ability to apply your search to a range of different destinations including Wikipedia, YouTube and other apps.

If you’re interested, here’s the full changelog:

• NEW: Greatly reduce features requiring Plus upgrade and make the app more appealing to non-paying customers.

• NEW: Action Search displays recently changed settings in its history, allowing one to tweak settings changes directly from the home screen.

• NEW: Add Search Target bar which displays at the top of Action Search results. Allows one to direct searches directly to popular services such as Wikipedia, YouTube, Play Store, etc.

• NEW: Settings displays dedicated search bar.

• NEW: Shortcuts to recently changed settings display at top of settings. Toggle on/off via "Help -> Recent settings".

• NEW: Customize Action Search sources.

• NEW: "Open searches in browser" setting.

• NEW: Add initial Action Search suggestions that display if there's no search history.

• NEW: Add Google Search shortcut to Quickbar's quick select panel.

• NEW: Display Plus banner on settings toolbar.

• NEW: Add 10th wallpaper to 2022 Supporter Pack.

• IMPROVEMENT: No longer request WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE permission. The only code that used that was legacy backup code which has been disabled for more than a month.

• IMPROVEMENT: Revamp Help menu items, including adding FAQ link.

• IMPROVEMENT: Change picker settings UI to use a bottom sheet style picker.

• IMPROVEMENT: Increase max auto complete suggestions from 3 to 5.

• IMPROVEMENT: Improve algorithm for identifying settings items to display from an Action Search query.

• FIX: Squashed dock/search box on large tablets (thanks myculito#1992, Sid6Niner#5646, Grantman#1499 and others).

• FIX: Increase default workspace margin for devices with gesture navigation.

• FIX: Google search opens to google.com in a browser if the Google App is not available/disabled.

• FIX: Stability fix using composite emoji in Action Search (thanks ritsl#1461).

• FIX: Prevent opening widget picker when desktop is locked.

If you haven’t had a reason to try or even come back to Action Launcher in a while, it might be v50. You can download the Play Store from it. And if you want to support Chris Lacy in other ways… well, he doesn’t have a public tipping jar, so get Action Launcher Plus and become a 2022 supporter.

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