Swirl Launcher for Wear OS

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About this app

Swirl Launcher makes it easier, faster and more fun to find and launch the apps on your Wear OS device.

Swirl is perfect for a tiny screen like that of your smartwatch.

A dynamic wheel swirls every app into an area where you can easily see and touch it.

Here’s how to Swirl with touch controls:

* Watch the swirling apps
* Tap an app to launch
* Swipe right from the left edge to return to the Swirl
* Swipe a curve on the Swirl to turn it to a new angle
* Fling the Swirl to send it swirling again
* Swipe right from the left edge to dismiss Swirl itself

Better not try and hit a fast moving app:

* Rather stop, place & tap:
(stop) touch-and-hold to stop the swirling
(place) swipe a curve to place the target well
(tap) lift, then tap the target
* A fast moving app will stop swirling instead of launch when tapped

The app icons expand as they approach the focus area at the top of the screen and shrink again when receding from it. The name of the app currently in focus is shown lower down at the centre of the Swirl. New apps enter the Swirl discreetly at the bottom. Once every app has passed through focus, the Swirl repeats.

If your watch has a crown, it can be used to control the rate of swirling.

Please rate the Swirl Launcher on Google Play once you have tried it. We also welcome your comments.

Suggestions for new features will be added to the Launcher wish list and carefully considered for inclusion. Due to our preference for simplicity, we do not guarantee that any particular feature request will be implemented. Bug fixes will be prioritized.

Advanced Swirl interaction hints:

* If swiping right gives unsatisfactory results, press the watch's back button where available.
* Curved swiping can be extended to cover multiple rotations around the centre of the Swirl.
* When swirling really fast, look at the smaller icons to anticipate the opportunity to grab an app.

Known issues:

* An initial touch in the left 10% of the screen is intercepted by the framework to dismiss the app. You can still swipe through this area, just do not start there.
* If the processor on your watch is occupied with other tasks, the app icons may take a while to load. Please wait a bit, or use the text labels as guides.

This is a stand-alone app for a Wear OS smartwatch.

Patents have been issued on aspects of Swirl interaction.

Please visit https://swirl.design for details.
Updated on
Feb 19, 2024

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Ratings and reviews

156 reviews
Igor Santos
March 20, 2021
Neat idea but doesn't work as well as I would hope to - specially when your watch is full of tiny, standalone apps by the manufacturer that are impossible to remove. The swirl gets cluttered and the original launcher is easier to use - or Bubble Cloud, which allows you to create folders.
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Peter Honeycutt
September 17, 2020
Upon reading the reviews I see most negative comments revolve around needing to go to app menu to use it. Simple solution is to edit watch face and add shortcut directly to watch face. When editing watch face select a hotspot then navigate to "General \ App Shortcut \ Launcher" to set the Launcher. Great Launch when used correctly.
12 people found this review helpful
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n stewart
March 30, 2021
Possible the BEST app I have ever used! I really want to give 4.95 stars. I've used THOUSANDS of apps over the years and nothing has been as useful as this. I installed it on my Xiaomi Mi Watch and LOVE it. My only disappointment is that the apps are not alphabetical. Is there a way to make them alphabetical? I'd give it a full 5-star rating if there's a way to gave them scroll alphabetically.
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