A Tale of Two Hidden Dock Apps
The other app we’re going to discuss is Power Strip: Multitasking Dock($1.99, Website, Install via AppBrain) by Intuitit – Power Strip is a dock-like home app bringing up shortcuts and widgets right on your current activity.
Quickdesk has been around for a month longer, and has more downloads in the AppBrain market. While both apps rely on long press/double press of the home button(other options available), once in the app, they work differently.
Quickdesk is more like a full hidden home screen. It will accept widgets or icons. You can pop it up translucently in the midst of any app. Power Strip takes a different approach. It offers a scrolling one icon high dock at the bottom. From there, you can launch Applications/Shortcuts/Recent Task folders, which will pop up in 2 or 3 row boxes, Shortcuts, or Widgets. When you press the icon for a widget, it will pop up above the dock.
It is much less obtrusive than Quickdesk Beta, in my opinion. It does take two presses to see a widget, but this allows it to occupy a small space at the bottom, as opposed to covering the entire screen, which I prefer.To give you a use-case example I tried, you can, within in another app double tap, then bring up the music widget to stop your music or skip tracks without exiting the program you are currently in.
While I had thought that if I were dissatisfied with a purchase, I would refund it, I was not dissatisfied with this simple app, whereas I installed Quickdesk not long after I had finished testing it. That said, Quickdesk Beta is free, this is $1.99, and Quickdesk does have its advantages. I wish I had discovered Power Strip a month ago. When doing research for this post, I discovered that the author had raised the price. Either way, I think I’ll keep it.
It works nicely in conjuction with my current Launcher of choice, Launcher Pro, and my recent effort to simplify my home screens.
It also offers a context menu, where it will allow you to share a market link to the application you brought it up inside(including with a QR code), go to the market page for that app, or even uninstall the app.
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