Friday, March 2, 2012

Auto-Launch An Android App Of Choice Upon System Reboot via Auto Start

Wouldn’t it be cool if your FacebookTwitter or even Google+ app launched automatically upon yourAndroid’s system reboot so that you can take a sneak peek into your social world before continuing with the routine mobile usage? Well, as far as the last candidate from the above list is concerned, one can expect Google to serve the favor with, may be, their next OS (presumably Jellybean), but what about the others, in fact, any other app that you want to see right before your eyes each time your Android is rebooted? Well, let’s put all the speculations aside for now, and say hello to Auto Start – a brand new Android app that lets you pick that one favorite app of yours that you want to be automatically initiated upon system/device startup. It could be anything; your social media client, a privacy/protection tool, a screenshot grabber, a file explorer, a task manager, a web browser, the Android Market, an alarm/siren triggering app (handy in a burglary situation), or perhaps, even your favorite game. Yes, the possibilities are endless, and what’s the best part about Auto Start is that it works perfectly fine on rooted as well as non-rooted devices. Details, screenshots and download links to follow.
If Google (the OS provider) and your device manufacturer can ship your device preloaded with all their bloatware, then why can’t you (the device owner) decide on your favorite apps that you wish to see upon rebooting your device. This is where Auto Start comes handy.
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The app’s main interface is quite minimalistic. There is just a solitary toggle to switch the app’s service On/Off, and quite obviously, the option to pick the required app that you want to be loaded at system startup. As of now, the app supports selecting just the third-party apps, and not the system/stock ones. This means that you cannot select your device’s stock music player, calendar, clock, messaging or other app.
All you need to do is select an application of your choice, and turn the Auto startup option On from the app’s homescreen. That’s it! You may now reboot the device to see if the trick works or not. As far as testing Auto Start on our Samsung Galaxy S (running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich) is concerned, we were quite impressed with the feature that the app has to offer. Auto Start was put to test with various apps with, of course, just one app at a time, and it successfully managed to do exactly what it is meant to.
Auto Start is available in the Android Market for free, and can be downloaded via the Market link or QR code provided below.