The first thing you’ll see when you launch ASAP is the onboarding tutorial that explains a little how the launcher works. Once you’re done, you’ll be taken to the main homescreen where you will have to grant the app notification access to be able to see music controls, and if you swipe left and right, you’ll also have to give it access to your contacts, calendar, and location. But more on these later.
Homescreen, dock, and app drawer
The main ASAP homescreen is simple. There’s your wallpaper front and center and a big card on top that shows the date and time, weather, and currently playing music or audio with play/FF/RW controls. The card also houses a voice search shortcut that lets you quickly do searches or issue commands. On the bottom is the dock with 5 apps that can be swiped up to reveal two more rows of icons.
If you swipe from the left edge of the home page, you reveal the app drawer, which is a scrolling list à la Action Launcher. You can search through the list or use the letters to quickly jump to any app you’re looking for.
If you swipe from the right edge of the screen, you’ll get the quick settings pane, which is a bit redundant in my opinion. It has shortcuts to the phone’s settings and plenty of toggles for WiFi, flashlight, screen rotation, and so on that you can already get on most phones from the notification dropdown. There’s also an overflow button in the main card that lets you access Search (ie Google Now), ASAP’s settings, and your phone’s settings.
Less homescreens, more cards
There are no multiple homescreens in ASAP, but there are cards decked to the left and right of the home page. By default, on the right, you have a Calendar card that shows all of your upcoming events and lets you add an event right away, and a Todo list card that manages your tasks. The latter doesn’t integrate with Google Now’s reminders, which made it completely useless to me.
On the left of the main homescreen, you can access your frequent contacts (or recent or starred or all) and launch the dialer or add a new contact, then the weather card for a 5-day forecast. You’ll be able to set the location manually or automatically and choose to show the temperature in Celsius or Fahrenheit.
Since there is no way to add any icon to the homescreen itself, the only way to access your most used apps is through the dock. If you leave it be, ASAP will figure out your most used apps and stick them below the 5 main app icons. But you can also manually manage the entire dock.