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  • 'Velox' Makes Application Icons More Usable Right From the Home Screen


    Velox is a new milestone jailbreak tweak by iOS development team Apex Tweaks that lets you use your applications from the home screen without ever actually opening them. If you haven't already seen what this tweak can do, then you'll want to keep reading on.

    Shown above are some of the things the tweak has to offer. As you can see, simply swiping up or down on multiple kinds of iOS application icons on the home screen opens a folder-like interface that gives you functions you’ll find within the actual application. For example, swiping on the Settings application icon opens toggles for system settings, swiping on the Notes application icon opens an interface you can take notes in, swiping on the Weather application icon gives you all of your weather information, and swiping on your Camera application icon opens a camera view right from the home screen.

    Does it stop there? – No way! Below, you can see that the tweak also allows you to view your Twitter feed (you can also see your Facebook feed) by simply swiping on the Twitter application icon, you can browse the Web by swiping on the Safari application icon, you can peruse YouTube by simply swiping on the YouTube application icon, and you can see what’s new in Cydia by simply swiping on the Cydia application icon:



    In case you were wondering; yes, the list actually continues to go on. You will be able to access your contacts by swiping on the Contacts application icon, view notifications from applications like Mail by swiping on the Mail application icon, view messages, reply to messages, or compose new ones by swiping on the Messages application icon, or view your call history with shortcuts for calling people back by swiping on the Phone application icon:



    And while the list of abilities Velox adds to home screen application icons continues to grow, we will put a stop to the teasers by showing you that you can actually open a Map view by swiping on the Maps application icon, share photos in your Photos application by swiping on the Photos application icon, and control music by swiping on the Music application icon:



    There are several more applications that Velox supports home screen features for, but we will let you guys discover them on your own – the fun way!

    The tweak adds a preferences pane to the Settings application where the user can configure a few options, such as the type of gestures you want to use to invoke the folder-like interfaces, enable or disable quick reply for messages, and choose the applications that you just want to see notifications for rather than being able to control the application from the home screen:



    Notably, even though applications can be used from the home screen, they’re not being opened as applications, so they won’t appear in the App Switcher. It’s also important to note that Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and some other applications use the Web views for seeing information outside of the application rather than the native application views, so you'll have to sign into them even if you're signed into the respective applications.

    Velox is compatible with several popular jailbreak tweaks like Auxo, Zephyr, Abstergo, Infinfolders, biteSMS, Springtomize 2, and several others. At this point in time, Velox is known to have conflicts with Infiniboard, FolderEnahncer, and SBRotator; however, the developers state that they are working on adding compatibility as soon as possible. Velox is not yet iPad-compatible.

    If you're interested in giving Velox a try and making your iPhone cooler than anyone else's iPhone on the block, then go and grab the tweak from Cydia's BigBoss repository for just $1.99.

    Name: Velox
    Price: $1.99
    Version: 1.0.1-1
    Requirements: iPhone or iPod touch running iOS 6
    Repo: BigBoss
    Developer: Apex Tweaks
    Editor's Rating:  5/5
    This article was originally published in forum thread: 'Velox' Makes Application Icons More Usable Right From the Home Screen started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 31 Comments
    1. ComputerMan's Avatar
      ComputerMan -
      when i try to open facebook through Velox, my phone locks up and i have to hard reboot it...1.0.1
    1. lilrican21's Avatar
      lilrican21 -
      My battery!!!
    1. bisayakid07's Avatar
      bisayakid07 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ComputerMan View Post
      when i try to open facebook through Velox, my phone locks up and i have to hard reboot it...1.0.1
      +1
    1. Magnum's Avatar
      Magnum -
      Quote Originally Posted by ComputerMan View Post
      when i try to open facebook through Velox, my phone locks up and i have to hard reboot it...1.0.1
      Weird, doesn't happen with me...
    1. carolinamic's Avatar
      carolinamic -
      Its still buggy right now but this tweak has alot of potential.
    1. tankz504's Avatar
      tankz504 -
      I'm loving this tweak! No problems at all here.
    1. derwin252's Avatar
      derwin252 -
      I bought this tweak and I think it's worth more than that after using it......
    1. Sage I's Avatar
      Sage I -
      When it's compatible with infiniboard I'm trying this out... Wait for some bugs to get ironed out... Looks nice though... I can see Apple making this a standard feature in iOS 8 or 9
    1. aorowe's Avatar
      aorowe -
      Due to the fact that I barely have any of my apps on the home screen anyway, this tweak wouldn't be all that useful to me.

      But it seems like a neat one regardless
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Quote Originally Posted by Sage I View Post
      When it's compatible with infiniboard I'm trying this out... Wait for some bugs to get ironed out... Looks nice though... I can see Apple making this a standard feature in iOS 8 or 9
      Worx w/ Scrollingboard and Scrollingboard is a whole lot better than infinidock, IMO...
    1. andygev35's Avatar
      andygev35 -
      If you keep the majority of your apps in folders on your home screen, then this tweak won't do anything for you, as these features don't work within folders.
    1. *T*'s Avatar
      *T* -
      Possibly the worst idea ever
    1. NewdestinyX's Avatar
      NewdestinyX -
      Quote Originally Posted by Sage I View Post
      When it's compatible with infiniboard I'm trying this out...
      Infiniboard is incompatible with so many other common that I had to get rid of it for that reason only.

      Quote Originally Posted by aorowe View Post
      Due to the fact that I barely have any of my apps on the home screen anyway, this tweak wouldn't be all that useful to me.
      Velox works on any Springboard page not just home screen.

      Quote Originally Posted by andygev35 View Post
      If you keep the majority of your apps in folders on your home screen, then this tweak won't do anything for you, as these features don't work within folders.
      They do now after the update to Folder Enhancer I think I read.
    1. C2CA's Avatar
      C2CA -
      Velox has a lot of bugs. Camera app has to be on top row of sB or its useless with velox same for Facebook app. I'm sure more.
    1. NewdestinyX's Avatar
      NewdestinyX -
      Quote Originally Posted by thazsar View Post
      Worx w/ Scrollingboard and Scrollingboard is a whole lot better than infinidock, IMO...
      Did you mean Scrollingboard is better than Infini"board"? You wrote Infini"dock"...
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Quote Originally Posted by NewdestinyX View Post
      Did you mean Scrollingboard is better than Infini"board"? You wrote Infini"dock"...
      Oops! My bad, I read 'infinidock' not infiniboard. Disregard my comment! LOL!
    1. holyshnikes's Avatar
      holyshnikes -
      I love this tweak, but it doesn't work on apps that are inside folders (not sure if it is a FolderEnhancer problem or Velox problem). The temperatures seems to be off on the weather app too. I also wish you were able to close the "folder" by tapping on a blank spot of the folder. I've gotten so use to tapping to close a folder in FolderEnhancer, it's hard to go back to hitting the home button to close it.
    1. EndymionFRS's Avatar
      EndymionFRS -
      Its a neat tweak, don't think I'd spend more than $2 on it though. I mainly use it for Settings toggles, the stopwatch addon that was released today, and quick compose. What I'd love is an Any.DO extension, so I can instantly view my daily reminders. I thought of this after seeing the CARROT addon released today.

      Also using velox on the music app crashes springboard without fail.
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      My music app isn't crashing at all. I do wish we could customize what is seen for each app, though (eg. Arrange Settings.app Toggles; Timer, Alarm, etc. in Clock.app)

      Also, they need to implement a 'tap inside window to close' feature cuz pushing the Home Button is a pain.
    1. jblacken's Avatar
      jblacken -
      Quote Originally Posted by lilrican21 View Post
      My battery!!!
      +1