QuickClick app – Pressy alternative

A few days ago I wrote about some clones of this new Pressy device that is coming to market soon. Pressy is a button that plugs into the headphone jack of any Android device, you can assign a series of button presses to specific actions on your phone. Send a message, launch an app, play a song…whatever you want.

Well in response to that article Blor have got in touch with me to bring their app, QuickClick, to my attention. It’s fundamentally the same functionality except you press the volume buttons. Selecting from a list of actions you can assign a combination of volume up and volume down button presses to trigger the action. The app is free so it’s obviously a much cheaper alternative to things like Pressy, but it isn’t without its flaws.

I’ve had a small play with it and while it’s a great idea it interferes a little with how I normally use my phone. For example, I like to use my phone to listen to music while I work but changing the volume isn’t so straight forward anymore. Initially I set up my phone to turn on the flashlight with two presses of the volume up button, but when I tried to turn the volume up with a couple of taps of the button it just turned the light on. The app will return the volume back to it’s original state if you’ve pressed a valid pattern with the buttons but that can sometimes be frustrating. That can of course be avoided by making the pattern something you would never normally tap under standard use but that also negates the purpose of the app in being a ‘QuickClick’ app, you have to remember complicated patterns. Don’t get me wrong, this is a great idea and it works very well, but for me and how I use my phone it just didn’t quite work well enough.

You can find the app for free on the Play Store.

Link – Play Store