Overview –

This shortcut app lacks the features to set it apart from the countless other shortcut apps out there, but at the same time, it does what it sets out to do admirably, and with style.

Developer: Sprocket Monster LLC

Price: $0.99

Highlights:

  • Clean styling.
  • Easy-to-use interface.
  • Limited options.

Setup –

Shorty’s initial setup requires you to choose which shortcuts you’d like the option to launch. It took me a moment to figure this out, so let me walk you through it to save you the trouble:

  1. Open Shorty.
  2. Click the + button in the lower right hand corner.
  3. Select which action you’d like Shorty to perform.
  4. Customize any options, if necessary.
  5. These actions are then stored in the floating “S” button on-screen; tap it to access them.

Impressions –

I’m torn on Shorty. Truly. I love the idea; a floating-button shortcut application that has a clean interface that matches Android’s modern styling, but also lacks the customization and options that would really set it apart from other shortcut apps.

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A couple things that may make the app worthwhile; Giphy Support, and the ability to pool together any combination of apps accessible anywhere in your system. Think of it as a home screen folder, but floating on top of everything else on your phone.

The Giphy support is, perhaps, the best thing about this app; thousands of .gifs at your fingertips, only two taps away. The .gifs loaded quickly in my experience, and inserted easily into most apps I tried. The other options within Shorty are rather pedestrian; launch an app, insert a predetermined text, send an SMS or make a phone call to a previously specified contact, launch the camera, or control a media app.

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In addition to being a little light on options, Shorty is also light on customization; you can’t change the colors of the shortcuts, nor can you change any styling within the app itself. If you don’t like red, you are, unfortunately out of luck.

What I like

  • Giphy Support.
  • Create a custom folder accessible anywhere.

What I don’t

  • Limited options.
  • Only one theme.
  • For the price, I expected more.

Conclusion –

Shorty sets out to provide a shortcut app with material-design stylings, and in that arena it succeeds well. It has a few desirable features but otherwise underwhelms in customization. Options and features don’t quite stand up to the price.

Google Play Store –  Shorty

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