Get Android 4.2 Quick Settings on any device

The AntTek Quick Settings app gives your Android phone some of Jelly Bean's more handy features, plus much more.

AntTek Quick Settings provides offers easy access to settings and a seemingly endless customization. AntTek (Google Play)

As one of the more handy options in Android 4.2.2 , the Quick Settings menu gives users easy access to common device settings.

Accessible by swiping down from the right side of the notification bar, the menu allows for toggling of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, brightness, and more.

Unfortunately, only 2 percent of today's Android smartphones run Android 4.2, with even fewer running this particular release. Enter AntTek Quick Settings.

Available for any Android device running 2.1 or later, this free application provides not only the standard Quick Settings options, but a ton of extras as well.

AntTek Settings
The upper-right corner is the gateway to seemingly endless customization. Screenshot by Scott Webster/CNET

Even those who have the latest and greatest version of Android will find that AntTek Quick Settings is feature-rich and allows for more customization.

Once installed, the app is accessible by swiping down from the right side of your notification bar. Indeed, it is already configured with settings such as Bluetooth, GPS, auto-rotate, and brightness, and works without any user-defined options. To leave it alone, however, does the app no justice.

Open up the AntTek Quick Settings through your app tray, tap the menu in the upper-right corner, and you're presented with a number of options.

AntTek Settings app
Choose the background color that speaks to you. Screenshot by Scott Webster/CNET

Changing the overall theme of the app is a breeze; AntTek Quick Settings preloads four themes, but there are endless configurations. Users can handpick the color, font, icons, background, and much more.

Add and delete shortcuts, settings, and more.

The second option accessible from the settings menu allows one to change the overall size and position of the dropdown panel. Personally, I prefer a smaller panel to the far right as it helps cut down on accidental swipes. Likewise, tapping the "change action size" menu and you'll be able to adjust how tall or wide the icons appear in the dropdown.

Action Picker is where things get really fun, allowing for deep customization. To add or remove items, simply tap the "+" symbol in the dropdown menu. This is where you'll add or delete quick settings to any number of things such as app shortcuts, direct dialing, sending messages, or Web bookmarks.

AntTek Quick Settings provides a number of customization options. Click to enlarge. Screenshot by Scott Webster/CNET

I've set up shortcuts to Google Drive files, a Google Play Book title, an Evernote file, and Gmail label. These allow me to bypass opening up each app and searching for the individual file or note.

The free version works just fine, but the Pro version ($1.99) offers even more features, including long-press toggling, unlimited actions, and additional settings options.

 

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