Sesame x Niagara Pro

📝The integration requires having installed Sesame, a freemium app with an unlimited free trial developed by the Sesame crew. You can download it on Google Play.

Sesame Acquired By Branch

In July 2022, Sesame was bought by Branch. While we can't control what Sesame does with the search data we sent to Sesame, if you have enabled the integration, the devs, Phil and Steve, ensured us that they stay in full control of Sesame. Branch isn't allowed to make any changes without their permission. While it hasn't received any feature updates within the last few years and likely won't in the future, we expect minimum maintenance to continue. They also told us that the integration will still be supported, but we don't know for how long. We're working on an alternative to replace Sesame. Here's a link to a Reddit post from Sesame's devs.

What is Sesame?

Sesame is a powerful universal search app, especially beloved by Android power users. It offers contact search, web search, and dozens of personalized shortcuts. We partnered with the lovely developers of Sesame to deeply integrate the app into Niagara Pro.

Features

Our goal was to make Sesame a native extension of Niagara Launcher. Sesame’s and Niagara Launcher's interfaces are already similar due to the list-based layout. Still, we took it a step further and utterly integrated Sesame into Niagara Launcher instead of just launching the app when you open search. Sesame mainly adds nifty features to Niagara’s app search, but with it, you can also further customize Niagara Launcher’s app actions. Here are all of the new features:

Search

Compare Sesame’s additions to spotlight search on iOS. With Sesame integrated, Niagara Launchers displays dozens of Shortcuts as well as instant web results. You’ll also get suggestions based on recent searches before you have typed in anything.

You can also pin search results to the home screen with a long press. Additionally, swiping on Sesame’s contact shortcuts, in-app search reveals more actions; it will also be possible to pin them soon:

Shortcuts

As you may already know, swiping on an app reveals its shortcuts. However, Sesame also adds additional shortcuts to Google Play, Settings and Contacts, and many more, but you can also create custom shortcuts.

Moreover, long-pressing on any shortcut lets you pin it to the app list and home screen. You can even filter out shortcuts you don’t like to see in the swipe menu by tapping the edit button on the top right and pressing on the edit Sesame shortcuts button.

Future Work

📝 Update: As Sesame announced to pause development, we don't plan to add new Sesame features: https://www.reddit.com/r/sesame/comments/pak60p/question_of_the_future/

We’re also working with the Sesame team to support Sesame’s new contact actions add-on and in-app search (Sesame calls this feature  quick search):

Advanced contact actions in Sesame — may also be available in Niagara Launcher in the future.

Typing on one of these icons forwards the search term to the app you tapped on.

Frequently Asked Questions

I cannot open specific files / folders

This is a known issue and we're waiting for the Sesame team to provide a fix: https://github.com/SesameCrew/sesame_issues/issues/255.

How To Hide Individual Shortcuts?

Please take a look at this article: https://help.niagaralauncher.app/article/84-hide-shortcuts.

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