Velox: an upcoming tweak that lets you interact with app icons to check notifications and more

By , Apr 8, 2013

Velox Camera and Photos

Velox is an upcoming jailbreak tweak that I’ve had my eye on for months. I’ve been anticipating the release of this tweak for a very long time, because I think it has the potential to make a huge impact on the jailbreak community.

Rarely does a jailbreak tweak come along that has the capability to change the way that you use your device. A very exclusive number of tweaks belong to that group, and Velox has the potential to crash the party.

Yes, Velox is in the same hemisphere, and it contains, perhaps even more long term potential than Auxo. That’s because it’s a completely different type of tweak that can interact with multiple apps, and features its own API for extended development.

Primarily, Velox is a tweak that allows you to interact with apps on your Home screen in order to check notifications without opening Notification Center. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Velox also features custom “folders” that can be individually tailored for specific apps. Each of these folders can be accessed using a simple swipe up or swipe down gesture on the app icon that you wish to interact with.

What does this mean? It means that if I swipe up on the Settings app, a folder containing settings toggles is revealed. It means that if I swipe down on the Camera app, the camera is revealed in a folder right there on my Home screen. Trust me, reading these words just doesn’t do it justice; you have to see it in action to really appreciate the potential here. Thankfully, I’ve got an exclusive hands-on video to showcase how it works…

Video preview

Notification Folders

The staple feature of Velox is its ability to lend you quick access to an app’s notifications. Every app on your device is capable of displaying its notifications using a simple swipe gesture. A quick tap on the notification produces the same result as it does when tapping on the notification via Notification Center. Notifications can be cleared using a simple pull down gesture.

Velox Phone and Messages

Enhanced Folders

All apps have notification interactivity, but not all apps have special folders designed to do more. Here is a list of some of the apps that come with special enhanced folder support out of the box. Since Velox is still in development, this list is obviously subject to change.

  • Settings
  • Photos
  • Maps
  • Weather
  • Contacts
  • Safari
  • Mail
  • Music
  • Reminders
  • Calendar
  • Camera
  • WebClip (bookmarks)
  • Notes
  • Messages

Options

Velox’s preferences consist of two primary options: a setting to change icon swipe directions, and the ability to disable enhanced folders for specific apps. Swipe directions can be set to up and down, up only, or down only. You will need to respring after altering the swipe direction setting. If you’d prefer to bypass an enhanced folder for a specific app, and only display its notifications folder instead, a quick toggle change in the Always NC folder for App section of Velox’s settings will do the job.

Final Thoughts

To me, the most exciting thing about Velox is its API. As mentioned earlier, this means that other developers can develop enhanced folders for specific apps using Velox. Once the tweak is released, you’ll be able to find these extra folders in Cydia, as there will be a special addons category dedicated exclusively to Velox. I can see this being a huge source of interest for the community, and I believe it will give the tweak a exceptionally long shelf life.

Velox Tweetbot and Twitter

Out of the box, Velox is a superb tweak that will be well worth the price of admission on its own, but the most exciting thing about all of this is going to be what developers have planned for the future. If developers latch on to Velox, supporting its API, then I can easily see this tweak going down as one of the best jailbreak tweaks of all time.

Velox’s ability to quickly allow you to access information using simple swipe gestures makes plenty of sense. It’s not a tweak that just does something cool for the sake of being cool; no, I feel it actually increases the usability of the device, empowering the user.

Velox Weather and Notes

Once released in a couple of weeks, Velox will be made available for $1.99 on Cydia’s BigBoss repo. I’ll be back with more hands-on coverage of Velox in the near future. Until then, make sure you watch the video, and comment with your thoughts on the tweak below. Also, be sure to follow the developers of Velox, @bensge, @fto2g, and @satropuk on Twitter.

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  • http://twitter.com/zackismetal Zack Fulmer

    A tweak finally worth the buy.

  • JomanJi

    This is probably going to be one of my favourite tweaks out there, but just a tip, when you select a task in calendar/reminders it should show it in the folder, not in the app

  • http://twitter.com/judahism Judah Guttmann

    my only question is how will it look when you swipe for a quick glance when the app is in a folder?

  • http://twitter.com/Octvrium Luis Gil

    Now I have another reason apart of Activator to Jailbreak my idevices. Could Apple hire those three guys and include this feature on the stock firmware?!?!?! pleeeeease

  • Manujito

    Any chance this tweak will be compatible with iOS5? I never update to iOS6 and now i can’t do it anymore. Thanks!

  • http://www.facebook.com/lfauset Lukas Fauset

    I agree with Jeff about the API, but the rest of the baked in features aren’t quite doing it for me yet. If someone added a quicknote feature for Evernote, on the other hand…

  • Kirkland Tran

    This is just like the ios 7 concept video lol

  • randall young

    I cannot wait for this one. This will be huge! Thanks for sharing on your podcast about this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/micaiah12 Micaiah Martin

    Finally a good looking tweak!

  • http://twitter.com/drumdude1107 Tony Loera

    A feature I feel would make this even greater is the ability to set more than one gesture for the apps, like slide one direction for the notifications, and another way for the enhanced folder view removing the need to change what you want to do for each app!

  • http://twitter.com/MrMacNeil Aaron MacNeil

    I think the quick little things like composing a message, looking at notifications, etc. is great but for safari what i really want to see is a quick search option. Swipe down enter your search query and bam safari opens to the google search. I dont really like the apps just running in a smaller window except maybe the camera for fast pictures. But this is definitely a great looking tweak and ill probably end up buying it.

  • Paul Dunahoo

    Wow.

  • ChristopherMay

    Mind=Blown
    This could really be the iOS answer to widgets.

  • http://twitter.com/Devin_Plebuch Devin Plebuch

    This tweak fascinates me, though, I’m not sure how often I’ll utilize it. If I’m on the screen with the application, I’m just going to open it instead of opening it as if it is a smaller app in a folder….. I’m not going to switch pages just to go to an app in order to just swipe it. NC is much easier and pragmatic most of the time. I guess it gives you quick bits of information quickly… I like the weather and call options…. I’ll probably purchase it as a neat novelty, I just don’t think I’ll utilize it.

  • http://twitter.com/_IncrediblyDope Vybz Kartel Lawyer

    Impatiently Waiting ….

  • http://twitter.com/_Jonny108 Jonas Bohlmann

    Holy Sh*t, i’d pay 10 bucks for this !!

  • http://twitter.com/JoshuaPingley Joshua Pingley

    This needs to be released ASAP. And holy shit at only being $1.99! Will be buying the moment it’s in Cydia!

  • http://www.facebook.com/fbhadha Firdaush Bhadha

    I have to admit this app, while initially looking very impressive, will only be used as much as I use quick reply. I will think of it more in terms that “quick reply has now made it into every app” rather than “ever app is now revolutionized”. And for 2 bucks its a good buy.

  • dohbob

    how do you get it?

    • http://www.facebook.com/liamsagooch Liam Googolplex Merlyn

      It’s not released yet

  • Regan Law

    Hey, I thought it was ment to be released in 15 days or something?

  • http://www.facebook.com/techninjoe Joe Gonzalez

    Any day now.. i hope.. I cannot freakin wait

  • Chona

    I can’t wait anymore, I want it NOW!!!

  • Regan Law

    :( haha I’m so impatient, I can’t wait. With a few UI adjustments it would look like something apple may develop…

  • Himanshu Oberoi

    Why Don’t they add apps like games and utility on this mini screen
    That would look so awesome
    Like subway surfers, temple run 2 , danger boat etc etc…

  • iViperzLTD

    I hope the iPad devices aren’t left out :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/allflash.nocash Khayam M Shahid

    When is this tweak going to be released Jef?

    • http://www.facebook.com/liamsagooch Liam Googolplex Merlyn

      He does say in the video and in the article

  • http://www.facebook.com/jamie.roberts.50159836 Jamie Roberts

    WOW i love jailbreaking and im sorry i was getting a little bored with some of the tweeks coming out recently but then a little gem like this comes along and reminds me why I love JB’ing so much! – THIS IS AMAZING!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/mattpet Matt Dowdy

    I’d love to see an enhanced folder for the iTunes remote app for changing tracks etc

  • Gaz

    When is this going to be released

  • Michael Kloran

    While viewing the app I want to be able to switch into the full-screen mode by using a two finger spread or pinch.

  • George Yfantopoulos

    It released!!!! :D

  • http://twitter.com/JailBreakFiles Jailbreak101

    VELOX IS NOW AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE AND DOWNLOAD… I JUST INSTALLED AND IT WORKS! Worth every penny!

  • http://www.facebook.com/davidhuy1408 David Huy

    I think it has a bug, the notification folder only works for app that is located individually on the home screen. If the app is in the group with other app, swiping gesture won’t bring up any notification folder for that app

  • Ben Silverman

    Does anyone else find that the icon goes dim when you toggle Velox in it?

  • kevon

    Can you take photo with that? i cant..

  • http://www.facebook.com/gregg.j.erickson Gregg Erickson

    Great tweak – I’m in. Thanks for putting together the great video preview.

  • http://iPhonage.com/ Joshua Logan

    a great time saver, no doubt

  • Sohail Wahab

    ipad version please

  • Stef

    When it comes for ios7?