I hate having too many widgets and shortcuts on my homescreens. I like to keep things simple and organized for a boost in speed and reliability. I tried many alternatives from the Store for managing shortcuts to my favorite apps but none go them were very satisfactory. After I upgraded to Jelly Bean on my Galaxy Nexus, I think I finally found something which works fair enough.
Sudo Quick Launch Android App came as a very pleasant surprise and it does the job very well. The app replaces the swipe up gesture, used to open Google Now with a menu of frequently used apps. The app list can be customized to suit your needs, it’s scrollable and appears when you use the swipe up gesture on the home button as well as from the lockscreen. It also replaces the Google Now icon, once you set Sudo as default for that action, with the one of the app, that resembles a rocket. Sudo does not offer any settings or other options than adding or removing apps from the list. It’s very fast and reliable, perfect for those who wants to keep their favorite apps close at hand. Mind you, on devices which have only hardware keys, the app can be accessed only from the lockscreen. Sudo Quick Launch for Jelly Bean is a paid app. There are no ads, no permissions and no DRM. Here is a demo video on the Nexus 7 to get a better idea how the app works: