Multicon is a simple, but very effective home screen widget that allows you to place four (yes, count them.. four) app icons, shortcuts, or bookmarks, in the space of one on your home screen. It's extraordinarily easy to configure, and the developer is very interested in adding new capabilities to the app.
If you, like me, just can't get enough icons on your home screen, Multicon offers a quick, easy, and free way to utilize the space more effectively. The premise of Multicon is simple, place four icons in the space of one. When I first encountered Multicon, I must admit I was a little skeptical. Not so much that it couldn't do what it said it could, but more that it would cause the icons to be too small for me to accurately touch them. I'm happy to say that my fears were unfounded.
Multicon spaces the icons out enough that it's not a problem to easily touch the one you're after. And speaking of the icons, they are rendered beautifully. The smaller versions look essentially identical to their larger counter parts, just, well... you know... smaller. Bear in mind that I tested this app out on an EVO 4G with it's 4.3" screen. If you have a device with a smaller screen, it may have an effect on accuracy.
Multicon is implemented as a widget. Once you download the app, you won't find it in your apps screen. Instead, you will need to long press on a blank spot on your home screen, and then select Widget in the menu that pops up. Once you add Multicon to your desktop, it will appear with 4 generic "Android" icons. To assign an app or shortcut to a position on Multicon, you simply touch the desired generic icon and a window will come up allowing you to select your desired app. You can add as many instances of the Multicon widget to your desktop as you have room for.
As an added bonus, with the v1.5 update, the developer included a wireless network toggle that can be assigned to one of the Multicon icons. In my testing, the toggle worked great. According to the Multicon official website, the developer plans to implement additional toggles, including bluetooth, GPS, Sync and mobile network. We are very much looking forward to these!
The only negative I could come up with for Multicon is that it doesn't allow you to assign other widgets to one of the four spaces. For example, I would have liked to add the gMail unread count widget, but Multicon doesn't support widgets of any sort at present.
As a side note, you can ignore some of the early comments on the Android market that indicate the widget is slow. The developer has clearly fixed these issues that were a problem in it's initial release.
Bottom line is Multicon is a great widget that keeps you from having to swipe between multiple home screens if you have a lot of apps that you really want to keep on your home screen. It works wonderfully, and is very responsive. We highly recommend this app.
NOTE: Multicon is a free app. Not only is it free, it also does not have any ads in it at all. If you find Multicon useful, we highly recommend you show the developer some support by going to his website and donating a little cash. When you do this, it not only shows your appreciation, but it also encourages him to continue with development of the app.