ADWLauncher EX

ADWLauncher EX

500,000 - 1,000,000 downloads

Pros
  • Great amount of themes available
  • Effects and transitions
  • Different app drawers styles
  • Drag & Drop action buttons (gestures)
Cons
  • It's slower than others
  • Non-scrollable dock and only 5 dock shortcuts allowed
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Expert's Review
7.0
Great

"ADW Launcher notably enhanced"

Reviewed by / Aug 18, 2011

ADW Launcher is an app that will change the appearance of the dock and the app drawer of your Android.

What's new in ADWLauncher EX? Now there are 5 different app drawer styles and effects, including 3D Nexus app drawer vertically scrolling and iPhone-like app drawer among other. What's more, there are different desktop transitions, faster presets mode, editable desktop icons and many more. As we said, ADW.Launcher strongest point was the scenery, that means, the appearance customization, take into account the amount of themes and plugins. This new release try to catch up improving what was its weakness: settings, transitions, effects and fast access.

Besides the new features, keep doing the old stuff. It allows you to change lots of features: icons, themes, backgrounds, among many others. ADW Launcher is a visual launcher, that’s is, it focuses on the scenery. For this reason, its defining feature is the great amount of free themes available. You also may customize drag&drop action buttons (gestures) to launch apps or to open folders, plus many other settings, especially regarding visual desktop appearance. However, it's slower than other launchers, and that goes against it. Other catches noticed are non-scrollable dock and the limit of 5 dock shortcuts. It has to be said that some of that things have been improved with ADW Launcher EX.

ADW.Launcher has been developed by Anderweb, a web/app developer who is being quite successful with ADW.Launcher. It's constantly improved with themes and plugins.

If you are into customizing your desktop and app drawer and you give more weight to that stuff we truly recommend you ADW.Launcher. Bear in mind that you will have to carry with a slower performance and fewer configuration options than other launchers.

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Developer's original description available here
Highly customizable home replacement application

¿What's a home replacement application?
Is an normal android application that will run when you press your android device's HOME key. It's what usually people know as the "android desktop".

¿What makes ADW different?

-It's compatible with android versions from 1.6 to 4.1!
-It's highly customizable, almost in every aspect you can think of.
-Thousands of skins and themes with support for most popular launcher themes!
-Mix and match your skins, icons, docks, folders, etc
-Configure your applications in unlimited groups and hide unwanted apps.
-Fast setup screen with fast access to add items or configure everything.
-Gestures for fast operation (swipe up/down, 2-fingers swipe up/down, pinch in/out, etc)
-Configurable Actionbar, similar to android 3.x+ tablet interface.
-Screens editor to add,remove, swap and resize your desktop screens.
-Configurable visual desktop indicators.
-Easy folder tweaking and management, content previews, arrangement, colors, etc.
-New AppWidget picker for devices running Android 4.1 and newer.
-Icons editor to create your own customized shortcuts or edit existing ones
-AppWidget resizing
-AppWidget backup/restore (only for android 4.1 and newer)
-Customizable applications dock with support for unlimited shortcuts with paginated scroll.
-Lots of settings to play with: texts, colours, animations, sizes... you should dig in!

Differences between ADW.Launcher and ADWLauncherEX:

ADWLauncherEX and ADW.Launcher share the same application core, but ADWLauncherEX includes a lot of extra features and improvements, like for example:

-10 different app drawer styles, including 3D waterfall, 3D Roll, 3D Ball, 3D Wall, 3D Cube...
-Lots of new desktop transitions: new animations while navigating through your desktop screens. Try them all, they're crazy!!!
-New icons size configuration to enjoy high quality icons from your preferred themes!
-Save custom configuration presets: Quickly configure and change the whole desktop configuration by 1 click!
-Backup and restore your configuration, easy and painless. You can even share your desktop configuration with your friends!
-More, more more to come!!

Recently changed in this version

*v1.3.3.9 bugfix release
-Fixed a rendering issue on Android 4.3.
-Fixed keep in memory notification behaviour.
-Direct uninstall when dragging apps from the App Drawer.
-Fixed some swipe gestures being unable to launch apps.
-Some more reported errors fixed.
-Small code changes in preparation for...


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  • (69)

    by acimsun on 08/05/2011

    Good app.Please chinese version.

  • (69)

    by soulzeroxx on 25/01/2011

    Works great for me. Only 4 though because i wish the 4d drawer would be just a little smoother, i have a galaxy S so it should be powerfull enough to make it real smooth.

  • (69)

    by bergui on 24/01/2011

    I have the lite version and works fine!

  • (69)

    by John Carson on 28/07/2014

    Awesomesauce

  • (69)

    by Elizabeth Conard on 28/07/2014

    Won't work on anything above ICS. Save yourself the hassle and opt for Nova or Apex. Both are still fully supported by devs.

  • (69)

    by Christopher Bearden on 25/07/2014

    It seems the developer has abandoned this app. When I bought it a couple years ago, I was under the impression that it would be updated and tweaked every so often. I really do like it, but it's time to move on. I will rate 5 stars again when an update is released.

  • (69)

    by Peter Depascale on 23/07/2014

    Use with all.my devices its a fantaatic way to customize