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  • Visual configuration options
  • Great amount of themes available
  • Drag & Drop action buttons (gestures)
  • It's slower than others
  • Performance configuration options could be improved
  • Non-scrollable dock and only 5 dock shortcuts allowed
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"The home replacement that suits with you"

Reviewed by / May 05, 2011

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

It will 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 partha.roy.777_1893100 on 23/08/2012

    Great Apps. It is light weight and very easy. It take little RAM and Internal memory space. Just install & Enjoy!

  • (69)

    by Ricky Yadav on 20/05/2015


  • (69)

    by Shiva Deekonda on 20/05/2015

    Awesome ADW launcher nice potions and look well

  • (69)

    by Tim Murphy on 20/05/2015

    Ducks almost as bad as every Google product on the market. Learn the definition of orientation. But you get what you pay for. Oh. I didn't. Explains why it sux. But wait. I paid for this tablet. Yep. And I haven't stopped paying since. Samsung, google, and now this post launcher. Good times for developers. Any glob can be one these days.

  • (69)

    by Louis Smithe on 20/05/2015

    Nice features and setup. Very customizable

  • (69)

    by taiwana shannon on 19/05/2015

    Has a lot of bugs and my home screen jumps around when using a app.

  • (69)

    by Keshav Raaz on 19/05/2015

    i like it

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