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ADW Launcher Includes SenseUI Homescreens

The newest launcher to sneak into the Android world packs too many options for me to even attempt to list out.  The ADW Launcher sort of found its way into a few forums over the last few days even though it appears to have been in several beta stages on the G1 without the mainstream world knowing.  My first impressions are, “Whoa!  It does that?  And that?  Wait…and that too?”  This is the most personalize-able (that a word?) launcher I’ve ever seen.  A mix of Helix, SenseUI,  Samsung Galaxy and so much more makes this thing easily worth an hour of your time.

Any bad news?  Yes.  At this time it’s only for rooted users.  While I know nothing of developing, this appears to need a couple of tweaks and it could be available for everyone.  Maybe once it steps out of beta?


  • Side-to-side scrolling in app drawer.
  • Adjust number of columns/rows in app drawer.
  • Persistent apps + hidden app bar.
  • Hide notification bar.
  • Press “home” key and see SenseUI styled screen preview.
  • Up to 7 home screens.
  • Way too many to list.

*Note 1* – The following instructions are performed using ClockworkdMod Recovery.

Instructions for installation…

1.  Download this file to the root of your SD card:  Version 0.7Beta7 (alt link)
2.  Reboot into recovery. (Power + X)
3.  Select “install zip from sdcard.”
4.  Select “choose zip from sdcard.”
5.  Scroll down and select “ADW.Launcher.0.7….zip.”
6.  After it finishes installing, hit the power button to return one menu.
7.  Reboot your phone.
8.  Choose the “Home” launcher when prompted.
9.  Done!

Comments or questions?

*Note 2* – Make sure to donate to the developer if you can.  Ander Webbs is his name as far as I can tell, and you can find his dedicated launcher page here.


Cheers Tim!

  • heien

    Apparently this doesn't work on DarkEdge, shame I really wanted to try it too!

    • aczm1988

      Ya im running DarkEdge and when i booted up i got a black screen all you could see was the notification bar. Had to restore. Im very disappointed i wanted to try it out.

  • jdixon74

    I haven't noticed a change in battery life at all…

    Kellex, how did your icons stay in color on the shortcut tray? Mine are grey.

    • Angel

      Use the tint option in the Sence UI settings

  • aczm1988

    I dont know why but putting it on the “root” did not work i had to put in inside another folder on my root for clockworkmod recovery to see it. Whatever lol it worked.

  • I tried it but I don't like only having 2 icons on the task bar on the bottom, and i love the 3D launch from Helixlauncher 2

  • what makes it like sense????

  • Wow amazing. Only problem is the occasional force close when in portrait mode, not to big of a deal. Love the sense UI preview. If only we could get the widgets from HTC. Love the hidden app drawer thing. By far the best home screen

  • dpu328

    so far it's just not me.For closing a lot. How do I uninstall? It's not in app drawer. I prefer scrolling app drawer. Can I just reinstall Helix?

    • Joe

      For scrolling App drawer, pull up the ADWSettings, Drawer Settings, and uncheck the New Drawer box

    • Zander_206

      Here is the simplest way to get helix back: First go into the market and install the helix launcher you want 1 or 2.. then go into the market and search Home Switcher, its free and install it….. now for the simple part go to the home switcher app and it'll simply show you all the lauchers you have available and the one as your default. So now just go to helix and hit the first button to the right of it ,which says “set as default” …….. There you go helix back

      • dpu328


  • eryck22

    I just tried SPRecovery on my UD10 and it aborts, I checked to see if the file was named correctly and everything. It doesn't seem to work with SPRecovery

  • Al

    How do I uninstall this just in case it blows up? Heh.

    • jaydbee

      I used Titanium manager. When backing up, there is an option to uninstall. Then I rebooted. It was gone and went back to helix2.

  • Kellex, how much does this slow down if any the Droid. because just running my non-rooted droid 2.1, using helixlauncher with 3 screens, twitter/facebook widget on 1 screen, engadget, ny times and weather widget on another, and finally time/date and calender widget on third page, i see some slow down. Helix Launcher 2 completely wrecked speeds on my Droid, so was wondering if you can address the speed issue when you post about stuff like this.

    • Doesn't slow down my phone. It is a bit laggy switching screens, but not to much to notice unless you really pay attention. The app drawer is also a little laggy but really not to bad. Overall great I love it.

  • Paul E.

    Working just fine on my Droid running BB v1.0. Seems to be running hot today, though… don't know if that's this, or something else. (Hot meaning over 100F – hot enough to feel it on the back of the phone)

  • Jay

    So far this thing is blazing fast with BB 1.0.

  • Rucifer

    Installed twice it still isnt working for some reason? After installing the home screen comes up as Helix anyone have any ideas?

    • Paul E.

      You can download “Home Switcher” from the Market and use that. Or, you can go into your apps (Menu>Settings>Applications) and choose Helix, and then remove defaults. The next time you hit the HOME key it'll ask you which you want to use to go HOME. Choose the one called HOME, not HELIX.

      • Rucifer

        It worked thank you so much

        • Paul E.

          You're welcome. Glad to help someone else for once.. usually it's others helping me.

  • Very nice!!! Runs solid on Bugless Beast

  • trumpet444

    nope.cant get it to work. currently restoring

  • Shawn

    Think i'll wait to try this out. the big UNSTABLE on the file name irks me lol but it does seem pretty snazzy

    • Zander_206

      That just means its beta and isn't out in the market yet… Hasn't forced closed or did anything wacky at all to me

  • trumpet444

    force closes a-plenty!!!!!….rebooting again, if no dice then recovering last restore

    • Joe

      If you are rooted, like you should be to use this launcher, try running from the terminal:
      Always a good idea when you're getting a bunch of f/c's with a new launcher.

  • teejaytm

    well I did it. And I LOVE it!!! Dont even care about stock home anymore lol

  • puck

    man kellex you just keep em coming dont ya? Always somethin new and i always here about it from you first. keep up the good work! I might wait to try this launcher out for awhile and see if theres any complaints from other people

  • hawgpapa

    This is sweet…Working with BBV1.0 and haven't had a problem. I think I am supposed to be working, though 🙂

  • kimsj756

    wow.. this thing is sweet. i'm just once more amazed by what droid does…
    i don't know why i waited so long to root my phone..
    i like every single thing i can do with my phone now!

  • jdixon74

    So far i am lovin it! It reminds me of what we saw on the 2.2 update… this is very nice!

  • Dan655321

    Ive rebooted into recovery and installed the zip file but when I reboot its not giving the option to use the adw launcher. Even download home switcher app and ADW isnt showing up as a choice. Any ideas why this is happening?

    • Paul E.

      It showed up as HOME for me in Home Switcher.
      One thing I wish there was an app for? Setting your screens back up like you had them in the prior launcher. LOL.

      • villian1998

        You can always use drocap to take screen captures

        • Paul E.

          True, I hadn't thought of that. I have it all a certain way (one screen for social networking, one for productivity apps, etc., etc.) and I always have to go and remember what went where. Thanks for the tip.

          • jdixon74

            or just go back and forth from old launcher to new one on each screen… i find it refreshing sometimes so i can clean up any unneeded apps off the screens.

          • Paul E.

            Yeah… I try messing around each time too.. going for the large twitter widget vs the small one, stuff like that. I always set it up for 7 screens and then end up not using more than, say, 4. LOL.

  • scorpion77

    This things is Sweeeeeeeeeeeeet!! Love it an it's Nice an fast no lang here bb 1.2 ghz..

  • i love it!! i'm on on BB 1.0 OC @ 1.2 GHz so far the only issue i see is that i couldn't get drocap2 to work but it's pretty obvious i'm doing something wrong bc Kellex has it working

    • I have the same ROM with the IV 1.2 ghz kernel and Im using drocap all the time.

  • Thinking about giving this a try helix always fc's like 5x a day and I'm running UD 9.8

  • Daballa

    Hey Kellex, looks cool but a few questions before going through the process. Is this launcher buggy at all? Work in landscape? Any lag? Compatible with most ROMS? Most people are on BB or cyanogen right now and I just switched over to UD V10 New Era and wondered if it would work with that ROM also?

  • Meticode

    I really like this, this has replaced my HelixeLauncher 2. Running it on Bugless Beast 1.0 at 1.3Ghz overlock.

  • Ace Z.

    Kellex, Have I mentioned that you're the man?

  • kegofkillians

    Downloaded, installed – love it. Just in case is there a way to get back to stock home screen?

  • teejaytm

    So maybe a dumb question but just to be safe, if I change roms does it carry over? And how would I get the stock “Home” back if I wanted that instead? Just asking because this looks sweet

    • Settings -> Applications -> Manage Applications. Tap Menu -> Filter -> All. Then find the name of the app your using and touch clear defaults. You'll then be given the option to choose your home screen again.


      Nvm this seems to overwrite the default.

  • aggressor2323

    I hope this comes out for non rooted users. Looks pretty sweet!

  • Can I do this with SPRecovery?

    • Zander_206

      Just go into the market and search Rom Manager then download it , you only need the free version but my advice is to get the premium license and pay because it is definitely worth it and support the dev since your using it. Now once you have it open rom manager and right at the top says “Flash ClockworkMod Recovery” hit that, wait for it to do its thing, and boom now you have everything you need….. from here just follow kellex's directions :p

  • Julzbernando

    can i use it in motorola milestone?

  • jdixon74

    hmmm not getting it to come up on bugless beat, i didnt think it would have anything to do with the rom.. gonna try to install again through recovery.

    • xsoldier2000

      That's what I thought also, I'm on BB. Clear your defaults for whatever launcher your using….then choose Home. It doesn't come up like Helix does, it seems to “replace” the home launcher.

      • jdixon74

        oh awesome, was just about to hit reboot phone to do the install again, thought i better check back here first and you nailed it! Thank you.. working now 🙂

        • xsoldier2000

          WOOT, I finally helped someone else for a change!!!!

          • jdixon74

            you did and thank you… i havent seen the term “WOOT” since my Everquest days lol you must be a current Online gamer 😛

          • xsoldier2000

            No, just an 'older' geek trying to fit in…. heh

      • BodyMarks

        @xsoldier noob here, have looked over my droid's settings, am unable to locate clear defaults in launcher menu (helix2), could you point me in the right direction where to look thanks

        • BodyMarks

          I went to mange applications, selected helix2 then clear defaults. I can now choose which launcher to use. 😉

  • kellex

    Added a quick features list.

    • I have a few ?s I'd anyone would want to help. I want to root my phone and in confused on the whole proccess first what does SPrevovery do to my phone and why can you in stall some roms through rom manager and some you have to boot up in save mode and do it that way. Please help I wanna root

      • I ment safe mode not save my bad

  • teddyrucks

    Adjustable number of rows and columns looks pretty awesome.

  • kimsj756

    might be a dumb question.. since I just got my droid rooted. First, thanks to kellex! it was a great help….
    btw, you said the whole process is performed using clockworkmod recovery.
    does that mean it won't work if i rooted my droid through SPRecovery?

    • nkhex19

      If you install Rom Manager even the free version go into Rom Manager and at the top it says Flash ClockworkMod Recovery, select that and install the latest which is as of right now (gets updated pretty often) and you will have clockworkmod recovery installed. Rom Manager even gives you the option to flash SPRecovery if you want to.

      • kimsj756

        oh, thanks!
        that means I already flashed clockworkmod recovery to the latest version already…
        which obviously I didn't know.
        then, if I reboot my phone into the recovery mode and install this theme, it will work.. right?

        • nkhex19

          Yes, once you install Rom Manager and flash the latest clockworkmod recovery that will automatically become your default recovery but in rom manager you still have the option to flash sprecovery if you'd like.

          • kimsj756

            Thank you so much!

  • joed5122

    Anyway to do this with SP Recovery?

    • briderx

      I forget if SPRecovery has the option to install ZIP from SDCard. You MAY be able to rename the file to update.zip and install it that way (on the root of your SDCard. I don't know if that will work or not… Only one way to figure it out…

      Make sure to do a backup before performing ANY update like this.. Could potentially mess your stuff up. It worked fine for me.. BB 1.0 – 1.0ghzLV.

  • kimsj756

    just a dumb question… since I just got my droid rooted.. First, thanks to kellex!
    by the way, you said it is performed using clockworkmod recovery.
    i rooted mine with SPRecovery. is it still gonna work even with SPRecovery?

    • Use ROM manager to flash clockwork recovery. Then reboot into CW and install, then use ROM manager to flash back to SPrecovery

  • gonzo319

    will it work with any ROM?

  • Kellex, are you gonna make a tutorial on DarkEdge???

    • The process is really long. Give him time 🙂

      • nkhex19

        Team Choas was able to port a DarkEdge theme over their Rom Red Rum Choas v1.3. Here is their forum on how to do it:


        • NikolaiVolkov

          Mr. Bobrowitz has darkedge option on his steam rom in rom manager, I installed directly over bugless beast v 1.0 without a data wipe or anything. It looks great and is super fast, just make sure you remove helix launcher 2 beforehand or it force closes the home screen

          • jdixon74

            I dont see the hype on darkedge, its very non-candy like to me… very simple looking UI.. maybe thats what others like i guess.. not seeing the big hype.

          • NikolaiVolkov

            Yea I removed it after an hour, not really my thing, went back to bugless beast with adw launcher. Now im just going to be patient til CM 5.0.7

          • jdixon74

            agree.. just hope the next Jrummy is stable like BB is… i have only had 2 reboots on BB due to an issue with the USB i was using. But i am also using Nextheme

          • Yes! Agreed! Def not worth the time it takes to install. I'm sticking with the Nextheme with my custom transparent widgets.

        • Wow…thanks! 🙂 Doing this tonight! lol

      • Trug

        Worth the wait though! Fantastic Theme, currently rocking the green theme myself 🙂

    • kellex

      Working on it right now. 🙂

      • Austin Newsam

        THANK GOODNESS!!!! Take your time.

  • kulz

    gotta LOVE new UI's…. ;D

  • xsoldier2000

    Soooo, where are these settings located?

  • codash

    Some people try it out. It looks really cool, but I need some reviews before I D/L. I think HelixLauncher 1 will be my go to for now. Thanks for the insight though Kellex

  • aarynk

    That looks pretty good! Will have to try it out!!

  • radioactive2008

    Why does it say “Unstable” in the name ? IS it unstable really. I am little sceptic to install.

    • It's still BETA 😛

    • kellex

      Hasn't crashed on me yet.

  • you rooted people have all the fun 🙂

    I'll have to check this out on my brother's phone…

    • Not our fault! You just had to get the Incredible 😛 lol

      • the incredible is pretty incredible…it even made me french toast this morning!

        • Nice! I was gonna say, if my Droid had a “Yoo-Hoo” I would dump my girlfriend 😛 haha jk

          • my gf is pretty jealous of the incredible
            common responses from her:

            “quit playing with your phone”
            “i'm going to hide that phone from you”
            “you spend more time with that phone than with me”
            “i'm going into the other room, let me know when you stop playing with your phone”

            i'm shocked she hasn't dumped me yet.

          • OMG! Same here! Except my g/f is a bit more violent. She'll say, “Put that damn phone down, or I'll snap it in half!” And I always reply with, “Good luck!” lol

          • kulz

            hahahaha! yea..good luck snapping the tank in half ;p

          • mkedroid

            Holy crap!! My wife says the same thing to me? What the heck? Droid Does homewrecking? Not even iphone could do that.

          • Daballa

            My GF says the same thing about me and my Droid. Especially now that it has been rooted!

          • goose50

            My wife and your girlfriend must think alike. I've heard all those things, almost word for word. Haha!

          • kulz

            haha my gf said the same thing when i got the DROID (she had a G1)…i got a her n1 a couple months back and the complaining stopped….. heh

          • jdixon74

            I am to! I can think of better things to play with then your phone… but then again common responses back would be: Well my phone doesnt keep nagging me about spending time with you, doesnt complain about anything and surely doesnt beg me to get off when im on the phone. My phone loves me for who i am and never complains! lol

          • mkedroid

            Damn right!!

          • Angel

            Me and my girl have had numerous fights over the amount of time I spend playing with my phone. I'm still in denial! LOL

  • Will definitely check this out!

  • I'm guessing this will affect battery life exponentially??? lol

    • I've been running droidmod 1.0 and when I installed it all it really did was break my default home. Now helix launcher is my only home app listed. anyone know what the problem could be? Thanks!