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App Preview: ADW Launcher 2

A new ADW Launcher could be on the horizon or at least a major update to the current EX or regular versions that will include a set of new and extremely impressive features that you’ll most definitely enjoy.  I had the pleasure of spending a few minutes with a really early version of “ADW2″ today and am already craving more of this hot sauce.  So what’s included?  Hit the break to see.  

Infinite looping homescreen:

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New widget options on long-press:

When you are on a home screen and long press on a widget, you now see more options than before including shortcuts to the Application info and Market pages for the app.  You can also quickly set up custom shortcuts using ADW’s menus rather than the standard Android process.

New app drawer functions on long press:

These new app drawer functions are probably the most impressive.  You can now long press on apps from within the drawer to see a variety of options, giving you more control over the look and feel.  You can also add folders directly in, plus a bunch of other shortcuts.  After playing with the new app drawer for 30 seconds, you see how amazing these new tweaks will be once this thing gets fine-tuned and is ready for release.

App is not available from me, but by doing a search on Twitter for “ADW2″ I’m sure you will get some clues as to where you can find it.

Cheers @davekover and Tato!

  • Anonymous

    Stock Gingerbread launcher is the best, but only for Nexus S …
    For other devices, Stock Gingerbread Launcher is a bit laggy.

  • http://profiles.google.com/carmack.nathan Nathan Carmack

    On my Fascinate, I’ve tried TouchWiz, Launcher Pro (paid), ADW, Go and Launcher7. While they all have their strong points, ADW is hands down the best for me. It does most everything I need in a launcher. I can switch to a horizontal app drawer, easily customize icons, change themes, hide bloatware, add extra app rows, etc. Overall, a great experience. I’m super stoked about version 2.

  • Anonymous

    Would be nice to add “uninstall” to the menu choice of icons in the drawer.

  • Anonymous

    Would be nice to add “uninstall” to the menu choice of icons in the drawer.

  • YourMomsTwaht

    Horrible.

  • Anonymous

    I like launcher pro. I need to give this a try though. I’ve tried adw in the past and just thought it was average. But ill take a second look!

  • Chubbz

    Where can I get the Droid-Life background? I searched the site and forum for it and couldn’t find it.

  • http://profiles.google.com/iranxray Javad Sharifi

    :)

  • Lucastetrault

    I have to admit, I’ve tried all three popular launchers – and I will say that Go Launcher beats them all hands down. There are things about it that Launcher Pro has that I wish it had (the ability to change the glow behind apps would be nice) … (and the ability to get rid of the home icon on the app drawer screen) … but those are minor tweaks. Everything else about Go Launcher seems to be more refined and well thought out.

    This new ADW 2 seems to be borrowing the ideas from Go Launcher (the ability to long press on apps etc.)

  • Just Me

    If this new version doesn’t have a scrolling dock bar, I’m not even going to consider it.

    • tomNasty

      That’s the dumbest thing i have ever heard

  • http://www.facebook.com/ThornfullessRose Devin Jones

    hmmm… so?

  • http://iamandroid.co/profile/rocktoonz Rocktoonz

    ADW comes with CM7, and I wasn’t impressed. I’ve been running LauncherPro+ for several months and just recently tried GoLauncher. I’m really liking it a lot.

  • http://www.mydigitalwhiteboard.wordpress.com anim

    love Go Launcher EX, already has most of the features you mentioned.

    • Mr. Joe

      Plus it’s FREE!!!

  • Anonymous

    I liked ADW Original but it would take about a minute to return the screen when exiting apps. Had to remove it, couldn’t deal with delay.

    • Droider

      I used to have that problem and I found this tip that, for the most part, seemed to address it:

      ————————————————-
      If you use ADW or LauncherPro and if after using your browser, email or any other apps for awhile, then if you press the ‘HOME’ button, if it takes forever to redraw your home screen, and you are sick of that HORRIBLE LAG, then try this: In a terminal, type su and enter. Then type echo ro.HOME_APP_ADJ=1 >> /data/local.prop and enter. Then reboot. Now evaluate whether or not this fixes your lag. If you want to undo what this command does, simply remove that toggle from: /data/local.prop

      To remove the toggle: In Root Explorer, go to /data/, tap Mount R/W at the top, then long-press on local.prop and Open in Text Editor, then delete the line: ro.HOME_APP_ADJ=1.

  • tomNasty

    Would anybody really go with a Launcher other than sense cause there is no way in hell i would

  • versusxiii

    I hope I don’t have to buy a new version, I already purchased ADW EX. :(

    • Anonymous

      Ha, another buck!! No way, that is just unreasonable!

  • ratamacue

    It would be nice to see something for my xoom

  • http://twitter.com/Payaso_113 Nightmares

    I need something to blow my socks off to make me change from the htc sense 2.0

  • http://twitter.com/Payaso_113 Nightmares

    I need something to blow my socks off to make me change from the htc sense 2.0

  • Anonymous

    When’s LP going to get that rewrite finished? I was considering purchasing it, but the delay of the rewrite is not encouraging.

  • Anonymous

    When’s LP going to get that rewrite finished? I was considering purchasing it, but the delay of the rewrite is not encouraging.

    • Nxus1ne

      Why do you worry over a delay? Do you know how long it takes to write software like that?

  • Chris

    it better be free for the people that bought ADW EX like me. If it’s not free for me I dont even care about it.

  • Chris

    it better be free for the people that bought ADW EX like me. If it’s not free for me I dont even care about it.

    • Anonymous

      Windows 8 better be free too, come on I bought Windows 7.

      I also bought ADW EX for like 4 dollars, where could I ever find another 4 dollars to support a developer after I bought a $200 phone with a $30 data plan on top of the voice and texting plan that I already have.

      • Anonymous

        I know, it was so lame when I didnt get the free upgrade to the xbox 360 from the original. Corporate aholes

      • Chris

        Well they released ADW as a full app. It was a really good app and one of the best. but instead of adding an unlock code to ADW and adding alot of new features they released a completely new app called ADW EX which cost a few dollars. now instead of releasing a bunch of new major features to their app that already cost a few dollars they will release a completely new app called ADW 2 which may or may not cost money. Now can you gurantee that they won’t release another app called ADW 3 in the future which will also cost money? No you can’t. what about ADW 4? My point is that if you bought ADW EX already you shouldn’t have to pay for all the new major features that they release for the same app.

        Windows 7 is a complete operating system for computers. not just an app or a program. so windows 8 will obviously cost money

        • Mr. Joe

          For what it’s worth. It’s possible that ADW 2 can’t perform on certain phones while ADW 1 can. So to allow those phones to still use ADW but newer phones can use newer ones.

        • Blacklobo

          I take it you have never bought another piece of software before? Most pieces of software require either a monthly/yearly fee to include “major features” or they release a new version that has them and ask you to buy them again if you want the new “major features”. So though it is a bonus when an App owner doesn’t do this, expecting otherwise is likely to end in disappointment. How else is the App owner supposed to fund the time and effort they spend into working on the new features other than through Ads or paid subscribers.

          • Nxus1ne

            Yep exactly.

            When you bought ADW Ex, you paid for that software, and updates to fix bugs.

            Not guaranteed to get new features at all, that’s a bonus if you get them.

          • Greg

            But the underlying issue is… People have bought Launcherpro once, and got updates, as well as bug fixes. So.. What exactly are you saying? Only particular apps update with new features? Do I have to download Facebook 2 in order to get Facebook chat? Nope.

          • Nxus1ne

            i’m saying it’s up to the developer if they want to provide anything more than bug fixes.

            it takes time and money to develop new features, developers should be able to seek compensation if they choose so.

            and facebook is a free app, it doesn’t make sense to make a facebook 2, they can just replace the old one.

          • Chris

            well if its up to the developer to provide anthing more then bug fixes in their app or to make a completely new app and make people pay every time for the same app then i’ll stick with launcher pro plus since its basically the same app with different features and he only had us pay once for all the extra features plus exclusive launcher pro widgets

          • Anonymous

            …and that’s how the the free market works.

          • Nick

            This is the most ridiculous discussion I’ve ever heard. Do you get the new version of Microsoft Office every time just because you bought Office 2003 8 years ago? I could provide 100 different scenarios. If a developer provides new features free of charge, that’s cool, and we all appreciate it. The fact is you purchased a feature complete piece of software. If the developer decides that they are going to do a major overhaul and include many new features, and they decide that it will be a separate piece of software they are completely justified. If I want those features, I’ll pay for the software, if I don’t I won’t. These developers spend countless hours creating this software for our consumption. I love it when they offer it for free, but I don’t begrudge a developer one bit for trying to compensate their hard work and time spent by selling it for a measly couple of dollars.

            You people have probably never donated or purchased a donate version of a free app. You just take what you can get and then complain when you can’t get more. Don’t forget that the people who develop software are people. They do it in their free time, or as their job. Either way they are entitled to compensation and gratitude if you want to use their software.

            Facebook runs off a completely different monetization system. The more people that use FB, the more money FB makes. Its in every interest to provide as many access points to FB services as possible. More people using FB more often means more money. A launcher does not work on this monetization model. Anderwebs doesn’t gain income the more you use ADW Launcher, nor does Fede with LP. They make money off the initial sale, and that’s it.

        • John

          wait……..
          your telling me we dont get French benefits?

      • Mr. Joe

        Oh shut up.

    • Anonymous

      If a dev goes through a ton of effort to make a new version, he may want to get paid for all that work and effort. It’s entirely reasonable since it is not a case of adding new features or fixes to an existing product. Just because the product is not a consumable does not mean that all iterations of the product should only require one payment. If that were the case, there would be little incentive for a business to innovate. If you find something that’s free, that you like, then you’re certainly able to go with that option. Consumer choice isn’t a bad thing. It’s great that different businesses use different revenue models–it drives competition. However, the expectation that everything for which you once paid must be free is a bit off base.

  • Bigheadman72

    i think Go Launcher is the best launcher out right now.

    • Anonymous

      Weirdo

    • Mr. Joe

      AMEN!

  • Droid1294

    go launcher is shit compared to adw ex which is the best of the best. ftw ade ex

  • Anonymous

    How cani get that vanilla androidlauncher look on my dx? Please help…

    • Anonymous

      look up the gingerbread theme for adw

    • http://profiles.google.com/brendan.kelly94 Brendan Kelly

      oooooooorrrrrrrrrrr you could get the gingerbread launcher from the markety market

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=649257134 John Hance

    I finally got tired of waiting on Fede to finish the LP+ rewrite and have been using ADW this past week on Liberty. I’m really impressed. If Fede doesn’t really blow my mind soon, I’ll be on ADW full time.

    So nice to have all these great choices. Things like this are why I still like Android.

  • Greg

    Wonder what will last longer on my phone… ADW2… or my Sense 2.0 which I dont really want to get rid of.. merely for the widgets..

  • MrWolf

    OMG ADW FTW!

  • MrWolf

    OMG ADW FTW!

  • tanknspank

    I love how every single one of these post turn into how one launcher is better than another, or better yet just that another launcher is the best. *sigh*

  • Anonymous

    It has nothing on GO Launcher

    • Mr. Joe

      AMEN!

  • Mr. Joe

    Why didn’t Matt Demers do this?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25001493 Hank Godwin

      We had to let him go.

      • Mr. Joe

        Why? We only listen to his app reviews.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25001493 Hank Godwin

          We found out he was stealing all the new t-shirts that we’re selling. I caught him wearing 5 of them at one time and his only response was that he “likes to wear layers”…

  • http://twitter.com/NovembersDirge The Observer

    LP+ FTW!!

    But seriously…Fede needs to finish rewriting the code and get a new version out…pronto!

    • Anonymous

      Launcher Pro all dayyyyyyyyyyy!!!!

    • TheObserved

      Launcher Pro sucks butt

  • http://www.koveleski.com koveleski

    http://bit.ly/eENPFr – this is the copy used for review, I just compiled for Tato. +1 this comment so noobs can find it. :P

    • tanknspank

      I see how you are dave, asking for likes “so the noobs can find it”. We all know you are just an attention hog ;)

    • tanknspank

      I see how you are dave, asking for likes “so the noobs can find it”. We all know you are just an attention hog ;)

    • Steve

      DO NOT CLICK THAT LINK. IT IS A VIRUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • http://www.koveleski.com koveleski

        that link also proves that Santa Claus isn’t real. don’t click it!

  • Anonymous

    tanknspank is all up on these comments

    • tanknspank

      Say what? Where! O.O

      • Anonymous

        see? i knew you’d see this and respond. it’s just like when my friends start talking about android and i’m all over any questions they may have.

      • Anonymous

        see? i knew you’d see this and respond. it’s just like when my friends start talking about android and i’m all over any questions they may have.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ewhitaker Eric Whitaker

    Update doesnt really impress. ADW has a lot of competition with launcherpro, launcher 7, and go launcher it really needs to up its game. I like ADW but launcherpro just works so much better on my OG

    • tanknspank

      btw, it’s not really an update. It’s a unofficial build of their rebuild/side project. Not like it was meant to be released or anything, and it’s still pretty new…

      • Greg

        Agreed. Guess this is what we’ve been waiting three months for?

        Back to HTC Sense.

        • tanknspank

          The men have lives to, well, live, you know? Give them a break. They haven’t worked on Android in a while. What I don’t understand though is what you’ve been waiting for. They never promised anything.

      • http://www.facebook.com/ewhitaker Eric Whitaker

        Ok its not technically an update but it basically is, also tell that to the guy who posted this because he said it might be an update. All I am saying is they have a lot of competition and if their next big thing is infinite looping homescreens its not going to make me use it all that much. I love ADW i purchased EX because I feel like they do good work. I just think they could come out with some better tweaks. Just my opinion

  • Anonymous

    I might cheat on Fede after all. I really didn’t want to, but this is tempting.

    • Mr. Joe

      It’s ok. Android fans have commitment issues.

      • Anonymous

        Not true, I’m am very committed to being committed to something at some point in my life… well… maybe. :-)

        • http://twitter.com/NovembersDirge The Observer

          You sound quite committed.

        • Mr. Joe

          Sounds like you are committed to a notion over being committed to a real thing.

  • Anonymous

    I prefer Go! Launcher. The UI is slicker and it feels faster.

    • Mr. Joe

      AMEN!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000106808261 Keith Sumner

    Pretty sure that the infinite looping feature has been available in ADW ex for quite some time.

    • http://twitter.com/MrZiou Dion Tueros

      nop, it has not…

    • tomNasty

      I know its on Launcher Pro and i think its dumb

      • Anonymous

        I know it’s already on Launcher Pro Plus and I think it’s great.

    • tomNasty

      I know its on Launcher Pro and i think its dumb

    • Anonymous

      i gotz no infinite loop

  • http://www.koveleski.com koveleski

    Damn, this was a such a fun indie project to follow.. and now with the publicity, it’s ruined. /curseyou

  • Anonymous

    would it be gingerbread compatible?? cuz it looks pretty sweet

    • tanknspank

      Gingerbread compatible? Hell, it’s based on the Gingerbread launcher!

      So yes, of course it will :)

  • tanknspank

    Hope Anderweb, Boombuler and the rest of the community can start pumping even more features and enhancements into ADW2, and we can see a remake of the popular open source launcher rise to the top. Their work is always top notch.

    Oh, and did I hear about widgets for ADW through another developer? Maybe… ;)

  • http://twitter.com/RandyRKellyHTC Randy Kelly

    looks good still allot of extra options for me

    • tanknspank

      Geez Randy, you forgot to say “First”!

      ^noob ;)