The last time I wrote about ADW Launcher was in October of 2012, where I said it had returned from the dead. Since I already took that metaphor, I’m not exactly sure what to say now that it has returned some four years later. That’s right, ADW Launcher or ADWLauncher or ADW.Launcher, is back and with a huge update to version 2.0.
What is ADW Launcher? I don’t necessarily want to go into all of the history, but ADW was once a big part of CyanogenMod before standing on its own as one of the most customizable launchers in the game. It was a really, really good launcher for a long time and did a bunch of stuff before anyone else, but the gap in updates always made it a tough sell. You just never knew if it was going to be abandoned or supported.
Yet here we are, four years after its last update, talking about it. Weird how this works out some times. (more…)
Being able to customize your phone just the way you like it is a double-edged sword. Android offers a lot of ways to change your phone’s appearance to your liking, but that also means that there is a lot of options out there for you to choose from. For me personally, whenever I sit down and decide to personalize things it can take a long time. Cyanogen Theme Showcase is looking to make that process much shorter, assuming you are running a CyanogenMod ROM. (more…)
Remember ADW Launcher? It’s back! According to the “What’s New” section in its app listing, everything has been redone. If you check out the video, you’ll see a lot of Holo theme, along with settings and features that match up to today’s hottest launcher, like Nova and Apex. I have to admit that I had forgotten about this launcher, but now that it’s back, I’m ready to give it another shot.
I feel like it has been ages since we last asked everyone what their current launcher of choice was. Is everyone still using one of the old standards like ADW and LauncherPro or have you gravitated towards some of the more frequently updated replacements like GO Launcher? Is there a chance that some of you have adopted the current crop of stock launchers that Moto, Sammie and HTC are tossing out? I feel like there is some sort of new home replacement that is dying to be found that we just haven’t heard of yet. If you answer “Other”, please let us know in the comments which launcher you are using.
Saturday’s App Of The Day was Timeriffic. Hope everyone had a chance to take a look at it.
Today, I am writing up an app called Simple Text. This app is for users who are looking for a change up from standard icons or for those of us who like minimalistic styles (Kellex). To use the app you do have to have LauncherPro, ADW, or Go Launcher. (In the pictures above I am using LauncherPro Plus.) The app is about as straightforward as they come. There are two words you can edit. One is on top (see “SIMPLE” in pic) and the other is on bottom (see “TEXT” in pic). Just type in any word you want for top and bottom then customize size, scale, position, color and font. Save the icon and apply it to the launcher icon of your choice.
Here are his exact instruction per market:
How to use with ADW Launcher or ADW Launcher EX:
1. Long-press an app icon
2. Select “Edit”
3. Tap on the app icon
4. Select “ADWTheme IconPacks”
5. Choose Simple Text
6. Create your icon
7. Press Menu, then “Save Icon”
How to use with other Launchers ( LauncherPro, GO Launcher… ):
1] Run Simple Text in your application list
2] Create your icon
3] Press Menu, then “Save Icon”
4] Use your launchers specific change icon option and browse to your images ( stored in /sdcard/Simple Text )
*Today’s free paid Amazon App Store app is: Aces Bubble Popper.
Federico Carnales has been seriously pumping the features out for LauncherPro these days. We go from skinning all the widgets, to now having full themes for icons in the App Drawer. And even better, all the ADW themes (yes ADW) that are available on the Market, also work with this version of LauncherPro, making life very easy!
Along with the update is true infinite scrolling of homescreens, ability to hide label backgrounds, and much more. As always, we’ll keep you up to date on more LauncherPro updates and other need to knows about customizing your favorite device. What are some more features that you think are lacking? Anything you would like to see next?
Download new BETA: LauncherPro Version 0.8.6 BETA
Cheers everyone who sent this in!
Seems like so long ago that we received an update to ADW EX, but I think you’ll be very pleased after seeing the goodies that Ander has packed into this latest verison.
First off, he completely re-did the app drawers to improve memory usage and to make them more responsive. He has definitely succeeded as the fluidity of the drawers was instantly noticeable. He brought over “true” homescreen looping from ADW Launcher 2, reconfigured the theme management screen, added 3 new screen transitions, some cool zooming effects, drawer swiping between catalogs, and probably most importantly, started getting the app ready for Honeycomb.
Full changelog at the ADW site.
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. (more…)