ADW Launcher Returns From the Dead, Revamps “Almost Everything”

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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.

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Cheers Grady!

Tuesday Poll: Favorite Android Launcher Today Is?

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.

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App Of The Day: Simple Text

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 )

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*Today’s free paid Amazon App Store app is: Aces Bubble Popper.

Download: New LauncherPro BETA Includes App Drawer Icon Skinning and ADW Theme Support

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

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Cheers everyone who sent this in!

ADW EX Updated with Infinite Looping, New Screen Transitions, and Experimental Honeycomb Support

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.

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Full changelog at the ADW site.

Cheers Manny!

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.   (more…)

Download: 12 Blue Docks for LauncherPro or ADW to Match the New Blur

A friend of DL’s just sent over a batch of docks that fit perfectly with the new blue Blur that we’re seeing from the leaked Gingerbread that’s come out this week.  If you are like me and fully embracing this new color scheme, then these docks will only add to the experience.  They’ll work with both ADW EX or LauncherPro, so no one should feel left out.  Feel free to download the whole set of docks which are zipped below, or grab the few individual files that I’ve posted separately.

Download:  Gingerblur_Docks.zip

If you need instructions on using custom docks:  LauncherPro | ADW EX

Huge Cheers to Nick!

In Depth: GO Launcher EX

In my 11 months here at Droid Life, it’s become apparent that most of our community use one of two different home replacement tools: LauncherPro or ADW Launcher. It’s gotten to the point that these tools are deemed essential to Android users because of the additions they bring to an otherwise boring Android home screen. That one row of buttons adds a lot of functionality and saves a lot of space; something that’s precious on a stock 4×4 grid.

Naturally, when a new home replacement comes along, it’s easy to dismiss it. How could it even come close to the “big two?” However, I urge you to read on: GO Launcher is no half-assed effort.   (more…)