A big new update was recently released for the popular launcher app ADW.Launcher, and I'm here to tell you all about it. Nearly every part of the app has been improved in this enormous evolution of the ADW experience.
I am a user, nay, apostle of the popular LauncherPro, but this ADW update has made me reevalute my allegiances.
Here's the official release video that points out the new features:
Play around with ADW.Launcher for a minute and you'll notice the remarkable quality and stability of the experience. In this respect, it rivals Nova Launcher Prime, which is only available for Android 4.0 or later devices.
ADW.Launcher is as fast, responsive, and customizable as it ever was, but now it's got a bunch of new features that really round out the app and make it something special.
- The Action Bar: 4 functions in one place
This update is the first to introduce the Action Bar.
This little guy lets you search Google, do a voice search, open the app drawer, and change ADW settings. Just like the app dock at the bottom of the screen, the Action Bar stays active at the top of the screen when you scroll through different homescreens. Convenience is the name of the game here.
- Android 4.0-style folders
ADW works on Android versions 1.6 and later, but offers some features first implemented in Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. If you drag an app shortcut on top of another shortcut, it'll combine to make a folder.
In addition to the folders, the overall feel of the app is very similar to the sleekness of Android 4.0.
- Divide your app drawer into groups
The app drawer can get a bit daunting if you've got dozens of apps spanning multiple screens. ADW lets you organize your app drawer by letting you group your apps.
If you use this grouping feature well, you won't need to put so many shortcuts on your homescreen and the your app drawer will be a bit easier to navigate.
There are a bunch more new features, but I'll let you discover them on your own. One semi-hidden feature I'd like you to remember is double-tapping app shortcuts. This brings up a menu different from the one you get when you long press an app, and without this menu, you can't change app names and do other neat things.
When you first start up the app, you get the following initial setup screen. If you feel a bit daunted by all these options, just keep tapping OK through all the screens as you can always go back later and change settings to your liking.
For those of you using other launcher apps, or if you're stuck with your phone's default launcher, I recommend giving this app a shot. I was genuinely surprised with all the neat features I found.
The basic version of this app is free, but there's also a paid version (238 yen) available that offers a couple added features.
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Time used: about 1 hour
Device used: HTC Desire HD (001HT)
Last updated: 10/30/2012
Price: free (paid version: 238 yen)
Compatibility: Android 1.6 and higher
Translation by Jason Morgan