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ADWLauncher EX, one of the most popular launcher replacements on the Market, has received a major update just in time for the app's birthday, and Google's 10 Billion app download celebration, which is set to bring 10 apps a day to the Market for just $0.10 each over the next 10 days. ADWLauncher EX is set to be one of the promoted apps, so new buyers should hold off until it appears in the promotion.

ADWLauncher EX's update brings a lot to the table, including an enhanced dock bar, ICS-style folder creation, hardware acceleration (on specific features when possible), and much more. Here's a full list of what's new:

  • New Dockbar:
    • Unlimited icons with paginated scrolling
    • Options stretch,scale,reflections,etc...
    • Double tap dock icons to edit
  • Better folders:
    • Drag icon over another one to auto create a folder
    • Visual representation of folder contents with theming support
  • Options to choose how the folder contents scroll and behave like you do with the app drawers
  • Single/multi row auto fitting support
  • Easier visualization of desktop and drag operations
  • New desktop indicator inspired by ICS

To highlight some of ADW's new features, Tim-o-tato from Droid Life ran through the updated app in a quick video:

If you have the launcher already, grab the update. If not, wait a little while and grab it for $0.10 from the Android Market.

Source: ADW Things Via Twitter

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  • skitchbeatz

    too bad launcher pro got left in the dust.


      Its all the developers fault, he promised a rewrite due out in January 2011. 2011!!!

      • jim

        ya. not a peep from him either in a long time. with as much $$$ as he made off LPP, you'd think he would want to continue development on it

      • Jays2Kings

        Yeah I bought Launcher Pro months ago, still no update, then the guy released a music app call UberMusic, I didn't buy it, for I expected it also not to get updated. I was right, it still hasn't since July, on the day it was released, and yes it's a paid app.

      • Brandon

        God forbid you mention that in their forums -- everytime I chime in that he promised an update in back in January the chorus starts crying that of course he's working on it, its just around the corner.. Feel's like Enyo is developing it.. Shame really since it was so amazing when it first came out.

        • http://www.twitter.com/teamROU Phil Oakley

          Don't want to be a troll, but how do you know he isn't working on it?

          My point is you have no evidence he's not developing LauncherPro and doing the rewrite. He said it would take a while, and it's taking a while. Problem?

          If you think you can do better, go do it. I'm a developer (one of a few developers on ROU Launcher) and I know how hard it is to create a launcher.

        • TOMMMMMM

          @Phil, I get your point, all I'm saying is that if an update finally comes out 2 years from now, it's not worth it for people to buy LPP now. It's been almost a year since the rewrite ETA, he's given no ETA's or has shown any evidence at all that he's working on it, other than saying he hasn't abandoned it. If I saw evidence to the contrary, I wouldn't be so harsh in my criticism. I would say LPP hasn't received a significant update in well over a year.

        • http://GrantGarrison.com OMGrant

          There's this really important thing.. you see... Its called communication. A relationship between buyer and seller (in this case, developer)

          When that breaks down, and its the seller whos not talking, the buyer leaves because they don't know what to expect in the future, and when you get nothing, you EXPECT NOTHING. Shut up.

    • William

      I still use it since it's very simple, but for 10p is very good.

      WILL WAIT!

    • TBolt

      Launcher Pro ran great on my 'older' phone (DInc), but I wanted more features. Fortunately, Go Launcher EX has great features and runs very well on my DInc.

      I'll die an old man before Launcher Pro gets an update.

  • Greg MG

    Ok, before I go and download ADW, I gotta know. LaunchPro (which I'm using right now and love) only supports 7 homescreens. Go Launcher EX (which I don't like) supports up to 30. How many does ADW support?

  • sgtguthrie

    When does this 10c thing start? I'm looking to replace LauncherPro plus with something new, plus apw widgets, and vouala! It's kind of like getting the rewrite Fede promised for LauncherPro, only not... LOL!

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      We don't know, it could be any of the next 9 days.

      • Sam

        Good to know. Hope there was a list to see which apps get 10c price ;)

  • Jesus Otero

    Broke some of the features that I love and made me switch from LauncherPro. Cant hide the launcher (that i know of). Also, I had a swipe down gesture to show notifications, but every time I do it, ADW force closes. Help me out guys!

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Don't just tell us - tell the developer.

      • http://www.pretentiousname.com Leo Davidson

        Telling us is useful as well. It's good to be warned about removed features in case they are important to us.

        If you can't hide the dock bar (I assume that's what Jesus means by launcher?) then I'll stick with the current version.

        I've never understood dock bars in launchers. Why would I want to use up space on every screen for the same four or five icons, when I could just put them on the home screen (always easy to get jump back to) and use the space on the other screens for different icons?

        (Or, with scrolling dock bars, why would I want to split the screen in half and have two different scrolling icon sets instead of one big, full-screen set?)

  • Carl Stein

    When does this start? I need this asap

  • http://imgur.com/CuKA2 alx

    I got my update, but now the icons in my dockbar reach above my dockbar image. Other than that, it's been great as always.

  • Taedirk

    Wow. The drawer settings actually became worse. The Unassigned catalog feature from CM7 was never merged back in to Ex and the new dock removed the option to have arrows switch between catalogs. Pretty fail.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Tell the dev by clicking his email in the app's description and emailing him.

      • Taedirk

        I did. I just felt like bitching on the internet before coming to my senses.

        • jim

          +1 for being honest ;)

        • TBolt


          ....character requirement................

  • Dei

    I miss Fede's constant LauncherPro updates... when you ping him on Twitter about it, he'll tell you he hasn't abandoned it... but he made UberMusic, and since then... tumbleweeds. =*(
    I'd put his Twitter on here for us to nag him about it, but I don't think that's a positive step in encouraging a developer =/

  • Rob

    I also used (and purchased) LauncherPro and have been frustrated at how it seems to have languished. At any rate I have CM7 now and ADW is included. I hope CM9 includes the update for ADW; it looks rather cool.

  • Tim

    Hey, slightly off topic, but what's that song in the video? Its lovely

    • CuriousCursor

      009 Sound System "Killer With A Thousand Faces"

      • Tim

        Wow, thanks for the quick response. Sincerely appreciated

  • Shaneaus

    New update is a MAJOR DISAPPOINTMENT for me. My favorite feature was the hidden dockbar - which has been removed! Luckily, my phone didn't update. So, can uninstall on my tablet, copy it from my phone, and use the older version. Guess - I'll start looking for a different launcher with that feature. I was an early adopter as well. AnderWebs tweeted that 90% of feedback was to remove the hidden dock... I never heard of it! Sorry, Ander - but, this is downgrade - not, an upgrade.

    • Korraym Sorour

      i need help ? !do u know how to remove the new update ? ! cause it slow down my phone

  • Andrew L

    ADW is ugly as sin.

  • TJT

    adw ex with ics theme by kovdev is pretty cool,
    and the adw ex update is causing a few issues on my dinc2

    • Korraym Sorour

      any help ? !do u know how to remove the new update ? ! cause it slow down my phone

  • BeInGarvey

    I am a recent convert to ADW EX and got it when it was 10¢ and actually like it for the more advanced features not present in LPP.
    Evo/gingerbread-evo deck 1.0/ice theme for cm7-with adw themes

  • Flash

    I love your launcher, but having removed the hidden dockbar is a major downgrade!!!!!! Please bring it back!!!!!

    • nitya

      yeah, please bring it back

  • Korraym Sorour

    pleez i need any help ? !do u know how to remove the new update ? ! cause it slow down my phone