I personally am not very into custom launchers — I prefer a stock launcher experience, whether that means using Google Now Launcher or the new Pixel Launcher — but if you’re a launcher aficionado, you’re probably aware of ADW Launcher. The launcher was a lot more popular back in the days of Android KitKat (and earlier), but earlier this year it was resurrected as a beta in a post-Material Design world…
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Now, the launcher has exited beta to go fully public as yet another great launcher option for your Android Nougat or Android Marshmallow device. The new version is obviously a complete visual overhaul compared to the Holo-inspired design of the past. The new version resembles a lot of other popular launchers in many ways, packing features like Android 7.1 launcher shortcuts, automatically-changing UI colors based on wallpapers, various app drawer stiles, and more.
Here’s the full change log for ADW Launcher 2.0:
* Support for Android 7.1 launcher shortcuts (limited support on older versions down to 5.x) * Added new icons effects section. You can choose image filters and compositions. Awesome.!. * Dynamic UI coloring using wallpaper colors. * New way to manage screens. Hold down an empty area of the desktop. * New way to add widgets and shortcuts. * New way to change the wallpaper, lock/unlock the desktop or access settings. Hold down an empty area of the desktop and choose the option. * Added fast scroll app drawer style. * Added indexed fast scroll app drawer style. * Added some desktop transitions. * Added new section to configure icon badges. * Added a visual mode to configure desktop, icon appearance, folder appearance, and app drawer options. * Added option to change the top panel/widget. * Added option to change the content type of bottom panel (dock/widget). * Added new wrap folder mode to folders. This mode lets you launch the first app in the folder on tap, and show the folder contents on swipe up. * Added new fast application search in app drawer. * Improved app categories in app drawer. * Improved way to manage user gestures. * Improved way to apply internal and external themes. * Improved context menu for all desktop objects. * Added new Custom Widget object. You can add new custom widgets from widget list, import them from friends and other developers, create, edit and share your own. * Added some initial extensions for the custom widgets (time/battery) * Check out ADWExtensions pack for more extensions (weather, gmail, etc). * Added template manager. Remove, add and share templates easily. * Improved icon properties dialog. * Improved folder properties dialog. * Added backup manager in advanced settings/system. Now you can import data from other famous launchers (if you miss one, report back to us so we can include it.) * Added the possibility to set a secondary action on desktop shortcuts. Swipe up over the desktop shortcut to execute the secondary action. * Probably 2 or 200 things I’m forgetting… * A bunch of wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff inside.
You can grab ADW Launcher 2 from the Play Store right now for free, but a lot of these features are exclusive to the premium version which requires an in-app purchase. Normally, this premium unlock costs $4, but you can get it for just $2 for a limited time to celebrate this launch.