Well after two years ADW Launcher EX and the free versions get not so much a update, but, a complete rebuild and boy do they look good.
|RATING:(23,627) Average EX 4.4
RATING:(85,470) Average Free 4.4
UPDATED:October 29, 2012
REQUIRES ANDROID:2.0 and up
PRICE:Free Google Play Store link
ADW Launcher EX £2.26 Google Play Store link
and ADW.Launcher share the same application core, but ADWLauncherEX includes a lot of extra features and improvements, like for example:
10 different app drawer styles, including 3D waterfall, 3D Roll, 3D Ball, 3D Wall, 3D Cube, Lots of new desktop transitions: new animations while navigating through your desktop screens. Try them all, they’re crazy!!!
New icons size configuration to enjoy high quality icons from your preferred themes!
Save custom configuration presets: Quickly configure and change the whole desktop configuration by 1 click!
Backup and restore your configuration, easy and painless. You can even share your desktop configuration with your friends!
Ander Webbs said:
I wanted to merge both applications’ cores for various reasons, being the most important ones easier future development and better support for users and themers.
Also, because of all the new features and system changes from android 4.x, I had to rewrite lots of the code I had running (always trying to be backwards compatible downto android 1.6).
That, and the continuous effort to set all the new features “optional and configurable” is the most important part of my work.
I’ll be honest, for those on Android 4.0 and above, and especially if you’ve bought Nova Prime/Apex Pro, there’s not much that’s different here.
With that said, it’s good that there are options. That’s the beauty of Android. Don’t like something? There’s always an alternative. And I’m pretty sure this is great news to those still on Gingerbread and below.
I used ADW EX but found it wasn’t keeping pace with the “market leaders” Apex pro and Nova prime. For what it’s worth some of the reviews are poor. I wish the store listing laid out what’s new. It doesn’t say anything about new features. There’s a video but it goes so quick that you can’t really see what’s new. May give it another shot but I’m a Apex pro fan so not sure if it’s worth it.
Check out the video below.