ADW, the OG of Android custom launchers has made a comeback after almost 5 years. It turns out that work on 2.0 was started awhile ago, in the form of an alpha testing stage, but it was never finished. Even though 3 years for an Alpha stage is a little much, its back and beta than ever.
I’m not gonna go through the whole feature set now, but the whole app has been rebuilt from the ground up with things such as:

  • Dynamic colors based on wallpaper colors
  • Custom widgets
  • Template manager for your ADW custom widgets
  • New and improved ways to manage your desktop
  • Improved theme engine
  • App search in the drawer
  • Extensions for the custom widgets, such as battery, time, gmail, and weather
  • Backup/Restore/Import feature
  • Cloud backup feature through Box,Drive,Onedrive,and Dropbox
  • A suspicious “promo apps” icon that isn’t removed even with purchase of the pro version

Its understandable that you’ve probably moved on from ADW and now use Action or Nova, but this will definitely be a walk down memory lane for some Android users who’ve been with the platform for a while. It seems like just yesterday that ADW was introduced as the default launcher for CyanogenMod v2 and later replaced by trebuchet in v9
You can opt-in to the beta here. The pro version is $3.99 and is available through an in-app purchase. I’ll go more in-depth on the feature set in my review of the app, but you can view screenshots of it below

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