Is there a way you can come with an update which can keep the phone app and its service related stuffs in the memory to have it run "a lot quicker" (Just like the home or massaging app that can be kept in memory!!!)
Try this for yourself and see...
As long as I use the original "Gingerbread Launcher" in my Mytouch 3g gingreyoshi 1.2 (2.3.4) my <phone app> pops up anywhere between <instantly to 2 seconds> (Fully).
BUT as soon as I switch to your ADW-EX Launcher it takes anywhere between 3-5 Seconds to load up (Fully).
My Understanding was:
Your Launcher is far more complete and heavier than the "Stuck Gingerbread Launcher"; causing the system to force Close the phone app and its related services like "Android Core Apps" service and such!!!
Trying to keep the phone app and its related services in the memory to keep it from getting killed by the system.
Your Launcher will be remained the best.