Nova Launcher Graduates From Beta, Adds Paid Version to Android Market with Additional Features

Finally! My favorite ICS launcher replacement has graduated from 15 different beta versions and is now available to everyone in the Android Market. My main reason for loving Nova so much is it’s plethora of customization options. In case you didn’t know already, I love to customize!! From removing the dock divider to different homescreen transition effects, Nova has it all.

This launcher replacement has everything you ever wanted in a launcher and some items you didn’t even know were possible. Unlike the beta version, Nova 1.0 comes in two different flavors. There is a free version that similarly resembles the beta builds, and a $4 paid Prime version that comes with a bunch of additional new features. For those who are unfamiliar with Nova I recommend starting with the free app because it will take you a little while just to get used to all of its possibilities. For you veterans like myself, you might as well jump head first and grab the paid version. Besides getting all of the promising new features, if you’ve been using the beta then you know how much time and effort the devs have put in to this project. The $4 is well deserved. Jump past the break for download links and a breakdown of differences between the two apps.

Nova Launcher

  • Custom Grid – Configure the rows and columns to fit all your app and widget needs.
  • Scrollable Dock – Keep all your favorite apps on the dock, with up to 7 icons per page and up to 3 pages.
  • Scroll Effects – Enjoy eye candy when scrolling your desktop and drawer. Effects include Cube and Cardstack and more for Prime users.
  • Infinite Scroll – Never be far from your favorite page, loop through your desktop continuously.
  • Folder Icons – You can chose a background, preview style or even replace the whole icon.
  • Backup/Restore – Export your settings and layout before a wipe to quickly get back up and running.

Nova Launcher Prime Features (Paid version)

  • Gestures – Quickly start Nova Actions or Apps from gestures on the desktop, such as pinching, swiping or two-finger swiping.
  • Hide Apps – Keep a clutter free drawer by hiding never used apps.
  • Dock Swipes – Get more use out of your dock apps by setting swipe-actions
  • Additional Scroll Effects

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Android Market (Free)

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Android Market (Paid)


About the Author: Stacy Bruce

Stacy Bruce was born and raised in Spokane Washington. He attended the University of Washington to study pre-med only to change his course study a year later to forensic science. Although currently not a doctor or a scientist, some believe he posseses the knowledge of both. He was a resident of San Diego California for ten years, lived beachside and sometimes wonders why the hell he moved back to Spokane. A multi-talented man, Stacy is a fabricator, an artist, a gear head, a tech junkie and at most, the disciple of Casanova. Growing up, he was always enthralled with electronics, gadgets and gizmos. Throughout his life he has had one, if not two, of every cool and new electronic device available. He began his smartphone experience with the original iPhone. After realizing it was more like theirPhone, he decided he wanted the ability to customize, so Stacy moved to the OG Droid and has been a loyal Android fanatic ever since. Moving through all of the top tier Verizon phones, he recently retired his Droid Charge in favor of the Galaxy Nexus, only to wonder what great device Samsung will come out with next. Stacy is a busy new homeowner in where he lives with his beautiful girlfriend and two dogs.


  • Superduty1985

    I have a galaxy s2 skyrocket and it says incompatible?? What does it work with

  • Alaxhix

    No DROID X Support?

  • Jack Holt

    Nova Launcher is ICS 4.0 or above.