Nova Launcher is one of the best third-party launchers available, and today’s update makes it even better. The latest stable update brings some visual flair from the Android L developer preview, including different animations and theme tweaks.
There’s a new animation option for opening and leaving apps called slide up, which causes apps to appear from the bottom of the screen like they do in Android L. Many of the default theme elements have adopted the same aesthetic, including the Google search bar and the app drawer icon. The folder icon previews can now use Android L style grouping, too.
One of everyone’s favorite Android launchers is receiving an update that puts it even closer to the stock launcher. Nova Launcher’s latest update adds the “OK, Google” hotword commonly found with the Google Experience Launcher. This feature requires Android 4.1 or higher and a device than can sit in low power consumption while listening (as not all devices can do so). Another addition is the fixes, tweaks, and changes made within the beta version of Nova Launcher. They have all been brought over to the stable release in the Play Store.
Hit the break for download links.
We’ve got to give credit and praise where credit and praise are due. When Google announces a new update version, such as KitKat, it can often take third party developers to catch up with the changes and get their application up to speed. So we’re tipping our hats to the developer behind Nova Launcher, a third party home replacement app that allows you to customize your home screen in a variety of ways. Since the announcement of the Nexus 5, we’ve seen the new “translucent” look that comes with 4.4 and well, we want it. As for several selected devices the new look has been added by the dev to Beta version of Nova Launcher and also takes advantage of custom icon packs. And though the selected devices, as we’ve mentioned, are slim, there are some big hitters (see changelog for full list on Kevin Barry’s G+ page at source link).
Everyone’s favorite launcher replacement has received an update today that should please many. With the 2.2 update we see custom docks as well as custom unread notifications. You can change colors, add custom tray patterns and so on. If you’re one of those that dropped the few bones it costs to get the Prime features then you’ll be seeing new scrolling effects. One such scroll feature mimics the glass transition seen in Touchwiz. What you won’t see though is the associated lag that comes with Samsung’s skin.
Either way I highly recommend that if you have the app you update it. If you don’t have it; get it. If you haven’t bought the Prime features yet; do it. You won’t be sorry. You’ll find your download via the source link. Enjoy!
source: Nova Launcher via the Play Store
Popular launcher app Nova Launcher released a new update over the weekend that adds much more flexibility and control over app icons to go along with normal optimizations and bug fixes. While many people put their favorite apps on their homescreens, others like to access them using the app drawer. This is where many of Nova Launcher’s recent updates are focused. Users can customize app icons and titles used in the app drawer independent of the theme they currently have selected. Users can also group apps into folders in the app drawer and then drag these folders to the homescreen. This essentially means folders can be created from the homescreen or the app drawer.
Just last month we completed some testing of launcher apps on tablets to replace what users may have received on their devices. Among our favorites was Nova Launcher, which just got an update to version 2.0 in the Google Play Store. Nova Launcher‘s developer, TeslaCoil Software, has included several new features in this latest version with many of them being available in the free version.
You don’t have to be Xzibit to appreciate what Nova Launcher has done with its latest beta. No, the beta launcher won’t help you install an x-box to the trunk of your Toyota Celica but it does go a long way in helping you pimp your home screen. Nova is one of several capable third-party launchers but with the addition of a
handful ton of customization options it’s doubling down on a more user-defined look and feel to Android.
Like with the version available on the Play Store, ver. 1.3.4, Nova Launcher 2.0 beta requires Android 4.0.1 or higher. And while both versions offer an increased level of control over its stock counterpart, 2.0 takes it to a different level. We’re talking transparency settings, resizing folders, gestures galore and some nice wallpaper tweaks. The 2.0beta3 release addresses some early beta bugs, with fixes to expanded notifications on Android 4.2, dock as overlay, dock infinite scroll, disabled wallpaper scrolling and force close issues.
Hit the break for a complete list of Nova Launcher 2.0 features and the all important download link.
Replacement home screen launchers are popular in the Android world, and with the advent of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, some new ones have come out that are built specifically for Google’s new OS. One popular one is called Nova Launcher by kevin@TeslaCoil. It has an interesting feature called “widgets-in-drawer” that, until now, required system installation, which was a slightly more complicated and an advanced installation method.
The new beta14 version of Nova Launcher now installs as a regular .apk file, and only requires your device be rooted to enable the widgets-in-drawer feature. Check out a screenshot of the changelog after the break: