There are all sorts of user interfaces out there — TouchWiz, ZenUI, Sense, and Optimus UI are just some of them. These different UI’s tend to come packaged with all sorts of bloatware such as theme stores, digital assistants, and popop tips. In addition to that, there’s usually a bevy of carrier apps packaged into your phone, as well. Unfortunately, there isn’t much of a way to get rid of all of that junk aside from disabling them, but there is at least a way we can make any smartphone take on the look of pure Android.
Launchers offer yet another layer of customization for Android, and there are many different solutions available. Launchers essentially replace your home screen, most of the time with stock Android. For instance, when company’s put promotions in their news aggregators, it’s an easy process to fix by simply picking up a launcher..
What launcher is right for you, though? What are some quality options over the flurry of launchers that are available? We’re going to walk you through that, but first, what is a launcher, exactly?
Since Nova Launcher introduced a new material design implementation to its beta, the beloved launcher has gone through 16 different beta steps and now is ready for primetime with the home-screen replacement graduating to a stable build. Nova Launcher 4.0 features the full material overhaul we’ve seen in the beta plus a few new features.
Nova’s updated launcher released its second Beta today, incorporating neat features from Lollipop, and inventing some new ones on its own. Read more
Nova Launcher is one of the best launcher replacements available on Android. Not only does it feature an experience similar to stock Android, but it’s loaded with tons of extra features and it stays updated to keep up with whatever Google adds to the vanilla Android launcher.
The latest update brings one of the best new features of Lollipop to Nova Launcher: the app drawer. Lollipop shows apps in the drawer as cards, sticking to Google’s favored interface design, and now Nova will let you do the same. The option is tucked away in the settings, but in the Drawer section of Nova you can check the new Show Pages As Cards options to get that Android 5.0 feel. It’s not identical to what ships on stock Lollipop devices, but it’s close and a little more customizable. Read more
We’ve talked about Nova Launcher in the past, but in case you missed it, Nova Launcher is easily one of the best, most tweak-able home screen replacement apps on the Play Store. Developers TeslaCoil pushed an update to the Play Store yesterday bringing some Lollipop-flavored tweaks to the popular application. Read more
The latest features from the Nova Launcher beta have made their into the main application today, including a several new drawer animations and better app sorting.
While it’s not a major update, it does bring some visual flair to your homescreen, and new customization options are always welcome. Hit the break below for the change log and the link for the update. Read more
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. Read more
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.
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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). Read more