Nova Launcher graduates to 4.0, complete with material overhaul


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.

Included in the 4.0 stable release is three bundled wallpapers and a circle app animation. Much like opening folders in Nova, when you tap your favorite app, it will open in a circle out animation, complete with the prominent app icon color, giving the animation a colorful look to it. It can be found by going to Nova Settings > Look and Feel > App Animation > Circle. On top of that, there are a slew of cosmetic and animation changes, functionality improvements, a new grouped widget picker and a pull to search in the drawer and widget search.

If you haven’t already given Nova Launcher a go, now may be an appropriate time to do so. After eight months of development, I’m pretty sure you’ll find something to love in the launcher.

source: Kevin Barry on Google+

About the Author: Jack Holt

Jack is a tech enthusiast who is surviving small-town Wyoming. He's a newspaper editor by trade and a blogger for fun. His phone of choice is the Galaxy Note 4 and when he's not tinkering on that, he can be found researching new tech and wondering if his wallet can sustain a new tech purchase. When he's not in front of a computer, he's out in the mountains with his dog exploring the wilderness.

  • Jean-Francois Messier

    I bought the pro version, and installed it recently. I noticed a big drain on the Battery, which stopped right when I removed it. I don’t know whether this was recently fixed or not. I use Nexus 5 – 32G phone.

  • Major_Pita

    Been using the Pro version for years. The material upgrade is really nicely done. Personally I keep the animations set on ‘Faster Than Light’ settings and don’t go beyond three desktop screens and go easy on widgets. This gave me an AOSP look and feel while still running an S4 on TW ROMs and still serves well on that same MDK S4 running Lollipop GPE. Not sure if my next phone will be the S6 or something else but I will continue to use Nova Pro on whatever the final choice is.