Nova Launcher is easily one of the best launchers available for Android right now. That’s mostly thanks to the fact that you can change virtually any part of the Android user interface. Whether you want to download custom icon packs, change their size, change the home screen, folder or app drawer layout, it can do virtually anything. And the latest beta version adds a couple of new, welcome additions.
The latest update to the beta (version 4.3-beta2) was launched over the weekend, and includes a new system-wide Night Mode and a better tool for customizing the search bar, as well as the usual bug squashes.
As with everything on Nova Launcher, the new Night Mode feature has just the right amount of granular controls. It has its own dedicated option in the main settings menu, and you can have it automatically switch on at sunset and switch off at sunrise, or tell it to follow the system method, or have it switch on always.
In automatic mode, you can toggle an option to use your current GPS location for more accurate sunset and sunrise time. What’s more, you can choose which parts of the UI you want it applied to. You can use the dark theme (or not) in the search bar, app drawer or folders.
The other important update is the better search bar configuration tool. Rather than just have a handful of pre-made search bar styles based on previous Android versions, you can choose which style bar you want, which color you want the bar to be and what style Google logo you want to use. You can choose from old and new full Google logos, or just have the new ‘G’ in gray or full color.