Nova Launcher Stories September 2

Nova Launcher 7 leaves beta, now rolling out via the Play Store

After launching in public beta just over a month ago, the long-awaited stable launch of Nova Launcher 7 is upon us and rolling out via the Google Play Store.

Nova Launcher Stories July 22

Nova Launcher 7 with ‘Launcher3’ rewrite arrives on Play Store in public beta

The highly anticipated from-the-ground rewrite of Nova Launcher 7 is now finally available in public beta over on the Google Play Store.

Nova Launcher Stories January 12

There is no homescreen replacement on Android quite as popular and revered as Nova Launcher. It’s a staple, a stalwart of customization, but it has received its biggest update in recent years, courtesy of the Nova Launcher 7 beta.

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Nova Launcher Stories January 4

Nova Launcher 7 arrives in beta with ‘Launcher3’ rewrite, more

Third-party launchers open up a world of customization for Android users and Nova Launcher has been one of the most popular options for years. Now, “Nova Launcher 7” is on its way as a major update to the app.

Nova Launcher Stories November 12, 2019

With the release of Pixel 4, Google has now added support for gesture navigation when using third-party launchers.

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Nova Launcher Stories April 12, 2019

Nova Launcher update delivers Google Discover dark mode support, Numeric Dots

Android users have been clamoring for dark mode support for a couple of years now, and it’s finally starting to happen. This week, one of the most popular third-party launchers, Nova Launcher, has brought over a bit more darkness by supporting Google Discover’s dark theme.

Nova Launcher Stories December 24, 2018

Nova Launcher Prime drops to ‘lowest possible price’ for the holidays as it celebrates 7 years

Third-party launchers are a powerful part of Android, and Nova Launcher has long been the go-to option for thousands of users. Now, for the holiday season, Nova Launcher Prime is getting a huge discount to its “lowest possible price.”

Nova Launcher Stories May 14, 2018

Nova Launcher update delivers Android P compatibility improvements

Nova Launcher is one of the most popular third-party launchers available for Android today, and one of the big reasons for that is because it’s quick to adopt the latest features and versions of Android. Now, Nova is adding some compatibility improvements for Android P.

Nova Launcher Stories December 18, 2017

Third-party launchers on Android are available to suit every need, but one of the best for years has been Nova Launcher. As of last week, Nova has been available for a whopping 6 years, and the developers have a special treat for those who haven’t bought it yet…

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Nova Launcher Stories October 9, 2017

Nova Launcher now has over 50 million downloads on the Google Play Store

Custom launchers are one of the best and easiest ways to customize your Android device, and one of the most popular has been Nova Launcher. TeslaCoil’s app has been a favorite in the Android community for a long time, and now it’s racked up over 50 million downloads on Google Play.

Nova Launcher Stories September 11, 2017

Nova Launcher’s latest beta adds support for Android Oreo’s adaptive icons

One of the lesser-known features in Android Oreo is the ability to customize the shape of icons on your launcher. This feature is something we’ve seen in some launchers and icon packs, but Oreo’s implementation uses officially supported APIs to do this a bit more reliably. Now, fan-favorite Nova Launcher is adding support.

Nova Launcher Stories July 25, 2017

Android 7.1 Nougat’s long-press contextual app shortcuts have become surprisingly popular, but users on older devices don’t get to enjoy the convenient feature — at least, not without third-party launchers.

Developers behind launchers like Nova and have worked to bring app shortcuts to older versions of Android, but most apps still get linked to a generic list of shortcuts for home screen management. With the help of Sesame Shortcuts, that’s all about to change.

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Nova Launcher Stories June 22, 2017

Nova Launcher’s Google Now integration now works on Lollipop devices

Just last week the talented developers behind Nova Launcher finally solved one of the biggest pain points of almost every third-party launcher by including native Google Now integration. The feature is clean and works great, but it does involve a bit of a workaround to activate. Now, the availability of that feature is expanding to older versions of the OS.

Nova Launcher Stories June 14, 2017

Custom launchers are one of the best ways that users can take full advantage of Android’s open ecosystem. Without having to modify their smartphones, users can simply install a third-party launcher and change up the look of their device. Today, Nova Launcher received an update which makes it even better with native Google Now built-in. What other launchers should have this functionality?

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Google Now Launcher has long been one of the only ways to access your Google Now feed directly from the home screen, thanks to a rule restricting apps on the Play Store from using the service’s API. It’s kept third-party launchers from tapping into the service (and consequently led to slow and clunky solutions like swiping gestures to launch the Google app), but not all developers can be stopped so easily.

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Google Now is a powerful tool, but it only really proves its worth when it can be easily accessed. Now that Google Assistant has taken the place of Now on a long-press of the home button, having Now integrated into the launcher is your best bet. Google’s official launchers used to be the only ways to do that, but starting today one of the biggest third-party launchers is changing that…

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Nova Launcher Stories May 26, 2017

Back at I/O 2017, Google released an updated version of the Android O Developer Preview. With it came some small graphical changes including the addition of notification dots that appear on top of an app. Now, Nova Launcher has brought these dots to its 3rd-party launcher, making this feature available to all versions of Android…

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Nova Launcher Stories February 8, 2017

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One of Android’s greatest strengths is the ability to customize the experience in essentially any way you would like. One of the easiest, though, is with a custom launcher. A favorite for many over the past few years has been Google’s own Google Now Launcher, however, the company has recently revealed that the launcher won’t be around too much longer, leaving many fans with no immediate alternative.

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How to add a Google Now gesture to Nova Launcher

With the death of the Google Now Launcher just weeks away, many are looking for alternate options. Thankfully, there are several great ones available. However, there’s not a single launcher on Google Play that can truly replicate the Google Now Launcher’s best feature – a left swipe for Google Now. So, here’s how to add a Google Now gesture to Nova Launcher.

Nova Launcher Stories December 19, 2016

Nova Launcher is just $0.99 on Google Play until January 1st

Following its 5th anniversary, Nova Launcher Prime, the paid upgrade to the incredibly popular third-party launcher, is on sale for just $0.99 through the start of 2017.

Nova Launcher Stories December 13, 2016

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Third-party launchers are a unique perk of the Android platform, making it easy for users to have complete control over their homescreen without much work. There are several popular options, but one of the best, and likely the most popular, has been Nova Launcher. Today, Nova is 5 years old, and there’s a big update available to celebrate.

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Nova Launcher Stories September 13, 2016

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One of the most-used customization features in Android is the ability to change your device’s launcher. This allows you to customize the look and feel of your home screen, app icons, as well as functionality of the app drawer and folders on your device. This comes especially in handy when you don’t like your device’s customized skin — like TouchWiz on Samsung devices or EMUI on Huawei devices…

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Nova Launcher Stories April 4, 2016

Latest Nova Launcher beta introduces ‘Night Mode’, more search bar choices

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.

Nova Launcher Stories March 2, 2016

Nova Launcher Prime for Android drops to $0.99 (reg. $4.99)

Nova Launcher is one of the best launchers available for Android on the Play Store. It lets you customize virtually every part of your smartphone user interface. While the free version is great, the premium ‘Prime’ version offers far more fine-tuning capabilities and normally costs $5. For a limited time, Nova Launcher is now available for just $0.99.

Nova Launcher Prime Unlock the following extras by purchasing Nova Launcher Prime • Gestures – Swipe, pinch, double tap and more on the home screen to open your favorite apps • Unread Counts – Never miss a message. Unread count badges for Hangouts, SMS, Gmail and more using the TeslaUnread plugin • Custom Drawer Groups – Create new tabs or folders in the app drawer • Hide Apps – Keep a clean app drawer by hiding never used apps • Icon Swipes – Set custom actions for swiping on app shortcuts or folders • More scroll effects – Such as Wipe, Accordion, and Throw

It’s worth noting that Nova Launcher Prime isn’t an app download in itself, rather, it acts as a license to unlock the listed features in the free Nova Launcher app. What that means in simple terms, is that you need to download and install the free version before you can head to the Play Store and pay for the Prime version.

 

Nova Launcher Stories October 2, 2015

Nova Launcher’s ‘normalize icons’ feature comes to the public build in version 4.1.0

We told you about Nova Launcher’s new icon normalization features when they came to the beta build of the app a couple of weeks ago. If you’re not a fan of running potentially buggy beta software on your daily driver, though, you might be glad to hear that this feature — along with plenty of others in the latest version — has now made it to the public build in version 4.1.0…

Nova Launcher Stories September 16, 2015

In case you’re uninitiated in third party launchers (which you shouldn’t be, considering Cam’s recent deep dive), Nova Launcher is definitely one of the most popular. The latest version of Nova Launcher beta is now available, and of the many new features that this version brings, the most notable is a new tweak allowing the normalization of icon sizes… expand full story

Nova Launcher Stories August 28, 2015

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One of Android’s best features is the ability to download and install custom third-party launchers. Don’t like the way your phone home screen looks or how the apps are organized? Fine. Change it. But finding the best one, or a good one for that matter, can sometimes be a daunting challenge. And which one you think is the best ultimately depends on what you value most: aesthetics, organization or productivity? I’ve rounded up what I think are some of the best launchers out there, as well as a wild card for you to consider in your quest for the perfect Android experience.

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Nova Launcher Stories March 10, 2015

Nova Launcher is one of the best-known and most-praised third-party launchers out there, and today it’s getting a huge Material Design aesthetic refresh and several other new features…

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Nova Launcher Stories July 11, 2014

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The talented TeslaCoil developers this afternoon updated their insanely popular Android app Nova Launcher with a variety of new features and enhancements. We just told you how to install Android “L” on your Nexus 5 or Nexus 7, but if you don’t have one of those devices or don’t want to put up with the bugs, today’s Nova Launcher update will certainly keep you satisfied.

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Nova Launcher Stories June 13, 2013

iOS 7 icons and parallax functionality already on Android with easy mods

Some iOS users might not be too happy about the big design changes in iOS 7, but Android users are already finding ways to get a few of the new features on their non-Apple phones. The image above shows a set of icons created by one Android user to mimic the new home screen icons on iOS 7 (via Cnet). Android users can grab the icons through a download on Dropbox and use Nova Launcher or other home screen replacement apps.

Android users can grab the icons through a download on Dropbox and use Nova Launcher or other home screen replacement apps to get Apple’s controversial new look on their Android device now.

That new 3D parallax effect Apple showed off for iOS 7? Android users have also found a way to get a similar 3D effect, as pointed out by AndroidCommunity in the video below:

The 3D Image Live Wallpaper seen in the video above has been on Google Play since November, but you’ll have to judge for yourself to see if it compares to the new parallax feature in iOS 7.

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