10,000,000 - 50,000,000 downloads
- New customizing features
- Scrollable docks
- Scroll effects
- Custom app icons
- In some regards the default ICS launcher is still working better
- Not substantial changes regarding scenery
Nova Launcher is one of the first launchers made for Android 4.0
Personalizing, customizing... those words that most of the Android users love. Due to this launchers have become one of the most popular apps on the market. Actually there's an intense rivalry among them (well, among the users who are always trying to show off the way they've tuned their phone). Nova Launcher is breaking into a (so far) new niche: launchers for Android 4.0. What does it bring?
First off, custom desktop grid, scrollable dock, lots of scroll effects, infinite scroling, custom folder icons, backup/restore options and custom app icons. The layout is quite similar to the default ICS launcher. However, TeslaCoil Software, the developer of this app, has focused on making it highly customizable specially regarding layout, scrolling options and icons.
We assume that it's difficult trying to offer added-value features because the default ICS launcher is the most complete we've had so far. However, new features for both performance and scenery will be more than welcome. We've found just two catches: first off, it's quite similar to the default ICS launcher which can provoke some users doesn't feel the need to switch from one to the other. Second, it adds new features but it also change or remove others. For example, we don't really like the way it display widgets (old-style) when you select it from the app drawer top bar: there's no preview of the widgets.
Take into account though that this is a beta version and that needs to improve in some regards. We're glad to see that ICS launchers are starting to come up. It's worth to give it a go.
Accept no substitutes! Nova Launcher is the original and most polished customizable launcher for Android 4.
Change the accent color of the launcher, full color picker support
Apply ADW or Go launcher icon themes to all app icons
Scrollable Dock (for Tablets and Phones)
Keep all your favorite apps on the dock, with up to 7 icons per page and up to 3 pages.
Customizable App Drawer:
Scrolling style, choose between horizontal paginated or vertical continuous
Enjoy eye candy when scrolling your desktop and drawer. Effects include Cube and Cardstack and more for Prime users.
Never be far from your favorite page, loop through your desktop continuously.
You can chose a background, preview style or even replace the whole icon.
Export your settings and layout before a wipe to quickly get back up and running.
Widgets in dock
Add any 1x1 widget to the dock
Overlap on resize or placement, long-press to send to back or bring to front
Add multiple apps to the desktop or a folder at once
Select hidden activities from your favorite apps
Import your desktop layout from the default launcher or another replacement launcher.
*Nova Launcher Prime Features (Paid version)*
Nova Launcher Prime unlocks the following features in Nova Launcher:
Folders in App Drawer
Unlimited custom tabs
Organize apps into tabs and folders in the app drawer
Quickly start Nova Actions or Apps from gestures on the desktop, such as pinching, swiping or two-finger swiping.
Keep a clutter free drawer by hidding never used apps.
Get more use out of your dock apps by setting swipe-actions
Never miss an email. Unread count badges for SMS, Missed calls, Gmail, Email, Google Voice and more. Counts show in the dock, desktop, drawer and folders.
More Scroll Effects
Access Widget Data: This is in order to display the widget and widget's data to you. This dialog/permission is new in Jellybean. The data is not used for anything aside from displaying it.
Internet/Network State/Wifi State: Optional & Anonymous error/usage reporting
Directly call phone numbers: Only used if you place a direct-dial shortcut on the homescreen.
Wallpaper/Vibrate/Status Bar/Choose Widgets: Standard Launcher functions
USB (SD) Storage: Backup/restore
Retrieve Running Apps: Used by Aggressive Desktop setting and to warn in settings when multiple launchers are running in history.
v2.3 Dec 10
KitKat scroll indicator (Desktop - Scroll Indicator)
KitKat folders styles (Folders - Folder Background, Light Background)
KitKat font (Look and Feel - Icon Font - Condensed, Android 4.1+)
KitKat app drawer icon
Google KitKat icon theme (Look and Feel - Icon Theme)
Small autohiding tabs in app drawer (Drawer - Small Tabs)
Transparent system bars on KitKat (Look and feel - Transparent Notification Bar. Requires KitKat)
Backup/Restore from external sdcard
Reliable, stylish and user-friendly
It needs update to look more like the Google now launcher. Other than that it's great!
Best app by far for customising without having to root. Seriously good! Would reccomend to even the novice of phone users!!!
It has an intuitive, user friendly design and more importantly, it works well and does not lag.. Note 3 user
This is the best launcher and I heard it makes the device work faster than it does with the default launcher. I recomand it, and trust me it's a very good one.