Nova Launcher Prime

Nova Launcher Prime

500,000 - 1,000,000 downloads

Pros
  • New customizing features
  • Scrollable docks
  • Scroll effects
  • Custom app icons
Cons
  • In some regards the default ICS launcher is still working better
  • Not substantial changes regarding scenery
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Expert's Review
5.0
Worthy

"It's time to customize your ICS"

Reviewed by / Feb 24, 2012

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 just made its way out 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.

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Developer's original description available here
Highly customizable, performance driven, home screen replacement for Android 4.0+

Nova Launcher Prime unlocks the following features in Nova Launcher:

Drawer Groups:
Folders in App Drawer
Unlimited custom tabs
Organize apps into tabs and folders in the app drawer

Gestures
Quickly start Nova Actions or Apps from gestures on the desktop, such as pinching, swiping or two-finger swiping.

Hide Apps
Keep a clutter free drawer by hidding never used apps.

Dock Swipes
Get more use out of your dock apps by setting swipe-actions

Unread Counts
Never miss an email. Unread count badges for SMS, Missed calls and Gmail. Counts show in the dock, desktop, drawer and folders.

More Scroll Effects

You need to install the free version of Nova Launcher http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.teslacoilsw.launcher to use Nova Launcher Prime

For download issues or Play Store errors such as Error 941 please contact Google at http://support.google.com/googleplay/bin/request.py?policy=apps&contact_type=contact_policy

Recently changed in this version

Fixed some licensing issues
Updated Icon
Updated text
Added button to Nova Settings

See the changelog of Nova Launcher for updates related to the launcher http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.teslacoilsw.launcher


Lists with Nova Launcher Prime

Some lists where this application appears: Reviewed by Emmanuel Lund, Owned, Reviewed by Anna Grace.

Comments and ratings for Nova Launcher Prime
  • (77)

    by Jeremy Leonard on 12/04/2014

    Thanks Nova. Except you need to sort out SPlanner for the S5. There is now widget now that let's you see you calender!

  • (77)

    by raymond ong on 11/04/2014

    Thanks for a stable launcher

  • (77)

    by Johnny Bravo on 11/04/2014

    A very nice set of customizations--very flexible. I don't use sll the features but those I do work well. My only complaint is that I am frequently prompted to set the launcher default, even though I set the default in Nova and in settings. Its a small th

  • (77)

    by Rick Farris on 11/04/2014

    Best I've used. Paid for prime happily, tho will be interesting to see if advanced gesture support is the main, paid add.

  • (77)

    by Joseph Byon on 11/04/2014

    Even without Prime, this is easily the best Launcher App on the Market.

  • (77)

    by Keith Rea on 11/04/2014

    Can't say enough about this launcher so I'll let the 5 star rating speak for itself.

  • (77)

    by Lee Harrison on 11/04/2014

    Fantastic app. So fast