Nova Launcher

Nova Launcher

10,000,000 - 50,000,000 downloads

Pros
  • Highly tweakable
  • Responsive
  • Neat design
Cons
  • Needs a theme store
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Expert's Review
8.3
Great

"Make your Android look gorgeous"

Reviewed by / Dec 02, 2014

A beautiful, smooth and highly customizable launcher

TeslaCoil Software's Nova Launcher has been around since Android Ice Cream Sandwich but it's been tuned since then, widening its functionality and adapting it to every new Android OS. Nova Launcher is currently one of the most well-balanced launchers on Android regarding amount of features, usability, design and responsiveness.

Tweak it at your whim: amount of home screens, scroll effects, app drawer's grid size, gestures and buttons, icon size... And a zillion more options. Tune it to the limit.

Besides functionality, Nova Launcher has been enhanced regarding both design and performance: it feels neat, polished and smooth equal parts. The only thing missing is a theme store accessible and navigable from the app.

Regardless, one of the best launchers on the market so far.

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Developer's original description available here
Accept no substitutes! Nova Launcher is the original and most polished customizable launcher for modern Android

Nova Launcher replaces your home screen with one you control and can customize. Change icon themes, colors, layouts, animations and more.

Reviewers love Nova Launcher and you will too

For my money, Nova Launcher is the best of the AOSP-style launchers available in Android. --Android Police
Nova Launcher has some very capable hands behind it --Phandroid
Our favorite is Nova Launcher, which strikes a great perfect balance between incredible performance and high customizability without getting too gimmicky and difficult to use --Lifehacker
Chock full of features you won't find in the stock launcher, and comes highly recommended --Android Central


• Ok, Google - Use Google Search's hotword right from the home screen, just say the words Ok, Google. Note: Google does not support all devices or locales yet. This limitaiton applies to Nova Launcher as well.
• Color Theme - Set the highlight accent color for the launcher
  Also individual Color controls for labels, folders, unread count badges, drawer tabs and background
• Icon Themes - Find thousands of icon themes for Nova Launcher on the Play Store
• Subgrid positioning - Much greater control than standard launchers, Nova Launcher allows you to snap icons or widgets half way through the desktop grid cells
• Customize App Drawer - Custom tabs, Vertical or Horizontal scrolling, Custom effects
• Infinite scroll - Never far from your favorite page, loop through the desktop or drawer continously
• Backup/Restore - Sophisticated backup/restore system allowing you to backup your desktop layout and launcher settings
• Scrollable Dock - Create multiple docks and scroll between them
• Widgets in dock - Place any widget in your dock, such as a 4x1 music player widget
• Import Layout - No need to rebuild your desktop from scratch, Nova Launcher can import from most popular launchers. Including the one that came with your phone.
• Fast - Nova Launcher is highly optimized to do it's work quickly and quietly, keeping the animations smooth and letting you use your phone as fast as you can move your fingers.

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

Recently changed in this version

Lollipop style drawer (Settings - Drawer - Show Pages as Cards)
Renamed old Circle animation to Circle Wipe, new Lollipops style Circle animation
Fixes and optimizations


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Comments and ratings for Nova Launcher
  • (74)

    by Michael McCartney on 02/12/2014

    I love how they want the launcher to look like the android 5.0! I loved the new update, where they added the drawer style! Exactly what I waited for! 5stars, bought nova prime! (One thing, that many users would love is, when you could change icons in the app drawer too! I hope you will do this in the next update!) xoxo

  • (74)

    by Dry Taste on 02/12/2014

    i love the Launcher, I even bought the prime version. But since the last update the Launcher crashes on the galaxy note 3 (international model) asking everytime to open touchwiz home instead of nova, I hope this will be fixed asap. If I can provide logs or something just ask me, I'm willing to help fix the issue.

  • (74)

    by mamelhady on 02/12/2014

    wish adding live wallpapers in wallpaper menu, also calendar wedgets donnot work

  • (74)

    by Sohum Dua on 02/12/2014

    This is the best launcher in the play store right now.... The only problem is that many features like icon size, etc. are available only for prime

  • (74)

    by Eathen w Frost on 02/12/2014

    Best luncher....

  • (74)

    by Sara M on 02/12/2014

    The only good launcher that don't slow down my phone.

  • (74)

    by Muhammad nuradeen on 02/12/2014

    Very good 4 you