Nova Launcher



    Nova Launcher's review

    Published: 2012-02-24, by Manu Galvez.

    Nova Launcher is one of the first launchers made for Android 4.0

    • 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

    "It's time to customize your ICS"

    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.

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    by Emmanuel , Appszoom

    Feb 24, 2012


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

    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

    • 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
    • Color controls - for labels, folders, unread badges, drawer tabs and backgrounds
    • Customize App Drawer - Custom tabs, Vertical or Horizontal scrolling, Custom effects
    • Improved Widget Drawer - Widgets grouped by app makes it much faster to use
    • Infinite scroll - Never far from your favorite page, loop through the desktop or drawer continuously
    • 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

    This app uses the Device Administrator permission for optional screen off/lock functionality.

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