Nova Launcher Updated to Version 4.0-Material Design+More

2015-05-14 01.47.09

One of my favorite launchers for all my Android devices is definitely Nova Launcher. Over my time using Android phones I’ve tried pretty much every big launcher out there, and I always come back to Nova, they are just that damn good! Today Nova Launcher has released Version 4.0 to the Play Store. This new version brings several new features and a material design refresh to the UI:

  • Full Material Design
    • All settings screens/dialogs
    • More animations
    • Edit Shortcut dialog tinted based on colors of the icon
    • New icons
    • Bundled wallpapers
  • Rebased on top of Launcher3
  • Individual icon layout settings (size, font, etc) in Desktop, Drawer, etc
  • Max icon size boosted to 150%
  • Widget Search
  • Pull down in the drawer for search
  • New grouped Widgets drawer
  • Support for Android for Work (Lollipop)

I’ve already downloaded the update on my Note 4 and Nexus 6 and some of the new features are really nice. The pull down in drawer to search is really convenient and can help save time if you have a lot of apps on your phone. I also appreciate that you can now change the size for icons in the Desktop, Drawer, and Dock individually. Overall it seems the 4.0 update continues to add versatility to what is already a fantastic 3rd party launcher for Android. You can get the update for free at the link below, but you do need the $4.00 Nova Prime add on to enable certain premium features, the $4 is more than fair for the quality in my opinion! Let me know what you all think of Nova Launcher 4.0.

Nova Launcher 4.0 on Google Play

Nova Launcher Prime on Google Play

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Jeff Springer

"I am currently a researcher and Adjunct Professor at Arizona State University and Grand Canyon University. I fell in love with Android with the Nexus One release and realized that it was superior to iOS in all the ways I care about. I still use a Mac (and an iPhone for the camera), but my Apple tech products pale in comparison to my number of Android devices (watches, tablets, and phones). When I’m not rooting/modding one of my many Android phones or doing math/programming, you can find me taking in Phoenix Suns/Arizona Diamondbacks games in downtown Phoenix, and drinking good beer!"

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