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Nova Launcher is a highly customizable launcher replacement based on the stock Android 4.x Launcher.
http://novalauncher.com/

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Highly customizable, performance driven, home screen replacement for Android 4+
Features include:
Custom Grid
Configure the rows and columns to fit all your app and widget needs.
Scrollable Dock
Keep all your favorite apps on the dock, with up to 7 icons per page and up to 3 pages.
Scroll Effects
Enjoy eye candy when scrolling your desktop and drawer. Effects include Cube and Cardstack and more for Prime users.
Infinite Scroll
Never be far from your favorite page, loop through your desktop continuously.
Folder Icons
You can chose a background, preview style or even replace the whole icon.
Backup/Restore
Export your settings and layout before a wipe to quickly get back up and running.
Nova Launcher Prime Features (Paid version)
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
Additional Scroll Effects

Vote for features at the Nova Launcher User Voice. Search before posting a new feature request!



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You can access Nova Settings by App Drawer > Menu > Nova Settings or long-press in empty space and tap the wrench.


Permissions:
INTERNET/ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE/ACCESS_WIFI_STATE: Optional & Anonymous error/usage reporting.
CALL_PHONE: Only used if you place a direct-dial shortcut on the homescreen.
Wallpaper/Vibrate/Status Bar : Standard Launcher functions
BIND_APPWIDGET: Only if installed as a system app or root. Required for adding widgets from app drawer.
WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE: Backup/restore and beta updates

Download links:

If interested in beta testing please join the beta community at https://plus.google.com/communities/103449253667195874971

then opt-in at https://play.google.com/apps/testing/com.teslacoilsw.launcher and you will receive beta updates through the Play Store.

Play Store

Alternatively you may manually download the latest APKs
Release APK:
Nova Launcher APK
Beta APK:
Nova Launcher Beta APK


Theme Developers
Check out the example theme at https://github.com/teslacoil/Example_NovaTheme . Also consider adding "#Nova.Theme" to your Play Store description.
 
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ock

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Subscribed :) I was looking for one that disables wallpaper scrolling to test live wallpaper performance.

Edit: Awesome stuff, apart from Microbes, no stuttering when swiping between homescreens with the new scrolling behaviour.
Using a 5x5 layout, marvelous use of that large screen.

Nice icon btw ;)
 
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jjhiza

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please add a scrollable "3-dock" mode like Go Launcher (and gestures if that's not too much work)

thanks!

I have to agree! I'm running CM9 on my D3, and really, the only thing that could make the experience better is having a scrolling dock! Downloading now, and thank you for the hard work! :)

Sent from my XT862 using xda premium
 

jimyen

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Installed and running fine, excellent replacement launcher!

Please add more scrolling effects like cascading, cross fading...

A novice question, is this launcher gpu accelerated? Or it's relying on the force gpu option?
 

gdap

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Jan 8, 2006
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Wow excellent launcher! Nice work and thanks!

Just wondering if you could add the option to have the persistent google search thingy... I kind of got used to it.

Also the ability to stick your folders into the app drawer would be nice as well.

:)

Sent from my Galaxy Nexus using Tapatalk
 

Reynaldo28

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Nov 28, 2011
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Nice! I like where this is heading. I would love too see the ability to choose how many home screens to have, and the ability to create folders in the app drawer (10p sale has filled it right up!)
 

jimyen

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There's a problem with the icons, whatever I changed it wont register and it restored back to default every reboot. I'm not sure if I'm the only one, but I've tested it few times already.

Running MCR5 with Franco's kernel.
 

Mike2501

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Aug 12, 2008
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Some bugs

First of all thanks for this great mod, I think it has great potential.

After setting up my Homescreens I found some bugs.

1. If I disable wallpaper scrolling after some time the wallpaper isn´t anymore centered.

2. After a reboot, there are some widgets disappeared from the Homescreens. After readding the widgets, this happens again after a reboot.

3. One time happend (after switching from market back to homescreen) that the searchbar widget comes back on top of my homescreens and it overlaps it with my widgets.

If I find another bugs, I will report them again.

Thanks again and keep working on it!


Edit: The issue under 2 appears when u add the widgets the 'old way' by long-pressing on home screen. If u add them through the app drawer they are still there after a reboot.
 
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ock

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There's a problem with the icons, whatever I changed it wont register and it restored back to default every reboot. I'm not sure if I'm the only one, but I've tested it few times already.

Running MCR5 with Franco's kernel.

I had this problem with ADW too, I'm using repacked ITL41F with stock kernel. So it doesn't appear to be unique to Nova Launcher

Sent from my Galaxy Nexus
 

Tung_meister

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Great launcher but I've got a couple of suggestions:

Although everyone seemed to hate the search bar at the top I'd kinda got used to it and now miss it so an option to keep it there would be great.

How about having a homescreen Scroll effect the same as the one in the app drawer?

Other than that keep up the good work!
 
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BlackDino

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Woot Kevin!
Thanks,

---------- Post added at 09:28 AM ---------- Previous post was at 09:14 AM ----------

Great launcher but I've got a couple of suggestions:

Although everyone seemed to hate the search bar at the top I'd kinda got used to it and now miss it so an option to keep it there would be great.

How about having a homescreen Scroll effect the same as the one in the app drawer?

Other than that keep up the good work!

Agreed, miss my search bar
 

jss42

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Excellent, I've been looking for something that would essentially just remove the search bar :)

However 2 things would be great
1) An option to set the number of home screens
2) For some reason I can't use Desktop Visualiser to replace the stock icons at the bottom. On the ICS launcher I can choose "Desktop VisulizR" to add a custom shortcut, small enough to replace Phone, Contacts etc. But for some reason this widget doesn't show in Nova launcher.

Great work, looking forward to full release.
 

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    Hi there,

    So who is using the beta v7 here? I'm still on v6 on my Pixel 4 XL and I wonder if v7 is stable enough to give it a try.

    Comments are appreciated! :)
    7 is super nice. Seems super stable and fluid.
    Still some jankiness on the animations on A11 even with latest launcher3 API/commits included in rom (calling up recents is still so-so), and it's not so pretty to exit apps that was opened from folders on the home screen, compared to closing apps that was opened directly from the home screen (which looks perfect). But that's neat pickings..

    Totally a daily driver, and most of the functionality from 6 is carried on. I'm not missing anything that I used on 6.

    NB, I didn't manage to update from 6 without getting everything messed up so I went clean install. But that's was 7.0.08 or something a few months back, so I dunno how that will be with the latest.. it's a new base though, so clean install might be best anyway.
    I've jumped on every iteration since then and the 7.0.25 is working perfectly.
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    @Eddiemc, thanks!

    I decided to upgrade. It's fine overall but some features are missing (animation speeds for example). It seems stable enough as a daily driver. Hopefully what's missing will be added as development progresses.

    I did a dirty upgrade by installing the 7 apk. It kept my settings. (I did do a TiBu backup of 6 before, just in case)
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    Well, yes and no. AFAK since "recents" got merged with launcher in android, any launcher that supports it can be used. Quickstep for instance can enable it. Apparently so can root commands. So it's not reliant on OEMs.
    Problem is that the launcher needs the code "baked in", and currently it's only a couple (example lawnchair) that has that. As far as I know it's in the aosp codebase for launcher3, and nova's problem before was that it wasn't based on that code, but now it is so recent seems like an omission. (Correct me if I'm wrong)

    I got the 7 from APK mirror, I'm just curious as to why it's not in the beta channel. Perhaps it's still regarded alpha? I think it works excellent.

    But yea, discuss might be the place for this, but call me old-school; I'm just a fan of XDA😁
    I too am an xda guy, unfortunately Nova devs don't use xda and haven't in over a decade. Yes the recents is tied to launcher but it is proprietary code of Google. Quickstep is a hack that enables it. Unfortunately you can't use others code to enable it and it needs to work on all devices for Nova to use it, so it is only a feature of android 10+, so over half of Nova users couldn't use it and would most likely break older versions of Android. It works on oneplus 7t running Android 11 stock unrooted, which means it all depends on OEM and android version you are on.
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    Hi there,

    So who is using the beta v7 here? I'm still on v6 on my Pixel 4 XL and I wonder if v7 is stable enough to give it a try.

    Comments are appreciated! :)
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    Hi there,

    So who is using the beta v7 here? I'm still on v6 on my Pixel 4 XL and I wonder if v7 is stable enough to give it a try.

    Comments are appreciated! :)
    7 is super nice. Seems super stable and fluid.
    Still some jankiness on the animations on A11 even with latest launcher3 API/commits included in rom (calling up recents is still so-so), and it's not so pretty to exit apps that was opened from folders on the home screen, compared to closing apps that was opened directly from the home screen (which looks perfect). But that's neat pickings..

    Totally a daily driver, and most of the functionality from 6 is carried on. I'm not missing anything that I used on 6.

    NB, I didn't manage to update from 6 without getting everything messed up so I went clean install. But that's was 7.0.08 or something a few months back, so I dunno how that will be with the latest.. it's a new base though, so clean install might be best anyway.
    I've jumped on every iteration since then and the 7.0.25 is working perfectly.
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    @Eddiemc, thanks!

    I decided to upgrade. It's fine overall but some features are missing (animation speeds for example). It seems stable enough as a daily driver. Hopefully what's missing will be added as development progresses.

    I did a dirty upgrade by installing the 7 apk. It kept my settings. (I did do a TiBu backup of 6 before, just in case)
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    Nova Launcher is a highly customizable launcher replacement based on the stock Android 4.x Launcher.
    http://novalauncher.com/

    Banner.png

    Highly customizable, performance driven, home screen replacement for Android 4+
    Features include:
    Custom Grid
    Configure the rows and columns to fit all your app and widget needs.
    Scrollable Dock
    Keep all your favorite apps on the dock, with up to 7 icons per page and up to 3 pages.
    Scroll Effects
    Enjoy eye candy when scrolling your desktop and drawer. Effects include Cube and Cardstack and more for Prime users.
    Infinite Scroll
    Never be far from your favorite page, loop through your desktop continuously.
    Folder Icons
    You can chose a background, preview style or even replace the whole icon.
    Backup/Restore
    Export your settings and layout before a wipe to quickly get back up and running.
    Nova Launcher Prime Features (Paid version)
    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
    Additional Scroll Effects

    Vote for features at the Nova Launcher User Voice. Search before posting a new feature request!



    Help Translate


    You can access Nova Settings by App Drawer > Menu > Nova Settings or long-press in empty space and tap the wrench.


    Permissions:
    INTERNET/ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE/ACCESS_WIFI_STATE: Optional & Anonymous error/usage reporting.
    CALL_PHONE: Only used if you place a direct-dial shortcut on the homescreen.
    Wallpaper/Vibrate/Status Bar : Standard Launcher functions
    BIND_APPWIDGET: Only if installed as a system app or root. Required for adding widgets from app drawer.
    WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE: Backup/restore and beta updates

    Download links:

    If interested in beta testing please join the beta community at https://plus.google.com/communities/103449253667195874971

    then opt-in at https://play.google.com/apps/testing/com.teslacoilsw.launcher and you will receive beta updates through the Play Store.

    Play Store

    Alternatively you may manually download the latest APKs
    Release APK:
    Nova Launcher APK
    Beta APK:
    Nova Launcher Beta APK


    Theme Developers
    Check out the example theme at https://github.com/teslacoil/Example_NovaTheme . Also consider adding "#Nova.Theme" to your Play Store description.
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    Please find the changelog and beta download links at http://novalauncher.com/beta/
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    2.3beta1 Nov 11, 2013
    • Kitkat scroll indicator (Settings > Desktop > Scroll Indicator)
    • Kitkat folders (Settings > Folders > Light Background and Folder Background > Light Circle)
    • Kitkat font (Settings > Look and Feel > Icon Font > Condensed, requires Android 4.1+)
    • Kitkat app drawer (on by default, get the old style by long-press > Edit > tap the icon > Built-in)
    • Transparent system bars on Kitkat (Settings > Look and feel > Transparent Notification Bar)
    • Transparent nav bar on Moto X (Settings > Look and feel > Transparent Navigation Bar)
    • Drawer tab indicator scrolls during tab change
    • Drawer scroll indicator is relative to current tab
    • Scroll indicators animate properly for infinite scroll
    • Backup/Restore from external sdcard (on devices with sdcards)
    • Fast scroll for vertical app drawer
    • Fixes and optimizations


    Join the Nova Launcher Beta G+ community, then opt-in .

    Or Settings > Check for updates > Menu > Beta or Download the Beta APK

    Older Versions:
    Latest Stable APK: 2.2.3 Sep 17, 2013
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    https://plus.google.com/109670429793951665860/posts/4BwdcKy5T2b
    Nova Launcher and KitKat

    With the recent Android 4.4 (KitKat) update there have been lots of questions about what this means for Nova Launcher. I still need to do a lot more research and work before I have definitive answers for all the questions. However I can give a brief summary of what to expect.

    Nova will be updated to include, as options, much of the Nexus 5 launcher's look and feel. I've included a screenshot of an unstable development version of Nova Launcher. You can see KitKat style light folders icons and background, circular page indicator, and transparent system bars (on the Nexus 5). These will be optional so if you prefer the darker Jellybean style you can keep it.

    Transparent system bars will not be available to all devices. The system bars are drawn by the SystemUI component, not the launcher. KitKat introduces an API for apps such as Nova Launcher to request that the SystemUI draw these with only a light gradient background. Not all KitKat devices will support this functionality for performance reasons, and Nova will be unable to force it. Also older Android versions are unaware of this new API in KitKat and thus will not get transparent system bars. The exception is that some devices, such as the TouchWiz SGS4, had transparent system bars implemented by the manufacturer skin, and Nova is able to make use of their private APIs for this.

    Google Now integration, in the exact same way that Google does so, is not possible. This includes the swipe to the left for Google Now and the "Ok, Google" hotword. The Google Experience Launcher (GEL) is not a stand alone component, but actually a bundle of Google Search, Google Now, and GEL. With current APIs, it's not possible for Nova to access Google Now in the exact same way that the GEL does. However I am looking into ways to achieve similar functionality. Quick access to Google Now is already possible by swiping up from the home button (on devices with navigation bars), or by assigning a Nova Gesture to launch Google Now. Some users have suggested placing a full screen Google Now widget on the left most page. I'll be investigating further enhancements in this area, but it's important to note that the exact Google experience is not possible for non-Google apps.

    The new launcher also redesigned the app and widgets drawer. Google has removed Widgets from the App Drawer and now places them in their own drawer accessible by long-pressing in empty space. I'm looking into how a setup like this could work with Nova Launcher. it is not a straightforward change due to Nova's additional functionality such as custom drawer tabs. But it is something I can take inspiration from.

    There are also a number of bug fixes and performance improvements that Google has built into the new launcher that I will be investigating. Nova supports a much wider range of android versions and devices than the Google Launcher so performance improvements often need lots of testing or modification to ensure they don't actually hurt performance on some devices.

    SMS integration with Hangouts poses a problem for unread badges in Nova Launcher. Unfortunately Hangouts does not provide an API for other apps to access the unread count. I am looking into workarounds.

    Some Nova Launcher Prime users have asked if I plan on charging again. Don't worry, the answer is no. Nova Launcher Prime continues to sell well, which is great as I love working on it.

    I cannot provide ETAs. I will most likely be spreading some changes across multiple Nova Launcher updates to get them out to users sooner.

    I don't have any beta ready for users just yet, but when I do you can help test by joining the beta community at https://plus.google.com/communities/103449253667195874971 and then opt-in for the Nova beta at https://play.google.com/apps/testing/com.teslacoilsw.launcher/join and TeslaUnread https://play.google.com/apps/testing/com.teslacoilsw.notifier/join . When a beta is ready you will see it as an update in the Play Store. Please note that betas are early releases and are not fully tested yet, if you are uncomfortable with this then please wait until the final release as it will be heavily tested.

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    2.1beta1 May 6, 2013
    • BETA
    • Edit icons and titles of apps in drawer
    • Improved drawer group interface
    • Ability to add drawer folders to desktop
    • New icon and wallpaper picker
    • Improved settings for adding new apps to desktop
    • Support SGS4's transparent notification bar (Only on stock SGS4)
    • Fix drawer not reflecting locale changes
    • Fix for accuweather widget
    • Optimizations and fixes

    Settings > Check for updates > Menu > Beta or Download the Beta APK

    Older Versions:
    Latest Stable APK: 2.0.2 Apr 5, 2013
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