Question [PSA] There are newer Nova Launcher apks available than on the play store

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mkhcb

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So I was reading reddit when someone pointed out how laggy/buggy Nova was... I too noticed this but thought it was related to the Pixel 6 Pro poor thermal management and throttling of the CPU. However, upon reading their analysis that they tried other launchers with great success + given the fact that I no longer suffer from overheating issues (on Android 13 since yesterday), I looked further into this.

Apparently the beta 8.x version of Nova Launcher seems to support Android 12 and 13. However, the play store has a 9 month old beta version that is 3 versions behind and still stuck in the 7.x apks.

If you want to update your Nova Launcher and make the pixel 6 pro buttery smooth, you might want to consider downloading the most recent beta version from their website: https://novalauncher.com/beta
 

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Not having any problems with Nova 7.x on my P6P, or, any other devices I have (Samsung/OnePlus/ Nokia) & to the best of my memory, never have, at least as far as smoothness/etc.

I'm guessing a lot of people are hesitant to "upgrade" to Nova 8.0,count me in that group :

 
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mkhcb

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Not having any problems with Nova 7.x on my P6P, or, any other devices I have (Samsung/OnePlus/ Nokia) & to the best of my memory, never have, at least as far as smoothness/etc.

I'm guessing a lot of people are hesitant to "upgrade" to Nova 8.0,count me in that group :

I saw that a few week ago too. But the beta has an opt-in, rather than opt-out approach.

That said, if you are experiencing buttery smooth effects, no gesture issues, no intermittent blank home screens, etc, then there is no need to update. This post was made to help others who experienced the same thing as me.

Up until yesterday/today, my pixel experience had been subpar. But with the new Nova Launcher and Android 13, I have no complaints.
 

KOLIOSIS

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I saw that a few week ago too. But the beta has an opt-in, rather than opt-out approach.

That said, if you are experiencing buttery smooth effects, no gesture issues, no intermittent blank home screens, etc, then there is no need to update. This post was made to help others who experienced the same thing as me.

Up until yesterday/today, my pixel experience had been subpar. But with the new Nova Launcher and Android 13, I have no complaints.
I saw that as well (the opt-in on the analytics).

Perhaps needlessly & unwarrantedly so, I'm still leery of updating.

The best move they made was when they partnered with Razer, how cool that was to have Nova as the stock Launcher (nice phone).

Whenever Nova 7.x becomes incompatible, I might start looking around for a different Launcher.... If for no other reason, just to see what is out there.
 

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I'll keep using the last version of 7.x until I just have to change launchers due to incompatibility/bugs with new Android versions, or Nova miraculously extricates themselves from Branch. I was reasonably calm at first, although I did tell Kevin and company that I would be keeping Nova from updating for the next year and see what things are like at that time.

As these couple of weeks have passed, I feel angrier and angrier that Kevin sold it, and it really doesn't have much bearing that Kevin and company are still primary developers on it. That's very common with any sale such as this, and doesn't mean anything. In this day and age, they should've known better - that no matter how innocent they were convinced the transaction was, that it is likely a Nova-killer.

As these couple of weeks have passed, I feel angrier and angrier that Kevin sold it, and it really doesn't have much bearing that Kevin and company are still primary developers on it. That's very common with any sale such as this, and doesn't mean anything. In this day and age, they should've known better - that no matter how innocent they were convinced the transaction was, that it is likely a Nova-killer.

I'm not going to do anything rash like changing my Play Store's 5-star review to 1-star - yet. Nova was the premier Launcher for so long, I still feel Kevin and company deserve some benefit of the doubt. I don't believe there was any bad intention. I'm sure they spent a long time judging if this was the right move, but I think they convinced themselves that it was the right move when we as users largely know how bad it looks and how many times we users have been burned in the past from similar actions.

The reason I am so angry is that I love Nova so much. I was passionate about it and I recommended it to everyone. Now I'm sad that I cannot in good conscience do so anymore. Although it is too early to tell, and I won't be using v8 myself so I'll be going by other folks' reports, unless something changes in the next year or two, I feel that I'll have no choice but to migrate to another launcher, and I am not one to hop between launchers.
 
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I'm not happy either with the Branch acquisition but I'll keep using Nova. I don't see any launcher offering so many options. Until I find one I guess?

I've blocked the call to the Branch API anyway so no data will be going to them from my devices.
 

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I'm not happy either with the Branch acquisition but I'll keep using Nova. I don't see any launcher offering so many options. Until I find one I guess?

I've blocked the call to the Branch API anyway so no data will be going to them from my devices.
How did you block the API? I agree, there are no good alternative to Nova, I have looked around and have been under impressed by other launchers.
 
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KOLIOSIS

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I'll keep using the last version of 7.x until I just have to change launchers due to incompatibility/bugs with new Android versions, or Nova miraculously extricates themselves from Branch. I was reasonably calm at first, although I did tell Kevin and company that I would be keeping Nova from updating for the next year and see what things are like at that time.

As these couple of weeks have passed, I feel angrier and angrier that Kevin sold it, and it really doesn't have much bearing that Kevin and company are still primary developers on it. That's very common with any sale such as this, and doesn't mean anything. In this day and age, they should've known better - that no matter how innocent they were convinced the transaction was, that it is likely a Nova-killer.

As these couple of weeks have passed, I feel angrier and angrier that Kevin sold it, and it really doesn't have much bearing that Kevin and company are still primary developers on it. That's very common with any sale such as this, and doesn't mean anything. In this day and age, they should've known better - that no matter how innocent they were convinced the transaction was, that it is likely a Nova-killer.

I'm not going to do anything rash like changing my Play Store's 5-star review to 1-star - yet. Nova was the premier Launcher for so long, I still feel Kevin and company deserve some benefit of the doubt. I don't believe there was any bad intention. I'm sure they spent a long time judging if this was the right move, but I think they convinced themselves that it was the right move when we as users largely know how bad it looks and how many times we users have been burned in the past from similar actions.

The reason I am so angry is that I love Nova so much. I was passionate about it and I recommended it to everyone. Now I'm sad that I cannot in good conscience do so anymore. Although it is too early to tell, and I won't be using v8 myself so I'll be going by other folks' reports, unless something changes in the next year or two, I feel that I'll have no choice but to migrate to another launcher, and I am not one to hop between launchers.

In general, I agree w/your sentiments.

However, I don't begrudge them on what they've done (basically, selling the app to Branch Analytics).

I'm sure the devs didn't make a rash decision & yes, in the end, I'm sure $$$ was a major consideration. In that regard alone, good for them.

Guessing you went Pro w/this app a long time ago (I did) & guessing a lot of other people did as well, whether they paid full price or, got it on the seemingly annual sale price ($1.00 or so).

Either way, I've more than got my money's worth & it's been a good ride.

No bitterness towards the devs at all, but, I'd be lying to say I am looking forward to finding another launcher.

It'll probably be years before 8.0.1 & lower are unusable, so, until then, gonna keep on keeping on.

I've tried countless launchers dating back to Android 2.1 (Eclair).
IIRC, my 1st go-to was Launcher Pro (the Nova of its time, IMHO)

After that, Apex & Holo Launchers (also a seemingly lifetime ago).

Been on Nova ever since, gonna be a strange day, to say the least, when another launcher becomes my DD.
 
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In general, I agree w/your sentiments.

However, I don't begrudge them on what they've done (basically, selling the app to Branch Analytics).

I'm sure the devs didn't make a rash decision & yes, in the end, I'm sure $$$ was a major consideration. In that regard alone, good for them.

Guessing you went Pro w/this app a long time ago (I did) & guessing a lot of other people did as well, whether they paid full price or, got it on the seemingly annual sale price ($1.00 or so).

Either way, I've more than got my money's worth & it's been a good ride.

No bitterness towards the devs at all, but, I'd be lying to say I am looking forward to finding another launcher.

It'll probably be years before 8.0.1 & lower are unusable, so, until then, gonna keep on keeping on.

I've tried countless launchers dating back to Android 2.1 (Eclair).
IIRC, my 1st go-to was Launcher Pro (the Nova of its time, IMHO)

After that, Apex & Holo Launchers (also a seemingly lifetime ago).

Been on Nova ever since, gonna be a strange day, to say the least, when another launcher becomes my DD.
Maaaannnnnn I missed Launcher Pro for the longest time. What ever happened to Federico? It's like he vanished.
 
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    So I was reading reddit when someone pointed out how laggy/buggy Nova was... I too noticed this but thought it was related to the Pixel 6 Pro poor thermal management and throttling of the CPU. However, upon reading their analysis that they tried other launchers with great success + given the fact that I no longer suffer from overheating issues (on Android 13 since yesterday), I looked further into this.

    Apparently the beta 8.x version of Nova Launcher seems to support Android 12 and 13. However, the play store has a 9 month old beta version that is 3 versions behind and still stuck in the 7.x apks.

    If you want to update your Nova Launcher and make the pixel 6 pro buttery smooth, you might want to consider downloading the most recent beta version from their website: https://novalauncher.com/beta
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    I'll keep using the last version of 7.x until I just have to change launchers due to incompatibility/bugs with new Android versions, or Nova miraculously extricates themselves from Branch. I was reasonably calm at first, although I did tell Kevin and company that I would be keeping Nova from updating for the next year and see what things are like at that time.

    As these couple of weeks have passed, I feel angrier and angrier that Kevin sold it, and it really doesn't have much bearing that Kevin and company are still primary developers on it. That's very common with any sale such as this, and doesn't mean anything. In this day and age, they should've known better - that no matter how innocent they were convinced the transaction was, that it is likely a Nova-killer.

    As these couple of weeks have passed, I feel angrier and angrier that Kevin sold it, and it really doesn't have much bearing that Kevin and company are still primary developers on it. That's very common with any sale such as this, and doesn't mean anything. In this day and age, they should've known better - that no matter how innocent they were convinced the transaction was, that it is likely a Nova-killer.

    I'm not going to do anything rash like changing my Play Store's 5-star review to 1-star - yet. Nova was the premier Launcher for so long, I still feel Kevin and company deserve some benefit of the doubt. I don't believe there was any bad intention. I'm sure they spent a long time judging if this was the right move, but I think they convinced themselves that it was the right move when we as users largely know how bad it looks and how many times we users have been burned in the past from similar actions.

    The reason I am so angry is that I love Nova so much. I was passionate about it and I recommended it to everyone. Now I'm sad that I cannot in good conscience do so anymore. Although it is too early to tell, and I won't be using v8 myself so I'll be going by other folks' reports, unless something changes in the next year or two, I feel that I'll have no choice but to migrate to another launcher, and I am not one to hop between launchers.
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    Not having any problems with Nova 7.x on my P6P, or, any other devices I have (Samsung/OnePlus/ Nokia) & to the best of my memory, never have, at least as far as smoothness/etc.

    I'm guessing a lot of people are hesitant to "upgrade" to Nova 8.0,count me in that group :

    I saw that a few week ago too. But the beta has an opt-in, rather than opt-out approach.

    That said, if you are experiencing buttery smooth effects, no gesture issues, no intermittent blank home screens, etc, then there is no need to update. This post was made to help others who experienced the same thing as me.

    Up until yesterday/today, my pixel experience had been subpar. But with the new Nova Launcher and Android 13, I have no complaints.
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    I saw that a few week ago too. But the beta has an opt-in, rather than opt-out approach.

    That said, if you are experiencing buttery smooth effects, no gesture issues, no intermittent blank home screens, etc, then there is no need to update. This post was made to help others who experienced the same thing as me.

    Up until yesterday/today, my pixel experience had been subpar. But with the new Nova Launcher and Android 13, I have no complaints.
    I saw that as well (the opt-in on the analytics).

    Perhaps needlessly & unwarrantedly so, I'm still leery of updating.

    The best move they made was when they partnered with Razer, how cool that was to have Nova as the stock Launcher (nice phone).

    Whenever Nova 7.x becomes incompatible, I might start looking around for a different Launcher.... If for no other reason, just to see what is out there.
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    FWIW, the last version of Nova that doesn't have the Branch Analytics code is 8.0.1

    Nova 8.0.2 & above is the 1st version published w/Branch Analytics.