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Nova Launcher Takes the Ice Cream Sandwich Launcher to New Levels


It was only a matter of time before the stock Ice Cream Sandwich launcher was improved upon. Many of you were not excited to see that long pressing on the home screen no longer gives you a widgets menu and that you could only add them through the app drawer. Those frustrations will be tossed aside if you load up the newest launcher on the block called Nova Launcher. It’s Ice Cream Sandwich-based (meaning you have to be running ICS in order to use it), and simply builds upon the stock launcher by adding in a ton of customisable options.

You will find a 3D cube transition between home screens, compatibility with ADW icon packs, long press menu from home screens, grid adjustments, and the removal of the locked Google Search bar up top.  

Download:  APK | Zip (install) | Zip (uninstall)

To install you have a couple of options. If you want the widgets menu to work from within the app drawer, the app has to be installed in /system/app which cannot be done by simply installing the .apk.

Option 1 (widgets menu non-working):  Install the .apk file like you normally would an .apk. The Widgets menu in the app drawer will not function this way though.

Option 2 (widgets menu working):  You need to download and install the “Zip (install)” file through Clockwork recovery. Download to phone, reboot into recovery through ROM Manager, “install zip from sdcard,” and choose the NovaLauncherUpdate.zip. If you want to remove it, repeat the steps but select the NovaUninstall.zip instead.


Via:  XDA

Cheers Samuel!

  • Krister

    Thanx, that’s more like it 🙂

  • widets drawer now works in 4.0.4. just installed using apk.

  • Vdom39

    does this work with kang cm9?

  • Yes, it has landscape if you enable auto-rotate

  • They work from the home screen yes but are not available through the app tray

  • You can install it as an .apk without being rooted or unlocked, but to have it installed as a system file you need to be rooted I’m pretty sure, for access to the widgets in the app tray

  • Same thing happened to me, I have to reflash it every time I want to go into CW recovery

  • George Moundroukas

    is this a launcher for phone that don’t have ics or a launcher for phones that do have ics?

  • Anonymous

    I don’t understand why fanboys come into Android forums and rag on what is evidently one of the best operating systems on the market. When I was a Blackberry owner, I went to Blackberry forums. When I switched to Android, I came to Android forums.

    I have NEVER gone into an Apple iPhone forum and trashed the iPhone. Mostly because I have a life and I prefer spending my time productively.

    I honestly don’t understand why these idiots find it enjoyable to come into forums and provoke people. The best way to handle them, IMO, is to completely ignore their comments and not add fuel to the fire of jackassery.