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Apex Launcher Beta Updated to Jelly Bean Base, Brings the Speed and Customizations

Apex Launcher lovers can pick up the newest beta build that was released yesterday. Inside is a load of new stuff and the entire app has been rebuilt on top of the Jelly Bean base code. You will notice speed increases across the launcher and many other features that JB brought like widgets auto-moving when placing them on homescreens and auto-resizing when there’s no more space available. You can take a peak at the full changelog down below. 

v1.3.0beta1 (Aug 1, 2012)

Rebuilt based on Android 4.1.1 Launcher, lots of JellyBean goodness:

  • When placing widgets on the screen, everything else automatically moves to make room
  • When they are too big, widgets resize on their own to fit on the homescreen
  • Quickly remove apps/widgets by flinging them to the edge of the homescreen
  • Major performance boost for homescreen and drawer
  • New app enter/exit animations (JB only)
  • Switched to phone layout on 7″ tablets (e.g., Nexus 7)
  • Added background for widgets in the drawer
  • Fixed icon ordering bug within folders

Other improvements and bugfixes:

  • Unlimited drawer tabs and new drawer management UI (pro)
  • Improved drawer tab switching for vertical drawers (pro)
  • Fixed Play Store widgets on JellyBean
  • Fixed paid theme (icon pack) issue on JellyBean
  • Lots of other improvements and enhancements
  • Updated translations

Download: Apex Beta APK

Via: XDA

Cheers Eric!

  • brando56894

    They updated the file to beta 2, click the download link again. The play store library widgets work now.

  • Jackson

    especially on the Nexus 7 omg so much better they literally made Jelly Bean better if that’s possible. Before widgets would’nt automatically get bigger to fit the screen these do when you hold on them they just give you a shaded size for you to just automatically size to.
    I know widgets resized smaller but not bigger.

  • Jackson

    Thank god Jelly Bean smooth again lol
    It’s definitely noticeable under heavy use.

  • John Burke

    Nova Launcher Prime w/ Tesla Unread & MissedIt! make up THE winning combination for me as together they support Badge Notifications (the only iOS feature I wish Google supported natively) for practically all my Apps I need it to:
    – ChatOn
    – Words With Friends
    – Facebook
    – Facebook Messenger
    – G+ Messenger
    – Google Play Store
    – and of course the usual G-Talk, SMS, GMail & Missed calls (which are supported on Apex’s paid version)

    The only Apps I’d like support for that are missing it are WhatsApp & textPlus Gold.

  • KleenDroid

    Don’t forget to go into home screen and drawer settings and change the minimum scroll time from 0 to 5. This makes it so much faster going from screen to screen.

  • Willeminx

    Forgive me.. But it is “peek”, not “peak”. I try not to care but I can’t help it…

  • ChuckDz3

    This may sound a bit picky. But I really like the native search bar at the top of screen. The stock Android JB launcher has the search bar so close to the status bar they are almost touching. This leaves a much cleaner look and more real estate to work with. That’s why I never liked to use a custom home launchers, but then Nova updated to JB and now it has the native search bar close to the top almost identical to the stock launcher. Apex has the search bar much lower and it looks very odd… just my opinion lol I know I’m anal..

    • gpzbc

      You can change the s[acing in the Apex settings

  • Zebov

    How do you change the animations for app enter/exit? Couldn’t find it.

    • http://geniousatplay.blogspot.com/ Bikram Agarwal

      There’s no setting for that. If you are on JB, Apex launcher will use JB stock app enter/exit animation, which is different than ICS. If you are on ICS, you’ll still get the old animation. Someone correct me, if I’m wrong.

  • http://www.twitter.com/thewizkid95 Jesus Otero

    Still has that black text in the “add widget” menu when you add a widget via long-press :s

  • br_hermon

    Great, news-breaking screen caps by the way there Tim ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/dr.brown David Brown

    I still prefer Go Launcher, even on JB.

  • Steve Wojciechowski

    I just tried it out and it seems really laggy going through the home screens. Before Apex used to lag really bad in the app drawer.

  • misterwight

    Come on, Nova, go go go!

  • Firelight

    Need mirror – already!

  • Booyah

    Are there any solid benefits to the Apex Launcher over Nova? I’ve been using Nova on my 4.1.1 Nexus and it performs really well.

    • daleg13

      I like the folder options better in Apex. Also better options on scrollable dock IMO

    • br_hermon

      I haven’t used Nova for quite a while now so I can’t compare the two now, however… When I was first trying to decide on which of the two, Apex offered features for free that Nova charged for and second, Apex seems to be the first to release new features / updates. Again, I haven’t paid super close attention to Nova, but that’s what I’ve seen. Apex has really been a great home replacement for me.

  • rodney11ride

    off topic but i want that wallpaper… please

    • http://www.kovdev.com/ koveleski

      It’s probably created with Pattrn, which they featured in an article the other day. I’m just speculating though.

      • boybert

        It is! It’s the same one I’m using right now :) Love it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500698751 Paul Hansen

    Has issues on the nexus 7 with the dock covering icons on the home screen. Frustrating but not the end of the world.

    • http://www.twitter.com/thewizkid95 Jesus Otero

      Did you by chance click the option that makes the dock an overlay dock?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500698751 Paul Hansen

        Checked or unchecked didn’t change anything.

    • Thracks

      Adjust your desktop grid and/or margin size.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500698751 Paul Hansen

        Didn’t fix it when I changed it. That was my first thought. New build fixed it though.

  • Nick Daulton

    About time!

  • http://twitter.com/HereComesDaBoom Victor L.

    I wonder if the crash issues were addressed for the Asus TF700 pad Infinity. Apex strong on my Nexus, not so much on my tablet.

  • Matthew Merrick

    fyi, the widget auto-resizing serms not to work on ics tablets…..

    • Thracks

      That’s because the API for it doesn’t exist in ICS.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=15106193 Ryan Cota

      need JB for that to work.

  • http://profiles.google.com/jubakuba Kit Tihonovich

    Very nice. Hopefully Nova follows suit. It’s my preferred launcher =]
    Apex is nice as well. But seeing as I don’t keep it on my phone…I wouldn’t have known about this. Thanks for the heads up! Might have to check ‘er out.

    • Abhisshek Das

      Apex and Nova are like Cousin Sisters. i used both but Apex is much better , must try it , you will never go back after you use Apex :)

      • misterwight

        Could you tell us more about the differences? From the feature list (aside from Apex’s beta Jelly Bean rebuild) the two seem almost identical.

        • http://geniousatplay.blogspot.com/ Bikram Agarwal

          Both are more or less same. But Nova usually lags behind as far as new features are concerned. i.e. Apex adds a feature first, then nova plays catch up. But that changes sometimes. In this beta, Apex added multiple (2+) drawer app tabs and even widgets can be grouped in drawer tab grioups; which is a god-sent. Else widget tab floods with junk. Now I can hide widgets I don’t wanna see. But widgets from same app are still not grouped in homescreen longpress widget list; which is implemented in Nova.

          In case u r wondering, I still use Nova.

        • brando56894

          I bought both a little while ago and use either one depending on which features are available at the time, they are the same in 9 out of 10 things.

          • michael arazan

            I’ve tried Nova, go, and apex, on both my og droid and gnex, after hours or a day or so the whole system starts to lag really bad running these launchers. I only had one downloaded at a time while in use. Anyone else get real bad lag using launchers?

          • brando56894

            They’re all going to run like crap on the OG because it has very limited RAM, they should be fine on your gnex though. Apex and Nova both be in great on my Rezound and N7. I haven’t tried Go in a few months but that also worked well.

        • Kie

          On my Gnex i use 7 icons in the dock and the spacing for Nova with 7 icons is horrible, it squishes them all together. Looks really good on Apex, very evenly spaced. Also for me Nova had more redraws

    • nsnsmj

      They are private beta testing a version of Nova with a Jelly Bean base already.

  • http://www.kovdev.com/ koveleski

    I was wondering if the ICS-based launchers were going to move to the Jelly Bean codebase. Props to Dennis for turning that around pretty quickly. Obviously, I’m mostly concerned with the icon pack fix, which is the same as what Nova did so no extra alterations needed. :)

    • tanknspank

      I’m just glad they did update their base. I stopped using custom launchers because of how much smoother the jb launcher was. But, I updated to the beta last night though and everything is all good again :D

      • TheDrizzle

        Somehow Nova Launcher is smoother on my N7 than the stock launcher. I don’t think Nova is based on JB yet either.