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Nova Launcher Beta Updates to Version 2.0+, Contains Massive Changelog

We here at DL support third party launchers. One of our all time favorite launchers, Nova Launcher, has a beta version that received a major update over the weekend. In fact, there is such a long list of features that I will have to use a page break. Here I go. 

Some of the more intriguing things we see in the changelog are re-sizable icons, quite a few “under the hood” improvements, and folder background transparency options. Feel free to scroll through and see what is new.

2.0beta3 Dec 16, 2012

  • Fix expand notifications on 4.2
  • Fix dock as overlay
  • Fix dock infinite scroll
  • Fix disabled wallpaper scrolling
  • Big Grid lab now works for dock size
  • Fix folder bg not saving
  • Fix FCs

2.0beta2 Dec 15, 2012

  • Public Beta
  • Icons and folders:
  • * Icon resizing (Prime)
  • * Swipe up action on desktop icon (Prime)
  • * Use app icon as custom icon
  • * Swipe to open folder, tap for custom action
  • * Disc background for folder icons
  • * Folder background transparency
  • * Support iconmask and shader in icon themes
  • * Updated Nova Action icons
  • * Bigger grid size options
  • Drawer Settings:
  • * Isolate tabs
  • * Infinite scroll
  • * Remember position
  • * List style
  • * Auto close
  • Dock:
  • * Auto close
  • * Use small icons
  • Wallpaper:
  • * Crop to portrait/landscape or full
  • * Wallpaper scrolling on USA SGS2
  • Under the hood:
  • * Aggressive Desktop (Keep in memory)
  • * Merge Android 4.2 changes
  • * Faster load times
  • * Reduce memory usage
  • * Default on for UI Lock, widget async and widget cache
  • * Expandable “Advanced” in Settings menus
  • * Custom activity background instead of banded gradient

If any of the things you see on here sound like fun, then you can download the apk and install it as you would any third party app. If you feel like waiting for it to hit Google Play, you won’t have to wait too long for that to take place.

Download: 2.0Beta3.apk

Via: XDA

Cheers Justin, Albert, Corey!

  • Nicolas Pipitone

    Anyone know if you can adjust the swipe sensitivity. I like this launcher but its not usable and switched to Apex cause when I swipe I have to swipe almost an inch further for it to change screens. Nexus 7

  • This looks awesome!

  • Andrew Hubbard

    What is that icon pack in the screenshot?

  • andrew galvin

    just wanted to say that Nova is amazing and that the team should be proud of their work. I recommend their product to every one i meet using stock touchwiz.

    • I actually don’t mind stock touchwiz on JB. But I did install Nova right quick.

  • feztheforeigner

    I’ve been using Apex Launcher, can’t decide if this is enough to push me over to the Nova side…

    Any advice?

  • Art Holguin

    the updates just keep coming this launcher just keeps getting better and better.

  • anoneyemou5e

    Been waiting for shaded icons to be supported. I have several packs installed, but the only one that works is “Kooks cold fusion”:


    Anyone know of any others that work, or would be willing to develop other colors???(This one is purple and shades EVERY existing icon!! No more mismatched themes!

  • Does anyone know if the launcher will work with the Note 2’s S Pen features?

  • XvierX

    Love that this fixes the problem with the wallpaper cut off. Player pro just received an update too. It’s like Christmas came early.

  • Ibrick

    Nice, back to Nova..
    Nova always was a little smoother than Apex, but Apex had the edge on features and customization. Nova is still missing a couple things, but looks like they finally addressed the major ones people were asking for.
    Really glad I picked up Prime for $.25 during the special. I was always on the Apex side of the launcher wars, but figured for $.25 another option doesn’t hurt.

  • mgamerz

    Never found a need for nova cause I use trebuchet (CM10 launcher)… The only thing I miss was swipe up for a context menu, that was nifty. I have nova prime and I just don’t feel like I need most of those features. Someone please tell me why you use it so you may try to convince me to use it.

    • Justin Swanson

      I use it because it is available on all of the ROMs I try (whether a system app on AOKP or a third-party app on other ROMs). I also feel it has more features/customization options than trebuchet.

  • Folder swipe is surprisingly awesome. I love Nova Prime. 🙂

  • Today’s the day for getting long awaited features, it seems. This update from Nova and UCCW released an update that allows APK skins to be editable. FTW.

  • I saw the massive change log and waited for the DL summary. Lots of stuff that needed dumbing down

  • Brian Walker

    I really wish Nova would fix the landscape home screen layout. 4.1.2 changes the spacing so that everything wasn’t so stretched out on landscape, but Nova still takes up the whole width. I’ve been waiting on that for what seems like forever.

  • shecalledmejay

    Can somebody tell me the latest Jellybean rom for the Gnex I have been running MMuzzy since it first dropped, is there a better one out that is pure jelly bean?

  • Andrew Remmers

    How did you make the status bar and home bar slightly transparent? ROM?

    • Tim Schall

      Looks like Motorola Blur UI to me.

  • Itchy_Robot

    Great update! My only wishes were for larger icons, swipe up action for app icons, and better widget drawer support for my Verizon S3. All three have been added. It is perfect for me now.

    • Corey Marrier

      How do you resize the desktop icons?

      • Itchy_Robot

        Nova settings > Drawer >Look and Feel > Icon Size

        • Corey Marrier

          Great, thanks

  • Sean Rowe

    How did you make your softkey bar transparent?

    • ragnarok180

      It’s the Motoblur skin. (If anyone still calls it that)

  • oaxican509

    Apex Launcher has all this features, months before Nova also Apex gives you custom dock background option….

    • John Burke

      Nova’s still the only one with GLOBAL Badge Notifications (thanks to ‘Missed It’s) so I keep going back to it.

  • Nova really is the best…

  • swingset

    Had problems restoring home screen backup after clean install with beta 3.

  • cobjones

    I just want more transitions… Is that so hard to do?

    • RoadsterHD1

      Me Too..

  • Repeatedly crashes on my nexus 10, even after clearing data.

  • Steve Benson

    You can also install the beta right from within Nova launcher.

    Just go to Nova settings, scroll to the bottom and tap “Check for updates…” then tap the three dots (top right) and select the beta radio button and also check the box for check automatically. After doing so, a download link for the beta will appear and it will download straight to your phone. Once it’s done, just click to install.

    • RoadsterHD1

      Thanks, worked perfect.

    • LewisSD

      Wow thank you for that great advice!

    • Thanks.

    • EvanTheGamer

      Brilliant, sir.

  • You know, I used to like Apex better, but I’ve been using Nova since the 25 cent sale and I haven’t looked back.

  • Chris Pinola

    i really want Nova to kang the side-panel app drawer from ActionLauncher

  • benjamin forehand

    The List app drawer is money

    • rodney11ride

      with you on this. otherwise it looks quit cluttered after installing 100 apps

    • Paradisimo

      Agree, but I wish they would add letters to the side like in the stock GS3 drawer. So much quicker to find apps than any other drawer.

  • ragnarok180

    You’ll have to rename it to the .apk extension. For some reason it didn’t have the extension when I downloaded it from this link.

  • Christopher Chin

    Still missing home screen rotation in landscape. My Nexus 7 cries 🙁 I’m still sticking with Nova though. It’s the smoothest of all launchers I’ve tried.

    Please fix home screen rotation

    • Steve Benson

      I apologize if I misunderstand your complaint but are you saying Nova doesn’t allow screen rotation?

      Go to Nova settings > Look and feel > Screen Orientation > change it from default to Auto-rotate and you’re good to go.

      • jb

        My Nexus 7 thanks you. Screen orientation was the only thing I missed from custom roms, well that and consolidating software buttons and notifications into a single bar (why does google want to cover my beautiful screen in black bars?!?).

        • vir ingens

          Chance the dpi in the build.prop to 175 or less and you will have the real tablet ui (i dont know if it works with 4.2, but it does with 4.1)

  • Butters619

    I might actually start using Nova again with CM10 because I miss being able to hide things in my app drawer

  • Ahh yes remember position in app drawer! Seriously annoying everytime the drawer opens at the beginning.

  • Bigwavedave25

    Woah, desktop grid size just blew up to 12×12! I do not remember that from before… woohoo themeing options

    edit (* Bigger grid size options)

  • EvanTheGamer

    HELL yeah!

    I’m currently using Nova Launcher Prime(still can’t believe this incredible launcher was only $.25 a few months back during them mega deal days), so this news of this MEGA Public Beta is extremely awesome.

    Thanks for the heads up, Droid-Life!

    • Was it? How did I miss that?

      • EvanTheGamer

        Yeah, part of Google’s 25 Billion Android Downloads Celebration. Every day they offered different apps for a mere $.25 each. It was utter madness!

        Some good deals, too. Sure they’ll have another one of them deal days when they reach 50 Billion Android Downloads. Probably sometime next year at the rate Android is going.

  • Stevedub40

    Love me some Nova. It’s is nice to hide a lot of the Sense crap on my DNA. Very smooth as well.

    • cobjones


      • Ryan Frankenstein


  • An added feature that I would like to see is to be able to have a shortcut on the desktop to the folders in the app drawer.

    • plus 1. I emailed feedback of this feature I would like but he never got back to me

  • DigitalEnforcer

    Nova Launcher is my #1 launcher of all time. It’s just that good 🙂 Can’t wait for the 2.0 version… I wonder if they’ll upgrade the Widget selection as it’s only words right now… Would like it to be Stock android that shows the actual widget instead.

    • Terrance Steiner

      I think (someone correct me if I am wrong) you can get widgets in the app drawer if you pay for the Prime version of the application. I am currently running Nova Launcher Prime on a stock (i.e. not rooted) Razr HD and I get widgets in the app drawer. Before I bought the Prime add-on it told me I had to be rooted.

      • DigitalEnforcer

        Really? I mean I get widgets… I just would rather see them listed out in their full form animation instead of the top-down list that they are in right now. Cause I’m on Prime as well… unless there was an option in there somewhere to change how they show up?

      • Jeremy Zurek

        If you are Rooted you can view the widgets in the drawer

      • dizzle

        Im not rooted on a Note 2 and running free version of Nova. It has widgets in app drawer. I believe if u have a jellybean device you get the app drawer widgets but if you are still in ICS you dont. Something with ICS that prevents app drawer widgets.

      • Melambar

        The Jelly Bean update allows unrooted users to add Widgets from the app drawer.

      • Poop-A-Scoop

        Confusion Killer: On Android 4.0 – 4.0.4, root is required for widget previews. On Android 4.1+, Root is no longer need.

    • when i went to jelly bean, the widgets drawer is now screen shots and not a list.! usually requires root though like the app states

      • DigitalEnforcer

        Oh, I don’t actually have root right now. Guess that’s my issue.