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Nova Launcher Updated to 2.0 – Custom Icon Sizes, Larger Grid Options, and More


Happy 2013 to all of you! To kick it off, Nova Launcher received a nice update in Google Play, which will greatly benefit Prime users. For starters, users can now select custom icon sizes, apply swipe actions to any desktop icon, infinite scroll in the app drawer, as well as lower memory usage which will help keep your device speedy.

To see the full list of new features and fixes, check below. 

What’s in this version:

  • Custom Icon Size (Prime)
  • Swipe actions on any desktop icon (Prime)
  • Custom wallpaper cropping
  • Increase maximum desktop grid size
  • Infinite Scroll Drawer Setting
  • Alphabetical list drawer style
  • Small Icons Dock Setting
  • Force wallpaper scrolling on USA SGS2
  • Aggressive Desktop Setting (Keep in memory)*
  • Lower memory usage
  • Improve scrolling performance
  • Fixes, optimizations and tuning

Here is to a happy new year!

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  • chad

    ive been meaning to ask for a while. what the name of those sweet icons you use in the pics?

  • whats that clock widget called?

  • Guest

    whats that cool widget called or did it come stock from your phone?

  • Off Topic Question: What clock widget is that?

    • Scott

      It looks like the default clock and weather widget from Beautiful Widgets.

  • feztheforeigner

    I’m still not seeing a reason to switch from Apex, as far as I know Apex already had every one of these features. I know Nova is a great launcher but I just don’t see the benefits over Apex.

    • trixnkix637

      It’s like Sony or Vizio, Apples & Oranges, Android & iPhones… ok maybe not that last one, but it all boils down to brand preference. They both essentially do the same things and have the same features.

    • its been a while since i tried Apex, but the main reason i switched to Nova was because it was significantly smoother than Apex was. i was a HUGE apex fan on ICS because it had more features, i then slowly moved over to NOVA on 4.1 and haven’t turned back since. but maybe i will give it a go again soon. I always like change 🙂

  • Azn_Android

    Tim if these screenshots are from your phone, could you post the wallpaper please? 🙂

    • TheDrunkenClam

      This wallpaper is part of the Tersus icon pack. You gotta buy it in the market. It has some other awesome wallpapers

  • TheOiulkj

    “Alphabetical list drawer style” Made my day. I’ve been using “Faster Drawer” for a while now to compensate, but I can now go pure nova.

  • strider_mt2k

    SO I get done reading this article and whammo -there’s the update on my phone and tablet.


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  • Nanogeek

    this is my favorite launcher but is there anyway to take it out of that tablet mode and just have the search bar on top like the stock launcher?

    • If I am understanding your question, the way you do this is under Nova’s settings -> Desktop -> Persistent Search Bar (and you can select the search bar’s styling just underneath that option so it can either look like ICS or JB). Hope that helped.

      • Nanogeek

        Yeah I tried that but it seams to have to effect on a tablet for some reason thanks for the tip though

        • JetRanger

          Works on my Nexus 7. I have the JB persistent search bar on all my screens just like on my GN

          • Nanogeek

            Hmm I dunno seems like it just reverts to tablet mode on my nexus 10

  • wtsamatta

    Nova is nice, tried next which is ok also but adw ex is my favorite

  • Hmm not much to report on today? lol

    • michael arazan

      Its a holiday, of course not, nova updated a day or so ago too

    • michael arazan

      of course not, it’s a holiday, nova updated a day or so ago too, a lil late to the party with this

  • Mack

    Apex is a great launcher but Nova is by far my favorite. This update made it even sweeter.

  • JDHokie

    After the update, my wallpaper has shifted (vertically down) and I can’t
    figure out why. I’m running the ‘PieUI’ theme, so custom grid size, no
    notification bar. I’m thinking it’s a simple fix … but I can’t find
    out what happened. Can anyone point me in the right direction?

    • Mack

      That happens sometimes when upgrading, not sure why. Just reapply your wallpaper and it should be fixed. That’s what works for me anyway.

    • tomn1ce

      The same thing happen to my wall paper…I did what Mack mention below and it was fixed…

    • kevin_TeslaCoil

      Android 4.0.3 changed the vertical offset of wallpaper and Nova Launcher went with it, however much of the rest of the personalization community has not (transparent navbar mods in various roms and some live wallpapers) so I finally caved and use the pre-4.0.3 offset in Nova 2.0.
      You can get the old behavior in Settings > Long-press volume down for Labs > Stock Wallpaper Position

      • jonnyc

        Is there a way to resize folders in the dock? i have regular app icons next to folder icons in the dock and the folder icons seem much smaller since the latest update. changing the icon size globally changes all icons including folders so that option doesn’t help me much either