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Nova Launcher Beta Update Brings Android L Visuals

With Android L available for a few devices, everyone not able to flash the developer preview build are scrambling to get a taste of Google’s latest OS on their devices.

Thankfully, the Android developer community is top notch, churning out plenty of work to help get your device running like Android L. Why exactly you would want your phone to run like a buggy developer preview build, I don’t know, but that’s why we love Android. Freedom! 

Nova Launcher, one of the most widely-used third party launchers on Android, received a beta update today, bringing a few Android L goodies with it. New options for the Android L folder preview and app drawer icon are available, plus a new Android L app animation, which will slide apps up from the bottom of the display, just like on the preview build.

Take a look below for the full description on the changes.

What’s New

  • “L” Folder Preview (Nova Settings – Folder – Folder Preview – Line)
  • “L” App Drawer Icon (Long-press app drawer – Edit – Tap Icon – All white icon under “Built-in”)
  • “L” App Animation (Nova Settings – Look and Feel – App Animation – Slide Up)
  • Minor tuning for running on Android L Dev Preview
  • Optimizations and bug fixes

To download the Beta, you will need to be opted in through Google+ and Google Play, then you should see the update appear soon. If you would rather skip waiting, and be a sideloading-savage instead, you can download the apk file here.

Via: +Kevin Barry
Cheers Dave!
  • gmason0702

    Forgive my ignorance but how can I be “opted in”?

  • mariajlandreth

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    Riley got an almost new red GMC Canyon just by some parttime working online
    with a laptop. visit their website F­i­s­c­a­l­p­o­s­t­.­C­O­M­

  • TechnoBuffaloRules

    What icon pack are they using for the phone and hangouts and what is that clock widget.

  • artsr2002
  • JeffColorado

    Nova Launcher gives me such a boner. love this app.

  • GotSka81

    Obligatory background request.

  • roxiedunn

    Caden .
    I just agree… Roger `s c0mment is something, last week I bought Ford Focus
    after having made $5564 this-past/5 weeks and-just over, 10 grand last month
    . with-out any question its my favourite work Ive ever done . I began this
    8-months ago and immediately started making a cool over $75, per hour . go

  • ones_karen

    my Aunty
    Ava recently got a year 2012 Lexus GS 350 Sedan by working parttime off of a
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  • ReturnOfTheMack

    Haha I don’t think Tim will ever let the whole savage thing go. Definitely agree with you though.

  • Nikuliai
  • Jay W.

    Cool! The only one I am going to roll with for now is the App Drawer though 😉

  • ddpacino

    Where can I find that icon pack, and those navigation icons??

    • Christopher Bement

      FlatDroid Icons, and the navbar icons are from SoftkeyZ on the play store. Needs root.

  • what’s that clock widget? I’m on KitKat but the stock KitKat clock widget never sizes that big for me.

    • Mike Aurin

      That widget is from Timely.

      • thanks much!!

        • niuguy

          Timely is the best. Google bought them for a reason!

  • Angelo Allegra

    A question… I’ve Nova Launcher, all paid and such (Nova Launcher Prime 3.0.1 with also Tesla Unread 3.0 installed). Is this a different, separate, app or I can install it on top of it? Thanks in advance.

    • duoexo

      Read the last sentence of the post.

      • Angelo Allegra

        Thanks, sorry I slipt that part! 🙂 So I can skip it, if I want it, and install it on top? Nice.

        • duoexo

          Its okay, I forgive you.

  • Jesus Elle

    Anyone else notice that the L slide up app animation takes slightly longer than stock?

    • XvierX

      Yep. There is a very slight delay.

      • 213ninja

        yeah, i’m not feeling that delay at all so i may go back until they notice it and hopefully fix it in the next beta or so…Nova rules tho.

  • Mike Aurin

    There is a reason Nova is arguably the best 3rd party launcher. This guy is on top of his game when it comes to updates and features.

  • Clubber

    This is nice. I prefer the zooming animation of apps opening over the L release sliding sliding.

    I honestly hope Google goes with something other than the sliding. Though I get why they are doing that because it resembles a card sliding up or down.

  • Daniel Lewis

    Even on L, I’m finding it hard to switch back to Nova from the Google Now Launcher due to the animations alone. Looking forward to Nova, etc. integrating these subtleties into their own launchers in the next few months.

    • Maxim∑

      idk why its so hard for google to support 3rd party icon packs on the GEL

      • If you’re rooted, Xposed GEL Settings allows all kinds of customization of the Google Now Launcher, including icon packs.

        • Maxim∑

          Thanks, I actually had that was great but I went to ART.

          • Ahh, yeah. It’ll be nice when Xposed becomes ART compatible.

          • regkilla


      • evil_INDEED

        This is the main reason I don’t use GEL. Been using Nova for years and they keep up with GEL features pretty well so I can’t really complain.

      • Stephen D

        And a 5×5 grid. The phones are getting bigger and bigger, yet we’re stuck with the same grid size as the 3.7 inch OG Droid.

      • muhammad omer

        install BEAUTIFUL ICON STYLER application and then u will be able to use any 3rd party icons on GEL

  • Icon Pack Tim

    • FlatDroid

      • FknTwizted

        tim you need to say yes massa at the end of that apparently.

  • Nova FTW

    • OhYeah!

      Action Launcher FTW!

      • veRdiKt

        Yeah right lol.

        • AnettaGriffinynu

          My Uncle
          Riley got an almost new red GMC Canyon just by some parttime working online
          with a laptop. visit their website F­i­s­c­a­l­p­o­s­t­.­C­O­M­

      • Stephen D

        Touchwiz Launcher FTW!

        • bboyairwreck

          OG MotoBlur Launcher FTW!

          • Jack Holt

            Sense 2.0 FTW!

          • Boblank84

            I lol’d

        • Mario

          Next Launcher 3D Shell Lite FTW!

      • xsoldier2000

        Facebook Home FTW…wait…

    • SheleneHowellbim

      classmate’s sister-in-law makes $83 /hr on the computer . She has been
      unemployed for eight months but last month her check was $15537 just working
      on the computer for a few hours. visit the website


    • ZoeDonbavandmuf

      . I agree that Craig `s remark is inconceivable… last thursday I bought a
      great new Alfa Romeo from having made $5835 this last month and even more
      than 10 grand lass-month . this is really the most comfortable work I’ve ever
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  • Mordecaidrake

    And changes have been applied. I love Nova Launcher <3 Thanks for the info! Also, what icon pack is that?

    • I’d like to know which icon pack that is as well.

      • FlatDroid

        • Thanks

        • david ruiz

          Tim, is this a screen shot from an m8? If so, how do you get your soft keys to not have a dark shadow over them?


          whats the clock widget called? I see it quite often and am taking a liking to it!

          • George Davis

            Pretty sure that is the Timely widget. Free in the Play store.

  • Bryan Mills

    I would use it, but the G3s software is beautiful. Might throw it on my G2 and try it out.

    • BobButtons

      I threw the G3 software onto my G2 since I don’t have the means or needs to upgrade at the moment and I agree, quite nice looking.

      • Simon

        Are you running CloudyG3 or Optimus G3 ?

        • BobButtons

          Optimus G3 on a VS980. No issues other than having to knock on to turn the screen on and then tap in my pattern instead of starting with the screen off but I really couldn’t care less about that.

    • 213ninja

      that’s out?