Mega Deal: Grab Nova Launcher Prime for $1, Down From $5

If customizing the look of your Android phone is something you enjoy doing, as it is something we most definitely love, you should head over to Google Play right now and grab Nova Launcher Prime, the pro unlock key for the hit launcher app, Nova Launcher. Basically, anytime you see the DL staff share home screens, we are using Nova Launcher. With its regular updates and virtually endless amount of customization options, it’s our go-to launcher.  (more…)

Nova Launcher Beta Update Adds Gestures for Double-Tap-to-Lock, Google Now, More

Nova Launcher beta just received a fantastic update that adds a bunch of new features that a number of you have likely been hoping would arrive one day. We’re talking about double-tap-to-lock, a gesture option for opening Google Now, options to make the app drawer just like Google’s latest vertical app drawer (with recent apps and persistent search), and more.

The update also attempts to fix the slow Marshmallow notification pulldown, though it does require root. A bunch of bugs have been squashed as well, plus optimized an startup time and fast scrolling in long lists were added.  (more…)

Friday Poll: Vertical or Horizontal App Drawer?

Today’s poll is as simple as it gets because there is clear controversial divide about the way an app drawer should scroll in 2015. Google forced the vertical scroller on many of you this morning in an update to the Google app, so it’s time to decide once and for all which way you all actually prefer.

Are you Team Vertical or Team Horizontal? Why?

Vertical or Horizontal App Drawer?

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Nova Launcher Beta Update Normalizes Odd Icon Sizes, Adds Marshmallow Search Bar

An update rolling out now to Nova Launcher Beta attempts to make your desktops look much more uniform should you have an icon or two that stick out in weird, shapely ways. It also includes a new Marshmallow-esque grayscale search bar, incase (like most of us) you aren’t a fan of that colorful disaster that Google pushed out a few weeks back.  (more…)

This is My Android: June 2015

After kicking off our “This is My Android” series in February with the Moto X (2nd gen), I told you that it probably wouldn’t take long before I found a phone to replace it. I didn’t say that because the Moto X was aging or falling out of favor with my pants pocket, it’s just that I knew what was on the horizon – the Samsung Galaxy S6. Shortly after Samsung’s new flagship launched and found its way onto my desk, I knew almost immediately that this was the phone that would replace the Moto X.

So today, this is my Android, the Galaxy S6.  (more…)

Nova Launcher Beta Updated With More Material Design, New Features

A beta update is available for Nova Launcher users, one which includes plenty of Material Design aesthetics and new features. The update brings a true Lollipop feel to the application, which should now look much nicer with devices currently running Lollipop. And if you are still on a later version of Android, Nova should help make you feel a bit more with the times. But don’t worry, we know it’s just carriers and OEMs holding you back from Android 5.0+.  (more…)

This is My Android: February 2015

Quite often, we get asked things like, “What icon pack or wallpaper is in that screenshot?” or “What is that widget?” or “What phone are you currently using?” To hopefully help provide answers to those questions in a more official capacity, rather than so casual through the comments section, we decided that going forward we would try and put together explanation videos in a new feature called “This is my Android.” As we change phones or launchers or icon packs or start using a handful of new apps throughout a year, you will see videos of us highlighting them along with the reasons why we made a switch or change. Pretty simple, right?

As you can imagine, these should come out much more regularly in the coming months as we see the new 2015 flagships from companies like HTC and Samsung. Until then, though, let’s kick this off with a first look at my current setup. This is my Android(more…)