Nova Launcher Update Adds “OK, Google” Hotword Detection, Other Beta Features

Nova Launcher 3.0 “stable” is rolling out to all on Google Play, this afternoon, bringing with it the list of new beta features that were introduced a week ago. The update one-ups the beta, though, by bringing with it “OK, Google” hotword detection from home screens. That means you can say “OK, Google” from any home screen and launch a voice search – no need to tap in a search box or on a microphone.

After updating at the link below, you can activate “OK, Google” by heading into Nova settings, tapping on the “OK, Google” option, and then checking the box to enable it.

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Nova Launcher 3.0 Beta 1 Released, Brings a Ton of Enhancements and New Features

Thought Nova Launcher development was dead? Think again. Today, Nova Launcher received a massive beta update, bringing it to version 3.0. With so much time going by since the last major update to Nova, the changelog is quite extensive for today’s update, with plenty of new features and tools to help trick out your home screen experience.

The update includes a new persistent search bar look (sexy honeycomb), sub-grid positioning, custom label colors, full 4×1 widget support in the dock, greater control of placement/size/cropping of app icons, and a ton more.

Take a peek below at a partial amount of the massive changelog.  (more…)

How to: Change Launchers on the HTC One (M8)

The new HTC One (M8) runs HTC’s BlinkFeed launcher out of the box. It’s not a bad OEM launcher, but if you aren’t a fan of BlinkFeed and also want custom icon pack support in a launcher that carries a much more classic Android appearance, a 3rd party launcher should be installed immediately. Since the One (M8) is an Android device, getting a 3rd party launcher up and running isn’t all that difficult – download one you like, run it, and be on your way.

Should you be the type that often switches between multiple launchers through Android 4.4’s (Kit Kat) new Home toggle, we wanted to make sure you knew where to find it on HTC’s new flagship. It’s not in the typical Settings>Home location that you would see with a stock Android device and is instead tucked into HTC’s Personalize menu.

To access the Home launcher switcher, either follow the video below or cruise into Settings>Personalize>Home screen, and then tap the launcher you want to use.  (more…)

Nova Launcher Updated to Version 2.3, Brings the Essential Kit Kat Look and Feel

An update hit Nova Launcher today, which brings it to version 2.3. Inside the update is a big changelog, full of Kit Kat goodies and features. For starters, the scroll indicator from Kit Kat has been added, as well as Kit Kat style folders. Keep in mind, if you had been a part of the beta test group, then you will have seen some of these features for a little while now. Regardless, if you are a fan of custom launchers and enjoy Android 4.4, you will want to grab this update.  (more…)

Nova Launcher Beta Updated With Transparent Nav Buttons and Notification Bar Support

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After the launch of Kit Kat, it was unclear exactly when the developers behind popular third party launcher apps would update their offerings to allow users not on the Nexus 5 to take advantage of that sexy new “translucent” look that Google introduced in Android 4.4. Well, the developer behind Nova Launcher has gone ahead and updated the beta version of Nova, allowing users to get a transparent look, while also taking advantage of custom icon packs.  (more…)

Nova Launcher and Sliding Messaging Open Up Official Beta Testing Through Google+

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During the Google I/O keynote last month, Google announced that official beta testing of Android apps was being introduced to developers who were interested in getting new versions of their apps out to early adopters who were willing to test them and provide feedback. We have already seen test groups start for apps like DashClock, Falcon Pro, and Fleksy. Today, two more incredibly popular apps join the trend, Nova Launcher and Sliding Messaging(more…)

Video: Nova Launcher Updated, Customize Individual Drawer Icons and New Wallpaper Picker Interface

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Over the weekend, Nova Launcher received an updated to version 2.1, bringing with it a few features that really are quite notable. For most, the important feature addition is the ability to change individual application icons in the app drawer. This is highly important when the icon pack you are using does not skin a particular icon, making the theme a bit off when viewed.  (more…)

Apex Launcher Sees Update to Version 2.0 – Badge Style Options and Folders in the App Drawer Included

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Apex Launcher, one of the most popular apps on Android, received a major update this afternoon to version 2.0. In the update for the free version, users will see options to tweak vibration durations, an improved wallpaper picker, a re-organized settings menu, updated translations, and various fixes and other improvements. If you own the Pro version ($3.99), you’ll have access to folders in the app drawer, integration with Apex Notifier, and style options for notification badges. Again, it’s a solid update for one of the top launchers in the game.  (more…)