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…)
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…)
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, 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…)
It has been way too long since we last asked our community members what their favorite Android launcher was. Since the last time we asked, there are a few newcomers to the game who have certainly taken some of that marketshare away from the big dogs. Apparently the last time we asked, Nova Launcher wasn’t even on the scene, so that should definitely change things up.
If you answer “Other”, please let us know in the comments which launcher you are using.
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. (more…)
So, you got a fancy new Android phone for the holidays! Congratulations! Now that you’re all set up, the only thing left to do is find the best apps and start having some fun. Google Play offers thousands of different applications and games to choose from, so without getting lost looking through countless pages of apps, allow us to drop some knowledge on you.
These are our top 10 recommendations to get you started with Android. (more…)