Apex Launcher – Another Great Home Replacement for Ice Cream Sandwich Devices

There is no question that there are plenty of great launchers out there for Android users. But it seems that every time we post about Nova Launcher that was built specifically for Ice Cream Sandwich devices, there is someone that brings up the Apex Launcher. So we have checked it out and can now see why so many people were bringing it up. With even more customization options than Nova has at the moment, then there was no way we weren’t going to recommend this launcher.  (more…)

Nova Launcher Leaves Beta, Now Available on the Android Market

One of our current favorites in the launcher game, Nova Launcher, finally left beta this morning and found its way into the Android Market as both paid and free versions. It’s all of the fun you have been experiencing, but now you have the option to upgrade to the “Prime” edition which includes the ability to hide apps in your drawer, activate swipe actions on apps and docks, and more. It’s $4.00 to go premium, so if none of the options I just listed are of use to you, stick with the free version.

Market Links:  Free | Prime ($4.00)

Via:  Phandroid

Nova Launcher Updated – Scrollable Folders, Improved Responsiveness


Our favorite 3rd party launcher based on Ice Cream Sandwich called Nova Launcher, has just received another useful update. In addition to a few minor bug fixes and folder fixes, you can now have more than 16 apps in any given folder with the ability to scroll through them. Wicked.

If you already have the app, go in to Nova settings and hit “Check for updates.” If you have a device running ICS and want to give Nova Launcher a try, then head to the forum post where you can download it, here.

Cheers Justin!

Nova Launcher Updated, System Installation No Longer Required


Our new favorite Ice Cream Sandwich based launcher, Nova Launcher, has received a pleasant update. Previously, you needed to install the launcher via zip file to have the widget menu accessible from the application drawer, but gone are those days thanks to this recent update. Just install the apk as you would any other launcher, grant root access and you’re good to go. Along with that, there have been a few bug fixes and general tidying of the app.

Via: Nova Launcher Thread

Cheers Justin!

Mod: NOVA Launcher Custom Folder Icon Themes

Nova Launcher has become a big enough deal that modders are starting to put in work on it. One of those mods that really stood out to us was this set of custom folder icons. If you weren’t a fan of Google’s ICS circular folder option, then feel free to browse through 11 or so that jaydotelloh has created. You’ll find fully transparent icons, square, different colored rings, and a variety of shelves/platforms. We grabbed 4 of our favorites for quick downloads below, but be sure to hit up the source for more.   (more…)

Nova Launcher Update Introduces Custom Icons for Folders, Infinite Scrolling


It’s no secret that we are huge fans of Nova Launcher. As an all-ICS home replacement, it gets better and better with each new update – something that happens quite often by the way. And when the newest update popped up on my handset last night showing that custom icons could now be added over folders, you could find me grinning for a solid 5 minutes. This may seem like such a minimal update, but to be honest, the folder icon that is used in Android 4.0 is not the prettiest thing on the planet. A round circle with a batch of apps laying all over each other? Eh, no thanks. Custom icon that I choose instead? Yes, please.

The update also includes infinite scrolling, optimizations and other bug fixes.

Download links here (not in the market yet). Folder icon here.

Nova Launcher Takes the Ice Cream Sandwich Launcher to New Levels


It was only a matter of time before the stock Ice Cream Sandwich launcher was improved upon. Many of you were not excited to see that long pressing on the home screen no longer gives you a widgets menu and that you could only add them through the app drawer. Those frustrations will be tossed aside if you load up the newest launcher on the block called Nova Launcher. It’s Ice Cream Sandwich-based (meaning you have to be running ICS in order to use it), and simply builds upon the stock launcher by adding in a ton of customisable options.

You will find a 3D cube transition between home screens, compatibility with ADW icon packs, long press menu from home screens, grid adjustments, and the removal of the locked Google Search bar up top.   (more…)