Nova Launcher has been around for a long time. How long? Well, Nova Launcher Prime, Nova’s premium upgrade, was one of the first paid apps I ever bought back in 2012 during Google Play’s 25-cent sale. A lot has changed in that time, and while trends in Android have come and gone, Nova Launcher has stayed one of its best launchers.
Here’s how Nova Launcher continues to win its place as the home screen of millions, and it starts with how Nova runs for the first time after installation. Nova Launcher is a legacy launcher that runs like a modern marvel.
I know Nova Launcher gets pegged as a theming launcher — and we’ve used it for a lot of themes over the last few years, but Nova is for more than themers. It’s for users who know how they want their launcher to look and use the same layout on device after device using Nova backups. It’s for users who want the option to make their phone look like a Pixel or like a Samsung Galaxy S8. It’s for users who want their phone to look how they want, from the most basic layouts to the most minute details.
Nova Launcher Features
• Icon Themes – Find thousands of icon themes for Nova Launcher on the Play Store
• Subgrid positioning – Much greater control than standard launchers, Nova Launcher allows you to snap icons or widgets half way through the desktop grid cells
• Color controls – for labels, folders, unread badges, drawer tabs and backgrounds
• Customize App Drawer – Custom tabs, Vertical or Horizontal scrolling, Custom effects
• Improved Widget Drawer – Widgets grouped by app makes it much faster to use
• Infinite scroll – Never far from your favorite page, loop through the desktop or drawer continuously
• Backup/Restore – Sophisticated backup/restore system allowing you to backup your desktop layout and launcher settings
• Scrollable Dock – Create multiple docks and scroll between them
• Widgets in dock – Place any widget in your dock, such as a 4×1 music player widget
• Import Layout – No need to rebuild your desktop from scratch, Nova Launcher can import from most popular launchers. Including the one that came with your phone.
• Fast – Nova Launcher is highly optimized to do it’s work quickly and quietly, keeping the animations smooth and letting you use your phone as fast as you can move your fingers.