Android N Preview v2.0 rolls out a new app folder design, Nova Launcher is quick to match it

Android N Preview v2.0 rolls out a new app folder design, Nova Launcher is quick to match it
The beta version of Nova Launcher, one of the most popular launchers for Android devices, has been updated to include an app folder redesign based on a small visual change that Google rolled out in the second Android N developer preview. 

Yesterday, Google published a second Android N Developer Preview. In this update, the highlight features are a low-level 3D rendering engine called Vulkan and launcher shortcuts. However, that's not all that Android N Preview v2.0 brought. A closer look at the update uncovers that app folders have received an interesting redesign. 

While the original Android N Preview maintained the classic design with stacked app icons, in the second Android N Preview, app folders now show the corners or the edges of the app icons. If you want to get the same look on your Android device, you can now do this by installing beta version of Nova Launcher. In case you're already part of the beta program, make sure that you're running the latest update. 

Although the change is certainly not a major one, it's very interesting to note that the developers behind Nova Launcher needed less than a day to implement the new feature.

To enable the new app folder design, just head on over to the Nova Launcher settings screen, go to the Folders section, and you should see "Android N" listed as an option in the folder layout setting. 


What do you guys make of Android N's new folder icon design?

source: Nova Launcher (Beta Opt-In | Google Play) via Droid-Life

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15 Comments

1. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

That design is better and closer to apple's style which is not a bad thing. I wish they would use apple's media player style too (integrated into the control centre, sound working with the screen off, the cool feature which easily allows me to switch between my Bluetooth speaker and the internal speaker and more)

5. DRS1977

Posts: 679; Member since: May 27, 2015

Not sure what you mean exactly. On my Marshmellow S7E, music controls are on the lock screen and when you swipe down controls are there as well. Sounds works just find with the screen off, so do volume controls. I also have a full playlist widget and controls on left swipe of my screen. Can't get much easier.

6. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I use an S device and prefer android, however the way iOS handles the play of music is better in some ways (worse in others). I can load a video on safari/chrome etc and turn the screen off and still have the audio playing which doesn't work on my Samsung. So I could watch (listen to) a Hannibal Buress comedy special with the screen off which is very handy at night time, I'm hoping there is a good alternative on android because I'm trying to get rid of this iPad and K1/Pixel C don't seem like good enough replacements.

8. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

I wish I could do that with Youtube. That is a good idea.

10. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

(youtube red can help you)

13. AlikMalix unregistered

Dont you have to pay money for that?

15. vincelongman

Posts: 5696; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

YouTube Red includes GP Music All Access Pretty good deal overall

14. AlikMalix unregistered

I kinda prefer iOS control center for the fact that the slide controls for brightness, or the music player controls are already showing and they work for youtube videos, or whatever app your media is playing on at the moment. On the android toggle widget thingy, you got to tap the icon then the slider appears, or any controls for that matter. But what Android lacks in, it makes it up by allowing customized items...

16. vincelongman

Posts: 5696; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

On Android it depends on the app All the decent players have the controls in the notification shade

3. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

Marshmallow folders look a bit confusing in my opinion, android N style folders look much better. When will android N's name be Announced?

4. WPX00

Posts: 511; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

Much closer to relese, which was usually September in past years, but it might be at Googlr IO this year since N releases in summer, not the fall.

7. PHYCLOPSH

Posts: 652; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

I actually like the stacked M folders more, much cleaner and appealing to me.

9. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

So do I. Looks more modern. IMO

11. Mfa901

Posts: 291; Member since: Jul 14, 2012

This looks ugly

12. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Nice looks awesome, I love it when they pay attention to the details!

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