Nova Launcher 3.0 Beta 1 is out now, comes with a panoply of fresh new features

Nova Launcher 3.0 Beta 1 is out now, comes with a panoply of fresh new features
Ah, Android and its beauty! When it comes to customization, it's undoubtedly the king among the rivaling operating systems. And what's one of the ways to quickly change the interface of your Android-powered digital companion? Well, by changing its launcher, of course!

One of the most popular among these is Nova Launcher, which does not only offer stellar, blazing fast performance, but many customization options, as well. And it seems that Nova is about to get even better, as the developer behind it, TeslaCoil Software, announced that version 3.0 of the popular homescreen replacement app is currently being developed. As one would expect from such a milestone update, it will bring a plenitude of spic and span features to Nova Launcher, all of which just made their way to the beta version of the app for testing purposes.

Judging from the pretty impressive changelog of Nova Launcher 3.0 Beta 1, it's more than safe to say that the upcoming version of the well-known launcher will really treat customization freaks to even more options to tinker with. Check them out below:

  • Subgrid positioning, snap widgets/icons to half cells. Greater control of placement/size without shrinking/cropping app icons
  • Support Today Calendar’s dynamic icon, also supported by icon themes from Kovdev including Domo, Lumos and Tersus and PHLASH’s new KEX theme.
  • Custom label colors (desktop, dock, drawer)
  • Individual drawer tab colors (tap on the tab and select Edit)
  • New tab style Colorblock
  • Vertical drawer scrolls under transparent navbar
  • Backup/Restore using Kitkat’s Document Provider (supports ext-sdcard, Drive, Box, etc)
  • Full 4×1 widget support in dock
  • Individually toggle widget padding (long-press on widget and select Padding)
  • Nova Action for First Item In Folder (Use with swipe/tap action of folders)
  • Honeycomb style persistent searchbar available on phones
  • Slight visual refresh (settings screen, menu icon, color picker)
  • Fix Samsung KitKat bluetooth settings shortcut
  • Fix home button action on Verizon Motorola
  • Restore “Force” wallpaper scrolling for HTC KitKat
  • “Show Shadows” on HTC One M8 perfectly blends from semi-transparent system bars
  • Tab configuration is a bit stricter. Now one and only one All Apps tab is required, and zero or one Widgets tab can be used. These tabs can be renamed and recolored.
  • All Apps tab dropdown menu no longer includes filters for New/Downloaded
  • The dropdown menu indicator has been removed from the tabs, though the menu still exists (with some modification)
  • Persistent Search Bar is either enabled or disabled, the landscape only option has been removed
  • Persistent Search Bar style is consistent between landscape and portrait
  • Icons are now centered vertically in their cells, rather than being top aligned
  • Phone landscape mode fills available space horizontally, rather than reserving space for the search bar/dock even if those elements were hidden.
  • Honeycomb style search bar no longer includes the menu button (which was not authentic to honeycomb anyway)
If these float your boat, you can follow the source link and become a Nova Launcher beta tester. After you've done so, you can head on to Google Play and either update or install Nova Launcher. Be advised that the beta version of the app might not be as stable as the final one, so you might experience an issue here or there.

source: +Nova Launcher Beta (1), (2) via Phandroid



1. enthasuium

Posts: 150; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

For me this is the best launcher of Android. Plain , simple, fast

2. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

It's the only one I use. Nova Prime. +1

5. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

I tell people it's like stock, but with all the things you wish stock had. Love the Go Launcher theme integration as well.

11. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

I still prefer Apex launcher as it is one of the lightest and RAM efficient launchers out there and has more or less the same features as Nova! On my phone, it uses about 25MB and on tablet about 50MB with all widgets and icons in 2 homescreens!

12. sriuslywtf

Posts: 297; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

DId you say light? Try Smart launcher, then you know whats light.. Huehuehue

16. Adithya7184 unregistered

who cares about RAM usage. i am using rr remix 4.4.2 rom on my Galaxy S2 , and i always have minimum 350-500MB of free ram. when it comes to UI speed, NOVA Launcher is the best. No one comes close.

3. jayd3n

Posts: 33; Member since: Apr 15, 2014

yES!! thanks to NOVA Launcher i can always change the ugly default UI of any phone :)

4. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

Changing the homescreen (as in how many 'pages' there are, add/delete them etc.) still sounds like it'll look like it was made by a 5 year old, though.

6. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Considering software instructions should be understood by a 4th grade education level, that sounds about right. Imagine that.

7. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Much better than the Coolpad launcher in terms of options...

13. __0__

Posts: 242; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

It doesnt matter if you device ship with a Cr@py launcher , because you could always install Nova Launcher

8. alex88ucv

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 05, 2014

Even though i am a fan of the live tiles (especially transparent live tiles from wp 8.1), in android world i think that Sense 6 from HTC is the most elegant approach..if i would buy an android phone it would be HTC..wish they made that available on the play store for any other device

9. tedkord

Posts: 17452; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I would have no problem buying an HTC phone, if it had all the features I wanted. Then I would install Nova Prime over the Sense launcher.

10. Totse2k15

Posts: 478; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

Yep! Best launcher ever made - Android.

14. antmiu2

Posts: 550; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

apex ftw

15. brasstax

Posts: 545; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Anybody here using or has used Themer? I have tried a lot of launchers but after trying Themer, i have stuck with it. It is right up there when it comes to a complete visual make over for my phablet. New themes are added almost every other day & all are free. Some of the themes are truly stunning especially if you have a large screen phone to show off. On the flipside its neither the lightest nor the fastest out there.

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