Nova Launcher 5.0 brings Google Pixel-like features to everyone
posted by Florin T. / Dec 13, 2016, 5:40 PM
Nova Launcher 5.0 comes with various notable features that were previously available only in the beta versions of the launcher. For example, we're getting a "swipe to open app drawer" option, which is somewhat similar to what Google's Pixel and Pixel XL are offering. Note that you may have to manually enable this option by going to Nova Settings -> App & widget drawers -> Swipe to open.
Other new features: Pixel style search bar, Android 7.1 launcher shortcuts, new search view (including tabs for Frequent, Recent and New/Updated apps), a "timeout" screen lock method, and double-tap-swipe gestures. All these novelties have also been included in Nova Launcher Prime (the $4.99 version of the skin that offers a slew of premium features).
Nova Launcher 5.0 is available for free via the first source link below. If you want to get the beta variant of the launcher (and try out new features before they're released to everyone), you can sign up to become a tester at the second source below.
sources: Nova Launcher (Google Play), Nova Launcher Beta via Google+
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not sure if I wanna update to 5.0
posted on Dec 13, 2016, 6:08 PM 1
Posts: 98; Member since: Nov 06, 2014
Don't worry it's Nova so they always give you the option to enable those new features if you want. They're just trying to appeal to every android purist with a need to customise so they won't remove features.
posted on Dec 14, 2016, 12:44 AM 2
Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011
It's not that much of an improvement over kitkat due to Google neutering SD card writing (making SD slot less useful) when using the standard file managers, app control/ stuff like gsam cannot give any details on what's keeping the damn phone awake, asinine background data access rules which flips around between Marshmallow and Nougat which may inadvertently utilize your data without you knowing and you have to go through your apps one by one.
posted on Dec 14, 2016, 1:33 AM 0
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