Nova Launcher 5.1 (beta) released with Dynamic Badges, small improvements

The fine folks behind one of the most popular Android launchers, Nova Launcher, have just announced a new beta version is now available for download.

Nova Launcher 5.1 beta brings just one important new feature that's been requested by many users in the past. The new feature is called Dynamic Badges, and it's now available for testing to everyone installing the latest beta build.

It appears that due to API restrictions more often than not unread counts are misleading. At the same time, since every application counts things in a different way, the numbers shown don't have a meaning.

For example, while you know that you've received three messages, you don't know who sent them just by looking at the count number of a messaging app.

The latest Nova Launcher is focusing on images rather than numbers. Dynamic Counts pulls images from notification to badge your apps, which means contact images from messaging apps, album art from music apps, app icons from the Play Store will be shown instead.

The new feature is supposed to enhance the utility of the badges on folder icons by showing an app with notifications instead of just a numeric count. While the old numeric counts are still available in the Nova Launcher, you can try the new feature by heading to Settings / Notification Badges / Badge Type / Dynamic.

source: Kevin Barry (Google+) via Droid-Life



1. vincelongman

Posts: 5761; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Oh wow, that's actually really neat

2. Dr.SamX

Posts: 245; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

Can you have Google Search as the very left homescreen with Nova? I thought I read about Google making it available for third party launchers a while ago...

3. vincelongman

Posts: 5761; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Nope you can't unfortunately IIRC its because at the moment Google only allows system apps access to the Google Now launcher integration API Its how OEM launcher can have Google Now launcher integration, e.g. Sony The Nova dev has opted to wait for Google to officially grant third party apps acess (I think he's afaid of a user backlash if Google changes the API, then users can't have Google Now launcher integration anymore)


Posts: 654; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

As usual, Nova and CM devs adding useful functions to Android for Google to steal at a later date and take the credit for.

5. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

Not a Nova user, but kudos for giving us what bare bones Android never could...

6. Symon_Fleece

Posts: 351; Member since: May 30, 2014

What is the icon pack showed in the picture above?

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