Nova Launcher 5.2 is out of beta, brings Android O style notification dots to everyone

In the past few years, Nova Launcher has successfully positioned itself as Android customization geeks' default launcher choice, thanks to its ever-increasing set of features. And with its most recent stable release, version number 5.2, that list grew once again with several new additions.

The feature set is the same as the 5.2 beta version released a couple of weeks ago, and thus isn't as large as some previous releases. Nevertheless, its biggest feature – Android O-style notification badges – should be enough to satisfy those clamoring for latest Android version's release. In essence, it displays a dot in a user-chosen corner of an app's icon to remind users they have an unread notification.

Nova Launcher 5.1 introduced another such feature, Dynamic Badges, which could be viewed as the superior alternative (as they display relevant icons rather than just a dot), but lovers of stock Android may nevertheless prefer the new addition. In any case, it's worth noting that notification badges of any kind are limited to the paid Nova Launcher Prime.

The other new big feature here is a new, round search bar style, which follows the overall move towards round shapes in Android iconography. But apart from that, the only other additions are performance improvements and some stability fixes for Android O.

The latest stable version of Nova Launcher is available for download to everyone in the Play Store right now, via the link below.

source: Play Store

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8 Comments

1. Soundjudgment

Posts: 370; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

Nova Launcher. Still.. the Best.

8. ATHU1992

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

Seriously. It's the all time best.

2. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1806; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

After using dynamic badges I couldn't go back to anything else...

6. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

@Mreveryphone Same here, I prefer the dynamic ones over the other 2 options. I even prefer number badges over the dot ones. Jesus PA, fix the comment system already, it's getting annoying as hell.

3. premal.mistry

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 26, 2014

what is the icon pack in the screenshot ?

4. zacsaturday

Posts: 262; Member since: May 09, 2014

I think its a nexus/pixel on Android O, using adaptive icons

5. Kaloyan.C

Posts: 22; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

It's called Dives and is made by a developer named Vertumus. Currently goes for $0.99, but I got it for free in a promo a couple of weeks back.

7. jdrch

Posts: 107; Member since: Jul 08, 2014

Great, now if only the beta could stop crashing.

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