Nova Launcher 5.1 is now out of beta

Nova Launcher, one of the nicest and most customizable third-party Android launchers out there, is now better than ever. Why is that? Well, it's because today, May 4, the launcher was updated to version 5.1, which brings a few noteworthy novelties.

Nova Launcher 5.1 introduces Dynamic Badges - a new way to peek at notifications. The feature picks relevant images from notifications and shows them to you (next to an app's icon) instead of just showing numbers. So, for example, instead of seeing that you have 3 new messages, Dynamic Badges lets you see from whom these messages are, without opening the Messenger app - check out the image on the left.

Other new things: the updated Nova Launcher plays nice with system level themes on Samsung and Huawei phones, while also including some minor fixes for Samsung's Galaxy S8.

As a side note, a beta build of Nova Launcher 5.1 has been available since March. However, being a beta version, this was unstable, and you had to join an opt-in beta testing program to download it.

The final, non-beta Nova Launcher 5.1 can be downloaded by everyone from Google Play via the source link below.

source: Google Play



1. vincelongman

Posts: 5804; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Dynamic Badges is an awesome idea But I wish it could keep those badges until read, even if you dismiss the notification

2. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I am glad they give you the option to turn it off for specific applications.

4. vincelongman

Posts: 5804; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

True, isn't suited for all app Like I have it disable for Lightflow and Tasker which have persistent notifications

6. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Same here and a few apps I don't care for badges (like some games). Btw Lightflow and Tasker are superb. btw you don't need tesla unread for the dynamic badges :)

7. vincelongman

Posts: 5804; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

True I wondering how I can get the dynamic badges to remain if I dismiss the notification without reading/acting on it

8. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

It would be difficult since the dynamic badges are based on the notifications.

9. vincelongman

Posts: 5804; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Good point, it probably wouldn't work too well without a proper API from Google and support from app developers AFAIK TeslaUnread only works if the app supports Android's unread counts API

10. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

According to info on the Playstore: Unread counts are natively supported for the most popular chat and email apps, such as Hangouts, Whatsapp and all the apps shown in the screenshot. Additionally on Android 4.3+ TeslaUnread can watch the notification bar to extract unread counts from virtually any app. So Tesla does work for most apps, but only supported apps have an accurate number.

3. rudra964

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 10, 2017

I've been beta testing it since March and on my phone it does keep it until I've read it. Irrespective of the notification being there or not.

5. vincelongman

Posts: 5804; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Same, but for me if I dismiss the notification the badge disappears Do you have TeslaUnread installed??

11. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1856; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

What are the improvements with the system level themes?

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