Nova Launcher 5.3 is now available on Google Play

The folks behind Nova Launcher, one of the most appreciated third-party launchers available on Android, today released a new stable version of the software: 5.3. Coming only several weeks after version 5.2, Nova Launcher 5.3 introduces support for Google Now, although users won't get this by default.

To actually have a Google Now pane on Nova Launcher (similar to what Pixel Launcher and Google Now Launcher are offering), you need to download an extra Nova Google Companion APK on your phone. Once you have this APK on your handset, Nova Launcher 5.3 should detect it, and you'll start seeing the Google Now integration in effect on your home screen. 

You can find the Google Companion at Tesla Coil Apps (the company developing Nova Launcher) via the second source link below.

Besides Google Now integration, Nova Launcher 5.3 brings some unspecified bug fixes and optimizations. The launcher is available to download for free through Google Play - see the first source link below.

sources: Nova Launcher download, Nova Google Companion via Cliff Wade (Google+)



1. kunalnarang

Posts: 14; Member since: Jun 18, 2017

Nova is the king. Nothing trumps Nova.

2. UglyFrank

Posts: 2191; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

my biggest android regret is not buying this app when it was 10p

3. lallolu

Posts: 731; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

That was when I bought mine.

8. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

Been using this for 5+ years. And this is worth every cent of its $1 :D

4. Scott93274

Posts: 6030; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I just bought it yesterday. It's a very intuitive launcher. I like it... however, I have noticed a little bit of lag here and there... AND my phone died on me last night while it was plugged in.... this has never happened to me before... Coincidence? Probably... but it's very out of character for my device and I am a bit cautious about its overall stability...

6. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I think it's a coincidence because I have used it on my every Android phone and tablet without issue. Yes, there is time when it would lag on my lower spec device. Overall, still, an improvement that why I stick with it.

7. Scott93274

Posts: 6030; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Yeah, it's been working flawlessly ever sinse my innitial post. :)

5. galaxius

Posts: 82; Member since: Sep 06, 2014

No issues ever with nova so far I had used nova evrry single time i had an android phone Nothing beats it True

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.