Nova Launcher adds support for custom Oreo-style dock widgets in latest update

This is how a great deal of the new features are added in Nova Launcher, Action Launcher, and other AOSP-like home screen replacements: Google releases a new version of Android, the developers of said launchers try to implement all the new features as quickly as possible, and after they're done, they start looking for ways to modify and diversify the experience by granting users a greater freedom for customization.

This is also the case with the docked search bar widget, which was introduced in Android 8.0 Oreo, and which made its way into Nova Launcher last month. Now, with the latest beta update for Nova (5.5-beta7), users can replace the search bar with another widget of their choosing, as long as it is 4x1 in size. Doing so is as easy as long-pressing on the search bar, tapping "Replace", and choosing a different widget from the carousel.

Getting rid of the dock widget (or enabling it in the first place) can be done by going to "Nova Settings > Dock > Search bar in dock", and selecting one of the available options ("None", "Above icons", or "Below icons").

Nova Launcher 5.5-beta 7 is now live on the beta channel, but the APK is also available for download from the official TeslaCoil website (linked below).

Download Nova Launcher 5.5-beta 7

source: Nova



1. Ravi24365

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Nice Info. Was looking to get the Search bar in Dock for quite some time...

2. KeyserSoze

Posts: 387; Member since: Oct 06, 2014

The full search bar above the dock is cluttery and ugly as sht. This additional feature is for dummies with no taste or sense of what is elegant. Just use the Nova Action widget to put a much smaller Search icon on your home screen or main dock row. It takes up 75-80% less space and does the same thing as the search bar.

3. Khyron

Posts: 402; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

search in bar Dock is horrible totally useless !

4. cocoy

Posts: 464; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

The only problem with Nova Launcher is that, if you're using the older version of Android you cannot enjoy the latest skin for the updated version of Android. If you're OS is Lollipop you can't enjoy the new features of Oreo so don't expect to much about this launcher.

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