Nova Launcher gets updated with two notable features, more improvements

Nova Launcher gets updated with two notable features, more improvements
It's been a bit more than a month since TeslaCoil, the developer behind one of the most popular Android launchers, released Nova Launcher 6.0, and now a brand new version is available for download via Google Play Store. Nova Launcher 6.1 isn't a major update like the one before, but it does bring two important new features, as well as a small number of fixes.

If you didn't know, Google is using dark cards on the feed page, but Nova Launcher didn't take advantage of this particular feature. Well, the latest updated introduces support for a dark mode for the Google Discover page.

You should head to Theme options in Settings / Integrations / Google Discover / Theme and choose from one of the three themes currently available in Nova Launcher: Light, Dark, and Follow (Nova's) Night mode.

More importantly, Nova Launcher is now getting full support for Numeric Dots. The launcher moves away from the inconsistencies of the Android APIs which weren't exactly accurate when gathering unread counts from apps that users have installed on their phones.

The addition of Dynamic Badges in a previous version of Nova Launcher offered users a smart preview of the notification itself rather than a simple counter. Once Google introduced Dots with Android Oreo, it became clear that the Mountain View company isn't able to offer the same iOS-like experience where the badge shows a full unread count even after a notification is dismissed.

Google's Dots feature simply shows a Dot without offering any details on how many notifications you have and what are they all about. However, Nova Launcher's new Numeric Dots feature further improves the experience and provides it with a number instead of a dot or stylized badge.

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6 Comments

1. ihatebiasedclickbaits

Posts: 12; Member since: Apr 13, 2019

Omfg I created an account for the first time just to point out the ridiculousness in parts of this article. I work in tech support. I've literally met no one who likes the doted count of emails and what not "feature" out of the thousands of people with iPhones I have served over the years. Quite the opposite, they find it annoying and distracting. Also, as a computer science graduate, I can tell you that any software feature can be implemented, and Google could do it, but chose NOT to do it, for a better user experience. The way you phrased this stuff in your article absolutely shocked me. Omfg dude... But stirring this reactions is your goal anyways. More clicks and comments generate more ads, more money for you. Great "journalism".

3. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

“I work in tech support... as a computer science graduate” AKA “I have a 2 year community college degree, while working at Best Buy in the Geek Squad.” Neither of which give you authority on the subject.

4. ihatebiasedclickbaits

Posts: 12; Member since: Apr 13, 2019

Lol classic Trumptard. I have a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, and Minors in Math, Physics and Philosophy. My experience in tech support started in Highschool, and I still do a bit of it at my University while I pursue my Masters in Software engineering. So eat your heart out.

5. iushnt

Posts: 3105; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Being a student of Computer Science, it doesn’t make sense when you comment about marketing and journalism. What proportion of the relevant target market find numeric dots annoying and distracting? How did you verify this? That’s the job of marketing to find it out.

6. ihatebiasedclickbaits

Posts: 12; Member since: Apr 13, 2019

Read the comments again - I have graduated computer science already with a bunch of minors, I work full time, and I'm getting a Master's degree. The clickbait article was poorly written - Google "CAN'T" code the badge numbers, but some tiny group of programmers developing a launcher with the tools provided by Google can do it? Obviously Google could do it, and obviously they chose not to. If you read the above, I was talking about my own experience. It's like you people only get from the comments the things you want to read, and not what is actually written.

2. JRPG_Guy

Posts: 144; Member since: Jan 13, 2019

This came with my Razer phone 2. I don't even know what I had befofe

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