Nova Launcher update adds adaptive icons, Android 8.1 popup menu, more


Nova Launcher, one of the most popular Android launchers, is now getting an important update that adds a couple of new features and many improvements.

Keep in mind that this isn't a beta release, so you'll be able to benefit from all the features included in the update once you download Nova Launcher v5.5.

The most important change is the addition of adaptive icons, which are supported by all devices powered by Android 5.0 Lollipop and newer. Also, the update intelligently reshapes legacy icons to adaptive to come in line with Google's new design language.

There's also a new Android 8.1 Oreo style popup menu, while a new search bar is now available in the dock. Moreover, the new search bar can be replaced in the dock with any widget by simply long pressing on the bar and choosing “Replace.”

Finally, some optimizations and bug fixes have been implemented under the hood, so you should notice some performance improvements and fewer issues with the Android launcher.

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8 Comments

1. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Does the Android 8.1 Oreo style pop-up support showing widgets? If so, this could very well be the action launcher like pop-up widgets I've been asking for in Nova Launcher...

8. MINDoSOUL

Posts: 322; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

They are not going to add popup widgets like Action launcher ever. Because there are other 3rd party apps that can give you the same functionality. I have already discussed it with Nova team. By the way if you really would like to have similar and better than what Action Launcher provides use Popup widget 3 it's a paid app but it's worth it. This is my Setup:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZkT0HyNxig

2. twens

Posts: 1184; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Anyone still using launchers on the current generation of android phones?

3. PSAfromThisGuy

Posts: 146; Member since: Jan 16, 2017

yes.. I just bought the LG V30 after owning the Motorola Turbo 2, and I have Nova Launcher on both. I especially love that I can overlap widgets with the app.. I wasn't a fan of how the LG home page was set up, or losing the ability to have my widgets overlapped, so that's when I decided to add the app back on the new phone.

4. bambamboogy02

Posts: 842; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Yeah, running Nova Launcher on 2016 Pixel XL and 2017 Pixel 2 (not XL) . Stock Android doesn't allow for folder creating in the app drawer or setting screen in a 5 x 5 manner. That is my main reason to use a launcher, as well an infinite looping of the home screen(s). I have a total of only 2 screen, Home screen with motorola clock/battery/weather widget (see moto turbo/z force ) and folders for apps, and the 2nd screen has my calendar widget with song identifier widget under it. I like being able to swipe in any direction to get to either screen.

5. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

yes me on my s7 edge - note 8 - tab s3

6. JimmieCrakCorn

Posts: 143; Member since: Nov 20, 2017

Stock Android really sux without Nova Launcher. Nova Launcher gives me a consistent UI that's customized to my high taste and style across all brands of Android phones. The best Android skin is the one I designed and created for myself with Nova, which is superior to TouchWiz, Sense, or any of those goofy UI's that came default with the phone. Life is good with Nova.

7. yyzamin

Posts: 383; Member since: Aug 26, 2015

Looks like it works similar to 3d touching icons on iOS

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