Awesome Android: Nova Launcher for Ice Cream Sandwich devices

Daniel Bader

January 4, 2012 9:20 pm


The Galaxy Nexus is a beautiful device. It’s thin, light and sexy, with a 720p screen that begs to be taken advantage of. Get your mind out of the gutter, I meant the screen real estate!

If you have gone to the trouble of rooting your Galaxy Nexus (and even if you haven’t) you owe it to yourself to download Nova Launcher. It is a launcher replacement that looks and feels remarkably similar to the stock Android 4.0 home screen, but adds more functionality than you’ll know what to do with. Nova will work, in fact, with any device running Ice Cream Sandwich, so Gingerbread users are unfortunately out of luck (but can come pretty close with the new version of ADW EX.)

For starters it adds a dynamic dock to the bottom of the screen: instead of having one row of four icons, you now have a horizontal carousel of icons in which you can store your favourite apps or folders. You can change the grid size to fit more icons on the screen, re-size any widget to your perfect width and height and, perhaps best of all, alter the ridiculous way widgets are picked.

Nova Launcher will work with or without root, but flashing it through the recovery menu opens up several new features (like the aforementioned widget picker in the app drawer).

While Nova is in beta it is a free download from XDA-Developers but that will change, like Launcher Pro and ADW EX before it, when it hits a stable version. Until then, get downloading: it will be the best launcher decision you’ve ever made.

  • I forgot my meds

    Should of got a real phone. Should of got a iPhone.

    • Josh

      Should have used proper grammar.

    • Richard

      Why should he have bought a toy phone? Custom launchers can’t even work on those.

    • I forgot my meds

      It’s because iPhone’s will get actual authentic updates for years. Nexus 1 anybody, Nexus S anybody?
      But too chez on the gramer. Ha ha!

    • Adam

      yeah, because an ip3G running OS4 runs so smoothly, and a 3GS runs great with OS5……… suuuure.

      Meanwhile Nexus S actually does run ICS quite well, as does the Nexus one. Put ICS on my galaxy Tab the other day, even as a development port, runs better than an iphone 3G does.

  • Mark

    Buying my Galaxy Nexus next werk! Cant way

  • Marc

    Great launcher! Love having the ability to have multiple docs! Running ICS 4.03 on my Google Nexus phone! Will have the Galaxy Nexus hopefully by next week!

  • Mike

    Just installed it and set it up. Melikey.

    May as well take advantage of the huge screen!

  • Osman

    I don’t have the ability to pick my default home screen. Going back to trebuchet

  • cole

    Been using it for a week. I really don’t know why it’s still beta. It’s pretty flawless as it is. I’ve had less problems with it than with Trebuchet.

  • Broski

    The 720p resolution looks like 480p resolution when playing youtube videos(with HQ on) that looks less clear than if I were watching the said video on my PC with 720p resolution on. Google’s false advertising regarding its HD screen which does not apply across all medium makes one unhappy.

  • sp

    @i forgot my meds: its touche ..nice try with too chez

    yes you can get authentic updates that screw you over for battery life (5.01) lol..thats why i never even upgraded from 5.0 then got sick and tired of it all and just went to Android. BEST….DECISION….EVER

    and iOS cant hold a candle to Android.

    stick to your toy phone and the “YOU CAN ONLY DO THIS TO YOUR PHONE” approach given to you by Apple.

    thank you… come again.

  • sharkhark

    ummm? isnt this just a new version of an old launcher i already use called go launcher ex? which has the scrolling bottom dock…adjustable widgets and size of icons etc etc and i have been using as a free download for ages?