New Nova Launcher beta renews competition in Android 4.0+ launcher space

Daniel Bader

August 8, 2012 7:14pm

The launcher wars continue with the latest beta version of Nova Launcher for Android. Released as a public beta, Nova 1.3 beta 3 brings many Jelly Bean features to Ice Cream Sandwich-compatible devices (and higher, obviously), allowing around 17% of Android users to take advantage of the new features.

Among the notable features from Jelly Bean, Nova allows you to fling icons off the screen when no longer needed, as well as dynamically move and resize widgets according to your needs.

As always with new launchers, there are speed increases and some stability improvements, though note that if you’re using CyanogenMOD 10 you may not feel these increases over the stock launcher just yet.

You must already be running Nova Launcher 1.2 stable to get the beta update — just head to “Check for update…” and press the three-dot menu button to change to beta version.

Download Nova Launcher from Google Play. There is an optional $3.99 Nova Launcher Prime as well with extra features.

Via: Droid-life

  • kris

    are these highly customizable launchers available for BB10?

    my ipod nano running BB10 should be able to run this no problem

    • joe

      If you got an ipod to run bb10, while using an android custom launcher you should sell your secrets online, if not then you need to go die in a hole with duct tape over your mouth so no person may hear the s**t that falls out of your mouth

    • kris


      i reverse engineered my playstation with a toaster to play xbox games. im an expert at BB10

    • joe

      Gutting a playstation and putting inside a toaster does not mean you reversed engineered it… secondly it does not qualify you as a bb10 expert, also if your such an expert why did you ask that question in the first place?

      on another note if you need me to I will buy the duct tape…

  • golauncherallday

    Golauncerpro a l l d ay.

  • Alex

    I use apex although this beta seems better than apex beta …..I paid for apex so I will wait until update. Both so similar

  • S2556

    just downloaded it and so far so good. Bye bye touchwiz 😀
    I am going to buy the pro version later i think

  • JJ

    ^touchwiz is a UI, and nova is a launcher, these are two different things, i dont know what you’re talking about

    i personally use nova as my launcher and touchwiz on my main ROM, i cant seem to live without that slide right/left to call/msg thing that samsung implemented on touchwiz haha