Nova Launcher 2.0 released with huge feature and performance upgrades

Daniel Bader

January 2, 2013 5:12pm

One of the consistently best launchers available for Android is Nova Launcher, a 4.0+ custom app launcher based on Google’s stock code. It has many, many improvements over the one that comes preloaded on Nexus devices, and allows users tired of manufacturers’ bloated and often ugly launchers a chance to dabble with the best of the best.

With Nova Launcher 2.0, Teslacoil has implemented many improvements, including custom actions on icon swipes, wallpaper cropping, performance increases, lower memory usage, better stability and more.

Users of the free version don’t get a few premium features, such as the custom gestures on which I rely every day to improve my workflow. I prefer Nova Launcher Prime over any other launcher on Android, though I plan to delve into the top ones in a future post.

Download Nova Launcher 2.0 for free and Nova Launcher Prime for $4.
Via: Android Police

  • anon

    so when is it coming to bb10?

    • Twosee

      RIM is dead. RIP RIM!!!!! 😀 😀

  • Troy

    One of the must have apps for Android

  • Claudiu

    Please RIM launch BB10 already, maybe all this BBery trolling will stop. Some people really don’t have a life.

    • Nishant

      very true…bb10 looks promising and I hope it does great.

  • Shushwap

    I have had prime for awhile… Picked it up when it was on sale for 25 cents… I love it

  • wile e. coyote

    I prefer it over my stock launcher.. I turn off all animations and its blazing fast with no crashes.

  • Haxor99

    I’ve been very happy with Apex Launcher. Is Nova any better?

    • Nova

      Have used both and Nova Prime is much, much smoother on my Nexus 7. Also much closer to stock JB, which is a plus for me.

  • John

    Works good with CM10

  • 45

    Been using it for a while now. Looking forward to playing around with 2.0.

  • Sid

    Any benefits over Go Launcher?

  • Lance W

    Love the ability to increase icon size. My home screen and app drawer look so much fuller now.

  • andy c

    Besides the gestures any advantage of running this on a nexus/stock Android?

    • Stuntman

      I use it primarily to get rid of the app dock and have a screen with 6 rows of icons.

  • Twosee

    RIP RIM!!!!! 😀 😀

  • gtp20

    I updated yesterday and I haven’t really noticed anything different from the previous version (using free version). I’ve been using this launcher for a long time and its by far the best launcher out there.

  • Andre

    I’ve used Nova Prime for a few months and have never used the gestures feature.

    What is it? I mean, Daniel you specifically say that you use it daily to improve workflow, so I’d greatly appreciate you sharing a few examples of how you use gestures.


  • Hardened

    Superb launcher! No complaints great add-ins from XDA forums.

  • tenk

    just a question like this, why you guyz dont like go launcher?

  • Vince S

    Good product, wouldn’t buy it tho.
    Still much prefer the Go suite of applications.
    Go launchers screen transitions and compatibility with older OS’s gives it an edge.

  • Deist Beats

    I’m running it on my GS3. It runs pretty good. I’m even tempted to upgrade to Prime to get the full features.