Nova Launcher Turns 5

Yesterday what is arguably the best Android launcher on the market celebrated its 5th birthday with a major update—appropriately enough, to version 5.0

I myself marked the event with a return to the app. Since last summer I’ve been using Nokia’s Z Launcher, an innovative and intuitive take on the traditional Android launcher. But to find what I’m looking for, fast, nothing beats Nova; at this point I have too many years of muscle memory invested in it.

Here’s a quick list of new features in the update, from the developer’s Google+ page:

  • Swipe to open drawer (à la Pixel Launcher)
  • New Pixel style search bar
  • New search view, with tabs for Frequent, Recent and New/Updated apps
  • New “Timeout” screen lock method
  • New double-tap-swipe gestures
  • Android 7.1 launcher shortcuts
  • Dock backgrounds to draw under navbar
  • Quick start to easily change major settings (Nova Settings > Backup > Quick start)

If you haven’t yet had the pleasure of experiencing Nova Launcher you can download the app here and, if you’d like, upgrade to the Prime version here.

Source: Google+

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