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Editors' Review

Teslacoil's Nova Launcher replaces your Android device's home page with a highly customizable front end. Its Dock launches your most-used apps, while stuff you don't need as often goes in the Drawer (just like your real desktop). You can customize just about everything about Nova Launcher, from background colors to horizontal or vertical scrolling, 3D effects, and more. Nova Launcher is free and runs best in Android 4 or better. At 2.04MB, it's compact, especially considering its versatility. A premium upgrade adds app grouping as well as gestures and scroll effects.

We didn't notice much difference between our usual home page and Nova Launcher until we swiped the screen, flipping through pages with a smooth 3D rotating effect. Nova Launcher's main tools are its Dock, a customizable toolbar, and the Drawer, a tabbed, flippable series of pages accessing Apps and Widgets. We added a flashlight widget to our main screen from the alphabetized Widget pages and then opened the Nova Settings from a menu that also accessed our device's System Settings, Wallpaper, and Application Manager. An important feature is highlighted in red: Previous Launcher clears other launchers from your system's memory and history. Nova Launcher has so many options that it takes time to go through them all. We could change the Dock's width, height, scrolling action, and more. When changing the Dock's shape or transparency, be sure to swipe the "On" button as well as checking "Enable Dock."

Nova Launcher lets you customize your phone or tablet where you need it most, at its "business end." Few free tools of its type do as much.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 5.0.1
5. 0. 1 Dec 20Fixes for LeEco devices5. 0 Dec 13Swipe to open drawer (a la Pixel Launcher) New Pixel style searchbarNew search view, with tabs for Frequent, Recent and New/Updated appsNew "Timeout" screen lock methodNew double-tap-swipe gesturesAndroid 7. 1 launcher shortcutsDock backgrounds to draw under navbarQuick start to easily change major settings (Nova Settings > Backup > Quick start).
Publisher Teslacoil Software
Publisher web site
Release Date February 17, 2017
Date Added February 17, 2017
Version 5.0.1
Category Desktop Enhancements
Subcategory Desktop Customization
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Android
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 2.04MB
File Name External File
Total Downloads 17,444
Downloads Last Week 25
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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