Latest Nova Launcher Beta Includes Adaptive Icons for All

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While many Android device owners won’t see an Oreo update for quite some time, custom launcher developers are always bringing renditions of the latest features straight to devices, without the need for an OTA. That’s the story for the latest beta update to Nova Launcher, which includes Adaptive Icon control for devices on Android 5.0+, just like you have in Android 8.0. Natively for Oreo, users can control the shape their app icons will have, be it a circle, square, squircle, etc. The downside is, it’s ...

Nova Launcher Updated With New App Search Animation, Android Oreo Improvements

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An update is rolling out to the stable version of Nova Launcher, available to all users through Google Play. If you’re currently using the beta (sign-ups here), these changes may look familiar. According to the changelog, version 5.4.1 comes with a new app search animation, integration for Sesame Shortcuts when long-pressing on an app icon and through app search, the ability to hide the navigation bar on Galaxy S8 and S8+ units, an updated searchbar style (rounded), and improvements for users running Android Oreo. Here’s the complete ...

Nova Launcher With Sesame Shortcuts is Pretty Sweet

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Nova Launcher is already a fantastic 3rd-party launcher, but with the latest inclusion of support for Sesame Shortcuts, it just got a whole lot sweeter. Sesame Shortcuts, which is a separate app download from Google Play, offers the ability to access various shortcuts throughout your device. With it, you can quickly access different apps, contacts, messaging, Google Search, plus a whole lot more. As an example, if you type “B” into the search box on Nova Launcher, you’ll find every app that starts with B, conversations ...

Nova Launcher Gains Google Now Side Panel

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Nova Launcher, the launcher that we’ve been followers of for years and have yet to find reason to switch off of, gained a feature that the purist of pure Android elitists have been begging for – Google Now panel access. This would be the left-situated Now panel from the Google Now or Pixel Launchers that we wish 3rd party launchers had full access to. The addition is and isn’t pretty, though, and does involve an .apk sideload since the app add-on that powers this integration isn’t ...