Nova Launcher is without a doubt one of the most popular Android launchers in the world right now and some would also regard it as coming toe to toe with the Google Now launcher. It provides stellar performance and coupled with its loads of customization options and clean design, it has become a favorite of millions of Android device owners out there. Now, the latest Nova Launcher 5.0-beta4 has been introduced and the developers were actually kind enough to provide us with a changelog of what has been implemented. All of those details have been stated below.
Nova Launcher 5.0-beta4 Sept 23
- Fix missing or cutoff date in search bar
- Fix tab text color with white drawer background
- Improve performance
5.0-beta1 Sept 15
- Swipe to open drawer (a 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
- Dock backgrounds to draw under navbar
If you want to download the beta version of Nova Launcher right away, then it is up for grabs at APKMirror. You will need Android 4.1 as the base operating system requirement to run it and though it carries a negligible size of 6.49MB, it’s the minimum software requirement that you’ll have to be worried about.
Through a series of updates, the Nova Launcher also sports a decorated material design, which goes easy on devices that do not feature powerful hardware. This is a very thoughtful approach, as it puts less stress on the processor and other primary resources of the smartphone and/or tablet.