Nova Launcher Beta update brings Android L goodies to casual devices [DOWNLOAD]

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TeslaCoil developer Kevin Barry is back with another update to the world famous Nova Launcher Beta. Announced on the app’s Google+ Community page, Barry lists off some of the new features now available in the Nova Launcher 3.0.2 Beta 1 update, many of which bring a few Android L goodies to us non-Nexus users (as well as better compatibility for those running the Developer Preview). Here’s the short list:

-”L” Folder Preview (Nova Settings – Folder – Folder Preview – Line)
-”L” App Drawer Icon (Long-press app drawer – Edit – Tap Icon – All white icon under “Built-in”)
-”L” App Animation (Nova Settings – Look and Feel – App Animation – Slide Up)
-Minor tuning for running on Android L Dev Preview
-Optimizations and bug fixes

This should help those of you without the gall to run the new Android L Developer Preview, which really isn’t meant to be used on a primary Android device (although we found it to be more than stable). You can either join the Nova Launcher Beta community to get in on the latest betas as they arrive in Google Play, or download direct from the developer here.

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  • Marcos Peña

    Having to give up the Google Now left pane is a deal breaker for me.

    • Schaweet

      Too hard to set a gesture of swiping up to open GN? I mean swipe left or swipe up? Same difference.

      • nofearofimaginarymen

        Exactly. Maybe people just forget about it.

        • Marcos Peña

          See my reply above.

      • Marcos Peña

        No is not too hard. Nor is it the same. The user experience is totally different. You do not have those smooth transition when panning to the left, where the home screen fades out and blends into the Google Now pane. Adding a swiping gesture is definitely not equivalent.

        • Schaweet

          I guess transitions are that important to you that you’re willing to give up the drastic increase in functionality of a 3rd party launcher. I set my transitions to lighting fast so I don’t ever notice them anyway. To me, the user experience of things opening fast is more important than a visual transition. But hey, that’s why we like Android. Everyone can set things up the way they want.

    • Del373

      I’m assuming your device doesn’t have a software navbar because if so, you can press/hold the home button and slide up to enable Google Now. That functionality works from any home screen too, not just the second from the left.

      • Marcos Peña

        I do have on screen nav buttons but it is not the same. The user experience is totally different. You do not have the smooth transition when panning to the left, where the home screen fades out and blends into the Google Now pane.

  • Matt

    has a pretty bad screen flicker when you close the recent apps page using the slide up animation

  • toomuchgame441

    Until Nova allows the left pane to have Google Now, this won’t get me back on Nova Launcher. Plus with the Sense 6 launcher every other launcher kinda pales IMHO

    • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

      Love HTC’s launcher, but I need more customizability so I always switch to Nova.