Nova Launcher developer Kevin “TeslaCoil” Barry frequently allows fans of his famous home screen replacement to test out new features before anyone else. Today is no different, with Kevin taking to his community page on Google+ to notify testers of a new version (3.1beta1) that will soon be hitting Google Play.
3.1beta1 introduces new app drawer transition animations — circle reveal, slide up, zoom, and fade — providing users with yet another level of customization. To activate the new animations you’ll need to select Nova Settings > Drawer > Transition Animation > then select the animation of your choice. You’ll also notice the addition of a few extra app drawer tweaks like the ability to search in the app drawer, or show recently installed apps or updated apps without searching.
Barry mentions it could be awhile before we see it on Google Play and you’ll have to make sure you’ve opted in for the Beta. If not, no problem. You can always hop into your current Nova Launcher Settings and select > Check for updates > 3-dot menu > Beta and follow the directions from there to get into the beta. That, or simply download Nova Launcher 3.1beta1 directly from your Android device here.