Dec 10th, 2013
Nova Launcher is one of the premier custom launchers in the Google Play Store. That trend continues today with a big upgrade that you’ll want to get your hands on. Nova Launcher 2.3 brings us a bevy of changes that should make you feel like you’re using the Android 4.4 launcher, including the new KitKat style scroll indicator, folders, fonts and the new app drawer icon. You’ll even be able to get that slick transparent look, so long as you’re on a device that’s running Android 4.4+.
There’s a lot more to be had than the KitKat look and feel, though. Here’s a quick look at today’s lengthy changelog:
  • Kitkat scroll indicator (Desktop – Scroll Indicator)
  • Kitkat folders (Folders – Light Background and Folder Background – Light Circle)
  • Kitkat font (Look and Feel – Icon Font – Condensed, requires Android 4.1+)
  • Kitkat app drawer icon (Get the old icon by long-pressing the drawer icon and selecting Edit then tapping the icon)
  • Google Kitkat icon theme (Look and Feel – Icon Theme – Google Kitkat)
  • Small autohiding tabs in app drawer (Drawer – Small Tabs)
  • Configurable drawer Menu action (Drawer – Menu Action)
  • Transparent system bars on Kitkat (Look and feel – Transparent Notification Bar. Requires Kitkat.)
  • Drawer tab indicator scrolls during tab change
  • Drawer scroll indicator is relative to current tab
  • Scroll indicators animate properly for infinite scroll
  • Backup/Restore from external sdcard (on devices with sdcards)
  • Improved Backup management (Send backups via Gmail, Pushbullet, more)
  • Fixes and optimizations

I don’t blame you if you had to take a bathroom break between reading all of that. Such a large list should make you happy, though, and lends even more credence to the notion that Nova Launcher has some very capable hands behind it.


The upgrade should be hitting the Google Play Store in the moments to come, so be on the lookout for its arrival (but you can grab the latest beta version here if you absolutely can’t wait).

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