Nova Launcher gets notification dots and a round search bar


A couple of weeks ago, Nova Launcher beta got the new notification dots from Android O. Today, Nova Launcher 5.2 brings those dots out of beta and adds a new search bar style. The update is rolling out now to everyone.

Notification dots is a feature from Android O that literally shows a dot on app shortcuts when you have a notification from that app. Nova Launcher has had notification badges for a while and dots basically works the same way. You can adjust the size and placement of the dots. They only appear with notifications in the status bar.

The new search bar style is rounded. As you can see in the image above, the round style goes really well with the Pixel theme. It also looks really nice on the LG G6 and Samsung Galaxy S8, which have rounded display corners. You can choose the style of the Google logo and mic icon in the search bar.

Updates like this is why we consistently recommend Nova Launcher. It has tons of great options, especially if you like to try new Android features, and the app is consistently updated. Nova Launcher is great.

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Joe Fedewa
Ever since I flipped open my first phone I've been obsessed with the devices. I've dabbled in other platforms, but Android is where I feel most at home.

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