November 25, 2014

Nova Launcher 3.0 Beta 2 is now available, a bunch of new features added

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I believe most of you have at least heard of Nova Launcher, one of the best and most popular Android launchers out there. It is hard not to notice such a powerful, customizable and yet optimized and smooth launcher.

Nova Launcher 3.0 Beta 2 is out now and those of you who are willing to be a beta testers can get it on your device(s). The update is apparently large, the largest we’ve seen in a while. Here’s a full changelog:

  • Subgrid positioning, snap widgets/icons to half cells. Greater control of placement/size without shrinking/cropping app icons

  • Support Today Calendar’s dynamic icon, also supported by icon themes from Kovdev including Domo, Lumos and Tersus and PHLASH’s new KEX theme.

  • Custom label colors (desktop, dock, drawer)

  • Individual drawer tab colors (tap on the tab and select Edit)

  • New tab style Colorblock

  • Vertical drawer scrolls under transparent navbar

  • Backup/Restore using Kitkat’s Document Provider (supports ext-sdcard, Drive, Box, etc)

  • Full 4×1 widget support in dock

  • Individually toggle widget padding (long-press on widget and select Padding)

  • Nova Action for First Item In Folder (Use with swipe/tap action of folders)

  • Honeycomb style persistent searchbar available on phones

  • Slight visual refresh (settings screen, menu icon, color picker)

  • Fix Samsung KitKat bluetooth settings shortcut

  • Fix home button action on Verizon Motorola

  • Restore “Force” wallpaper scrolling for HTC KitKat

  • “Show Shadows” on HTC One M8 perfectly blends from semi-transparent system bars

  • Tab configuration is a bit stricter. Now one and only one All Apps tab is required, and zero or one Widgets tab can be used. These tabs can be renamed and recolored.

  • All Apps tab dropdown menu no longer includes filters for New/Downloaded

  • The dropdown menu indicator has been removed from the tabs, though the menu still exists (with some modification)

  • Persistent Search Bar is either enabled or disabled, the landscape only option has been removed

  • Persistent Search Bar style is consistent between landscape and portrait

  • Icons are now centered vertically in their cells, rather than being top aligned

  • Phone landscape mode fills available space horizontally, rather than reserving space for the search bar/dock even if those elements were hidden.

  • Honeycomb style search bar no longer includes the menu button (which was not authentic to honeycomb anyway)

As you can see it’s a hefty changelog. It’s 3-step process if you want to become a beta tester:

  1. Visit this link on Google+ and become a member of Nova Launcher Beta community
  2. Then go here and choose to be a Google Play app beta tester
  3. After that just download Nova Launcher from Google Play and you’ll be ready to go.

If you feel that’s too much work, you can always sideload it by downloading it directly from TeslaCoil.

SOURCE: Phandroid