05-16-2012 09:00 AM
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  1. Cyber Warrior's Avatar
    FYI: The popular ICS replacement launcher is out of beta and is now available in the Android Market. For anyone who isn't familiar with Nova... it's basically a replicate of the stock launcher with tons of additional features... now including gestures.

    Its a little pricey weighing in at $4... but is worth every penny. In my opinion.. this is what the stock Galaxy Nexus launcher should have been like in the first place. The fact that you can backup your homescreens alone is well worth it.. especially if you're a flashaholic like myself


    Description

    *Highly customizable, performance driven, home screen replacement for Android 4.0+ Features include: Custom Grid Configure the rows and columns to fit all your app and widget needs.

    *Scrollable Dock Keep all your favorite apps on the dock, with up to 7 icons per page and up to 3 pages.

    *Scroll Effects Enjoy eye candy when scrolling your desktop and drawer. Effects include Cube and Cardstack and more for Prime users.

    *Infinite Scroll Never be far from your favorite page, loop through your desktop continuously.

    *Folder Icons You can chose a background, preview style or even replace the whole icon.

    *Backup/Restore Export your settings and layout before a wipe to quickly get back up and running.

    *Nova Launcher Prime Features (Paid version) Gestures Quickly start Nova Actions or Apps from gestures on the desktop, such as pinching, swiping or two-finger swiping.

    *Hide Apps Keep a clutter free drawer by hidding never used apps.

    *Dock Swipes Get more use out of your dock apps by setting swipe-actions
    02-23-2012 11:27 PM
  2. vientiane's Avatar
    definitely the best launcher I've ever used (free version).
    Will get paid version this weekend
    02-24-2012 12:48 AM
  3. DaPoets's Avatar
    bought and paid for the moment it dropped.
    02-24-2012 12:59 AM
  4. Sploinkin's Avatar
    It's also in AOKP by default!
    02-24-2012 01:09 AM
  5. TabGuy's Avatar
    Will it install over the top of the beta?
    02-24-2012 01:20 AM
  6. trenchfoote's Avatar
    Awesome launcher. Got the paid version and this android noob is starting to clearly see the light.

    Sent from my Galaxy Nexus using Tapatalk
    02-24-2012 01:23 AM
  7. yosteve's Avatar
    If they allowed soft key customization I would pay double
    02-24-2012 01:44 AM
  8. pluk's Avatar
    I am only missing resizable widgets.
    Found it!
    02-24-2012 05:30 AM
  9. Cyber Warrior's Avatar
    Will it install over the top of the beta?
    Yes.. just go into Novas settings and check for the update. It will update you for free to the 1.0 version and if you want the new additional features, go to gestures and click on the market link.
    02-24-2012 05:44 AM
  10. KineticMD's Avatar
    Buy this just to support the amazing work by this developer. Stock ICS was great, but this launcher makes it damn near perfect (for me).

    I set gestures to the Vlingo car mode and another to Voice Dialer. Should make talking while driving a lot easier.
    02-24-2012 07:19 AM
  11. intheboost's Avatar
    Is this any better than the GO Launcher EX (the free one)?

    I just went from Launcher Pro to GO Launcher EX.
    02-24-2012 07:29 AM
  12. pool_shark's Avatar
    Is this any better than the GO Launcher EX (the free one)?

    I just went from Launcher Pro to GO Launcher EX.
    I don't think so. Go launcher has the same features plus a settings button.
    Nova is a good launcher, I just don't see it as being anything special like so many others seem to think.
    I also noticed that nova didn't show all of my apps in the app drawer.
    02-24-2012 07:55 AM
  13. KineticMD's Avatar
    I also noticed that nova didn't show all of my apps in the app drawer.
    That's a glitch that needs ironed out. There were a couple instances where a page of my app drawer didn't load, but exiting and re-entering fixed it the two times it happened.
    02-24-2012 08:17 AM
  14. Realist's Avatar
    i feel like i'm missing something... i downloaded Nova when it was in beta... played around with it for awhile but went back to ADWLauncher EX... Nova is all i hear about lately... if someone has experience with both of these launchers, what does Nova have that ADW doesn't that i'm missing... why should Nova be my go-to launcher...
    02-24-2012 08:41 AM
  15. Dracolan's Avatar
    I used Launcher Pro on my Fascinate and when i switched to the GN I decided to give the stock ICS a try. I really like the responsiveness of the stock ICS, though not sure if it the ICS or just the faster processor of the GN, but missed a few features of Launcher Pro which Nova Launcher gives me The only problem i have is that Nova doesn't seem to be a smooth as the stock ICS. It jittery on changing screens and seems to take a little longer also. Anyone else noticing a difference or is it just me?
    02-24-2012 09:57 AM
  16. tcapote's Avatar
    Purchased Nova Prime, outstanding. Was not sure how you could improve on the ICS interface, but that is just it, you don't! You add some additional, non-intrusive options to enhance the already perfect interface! Very happy!
    02-24-2012 10:38 AM
  17. samkatz's Avatar
    never used a launcher app. What if I install and don't like it? How do I revert to ICS stock?

    Main thing I'm looking for is home screen in landscape mode...
    tx
    02-24-2012 11:32 AM
  18. brianr8011's Avatar
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    02-24-2012 11:39 AM
  19. brianr8011's Avatar
    never used a launcher app. What if I install and don't like it? How do I revert to ICS stock?

    Main thing I'm looking for is home screen in landscape mode...
    tx
    To revert to stock, either uninstall the launcher

    or

    clear the defaults in the launchers' app settings, then hit the home key. The device will ask you which launcher you want to use, and will give you the option to set stock as the default.
    02-24-2012 11:39 AM
  20. thebignewt's Avatar
    I had Launcher Pro for my HTC Dinc, that was pretty cool. I don't really need more than 3 screens, and don't need 3 pages of dock icons. What I get from the decriptioin is you get some cool scrolling effects, and the gesture thing (and the backup, which is good). That about it?
    02-24-2012 11:57 AM
  21. davey11's Avatar
    I have no opinion on Nova, because I've never used it. It sounds great but I bought ADW EX back when I had my fascinate. I am just so comfortable with it. Plus every feature nova has, adw has, plus more I suspect. Runs great on ics with no bugs.

    Not bashing at all, just saying I like ADW.
    02-24-2012 02:33 PM
  22. skarletknite's Avatar
    i definitely noticed a speed/performance issue. i had been running nova launcher beta for almost 2 months, and getting each update. i decided to briefly switch back to stock last week and i immediately noticed how much more responsive stock was, especially when moving btwn screens. i like nova launcher a lot, i love the scrolling dock feature, but i'm not sure if i like it enough to sacrifice performance for it. has anyone done any testing on the paid version to see how much more resources (if any) it uses vs stock?
    02-24-2012 09:40 PM
  23. Dracolan's Avatar
    i definitely noticed a speed/performance issue. i had been running nova launcher beta for almost 2 months, and getting each update. i decided to briefly switch back to stock last week and i immediately noticed how much more responsive stock was, especially when moving btwn screens. i like nova launcher a lot, i love the scrolling dock feature, but i'm not sure if i like it enough to sacrifice performance for it. has anyone done any testing on the paid version to see how much more resources (if any) it uses vs stock?
    That's the exact issue i am having. I like a few of the features Nova offers but like you said not enough to sacrifice performance. I would also be interested to know if the paid version performs better, but somehow i don't see that being the case.
    02-24-2012 09:47 PM
  24. Cyber Warrior's Avatar
    That's the exact issue i am having. I like a few of the features Nova offers but like you said not enough to sacrifice performance. I would also be interested to know if the paid version performs better, but somehow i don't see that being the case.
    I find that turning off the scroll effect for screens is the best option. It's the same for all launchers.. animations will always increase the possibility of lag. Some more than others... the cube effect seems to have the biggest impact.. it was the same with Launcher Pro.
    davidnc likes this.
    02-25-2012 02:13 AM
  25. PsYcHoNeWb's Avatar
    I just downloaded Nova yesterday and I must say that I love it. I haven't had any issue with lag or anything scrolling between screens but I did have a force close of the launcher once. I guess this may be because I just started using it yesterday I haven't noticed huge changes but I like it. Not a huge step above the stock but good supplement. One question though... Is there a way to stop the dock from scrolling? Like only allow the dock to have 1 actually dock and can't be scrolled side to side?
    02-25-2012 07:12 AM
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