Sunday, March 4, 2012

[App Review] Nova Launcher

A couple of weeks ago, I made a post about launchers on G+. I'd reshared a post from one of the Android related pages I follow that had compared a few launchers that were compatible with ICS. I was excited to see that post until I saw that my phone needed to be rooted. I'm no stranger to rooting, but I haven't rooted my Galaxy Nexus because I haven't had the need to. I'm mostly satisfied with it in its unrooted state.

Prior to discovering that post, I'd tried Go Launcher. Now, I'm very much a Go Launcher fan, but Go did not work all that well with ICS (and still doesn't as far as I know). There weren't really any compatibility issues per se, but it did some wonky things to my screen size that annoyed me a little from an aesthetic standpoint. Hopefully, they'll fix it soon.

In the mean time, I've finally found a replacement launcher that works well--Nova by TeslaCoil, the creators of Widget Locker. Again, I found this through one of the many Android related pages I follow on G+. Nova comes in both a free version and a paid version with the paid version unlocking things like gestures and the capability to hide apps. It does not require the user to be rooted.

Nova supports multiple dock bar. It allows you to add up to 7 icons on your dock. Nova has given ICS users the ability to add more home screens (with a limitation of 7 home screens) or delete home screens. You can resize widgets as with the stock launcher, but with Nova, you can resize any widget as long as you have the option checked in the settings. I think the thing that I love most, though, is the ability to remove the search bar, freeing up valuable screen space. I actually like having the search bar on one of my home screens, but not every single one.

Nova brought back the ability to long-press and add widgets to them home screens, a functionality I'd greatly missed since switching to the Galaxy Nexus. You can also customize rows and columns to suit your needs. I tend to stick with the default settings, but I know many people do like to tweak that.

The only real problem I'm running into is that the launcher lags and forces itself close every now and again. This isn’t a constant thing, but it’s happened a few times. Another thing that may or may not annoy ICS users is that, unlike the native launcher, it doesn't have the dedicated market button at top when opening the app drawer. I'd gotten used to it, but it's not a deal breaker for me. Also, the $4 price tag on the paid version seems a little steep for the few features that it adds.

If you’re expecting something fancy, this probably isn’t for you. This is basically like the stock ICS launcher, but with more customization options. It is a great application that allows you some control while having the full ICS experience without having to root or sacrifice some of the things that make ICS great.


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Star Wars: The Force Awakens
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