Nova Launcher, one of the most popular launchers for Android, has received a major update that revamps the UI to be in line with Google's Material Design UI for Android 5.0 Lollipop. The update also bumps-up the launcher version to 4.0.
The updated launcher now comes with more number of animations and bundled wallpapers that match with the Material Design theme of Google's Android 5.0 Lollipop. Apart from new icons, there is also a new Edit Shortcut dialog based on colours of the icon. Also, with the updated version, users can change the size of individual icon layouts by customising the size and the font of the icons on the home screen or the app drawer.
The updated launcher also gets the new Widget Search feature, and a new grouped widgets drawer. The launcher, besides featuring the support for Android for Work (Lollipop), now features a maximum icon size that's 150 percent larger than before. Nova Launcher's price however remains the same at $4 for its full, Prime version. The updated app is available to download from Google Play. The launcher is compatible with devices running Android 4.1 and higher versions.
Nova Launcher has been one of the most popular launchers for the Android platform, which is also highly customisable. Users can tweak everything from the margins around app icons to the scroll icon on the home screen. They can install widgets in the dock, make a scrolling dock, or change the icon grid. And because of how popular the app is, users will find lots of guides and other resources like icon packs designed to work with this launcher.
Some of the other popular launchers available to download are EverythingMe Launcher, Yahoo Aviate Launcher, Smart Launcher 2, Wiser, and Hola Launcher. Buzz Launcher has a nice theme with square icons grouped in the centre of the home screen. It's great for those obsessed with multiple neat home screens. Zero Launcher and Apus Launcher offer more ways to get an iOS-like experience on your Android smartphone. Solo Launcher has some great customisable gesture controls and beautiful widgets.