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These are the Best Android Launchers in 2021

Android is one of the more customizable mobile operating systems, especially considering all the limitations imposed on its Apple counterpart, iOS. You don't need to root your Android device or flash a custom recovery and ROM to spice up your home screen. If you're mainly concerned about the pre-installed user interface (UI) from your device maker and...

The long-awaited Nova Launcher 7 finally arrives on the stable channel

After spending eight months in development, Nova Launcher 7 is now finally out on the stable channel. The long-awaited update brings along many improvements to the beloved launcher, including new animations and visual styles, a weather icon in the search bar, enhanced Nova search, a new swipe-down action, and much more. While the previous iterations of...

Nova Launcher’s long-awaited rewrite is now available as a public beta on Google Play

Nova Launcher's latest release, version 7, is finally available as a public beta on the Google Play Store. The team behind the popular homescreen replacement app first announced the release earlier this year in January, which featured a complete rewrite, new animations, and a host of design tweaks. Over the last few months, the team...

Here’s why Nova Launcher works better on Google Pixel phones

In the past, third-party launcher apps often provided a superior experience to the stock launcher found on most Android phones. With the revamp of the recent apps screen and the introduction of gestures in Android 9 Pie, though, third-party launchers were put at a disadvantage as these new experiences were integrated into the stock launcher...

Nova Launcher is getting a major rewrite with new animations in version 7

Nova Launcher is undoubtedly one of the most popular third-party launcher apps available on the Play Store today. The launcher has been around for almost a decade now, and it has managed to stay relevant thanks to a constant stream of updates that bring new features to the table. However, since the launcher is still...

Nova Launcher 6.2.13 beta adds new adaptive icon shapes inspired by Android 11

Google launched the first Android 11 Developer Preview earlier this year in February, which was followed by Preview 2, Preview 3, and recently, Preview 4. Even though the company did not highlight any developer features in the latest release, we discovered a couple of changes and new features when we tried it out on the...

[Update: YouTube Dark Theme Syncing] Nova Launcher 6.2.2 beta respects Android 10’s dark theme toggle as YouTube 14.38.50 prepares the same

In my opinion, the best new feature in Android 10 is the system-wide dark theme toggle. When I used to be big into custom ROMs and theming, I would slap a dark theme onto every app I possibly could. Now that Google has added a dark theme toggle to Android and is encouraging all developers...

Nova Launcher v6.1.11 is rolling out with 3 different color options for Night Mode

Customization is one of Android's main foundational pillars, and a big selling point against iOS, a closed platform that does not allow for such flexible customization. If you want to, you're able to go as far as to changing entire aspects of the UI using Substratum. And with Android Q, some customization features, including a...

Nova Launcher 6.1.6 stable adds numeric dots, an undo bar, dark theme in Google Discover, and more

Nova Launcher is among the longest-running and the most feature-packed third-party launchers for Android and one of the reasons behind this is the consistency of its updates. Last month, we witnessed a major update to Nova Launcher and it brought some notable improvements in terms of icon and folder customizations as well as settings for...

Nova Launcher 6.1 beta supports dark Google Discover feed and numeric dots

If you have been using an Android smartphone for the past few years, you have likely heard about Nova Launcher. Nova Launcher started off as a launcher replacement on our forums, and went on to become one of the most popular third-party launcher apps available on the Google Play Store. Nova's popularity stems from its...

Nova Launcher 6.0 stable brings new Adaptive Icon options, icon resizing without Prime, and more

Nova Launcher is an app that needs little introduction from us. After a humble start on the XDA forums, Nova Launcher has grown to become by far the most popular third-party launcher app among Android enthusiasts, and it even comes pre-installed on the Razer Phone and Razer Phone 2. Now, after months of work in...

Huawei confirms they’re blocking third-party launchers on Chinese EMUI 9 versions, says it’s to reduce problems

Huawei is no stranger controversy with EMUI, the company's in-house variant of Android. Just recently, they were accused of blocking third-party launchers in the latest EMUI 9 China version, with no concrete information as to why. According to members on our forums, the reason for this restriction is to allegedly combat the shady practices of some third-party...