Tutorial: Recreate The New Nexus Launcher’s Appearance in Nova

Tutorial: Recreate The New Nexus Launcher’s Appearance in Nova

Earlier today the world was treated to a sneak peek at the new Nexus launcher which is believed to be coming with the 2016 Nexus phones. This new launcher added a chevron to open the app drawer and a shortcut to Google Now at the top of the homescreen. Now thanks to some incredibly quick work from Corey Zonin anyone can have a very similar experience in Nova!

You can also see a short video we made here of the setup in action, running on a Huawei Mate 8 (with the display density tweaked to allow for more screen real estate).

To start you will need the two Zooper widgets found here, Zooper Widget Pro ($2.99), Nova, and Polycon icon pack.

Setting up the widgets

  1. Install Zooper Widget
  2. Place attached .zw files in sdcard/ZooperWidget/Templates
  3. Add a 4×1 Zooper Widget to your homescreen on the top row
  4. Tap it to configure > select SD Card > select nexus_launcher_top
  5. Use the scaling options to adjust the size of the widget to fit your screen
  6. Back out of Zooper and that widget should be ready
  7. Next for the chevron above the dock
  8. Add a 1×1 Zooper Widget to your homescreen and center it horizontally right above your dock
  9. Tap it to configure > select SD Card > select nexus_launcher_drawer
  10. Back out of Zooper and that widget should be good to go

Adjusting Nova Settings

  1. Desktop
    1. Width padding > None
    2. Persistent search bar disabled
    3. Page indicator > None
  2. App & widget drawers
    1. App drawer style > Vertical
    2. Card background disabled
    3. Background > White at 10% transparency
    4. Enable fast scrollbar enabled
    5. Scroll accent color > teal
    6. Transition animation > Slide up
  3. Dock
    1. Dock Background
      1. Shape > Rectangle
      2. Content > Tint > White
      3. Transparency > 90%
    2. Dock icons > 5
  4. Gestures & inputs
    1. Swipe up > App Drawer

From here on you can tweak and play to your hearts content, tapping the Google logo in the clock widget will launch Google Now while tapping the date in the clock widget will open Google Calendar. Swiping up anywhere on the homescreen will open the app drawer and tapping on the chevron above the dock will open the app drawer

Try it out and let us know what you think in the comments below!

Credit: Corey Zonin

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