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Nova Launcher beta updated with plenty of Material Design elements

Nova Launcher Material Design

The developers behind Nova Launcher have just published a new beta which finally brings Android 5.0 elements to the launcher. This is a much awaited feature on what is considered one of the best third party system launchers on Android.

This update is being sent out to members of the Nova Launcher beta community over at Google+, so its availability is very limited at the moment. But if all should go according to plan in the beta testing phase, expect the developers to bring the app to the Play Store relatively soon.

As for the changes on board, you can find Material Design elements all throughout the system, which is a welcome addition, especially if you don’t have Android 5.0 officially on your smartphone yet. You can find the entire list of changes below:

  • New Nova Action icons
  • Rebased on top of Launcher3
  • Individual icon layout settings (size, font, etc) in Desktop, Drawer, Dock, Folder
  • Max icon size boosted to 150%
  • Widget Search
  • Pull to search (pull down in the drawer to open app or widget search)
  • Widgets given their own drawer, removed from App Drawer
  • Ability to change Page Indicator color
  • Drawer Tab Bar completely optional
  • Support for Android for Work managed profiles (Lollipop)
  • Workaround Expand Notifications Nova Action not working on Samsung Lollipop
  • Requires Android 4.1 or higher (Dropped support for Android 4.0 ICS)
  • Unlimited desktop pages (previously limited to 9)
  • Easy add/remove of desktop pages by dropping icons on the blank page, or removing all icons from a page
  • Add blank desktop pages (for gestures or live wallpapers) from overview
  • Improved bulk edit of folders (Folder > Menu > Select Apps)
  • Added shadows to unread badges
  • Unread Badge size scales with icon size
  • Allow reordering drawer folders by drag/drop within window
  • Added Roboto-Medium font option
  • Improve handling of apps installed to sdcard

Source: +KevinBarry – Google+