[APP 4.0+] Nova Launcher 2012

Nova Launcher is a highly customizable launcher replacement based on the stock ICS 4.0.3 Launcher.

Now out of beta and on the Market

Nova requires Android 4.0.1 or higher.
Nova does NOT run on Gingerbread

Highly customizable, performance driven, home screen replacement for Android 4.0+
Features include:
Custom Grid
Configure the rows and columns to fit all your app and widget needs.
Scrollable Dock
Keep all your favorite apps on the dock, with up to 7 icons per page and up to 3 pages.
Scroll Effects
Enjoy eye candy when scrolling your desktop and drawer. Effects include Cube and Cardstack and more for Prime users.
Infinite Scroll
Never be far from your favorite page, loop through your desktop continuously.
Folder Icons
You can chose a background, preview style or even replace the whole icon.
Export your settings and layout before a wipe to quickly get back up and running.
Nova Launcher Prime Features (Paid version)
Quickly start Nova Actions or Apps from gestures on the desktop, such as pinching, swiping or two-finger swiping.
Hide Apps
Keep a clutter free drawer by hidding never used apps.
Dock Swipes
Get more use out of your dock apps by setting swipe-actions
Additional Scroll Effects

Vote for features at the Nova Launcher User VoiceSearch before posting a new feature request!

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I have more features planned and welcome feedback. Some features will be reserved for a pro version.

You can access Nova Settings by App Drawer > Menu > Nova Settings.

INTERNET/ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE/ACCESS_WIFI_STATE: Optional & Anonymous error/usage reporting.
CALL_PHONE: Only used if you place a direct-dial shortcut on the homescreen.
Wallpaper/Vibrate/Status Bar : Standard Launcher functions
BIND_APPWIDGET: Only if installed as a system app or root. Required for adding widgets from app drawer.
WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE: Backup/restore and beta updates

Known issues

  • Crash when selecting Gesture or when hiding apps (Expect to be fixed in 1.0.1)
  • Dock swipes do not work on folders (Possibly will be fixed in 1.0.1 maybe later)
  • Nova sometimes does not correctly detect Prime (Possibly related to be installing as a system app). Try restarting Nova and if that doesn’t work email me your google order number and I’ll send a code.

Standard App Just install the APK like you’d install any other APK.
Due to the Android permission system, widgets-in-drawer will only work if your device is rooted and you enable Settings > Behavior > Root Helper.
When adding a widget you may see a “Nova Launcher has been granted Superuser permissions” message. If you want, you can disable this message for Nova Launcher from the Superuser app.

System App Requires root, harder to install, more confusing. Probably standard app is better.
This does allow widgets-in-drawer without using the Root Helper, however root is still required to install Nova Launcher as a system app.
Either manually move the APK to /system/app/ or use the NovaLauncherUpdate.zip . Once installed you can update like a normal app (either in app > Check for updates or an APK from this thread).

Uninstall System App:
Manually remove NovaLauncher.apk from /system/app/ or use the attached NovaUninstall.zip

Download links:
Play Store
Release APK:
Nova Launcher APK
Beta APK:
Nova Launcher Beta APK


Wallpaper credit: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/spaceimages/…hp?id=PIA09412