There are only a few launchers that have stood out from the pack since Ice Cream Sandwich came along, and one of them is TeslaCoil's Nova Launcher. Just in time for the brand new Nexus devices and Android 4.2 update, the developers have freshened up Nova with a compatibility update. The latest version has been updated to play nice with 4.2 (Jelly Bean+) as well as add a couple of features for those of you lucky enough to be running the latest version of Android.

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The biggest change is the addition of the Quick Settings function on the tablet layout, just like the stock launcher. A Quick Settings Action has been added to Nova's long list of shortcut tricks, and the stock Jelly Bean icons have been updated to match 4.2. A few extra bug fixes, including a rather annoying one for the TeslaUnread add-on, round out the package.

What's in this version:

Fixes for 4.2 (Dock, QSB, expand notifications)
Added Expand Quick Settings Nova Action on Android 4.2
Update Stock Jellybean theme for 4.2 icons (Camera, Clock)
Fix unread counts in drawer not always updating
Fix Widget Picker on some Samsung 4.1 devices
Fix drawer tab sometimes not being selectable

Nova Launcher is free, but to get extras like hidden apps, gestures and unread counts, you'll have to shell out for the $4 Nova Launcher Prime - well worth it, in my opinion.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Bryce Mrozinski

    Quick and awesome updates, Nova is the best launcher period. Stupid smooth on my CM10 S3.

    • Kenny O

      Completely agree. I stumbled on this launcher a while back when it was attached to a custom rom. Used it on every phone since. Butterfly smooth on the One S (CM10) and the Nexus 7 (stock). Love the features, well worth the price for Prime.

      Can't wait to run it on a Nexus 4.

  • Sqube

    I don't even use the extra functions. I paid them for making the first launcher that I really felt was worth money since Launcher Pro on my damn Droid 2.

    • QwietStorm

      Ugh don't even mention Launcher Pro

      • Name

        LP was wonderful. In it's time, it was the only launcher that managed a high enough fps for home screen transitions to look sexy smooth. Damn I must be bored...

        • John

          ...until the dev abandoned his user base

          • Coleburns

            He abandons everything he touches.

          • bobby.tables

            He touched his user base?!? I don't know what to think...

          • Matti

            Hope he didn't get to 3rd base. You'd have been violated.

    • http://www.dsaif.tk/ Saif

      I use Holo Launcher on Android 2.2

  • garychencool

    You misspelled the developers name!

    • http://twitter.com/rohanXm Rohan Mathur

      You posted this twice!

      • Droid Burgundy

        You complained twice!

        • lumin

          both of you guys...get a life :P

          • Louie Santiago

            loud noises!!

          • Coleburns

            I read this twice

          • fanoush

            it was funny. once :-)

  • garychencool

    "..., and one of them is TestlaCoil's Nova Launcher."

    You misspelled their name!

    • http://twitter.com/rohanXm Rohan Mathur

      You posted this twice!

      • Droid Burgundy

        you complained twice!

        • debtac20

          both of you guys...get a life

          • John

            Loud noises!

          • squiddy20

            I'm getting a strange sense of DeJa Vu...
            I must be in The Matrix!

  • QwietStorm

    Nova is just tops. Can't wait to get my Nexus.

  • http://twitter.com/psych2L Joseph Lee

    Best 25 cents I ever spent ;)

    • MAtti

      Heh. Same here ;D
      Gotta love those limited sale periods.

  • http://twitter.com/richxiong Richard

    Got the full version during the 25-cent sale. Never look back at anything else since.

  • http://www.dsaif.tk/ Saif

    What's that Quick Settings? I didn't understand

  • IncCo

    Paid full price and i dont regret any cent of it !

  • Guillermo

    hi, i have a galaxy S 2 7 taablette and a galaxy s II telepphone, i can not do the update with the jelly bean, some one can tell if this two models are compatible with the JB

  • tbro4033

    So I'm running 4.1.1 and am just finally making the leap into the custom launcher thing. Played around with a few, but chose to go with Nova Launcher. However, I don't seem to be able to use the quick settings in Nova...do you seriously have to be running 4.2 to get the quick settings screen using Nova? Please help. Thanks in advance.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dannymaes4 Danny Maes

    Afther sometime the louncher ( or any other louncher ) just messes up your phone.