Apex launcher, following closely behind Nova Launcher, has updated to include support for the Android 4.2 update that's currently rolling out to various Nexus devices. If you like your launchers like you like your anterior corner of a butterfly's wings, you can download the update directly on your device. You'll also get a few new extras, including the option to close the app drawer after launching an app and better icon label handling. Here's the full changelog:

What's in this version:

* Added option to close drawer after launching apps
* Added option to toggle home screen alpha effect (leave it off for smoother transitions)
* Improved icon label handling (labels will not be cut off or hidden automatically)
* Fixed FC under Android 4.2
* Various bugfixes
* Updated translations

The update is live on the Play Store right now. Either head to your My Apps page for an update, or grab the launcher via the widget below.

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  • Rlh 1965

    Still behind nova. Nova is just faster. Period.with same abilities

    • efan

      i prefer apex. there are a few settings in apex that nova doesnt have that i prefer. they are pretty much the same though. i switched over to nova when i upgraded to 4.2 just because apex didnt work. but i'm going to switch back.

      • spydie

        what settings does apex have that nova doesn't?

        • Michael Kennedy

          Infinite scrolling on the apps menu was one thing I noticed the last time I tried Nova. That's a deal breaker for me. (I got the $0.25 version as well and have them both installed.)

      • Matti

        Nove is better cos they sold me their Prime version for $0.25 ;P

  • DeadSOL

    Hey, AP; you should report on this piece of sad, sad news!!!!


    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

      I agree but you could just tip AP instead.

      Needless to say it's a horrible state of affairs with this whole issue of the domain holder being evil towards CM.

  • spydie

    I paid for both, used both, and settled on Nova. Apex lacked the feel and looks of Nova. It just didn't feel as polished.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

    I paid for both (the full £2.50 for Apex and £0.25 for Nova in a sale) and I prefer Apex primarily because I know how to use it and it's all set up the way I want it. Maybe on my next Android device I will reconsider (since I notice a lot of people love Nova). IMAO custom launchers in general, really are an epic part of Android and I am surprised that I seem to be the only person I know personally who actually really uses them.