03
Feb
11

There are a number of big names when it comes to home screen replacements, and Apex is very near the top of the list. This app adds a ton of options to the AOSP launcher and it has just gotten an update to v2.3. It includes plenty of fixes, but also some new features.

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Here's the full changelog from Apex 2.3.

  • Sort apps in drawer (pro)
  • Support Apex Notifier v2.0
  • Added icon label shadow in drawer
  • Fixed app/shortcut picker style
  • Fixed notification action/gesture on TouchWiz
  • Fixed indicator animation
  • Updated translations

So, the app sorting in the drawer is a pretty big deal, but it's only for users who have bought up to the pro version. The new version of Apex Notifier is also supported in this update, and that's good for everyone. That means improved Dashclock integration, Hangouts notifications taking the place of Talk, and some other tweaks. You can check out most of what Apex Launcher has to offer for free.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

  • KingofPing

    Just can't seem to get by for very long without the "Google Now" integration of the kitkat launcher.

    ...really wish El Goog would open source those bits or at least allow other devs access to whatever API they need to integrate it themselves.

    I can only imagine how creative these Apex folks would get if they had access to it.

    • Tomáš Petrík

      Would you please explain me, a stock-user, what doesn't work with 3rd party launchers and Google Now? I am curious. Thanks

      • KingofPing

        Talking about the swipe right/swipe left bits to access or leave the "Google Now" page.

        Some launchers have tried to hack it in, but can't get it to react properly (no ability to swipe back out of it, etc...)

        • Tomáš Petrík

          Oh, I thought you can't launch Google Now at all. Okay then.

        • Bart Burroughs

          I set up a gesture in Nova launcher to bring up google now. simple swipe up. that way I don't have to waste an entire page just for google now and can have widgets or icons on it instead.

          • KingofPing

            "waste a page"

            Doesn't Nova have like, unlimited pages?

            There are always ways to launch it, but it's still not the same. I like being able to swipe in and out of it with nothing to launch. Always there, simple...but virtually impossible for other launcher devs to do since Google did not include this launcher in AOSP.

            Don't get me wrong; I love Nova (and it's twin) but got hooked on this silly thing...do you think there might be a support group somewhere? ;-)

          • cesium

            Heh i'm in the same boat, must have tried every kitkat-based launcher on the market but nothing lets you swipe out of Now

    • rokerot

      Watch my video about how you can enable the "Ok Google" command on every launcher :)

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ip6g66vUOrI

      • KingofPing

        Not what I'm talking about; but thanks. :)

  • Alex

    > So, the app sorting in the drawer is a pretty big deal, but it's only for users who have bought up to the pro version. The new version of Apex Notifier is also supported in this update, and that's good for everyone.

    I don't have Pro, but it seems to let me sort apps in the drawer, whereas Apex Notifier only works with the Apex Launcher Pro (or Dashclock, but this article is mainly related to Apex Launcher).

  • anzensepp1987

    So APEX has finally a feature that makes it a bit different of Nova (sorting). For me APEX has lost the battle already a long time ago. If I wasn't using GEL on my N5 then I'd probably stick with Nova.

  • tintin.92

    App drawer sorting is such a basic feature it is present in most stock launchers (touch wiz, optimus ui, xperia home). Why did it take SO FREAKIN LONG to come to apex?

    WHY IS IT STILL NOT ON NOVA?

  • Ray

    Still no fix for the slider appearing underneath the nav bar when the dock is hidden. :(

  • UnHappy

    If you have a transparent navbar the wallpaper has black stripe on the bottom :( Also on a tablet shadows are on the sides in landscape, instead of top and bottom... no issues on 2.1.0. That's a downgrade...