Update 8/27/14: The new features are now out of beta and available to everyone, just 5 days after the beta release.


Nova users, there's some good stuff happening in the beta channel, so if you're not already aboard that ship, now's a good time to jump on. Today's beta update is a good example of why: it brings some killer new transition animations and app drawer search for those who just have too many pages of apps to swipe through (*cough* Artem *cough*).

Circle_animation_1 Screenshot_2014-08-22-14-59-19

That's just one example of the new animations, as the update also includes slide up, zoom, and fade options. The circle reveal choice is definitely super clean.

If you want to get the latest features and whatnot before they're available in the main app, head here to join the beta community. After that, you're good to grab the latest and get these tasty new features.

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Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    #EasterDick planted.

    • remister

      What who provided this screenshot?

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        I did.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

          Artem has dick installed on his phone, y'all. Just let that soak in.

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            This Dick has traveled through every device migration I've done since 2011. It will always get installed, always.

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

            TIL Artem has liked dick on his phone since 2011.

            Everyone has a fetish, I guess...

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            Cameron, you're so childish.

          • http://retardedgeniuscomics.tumblr.com najodleglejszy

            ...said the person installing "Dick" on every phone of his.

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            That's a very adult thing to do.

          • http://retardedgeniuscomics.tumblr.com najodleglejszy

            oh ok.

          • remister

            APK pl0x.
            Need to play a joke on the homies :)

          • http://www.geordienorman.com/ George Byers

            @archon810:disqus so... how many apps do you have installed on dat phone?

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            According to Titanium Backup, only 177 user apps. And 131 system apps (the latter doesn't really matter here and depends on the phone).

          • Matthew Fry

            My brother used to secretly add adult stores to especially prudish people's contacts.

        • Wolfgang71

          It's probably an fake application icon to hide the real application...After all, he wouldn't want everyone to know that he has Grinder installed on his phone, silly.

    • ProductFRED

      For anyone who doesn't know, it's a hilarious NSFW game that makes use of the gyroscope. I've had it for a few years now (I think?). Not on the Play Store anymore.

    • john

      Could you kindly do an apk teardown for Dick ? Thanks

  • brkshr


    • remister


      • brkshr

        I prefer Richard. My girlfriend prefers Dick...

      • TheFirstUniverseKing


      • Muffstic

        (Richard) Dick Nibler

  • Yaniv Plotnik


    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      You kiss your mother with that mouth?

  • Fattire

    now that's funny.

  • TheFirstUniverseKing

    Where's the NSFW warning? I'm boycotting Android Police due to their nasty dick.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii


      • TheFirstUniverseKing


        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          Yay! Wait. I lied. The dick stays.

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson


          • TheFirstUniverseKing

            i am crying a thousand rivers please stop this emotional distress or I will call my lawyers and mom

          • http://mwinter.in/ Yan Gabriel Minário

            Wait, your mom or the lawyers' mom?

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS


  • Lorenzo Faccini

    Doesn't work for me (4.4.4) #dick

  • Deeco

    The fact that 'The Dick' gets more attention than the actual article, speaks volumes.

    • Cat Astrophy

      Nova sucks, not surprised.

      • rolo143

        No it doesn't. You suck. Dick. :)

      • jellyfish

        What are you using, then?

        • Anon

          Apex, which is vastly superior.

          • http://www.about.me/kendallseabury Kendall Seabury

            "I don't like something? Must suck and be totally awful."

          • RTWright

            There is no real major difference between the two, I've used both, still have Apex, there is really not much a difference between them. So I can't see how either is vastly superior to the other...

          • djbriandamage

            I'd say only slightly superior, but having tried both launchers recently I would definitely say that Apex is the better launcher.

      • johnforamerica

        I'm curious as well. Why does Nova suck, and what are you using?

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          It really doesn't.

        • RTWright

          Nova is hands down, with maybe Apex right with it, one of the best launchers in all of Android. It's stable, fast, smooth and fully customizable. So this tells me you really have no clue what you're babbling about. Meant for Cat Astrophy up there....

        • http://www.bloodflame.com/ Patrick

          I've used a lot of devices, and a lot of launchers. Nova and Apex are definitely the best ones, hands down. What surprised me though, is how each of them are optimized. Personally, I find Nova works best for high end devices, and Apex is better for lower end devices. Not even joking when I say I've seen Apex actually stutter on a Nexus 5, but work perfectly on a 3 year old entry level phone. The exact opposite could be said for Nova. All said and done, both launchers are great. I have a personal preference towards Nova, but that's me. YMMV

    • abobobilly

      What the 'Dick'.

  • jonz

    What is the name of that clock/weather widget or app?

    • Vivek

      HD widgets 4x2 with Kairo theme i am guessing

  • Kailen

    When I type "dick" it crashes for me. Obviously, no one wants to dicking with me..

  • MikeJwF

    How do I install Dick? Do I have to unzip it, or just flash it? Or do I unzip and flash it?

    • Your Mother

      installing dick is quite easy but if you have to ask how.....

      • Christy David

        ­­­­­­­­­­­­my&nbspneighbor's&nbspex-wife&nbsp­­ ­­Μ­­ ­­а­­ ­­κ­­ ­­℮­­ ­­ѕ­­ ­­&nbsp­­­­­­­­$­­­­­­­­­70&nbsp­&nbsp/hr&nbspon&nbspthe&nbsp­­ ­­і­­ ­­ո­­ ­­τ­­ ­­℮­­ ­­r­­ ­­ո­­ ­­℮­­ ­­τ­­ ­­.&nbspShe&nbsphas&nbspbeen&nbspwithout&nbspa&nbsp­­ ­­ј­­ ­­օ­­ ­­ƅ­­ ­­&nbspfor&nbspseven&nbsp­­ ­­Μ­­ ­­օ­­ ­­ո­­ ­­τ­­ ­­հ­­ ­­ѕ­­ ­­&nbspbut&nbsplast&nbsp­­ ­­Μ­­ ­­օ­­ ­­ո­­ ­­τ­­ ­­հ­­ ­­&nbspher&nbspincome&nbspwas&nbsp­­­­­­­­$­­­­­­­­­21536&nbspjust&nbsp­­ ­­W­­ ­­օ­­ ­­r­­ ­­κi­­ ­­ng­­ ­­&nbspon&nbspthe&nbsp­­ ­­і­­ ­­ո­­ ­­τ­­ ­­℮­­ ­­r­­ ­­ո­­ ­­℮­­ ­­τ­­ ­­&nbspfor&nbspa&nbsp­­ ­­Ϝ­­ ­­℮­­ ­­W­­ ­­&nbsp­­ ­­հ­­ ­­օ­­ ­­υ­­ ­­r­­ ­­s­­ ­­.&nbspi&nbspwas&nbspreading&nbspthis,...&nbsphttp://Profitbeatsonlinejob&#x32&#48&#x31&#52saveAF6trfQ...

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      • theunknown

        Mike, YouMother gave you the answer ;-)

        • Ben Garman

          That's not all your mother gave me...

    • Pankaj

      Try sideloading it...

    • Aditya Bhatt

      Dat sarcasm.

    • Stanley C.
    • Captain Spaulding

      It's usually easier if you unzip it before you flash it.

    • 4laptop4


    • 4laptop4


    • thomas sim

      Unzip and flash. If flash succeed or accepted, then wipe and start installing. It should ended with short vibration to indicate tak completion.

  • Zombie

    Well, dick.

  • djakdekiel

    My eyes!

  • Gordongr

    Why would anyone have dick as an app? What is it anyway? I mean I know what dick is but as an app? Just curious

  • senor_heisenberg

    I don't have the circle animation. :(

    • Daniel

      you have to change to it, if you install the beta update and go into settings it is there.

      • senor_heisenberg

        Nah, there's no option for me to select. Just fade and slide. I read the changelog earlier and it says the circle animation doesn't work on certain devices, so my phone is at daily here I guess.

        • Amrit Zoad

          Well same happened with me. But then later yesterday, I checked it once again & I saw it there. BTW I have Galaxy SII & the Circle animation doesn't stutters.

    • jonathan3579

      Circle jerk. Therefore dick.

  • Joshua Cluelow

    Vwoop. Pwoov. Vwoop. Pwoov. Vwoop. Pwoov.
    I am highly amused by that circle animation.

    • Régis Knechtel

      I love it too! But it seems it has slower framerate than the others. I hate to admit it, but transitions in iphones still look smoother to me :/

      • Joshua Cluelow

        Sadly, that's true. But at least its better than it was. Used an ICS device lately vs a Kitkat device? holy CRAP.
        Hopefully L removes the microstutter entirely. And with a new UI and presumably a new or at least revamped compositor/display server it may very well do so.

        • Régis Knechtel

          Crossing my fingers here while i wait for Android L :P

  • johnforamerica

    Lotta folks in the Google+ beta community (including me) are reporting force closes when using the new app drawer search. I saw the dev respond to an early post by saying he got the error via error reports and it would be fixed in the next beta.

    • johnforamerica

      aaand 3.2 fixed i!

  • Your Mother

    Great, now it will be even slower.

  • Renan Lazarotto

    Will it take too much time to move from Jelly Bean-styled launcher? I really want all those customizing options but going a step back on terms of design and functionaly is just a no-no to me.

  • Nathan J

    Dammit, and I just bought Apex... I've been using Nova for a couple years now, always wondered what I was missing with Apex. It's got one thing (relevant to my interests) that Nova doesn't: Swiping down on an icon to do something different from swiping up on it. Oh, and I don't have to keep an 'uncategorized' tab in the drawer.

    But mostly they seem about evenly matched. Nova is ever so slightly more polished, though. But you know what? They're both great developers and I'm happy to support both of them. I'll bounce back and forth as needed.

  • NinoBr0wn

    I'm just...gonna leave..

  • Amrit Zoad

    How to get that Circle Animation? I don't have one.

    • Aaron Hafitz


      • Amrit Zoad

        Thanks! I am still wondering, why I didn't get it the first time.

  • RH

    I had an instructor in Chicago once, his name was Richard Wigley, yes, his nickname was Dick. He was also in the army, and they use last name first, first name last, so he was called: Wigley Dick.

    • http://twitter.com/ryocoon Kurtis Whittington

      There was also a famous race car driver by the name of Dick Trickle ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dick_Trickle ). Unfortunately he died last year. On other unfortunate names, I went to school with both a guy named Golden Brown (his parents didn't realise until later) and a kid named Milky White (his parents did know and thought it was hilarious).

      • random person

        These parents are cruel!

  • Barrett Jasper

    Dead sign up link....

  • Barrett Jasper

    Beta community link dead....not active in communities.

  • YouNex

    I LOLed more than usual :D

  • abobobilly

    Dick jokes are old. So is that dick.

  • http://www.svijet-androida.com/ Robert Vulić

    finnaly app drawer search

  • Henrique Persechini

    I had hopes when Nova development resumed that it would be updated from launcher2 based to launcher3 based

  • Alan

    I saw dick and dildo?

  • jeannwhitefield

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    >>>>>>>>>> Cort.As/Ft4e


  • Simon Belmont

    So, they finally ported the dick app from iOS. Man, I thought only dicks would use a dick app. :D

    I kid. I kid. :P

  • Paolo

    What Weather Widget is this?

  • Justin

    Does the drawer app search only show up or works once you have a few pages if apps? I don't see it, I have only have 2 pages of apps in the app drawer. Is there somewhere to enable it out of curiosity?

    • Justin

      Nevermind just found it via the 3 dot menu button. Pretty cool feature.

      • johnforamerica

        Newest beta just added it as a "Nova Shortcut" as well!

  • Rar

    Lol, all the posts bellow are full of Dicks

  • DJRiful

    This is how the internet works... derailed by the Dick app.

  • David Fulde

    link to joining the beta doesn;t seem to work?

  • bobbutts

    I'd fuck this "sexy" launcher with my dick app.

  • Michael

    Tried Dick. It was buggy.

  • Thiago Medeiros

    Beta not available for me

    • Thiago Medeiros

      Maybe because i am in Brazil?

  • Jesse

    Haven't used the app drawer in a while since discovering App Dialer.

  • Derek Robinson

    I don't seem to be able to join the beta community.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS


  • Heartfluster

    I guess the Dick is needed for vibration or something? Some couples are kinky. :3

  • vasras

    Nothing happens, when you follow the "Head here" link:

    Sorry - nothing to see here.
    There may be several reasons:
    The app you’re looking for doesn't exist
    the app developer is not currently running a test
    you are not eligible to participate in the testing program.
    If you received the link to this page from someone, we recommend you contact them for more information.

  • derk p

    unless the animations are of a chick opening her legs or some other uhhh animation, i wish they wouldnt be referred to as "sexy". nothing about my launcher makes think of intercourse. unless i looking up open tumblr. lol

  • http://ideiasvazias.tumblr.com/ Tiago Jeronimo Lopes

    The circles animation doesn't work in Nexus 5 :(

  • Big Tony

    Every time Nova Launcher updates it remind me of how my money was well spent.


    Hmm... That looks like a dick in that drawer... WAIT, WHAT?!