You've got a zillion choices for home screen replacements on Android, but Nova Launcher has consistently been one of the top options for the last few years. It was starting to look a little dated, though. After a number of beta updates, the stable v4.0 redesign is ready to bring your home screen into the material age.

Here's what you can expect from the new stable version of Nova Launcher.

  • Full Material Design
    • All settings screens/dialogs
    • More animations
    • Edit Shortcut dialog tinted based on colors of the icon
    • New icons
    • Bundled wallpapers
  • Rebased on top of Launcher3
    • Individual icon layout settings (size, font, etc) in Desktop, Drawer, etc
    • Max icon size boosted to 150%
    • Widget Search
    • Pull down in the drawer for search
    • New grouped Widgets drawer
  • Support for Android for Work (Lollipop), Requires Android 4.1+

Every corner of the app has gotten a new coat of paint to look more consistent with Android's visual style. However, all the customization options you've come to love in Nova are still there. You can do just about anything to your home screen, even if it's profoundly ill-advised. That will make our own Liam Spradlin sad—he works as a designer on Nova.

The new version should be available in the Play Store very soon, if not already. It was uploaded earlier today, so we're just waiting on Google. The Prime version of Nova costs $4 and adds additional features like icon swipes, unread counts, gestures, and more. You should check it out. What? Are you going to keep using LauncherPro?

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