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The newly revived Apex Launcher v3.2.0 is available in beta form [APK Download] [Update: Non-beta now live]

Launchers come and launchers go, but some of them come back. Who can forget the unexpected return of ADW Launcher recently? Not to be left out, the developers of Apex promised a comeback by the end of May, and now a new version is available. It's only a beta, but count this as a promise fulfilled.

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Apex Launcher set to return from the dead this May

Apex? Is that you? But...where have you been? That's right folks, after almost 2 years without an update the once revered Apex Launcher is finally making a comeback. The one-time fan favorite was right up there in its heyday, battling it out with Nova to be crowned launcher-king. Then it all went quiet. The updated app promises mysterious new features when it relaunches in May, so we can probably expect some Nougat inspired goodness.

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[Update: Gone From App Drawer] Latest Apex Launcher Update Has Users Up In Arms Over New Feeling Lucky 'Feature'

Apex's most recent update has brought the third-party launcher a flood of angry reviews over a new app recommendation feature that users are perceiving as adware. The popular app's overall score still sits well above a 4.0, but you don't need to scroll through the latest reviews for long before coming across numerous one-star ratings and anger-driven complaints.

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Think these are a few disgruntled users? AppBrain shows the average review diving off a cliff since version 3.0.2 hit Google Play.

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Apex Launcher Gets A Belated Material Makeover For Version 3.0, Plus A New App/Widget Picker

Apex might be the last of the major launcher replacements to get a redesign for Android 5.0's visual style, but it certainly doesn't want to be the least. Apex's 3.0 update adds new Lollipop animations and a completely revamped visual style, making it more or less homogenous with Google's own launcher, but with the range of settings and tweaking options that customization fans crave. You can download the standard Apex Launcher for free, with the $4 upgrade app available for more options.

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Here's a quick rundown of the changes made for the Material Design update. It's all pretty standard stuff, but put it together and it makes a dramatic difference.

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Apex Launcher Adds 'OK Google' Hotword Detection And Dynamic Icon Support For Today Calendar In Version 2.4

It looks like the "OK, Google" search hotword has now become a standard feature for advanced Android launchers. Nova Launcher added the search function in its 3.0 update earlier this month, and now its biggest competitor, Apex, has followed suit. Users who are on Android 4.4 can enable the voice-activated search function in Apex Launcher 2.4. Earlier versions, sadly, cannot access the functionality - you'll have to search with your fingers like some kind of sad troglodyte.

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Other changes for 2.4 include support for the new dynamic calendar icon in Today Calendar, which changes based on today's date, new small or hidden group/folder tabs in the app drawer, notification badges in the app drawer (for those who've purchased the $4 Apex Pro upgrade), and smoother transition effects.

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Apex Launcher Hits v2.3 With App Sorting, Updated Notifications, And More

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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Apex Launcher 2.2 Launches In The Play Store With Transparent Notification Bar And Other KitKat Goodies

Now that the developers of the more popular apps in the Play Store have come to grips with the changes in Android 4.4, it's high time to see them take advantage of the new options. Such is the case with popular alternative homescreen Apex Launcher, which exits its KitKat-enhanced beta and lands on the Play Store today. The new version adds a host of visual tweaks to bring the launcher up to date with 4.4.

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Chief among them is the option for a transparent notification (status) bar, aping the official Google Experience Launcher as seen in all the promos for the Nexus 5, not to mention competitors like Nova Launcher.

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Apex Launcher 2.2 Beta Enables Fancy Navigation And Notification Transparency On KitKat

KitKat introduces a lot of much-needed features into Android, like better support for low-memory devices, a new storage framework, SMS integration with BLAH BLAH BLAH. We all know what the people want: transparent user interface elements! Following Nova Launcher's update to better visually match the KitKat launcher on the Nexus 5, popular alternative Apex Launcher now has a beta version that does much the same thing.

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The beta version was released to the Apex Launcher Beta Google Group, which you can find here. Then click this link and follow the instructions to download the APK itself (it won't let you through if you're not a member).

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Apex Launcher Launches v2.0, Introduces Badge And DashClock Widget Notifications Via Apex Notifier

Apex Launcher has bumped up to version 2.0, bringing in a host of new features to both the free and pro versions of the app. Free users who make the leap will find various improvements to the interface, updated translations, and the option to set the duration of vibrations. The pro version now allows users to place folders in the app drawer, but the star of the show is its integration with the new Apex Notifier.

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Apex Notifier is not a standalone app, but an extension that works both with Apex Launcher and DashClock Widget. Apex Launcher Pro users who install Apex Notifier will see unread counts appear as badges atop various application icons, including:

  • Missed Calls
  • Unread SMS
  • Calendar Appointments
  • Gmail
  • HTC Mail
  • Samsung Email
  • K-9 Mail
  • Battery Level
  • Stock Email
  • Google Talk
  • Google Voice
  • Starbucks

You are free to tweak the size and color of notifications, and you get to have a say in which apps badges will appear on.

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Apex Launcher Updated With More Jelly Bean 4.2 Features, Cross-Launcher Data Import

What makes a developer great is a continued commitment to a great product, and Apex Launcher dev Android Does has it in spades. Their latest in a long line of updates adds a handful of features, most of which are designed to allow the app to more seamlessly integrate with Android 4.2. There's a new shortcut to the Quick Settings menu, as well as modifications to the shortcut selection screen for 4.2 devices. Other changes include better theme, and live wallpaper support and a new dock swipe gesture on the Pro version.

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The most exciting addition to Apex is the ability to import your homescreen configuration from another launcher on your phone.

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