Update: We've added a few more changes, courtesy of TeslaCoil.

The highly popular homescreen replacement Nova Launcher is now officially at V2.0 - the latest release just went live minutes ago. Let's cut to the chase: what's new? A whole a lot, based on the changelog below.

What's in this version:

  • Custom Icon Size (Prime)
  • Swipe actions on any desktop icon (Prime)
  • Custom wallpaper cropping
  • Increase maximum desktop grid size
  • Infinite Scroll Drawer Setting
  • Alphabetical list drawer style
  • Small Icons Dock Setting
  • Force wallpaper scrolling on USA SGS2
  • Aggressive Desktop Setting (Keep in memory)*
  • Lower memory usage
  • Improve scrolling performance
  • Fixes, optimizations and tuning

*"Retrieve Running Apps" used for Aggressive Desktop and warning when multiple launchers are running

Additional changes:

  • "Swipe to open folder" allowing swiping over a desktop or dock folder to open it, with the tap action doing something else (such as opening an app).
  • Use app icons as replacement icons, for example to change a folder icon into the icon of an app within it
  • Disc background for folders
  • Folder background transparency
  • Slightly redesigned Nova Action icons (and at Nexus 10 resolution)
  • Auto-close options for drawer and dock
  • Merge Android 4.2 changes
  • New background image for settings apps

Basically, you can tweak your homescreen experience even more, which is what a launcher replacement really should be about, isn't it? Improved scrolling performance and lower memory usage are without a doubt major plusses, too. We're guessing a whole boatload of bug fixes and various optimizations are also packed in this release. Head to the Play Store to get it now, and pick up a Nova Prime license (the premium version) while you're at it - it's an investment you won't regret.

Nova Launcher
Nova Launcher
Developer: TeslaCoil Software
Price: Free

Nova Launcher Prime
Nova Launcher Prime
Developer: TeslaCoil Software
Price: $4.99