Nova Launcher receives 2.1 update, lets you drag drawer folder to desktop and more

May 13, 2013
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Trusty old Nova Launcher Prime, where would I be without you. The latest update to one of Android’s favorite launchers brings a host of much sought after features, ranging from a unique wallpaper chooser to individually customizable app drawer icons.

The most noticeable change in version 2.1 is the addition of new icon and wallpaper menus, which allow you to swipe between categories and preview the available choices. Icons can also now be applied to individual apps in the app drawer, regardless of any icon themes that have been applied.

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There’s also the “new app” option in the Nova Launcher settings menu, which grants control over how your phone will handle new app installations. You can designate a page to assign new shortcuts on, or whether to place shortcuts for new apps at all.  However, this can clash with the default Play Store settings, so it’s best to turn those off if using Nova’s options.

For Prime users, there are improvements to grouping, allowing for superior management of groups by dragging drawer apps onto the edit icon, as well as the ability to drag a drawer folder into the desktop, which keeps the two linked.

As well as the obvious new features, there are also some bug fixes and stability improvements. As always head on over to the Play Store if you haven’t already been manually updated, or you can use the update option in Nova Settings to check as well.

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