The popular Nova Launcher app has been updated to version 2.3, which includes a variety of features ready to meet the needs of users that are already on the latest Android OS version.
We’re actually not surprised to see Nova Launcher 2.3 ready for an official release, as the first beta of the new launcher version was released a month ago, shortly after Nova Launcher’s Kevin Barry explained what KitKat features are going to make it to his app.
Here’s the full changelog of the Nova Launcher 2.3 update – as you can see, there are plenty of KitKat-based optimizations in place in order to improve your overall custom launcher experience:
Even though it comes with KitKat-friendly features, the custom launcher will work on devices running Android 4.0 or later.
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I love Nova Launcher, but I also love the Google Now integration in the default launcher… If Nova can somehow pull off the Google Now panel and the always listening voice search I’ll switch back in a heart beat. I’m not sue if Google has an API for any of that functionality though, so I won’t hold my breath.
Amen… that is the only reason why I keep the GEL on my nexus 7
Ditto. I switched back to stock largely because I wanted the Google Now always listening functionality to remain.
Google doesn’t provide such API, so Nova Launcher developers are stuck on that point =/
i use utter! voice app, it’s still in beta but there are some amazing things to come from it, i prefer nova launcher because of the huge amount of customization but using utter i can say ok google from anywhere (even with screen off) and it opens up google search just as gel launcher does, if i want to do something specific on my phone like toggle wifi or send an email, sms, take a screenshot etc instead of saying ok google i just say wake up, if you haven’t already seen it then i highly recommend utter! if you have then pardon my waffling!
Hey! That sounds interesting. Can you, please, give us more examples of what utter! can do similar to Google Now and the Moto X? That “even with the screen off” sounds cool. I like Google Now, but don’t like the cards :/
I tried utter! like a year ago, but my beautiful Xperia Pro suffered a bit with it, and I couldn’t find a use for it, so I uninstalled it. Maybe this time it’ll be more useful in my Xperia ZL.
Utter has Tasker integration so the sky is the limit there, offline voice recognition so it’s lightning quick, stream spotify and Google all access music by voice, send and receive sms and email, make Skype calls (these are all default features) and of course using the ok Google command takes you straight to Google search so you have all of that functionality too, it’s definitely worth checking out and not having a user interface means that whatever your command is won’t interfere with what you are doing at the time
How does it affect battery life with it listening all the time?
My phone is a note 2 so I get through the day with listening on as my battery is about the same size as most phones! I’ve always been in the habit of charging my phone every night anyway since my iPhone days, I did have a nexus 4 and the battery didn’t last the day for me without using utter so I doubt it would last too long with permanent recognition enabled, there are many tasks you can setup with tasker though to for example, turn off the recognition after a certain length of time after the screen is turned off and back on again once you wake the phone or you can create a shortcut to send an intent to utter to toggle recognition when you think that you might not need it, you probably already know this but you have to set your language to US English (of you’re not in America) in order for google search to allow the “ok google” hotword but I find that it is still as accurate as UK English
Thank you for your examples! So, what apps do I need to get all this? Utter and Tasker only?
Do you know if it’ll work in Spanish?
Do you have some video or tutorial for this utter + tasker = Moto X clon?
It’d be so useful. And, could you send me your settings for utter and Tasker, please? As a backup. I’d install it and had little to change, that way I could start easier, I think.
I hope you can help me. My brother wants the Moto X, but I want to give to him the G2 which I think can have almost all practical features of the Moto X, and your examples confirm that. Please help me!
Still can’t change my font color though 0_0
Mil gracias esta genial
Es la mejor version la calculadora es genial
Would the launcher be worth it for older devices? I have a Motorola RAZR Maxx 4.1.2
Just TRY IT?
Apple and Samsung have taken lead in the Android technology.http://bit.ly/Appleanalysts
stupid analysis in that article which says iphone 5c is taking over indian and chinese market gradually. the hell it does. iphone 5c has no sales worth its advertizing blitz (which incidentally is incredibly high)
Just got it. It’s AWESOME, people should try it
Might want to change:
“Transparent system bars on Kitkat (Look and feel – Transparent Notification Bar. Requires Kitkat.)”
You don’t need Kit Kat, just any ROM that supports trans bar.
Let’s try it n.n
I love Nova but I’ve found this update rather underwhelming, there is hardly anything to get excited about :-P Also, I’ve been using Action Launcher for the past few days and although it lacks some standard features it’s replaced Nova as my favourite launcher!