Nova Launcher Beta Android L

If you have been hankering to try out the new look and feel of Android L but don’t have a Nexus device, or can’t be doing with installing new ROMs, then the latest Nova Launcher Beta might go some way to help tide you over until the official release of L.

The 3.0.2 beta update for Nova Launcher includes a new look for folders and the app drawer icon, as well as Android L’s swipe up animation when launching new apps.

Here is the changelog for the latest 3.0.2beta1, as well as how to enable the Android L inspired features.

  • “L” Folder Preview (Nova Settings – Folder – Folder Preview – Line)
  • “L” App Drawer Icon (Long-press app drawer – Edit – Tap Icon – All white icon under “Built-in”)
  • “L” App Animation (Nova Settings – Look and Feel – App Animation – Slide Up)
  • Minor tuning for running on Android L Dev Preview
  • Optimizations and bug fixes

If you want to try out the features for yourself, there are a couple of ways to do it. Existing Nova Launcher users can sign up to the Nova Launcher Beta community and then enable the Beta update through the app, by checking for updates in Nova settings and then selecting the option to scan for Beta updates. Alternatively, you can simply download the 3.0.2beta1 APK and install it straight on your device.

Let us know what you think.

Robert Triggs
Lead Technical Writer at Android Authority, covering the latest trends in consumer electronics and hardware. In his spare moments, you'll probably find him tinkering with audio electronics and programming.
  • Paul Williams

    Minor changes that keep it interesting – maybe you like, maybe you don’t. The price is right!

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  • fredphoesh

    Disappointing! I was seriously hoping the FOLDERS would be hugely improved… alas, still crap.
    1/ no customisation of folder icons
    2/ almost no animation up or down when opening/closing a folder
    3/ no custom sort within folder
    4/ no customisation of open folder look (background, edges, size etc)
    The changes are insubstantial in this beta release.

    • Saad Hassan

      You can have custom icons, and you can change the sort order in the folders (#1 and #3)
      The open folder look can have its color changed

    • xoj_21

      its a beta chill.
      this guy always delivers

      • ermajmoore

        just before I looked at the receipt ov $8130 , I
        didn’t believe that my sister woz like actualy bringing in money part-time from
        there pretty old laptop. . there aunts neighbour has been doing this 4 only
        about 22 months and at present repayed the mortgage on their appartment and
        bought themselves a Chrysler . see here M­o­n­e­y­d­u­t­i­e­s­.­C­O­M­

  • monkey god

    There’s already an small update for this: bug fixes and tweaking of slide up animation.

  • PatLed

    That’s a nice launcher! but i prefer Led Lampen.

    • paxmos

      Freak you…