Bringing with it a host of new features and the biggest overhaul yet, Nova Launcher 3.0 is currently in an open Beta for anyone willing to take the plunge into a possibly more unstable, but improved, Nova Launcher. Users first need to join the Nova Launcher Beta Google+ Community page, sign up for the Beta at Google Play, then update or download the Nova Launcher app.
The largest changes include improved resizing and placement of widgets or app icons by allowing for subgrid positioning, a new toggle for widget padding, simplified tab configuration in the app drawer, an updated and more consistent persistent search bar, 4×1 widget support in the dock, and custom label colors. The full changelog can be viewed over at the Google+ Community page.
Many users are already taking full advantage of the Beta and posting screenshots of their new home screens. Nova says that the new subgrid positioning should allow for much more unique widget layouts. They’ve also stated that they’re beginning to trim back on some of the under-used features to better simplify the launcher.
Once the Beta gets a thorough testing by the more dedicated fans, it should roll out as a regular update to all users. If you’re okay with some possible instabilities, Nova is looking for your help.
Things sure have changed a lot since we last reviewed Nova Launcher. What do you think of the new direction Nova is taking with their launcher? Will you be signing up for the Beta? Let us know in the comments.
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