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Nova Launcher Beta Update [APK Download] changes how you use Android

Nova Launcher Beta Update [APK Download] changes how you use Android

This week the folks behind Nova Launcher, the home-screen replacement app, have released an update that will change the way you use Android. It adds a dynamic icon to the corner of every one of the apps it’s compatible with. Each of these icons appear only when a notification appears for each app. Each app’s icon content is based on the sort of notification they’re presenting.

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Galaxy S8 launcher found with icons

Galaxy S8 launcher found with icons

The launcher for the Samsung Galaxy S8 has appeared this afternoon thanks to an anonymous tip to SlashGear. This launcher is appearing just before the full reveal of the Samsung Galaxy S8, a device that'll do battle with the iPhone 8 and/or the iPhone 7s before the end of the year. Until then, there's the LG G6, a device which will have the shortest wait to launch as it comes to market first of the three this year.

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Nova Launcher celebrates 5 years with Pixel-like 5.0 launch

Nova Launcher celebrates 5 years with Pixel-like 5.0 launch

There was a time when Android home screen and launcher replacements were all the rage, producing sometimes riveting, sometimes revolting setups. These days, things have settled down a bit, especially around some of the biggest and oldest names in that section f the app market. Like Nova Launcher, which just celebrated its fifth year of (public) existence. And to commemorate that occasion, it has rolled out version 5.0 of the popular Android launcher, which, unsurprisingly, pulls in features from the newest launcher in town: Google Pixel’s launcher.

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Pixel Launcher tricks expand while Arrow Launcher updates

Pixel Launcher tricks expand while Arrow Launcher updates

The Google Pixel launcher for Android is now available for more phones than just Google's own. Google doesn't necessarily have anything to do with the working abilities of the launcher beyond Pixel and Pixel XL - but it is what it is. At the same time, Microsoft has updated its own Arrow Launcher to take on what Google has with their Pixel phones.

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Google Pixel Launcher now works on these phones

Google Pixel Launcher now works on these phones

The Pixel Launcher for Android by Google seems to be ready to roll on more than just the Pixel and the Pixel XL. When the Google Pixel Launcher's launch became official, it was Pixel-only. While users will see the requirements for this app to only require Android 5.0, limits seemed to indicate that Pixel-branded phones were actually required.

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Nova Launcher update gifts Nougat to old Androids

Nova Launcher update gifts Nougat to old Androids

Nova Launcher has been update for Android devices to include several features from Android 7.1 Nougat. This newest version of the launcher changes the way an Android device looks and works without root. That means users will be able to get some of the newest features from Google's Android update even on older devices, and with ease.

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Nexus Launcher becomes Pixel Launcher, confirms brand change

Nexus Launcher becomes Pixel Launcher, confirms brand change

As if putting all rumors to rest, the app launcher for Google’s next smartphones has just been leaked, and it isn’t called the Nexus Launcher like in the past. Instead, the formal name, based on leaks from LlabTooFer, is “Pixel Laucher”. While nothing else has changed from the new Nexus Launcher we thought would arrive with Android 7.0 Nougat but didn’t, the name change does strongly hint that the HTC-made smartphones Google is set to debut next month would indeed be called Pixels.

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Google’s Lens Launcher app changes the way you use Android

Google’s Lens Launcher app changes the way you use Android

Over the weekend the winners of the 2016 Android Experiments event were announced, and one of them is a next-level launcher. This is the sort of app that replaces the way in which you interact with your apps up front of your phone - instead of just flat trays of apps, you'll have something completely different. This developer changed the way you see your apps, using a sort of "Graphical Fisheye Lens" to make seeking out apps easier in some cases, and far more entertaining in others.

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