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Around last week, Google announced about the upcoming Android O at its annual I/O Conference. And users are now eagerly awaiting for Android O. In the meantime, Nova Launcher has released a beta version, which has features resembling Android O. And it has already crossed 10 million downloads at GooglePlay! Sounds Cool? Okay. So, let us know more about Nova Launcher 5.2 Beta. Not all Android 8.0 O features have been incorporated into this particular update, but the Beta testing APK can bring you most of the features.

Nova Launcher 5.2 Beta

It is a highly customizable launcher with an efficient performance which is released as the beta version update from the version 5.1.

 Features

  • Dots! Android O styled notification badges
  • Round search bar style
  • Improved performance
  • Minor fixes for Android O

Android O styled notification badges

A simple example to demonstrate this,
when we get any notification on Twitter, we will see a small dot over the Twitter App icon.

blue dot on app icon notification

Nova Launcher Beta enables Blue Dot over Twitter App icon meaning a new notification, resembling Android O styled notification feature

As we can see the blue dot means it is a new notification…
And instead of opening the App itself, we will long press the App icon
and we will see

Nova launcher App responsive option

Nova Launcher enables us to long press the App icon to get various responsive options without having to open the App

So from the options, we can select whatever we want to do, without opening the App in entirety.

How to Enable the Nova Launcher’s Android O styled Feature Dots

It’s pretty simple to enable, just  follow these steps

Step-1) Go to Nova Settings. Make sure Select Default Home is set to “Nova Launcher”
Then in Nova Settings >Tap on Notification Badges

nova setting page

Nova Setting>Tap Notification Badges

Step-2) Now notification Badges Panel will open. Click on Choose A Style drop-down menu.
you can also set the size and position of the notification badge.

chhose a style panel

Choose a style panel to select a notification badge of your choice

Step-3) Choose A Style panel appears. Select Dots as Seen in Android O.

Dots Android O Notification Badge

Select Dots Notification badge to enable it

There you go.. Dots notification badge is set!

 Round Styled Search Bar

nova launcher provides customizable rounded Google search bar which you can customize according to your need. Here is one type of search bar style, long bar.

Rounded serach bar styled by nova launcher with Android O features

Rounded search bar style

You can customize it in as many styles you want to. But since it is a Beta Version, any change you make might not effectively take place immediately.

You can also customize Search bar style by going to Nova Settings> Search Bar Style

search bar style

You can customize search bar style according to your choice

Modify the Bar style, Bar color and logo style as you wish.

search bar color and logo customising

You can also customize Search Bar’s color and Google logo style on search bar

You can simply download the official Nova Launcher via Google play store. There are lots of other features which you can enable but you have to buy Nova Launcher Prime. It will cost around $2.32 (Rs 150/-INR).

How To Download Nova Launcher 5.2 Beta APK?

You can download the latest Nova Launcher APK directly from the below link. The link comes officially from the Nova developers. So it is safe to use. The APK is free to use.

Download APK for Nova Launcher 5.2 BETA

Alternatively, if you already have Nova Launcher installed, You can simply update to the 5.2 Beta Version by signing up for it’s Beta Testing program from here.

Beta Tester for Nova Launcher 5.2 Beta

You can use the Nova Launcher 5.2 Beta as Beta Tester

Therefore, although some features can be enabled through buying Nova Launcher Prime but still it’s an investment worth it. And most noteworthy of all is Android O styled features in Nova Launcher 5.2 Beta which is hard to miss. Until the original version of Android O comes out, it’s  really worth trying out such Apps that provide glimpses of the amazing features of Android O.