Nova Launcher 3.1 Stable-Releases Beta1's Transitions, and Adds More Actions

As some of you may remember from a few days ago, there were some additions to the beta version of TeslaCoil Software's popular third-party launcher Nova Launcher, but those were updates to the beta-clad users and it seems like these new additions were stable enough to release in the regular consumer version of the app, since today heralded the full release of the new transitions and features.  The features, as we covered when the beta group got access, were four new drawer open and close animations, some fixes in code to allow the drawer icon to be changed, and the brand new app search screen or feature.

The search feature was nice and convenient because it showed, without having to type a thing, the most recently installed and updated apps, in case you forgot which got updated this morning so you can remind your friend to update theirs or be on the lookout for it.  But today, the features that were exclusive to beta participants, as said before, are now open and downloadable for everyone.  But people, while your Nova Launcher updates, be sure to keep reading for some special new things that weren't even included in the beta.

The official 3.1 update brings the new features from the beta release as well as some new features that weren't included.  There are also a few new tricks as well, specifically the addition of an 'app search' Nova Action shortcut and icon.  The menu button can also be customized in functionality then in the app drawer to launch the app search instead of just the menu or the list of actions it already is capable of being bound to do.  The best part is that the newest features are available to all of us, free and Prime users alike, and you can go try out Nova if you haven't already, and might want to go back to it if you want to give it another go. If you've been using the beta that we told you about before, does this fix any issues you had?  Do you think that more visual features and the app search's implementation is the way to go, or do you think functionality and features that let you make a launcher run and react the way you want are key to the future popularity of a launcher like Nova?  If you haven't had a chance to use the new features and transitions, let us know what you think of them.

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