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Who says Sundays are a day of rest? Not for the wicked, anyway. And wicked is an excellent way to describe the latest beta version of Nova Launcher. I know – we just posted about Nova the other day, and while this may seem like overkill, there’s a new feature that absolutely makes this post worthy of publishing.

Nova Launcher 5.5 Beta 1
Kevin Barry, the brains behind the most popular 3rd-party launcher on the planet, took to Google+ to detail Nova Launcher 5.5, which is now in beta. There’s only one new feature he mentions, but it’s a doozy. Android Oreo-style Adaptive Icons are now available for all devices running Android 5.0 Lollipop or greater.

Kevin can better explain:

As Android Oreo and Adaptive Icons are still in their infancy, not many apps are providing them yet. So we’ve also added an option to automatically scale and shape legacy icons for consistency. This is still a work in progress as there are some more ideas I have to explore to make this work a bit better.

Nova Launcher Adaptive Icons

To access the Adaptive Icons, head to Nova Settings > Look and Feel > Adaptive Icon Shape. There are a few bugs you’ll want to keep in mind, but they’re relatively minor for a beta release, and certainly not a dealbreaker for me.

Known issues

  • Dynamic calendar icons don’t currently remask to the adaptive shape
  • Apps using gradient in vectors in their adaptive icon (Plaid) require 7.0+
  • Apps using drawable aliases for their adaptive icon are not currently backported

Nova Launcher 5.5 beta1 Changelog (Sep 10, 2017)

  • Adaptive icons for Android 5.0+
  • Use and control the style of adaptive icons from apps that support them
  • Scale and reshape legacy/existing icons to match the adaptive style
  • Minor fixes

In other launcher news, it looks like Android developer, Chris Lacy, is planning to bring similar functionality to his Action Launcher, but some “unforeseen hiccups” are delaying his plans. Hence, he got beat to the punch by Nova Launcher. Might not have been the best idea to tweet his plans before launching, but what do I know?

What I do know is, you can get the latest version of Nova Launcher with Adaptive Icons at this link, but you’ll need to be a Nova Beta Tester to do so.


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