Our friends at TeslaCoil Software are always working to improve upon what is already the #1 option for homescreen customization on Google Play. Considering its cult-like following, it’s no surprise that developer, Kevin Barry, and his team have their work cut out for them when it comes to adding new features. And new features are here in Nova Launcher 5.5.1.

You may remember, Adaptive Icons came out in beta form a while back. Now they’re included in the latest public build, stable and ready for those who aren’t in the beta-testing program.

What’s new in Nova Launcher 5.5.1?

Adaptive Icons are now available for devices running Android 5.0 and up, and you can intelligently reshape legacy icons to adaptive. Also included is the new Android 8.1 style popup menu (access this via Look & Feel –> Popup menu).

And rounding things out, we’ve got the Search bar down in the dock now, like on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. You can actually replace said Search bar with any widget using a long-press action, too. Pretty sweet, if you ask me!

As always, there’s the usual round of bugfixes and optimizations to ensure a smooth and stable experience for all users.

Nova Launcher 5.5.1 is rolling out on Google Play as I type this, but have no fear! We’ve got an APK file ready for you to download, should you still be waiting for the update to hit. You can find that file at the link below.

Download on APK Mirror

While I have your attention, I’ll take a quick second to point out to you customization junkies out there our #ScreenshotSundays shindig! We love seeing your homescreen setups, and we love sharing them with our readers. If you’d like to get in on the action, you can send in your submissions at this link

Hope to see yours this week!

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