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5.3-beta2 Jun 16, 2017

- Fix double tap gesture after swipe to Google
- Fix Google Page not appear after change of Nova Settings for some users
- Add Google Now settings (Nova Settings > Google Now)
- "Edge Swipe" to Google page which works with infinite scroll, swipe from any desktop page to Google
- New "Overlay" transition open for Google page which should be more responsive especially on lower end devices

I'm really glad to finally have integrated the Google page. It's been a top request for years. There is still some confusion I'd like to cover.

1) Nova Google Companion is never planned to come to Google Play. If it was possible for a Play Store app to integrate the Google page (without root), then I'd do it in Nova directly. The Companion app fundamentally cannot be distributed on Google Play. It is a workaround. If the restriction is lifted, then the Companion will be abandoned and Nova will integrate with Google directly. Nova 5.3 stable will be distributed on Google Play, but you'll still need to sideload the companion to integrate the Google page.
2) Updates to the Companion APK should be infrequent (Like the Nova Prime APK). It does as little as possible, letting the Nova APK to do the real work. However there will be some (At least one before Nova 5.3 hits stable). You can download the latest and see the changelog from Nova Settings > Google Now > Check for updates or https://help.teslacoilapps.com/nowcompanion . We'll also make sure the latest is available on APKMirror.
3) Play Store policies prevent directing users to install APKs outside of the Play Store. To play it extra safe, I'm avoiding mentioning the Companion app at all on the Play Store page or in Nova itself until you install it. This means that the changelog on the Play Store for this beta will likely be pretty minimal.

I'd also like to address the fact that this is unofficial. Google originally had a hard limit of just system apps and for whatever reason that changed to allow debuggable apps. It's possible that this was a complete mistake, there are some other seemingly logical errors in that part of the code. However it's possible that they did it to ease development for other OEMs and themselves and determined that workarounds such as this weren't worth trying to block. Or optimistically they did it hoping that the launcher community would develop workarounds such as this so they could test the waters of what it'd be like to officially open the API. I choose to believe the latter.
So why doesn't Google just officially open the API?
My understanding is that Google doesn't want to deal with the support burden of officially or defacto officially opening the API. The way it works, drawing the Google page on top of another process, is very clever and pushing the limits of Android APIs. You can see some of this if you swipe quickly left and right with the page, even in the Pixel Launcher on the Pixel phones, you'll see some missing frames. This is happening because there is no way to guarantee synchronization of timing between the two apps. When working with OEMs to integrate this API, Google can do some testing to ensure things are in good shape. But with third party launchers running on just about every device out there, there is no way to know how things will behave.
At some point however, that's got to be acceptable to Google because of the huge amount engagement they can get by supporting third party launchers. I'm hopeful that Google will be seeing the Nova Google Companion in their analytics and taking note at how much more you guys are using Google Now than before.

(May take a few hours to appear on your Google Play)
Opt-in to betas at https://play.google.com/apps/testing/com.teslacoilsw.launcher
Or download the APK http://teslacoilsw.com/tesladirect/download.pl?packageName=com.teslacoilsw.launcher&betaType=public
Older Versions:
Previous Beta APK: 5.3-beta1 Jun 14, 2017 http://teslacoilsw.com/tesladirect/download.pl?packageName=com.teslacoilsw.launcher&betaType=public&versionCode=52001
Latest Stable APK: 5.2 Jun 6, 2017 http://teslacoilsw.com/tesladirect/download.pl?packageName=com.teslacoilsw.launcher&betaType=public&versionCode=52000

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5.1-beta2 Mar 23, 2017
-Minor fixes

5.1-beta1 Mar 23, 2017

-Dynamic Badges - Badge icons with content from their notifications

We've been working on reinventing notification badges for some time now and are finally ready for testing by the masses.

Unread counts are often misleading. Partially due to API restrictions (I'll save the Android O discussion for another day, but short answer is that it's not going to fix counts). But also because every app counts things differently (messages vs conversations for example). Also the numbers get meaningless. I don't care if I have 3 messages or 5, I care who sent those messages.

Instead of numbers we focused on images. Dynamic Counts pulls images from notifications to badge your apps. For example contact images from messaging apps, album art from music apps, app icons from the Play Store. This also greatly improves the utility of badges on folder icons, where it can show the app, or apps, with notifications instead of just a big numeric count.

But don't worry if you love numeric counts, they're still around via TeslaUnread.
To try Dynamic Badges hit Nova Settings > Notification Badges > Badge Type > Dynamic
Requires Android 4.3+


Normally I go for a nice clean notification bar when sharing screenshots, but that wouldn't really work in this case :).

(May take a few hours to appear on your Google Play)
Opt-in to betas at https://play.google.com/apps/testing/com.teslacoilsw.launcher
Or download the APK http://teslacoilsw.com/tesladirect/download.pl?packageName=com.teslacoilsw.launcher&betaType=public
Older Versions:
Latest Stable APK: 5.0.3 Mar 6, 2017 http://teslacoilsw.com/tesladirect/download.pl?packageName=com.teslacoilsw.launcher&betaType=public&versionCode=50300
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I'm looking for a new UI/UX designer to help me with Nova Launcher
https://goo.gl/forms/8rcvRtvvfCvSIKhv2

I muddled through Holo design by myself, wised up for Material Design and brought +Liam Spradlin onboard. He's now joining Google and I'll need someone new to design new animations, interfaces and graphics and to update existing interfaces to newer Material Design guidelines and beyond.

This is a freelance/contract position, with workload varying based on upcoming changes or updates to the app.

If you're interested, fill in the form linked above! If you know someone who may be interested, share the link with them!

Nova Launcher 5.0.2-beta2 Feb 10, 2017

-Fix some gesture issues

Nova Launcher 5.0.2-beta1 Feb 10, 2017

-Fancy shortcut menu animation
-Fixes and optimizations

TeslaUnread 5.0.7-beta1
-Support the new Google Voice
-Fixes and optimizations


(May take a few hours to appear on your Google Play)
Opt-in to betas at https://play.google.com/apps/testing/com.teslacoilsw.launcher
and
https://play.google.com/apps/testing/com.teslacoilsw.notifier


Or download the APKs http://teslacoilsw.com/tesladirect/download.pl?packageName=com.teslacoilsw.launcher&betaType=public
http://teslacoilsw.com/tesladirect/download.pl?packageName=com.teslacoilsw.notifier&betaType=public


Older Versions:
Latest Stable APK: 5.0.1 Dec 20, 2016 http://teslacoilsw.com/tesladirect/download.pl?packageName=com.teslacoilsw.launcher&betaType=public&versionCode=50100



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Happy Holidays Everyone!

To celebrate we wanted to send everyone gingerbread Nova Launcher cookies, but the shipping and handling just wasn't feasible.

Instead we're offering Nova Launcher Prime at the minimum price! Normally $5, now only $0.99 (or the minimum Google Play price in your country, yes only 10 INR in India!).

Also we might have some stocking stuffers to give away either on the Nova communities (Screenshots https://plus.google.com/communities/103449253667195874971/stream/8f35b558-cd65-43fe-94aa-c7389ebf01a4 or Beta https://plus.google.com/communities/113183067148724183791 ) or @Nova_Launcher https://twitter.com/Nova_Launcher.

Sale ends January 1st

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5.0-beta9b Nov 18, 2016

-Demote Weather to Labs (Sorry!)
-Fixes and performance improvements


(May take a few hours to appear on your Google Play)
Opt-in to betas at https://play.google.com/apps/testing/com.teslacoilsw.launcher
Or download the APK http://teslacoilsw.com/tesladirect/download.pl?packageName=com.teslacoilsw.launcher&betaType=public
Older Versions:
Previous Beta APK: 5.0-beta8 Oct 27, 2016 http://teslacoilsw.com/tesladirect/download.pl?packageName=com.teslacoilsw.launcher&betaType=public&versionCode=49908
Latest Stable APK: 4.3.1 May 3, 2016 http://teslacoilsw.com/tesladirect/download.pl?packageName=com.teslacoilsw.launcher&betaType=public&versionCode=43100


Unfortunately we've decided to demote weather in the searchbar to labs for now (Nova Settings > Long-press volume down for Labs > Allow weather in searchbar and then enable it in searchbar settings)

We're using an API from Google Play Services, to keep things simple and free, however for battery and data savings reasons, this API only updates weather when it's changed more than 3ºF or the conditions have changed (and it's been more than an hour since the last update). In practice this means that frequently the weather looks stale or outdated, even though it is relatively accurate.

5.0-beta7 Oct 27, 2016

-Android 7.1 launcher shortcuts
-Backport of some Android 7.1 launcher shortcuts to Android 5.1 and 6.0
-Option for weather in searchbar
-Fixes and optimizations


(May take a few hours to appear on your Google Play)
Opt-in to betas at https://play.google.com/apps/testing/com.teslacoilsw.launcher
Or download the APK http://teslacoilsw.com/tesladirect/download.pl?packageName=com.teslacoilsw.launcher&betaType=public
Older Versions:
Previous Beta APK: 5.0-beta6 Oct 5, 2016 http://teslacoilsw.com/tesladirect/download.pl?packageName=com.teslacoilsw.launcher&betaType=public&versionCode=49906
Latest Stable APK: 4.3.1 May 3, 2016 http://teslacoilsw.com/tesladirect/download.pl?packageName=com.teslacoilsw.launcher&betaType=public&versionCode=43100

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Yo dawg...

Android applies this briefcase badge to work profile apps
Android 7.1 applies a badge of the app icon to app shortcuts

Apparently they stack o_O
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5.0-beta5 Sep 27, 2016

-Fix folders appearing under status bar
-Fix swipe to open not always working
-Minor fixes and optimizations


(May take a few hours to appear on your Google Play)
Opt-in to betas at https://play.google.com/apps/testing/com.teslacoilsw.launcher
Or download the APK http://teslacoilsw.com/tesladirect/download.pl?packageName=com.teslacoilsw.launcher&betaType=public
Older Versions:
Previous Beta APK: 5.0-beta4 Sep 23, 2016 http://teslacoilsw.com/tesladirect/download.pl?packageName=com.teslacoilsw.launcher&betaType=public&versionCode=49904
Latest Stable APK: 4.3.1 May 3, 2016 http://teslacoilsw.com/tesladirect/download.pl?packageName=com.teslacoilsw.launcher&betaType=public&versionCode=43100
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