I know there are those of you out there that think "smartphone app equals game," but let me introduce you to a must-have app that is actually quite useful: Nova Launcher Prime.
As with Chrome, you can only install Nova Launcher Prime on devices with Android 4.0 or higher installed. There's a reason for this, as NLP takes a lot of the features present only on ICS and lets you enjoy them to their fullest.
NLP enjoys a 4.8 star rating on Google Play, something quite extraordinary for a launcher app.
I especially recommend NLP for those of you that have replaced your default app launcher with other 3rd party launchers, such as LauncherPro. NLP offers both practicality and stylishness in a single, solid app.
Let's take a closer look.
Here's the basic screen. NLP offers tons of customization options, from the number of app icons you want to display, to how you want your dock to look.
This solidly-made app focuses heavily on customization. There's so much to tweak and change, you'll spend more time playing around with this app than with most games.
Next up, here's the app drawer for NLP. NLP offers numerous options for customizing your app drawer as well.
You can change the background transparency, number of apps shown, and even choose whether you want vertical or horizontal scrolling.
One little gripe is ICS's new widget listing in the drawer isn't available for NLP without rooting your device. You can only do that with your default app launcher.
There's plenty to be impressed with here, but one thing I'd like to point out are the gestures that NLP brings to the table.
Lots of other launcher apps have gestures, but NLP offers some uncommon ones like two-finger swiping and circle swiping that can make it a lot easier to navigate around your phone.
Above all, this app is easy to use. It's a very well-made app and definitely worth a try. If you've got an ICS or higher device and are even in the least bit unsatisfied with your current launcher, I highly recommend Nova Launcher Prime.
While NLP is not free, there is a limited version available for free. Additionally, if you want the paid version, you have to install the free, basic version first.
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Time used: about 1 hour
Device used: ELUGA P-07D
Publisher: TeslaCoil Software
Last updated: 9/23/2012
Price: 321 yen
Compatibility: Android 4.0 and higher
Translation by Jason Morgan