Last updated: 27 Mar 2021 | Reading time: 4.3 minutes | Watching time: 20 Seconds
Nova Launcher free is useful and of, course, one of the best launchers for Android. The launcher is fast and easy, but how does it compare with Nova Launcher Prime. The blog post explores both and covers Nova Launcher vs. Prime.
Table of contents
- Transition effects
- Notification badges
- Hiding of apps
- App drawer and grouping
- Is Nova Launcher Prime worth the money?
The first thing to care about is gestures. Gestures are like shortcuts, where you can do many things from the home screen just by tapping or swiping.
Launcher apps such as Microsoft Launcher offer gestures for free, but Nova does not. Nova free only comes with one gesture which is what to do when you press the home button. Nove Prime contrarily offers:
|Available features||What can we do|
|Open app drawer
Expand quick settings
Open recent apps
Search on Google
Toggle notification bar
Open default page
Jump to a page
Open Evie settings
Open an app
Shortcuts for apps, including contacts, messages, Maps, WhatsApp, Email, Google Play Music, Google Drive, Docs etc.
The next section in Nova Launcher vs. Prime is transition effects. When you swipe left or right on the home screen, the effect/animation is called the transition effect. Nova’s free version comes with three effects (simple, cube and card stack), while the Nova Prime comes with 13 scroll effects, including flip, in and out, wipe and more.
Nova free does not offer notification badges, but the premium version comes with extended features, which we don’t find by default. The app comes with dynamic, dots, and numeric notification badges. Let’s check each one now.
The notification badge is fully relevant to the notification. For example, if you get a message, the notification badge will be the person’s image. If no contract image is found, the initials are used.
Furthermore, if you receive a sports update, you will find the sports icon above the Google icon. Other elements to consider are the notification size and position. You can choose between small, medium, large sizes and top-right, top-left, bottom-right, and bottom-left as the badges’ positions.
Numeric dots are the simple badges with the count of the total notifications. Besides the position and size features, we have the style of the badges. There are a few styles and an option to create custom styles. You can also adjust the corner radius to make badges square or circle shaped.
Note: For the best results, you will have to allow Nova to be an admin app
Hiding of apps
Hiding of app is a part of Nova Launcher vs. Nova Launcher Prime because the free one does not offer this feature. The feature allows you to hide apps from the app drawer. The incomplete tool offers basic options because the hidden apps are invisible in the app drawer, but anyone can search for those apps.
App drawer groups/folder first
Nova Launcher Prime’s cool features are app drawer groups, folders, and showing folders at the top in the app drawer menu. Drawer groups/tabs allow you to create folders and tabs in the app drawer.
Is it worth the money?
The same question is on Reddit, and almost every answer is yes. But, it does not mean that you buy Nova Launcher Prime straight away. The features explained in this comparison are what you get, but you should understand whether you need all those features or the free version is enough. You can also give other launcher apps a try and see if they fit.
I hope the article Nova Launcher vs. Prime helped. Nova is a premium tool, but the price changes many things. Anyway, thanks for reading, and let me know if you have any comments and feedback down below to discuss more.