In recent times the developers of Nova Launcher are doing “a Messenger”, that is, absorbing any novelty usable of the competition, which in this case is Pixel Launcher.
Although, in its defense, Pixel Launcher is not really competition because it is officially only available in a handful of devices.
Version 5.2 beta 1 is no exception, and includes the Google bar with rounded edges that we saw on the Google I / O, as well as the stylish logos/notifications, counter for Android O.
You probably have to wait long enough to have Android O in your hands, but with Nova Launcher nothing prevents you enjoy today some of your changes.
Rounded search bar
Since Nova Launcher adopted the customization of its search widget (persistent or not) in a modular way, adding new styles has been a recurring novelty. On this occasion, a new design for the bar is added, with rounded edges.
With this are already five designs for bars, which can be combined with different colors and styles of Google logo to make it exactly as you like. Remember, if you want to leave it as the strange Google I / O Pixel Launcher, you should put the Google bar under the dock, which is not technically possible in Nova Launcher … yet.
Another of the changes of Pixel Launcher that has introduced Nova in this beta are the new notifications badges or Notification Dots. These are similar to the badges introduced by Nova two months ago, but in this case, instead of displaying icons or photos, they are simply colored circles.
Nova Notification Dots automatically get their color from the icon colors and, at least for now, do not indicate the number of pending notifications or show them in any way. They are simply points that tell you that they have pending notifications.
These two are the major changes to Nova Launcher Beta, which are complemented by performance improvements and minor fixes for Android O support.
You can download this beta directly from Google Play or from your APK.