When comparing Nova Launcher Prime vs Google Maps, the Slant community recommends Nova Launcher Prime for most people. In the question“What are the most useful Android phone apps?” Nova Launcher Prime is ranked 1st while Google Maps is ranked 8th. The most important reason people chose Nova Launcher Prime is:
Nova Launcher provides an experience that's similar to stock Android, but adds multiple customization options. Customization ranges in ways that interactions and the user interface can be changed both aesthetically and functionally.
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Pro Has a more customizable stock Android experience
Speed of Nova Launcher is one of the app's key points. Even with a lot of widgets Nova Launcher performs speedy.
Pro Drawer style options
Options include horizontal pages, vertical scrolling or list. The user is also able to adjust the background transparency. This way the users drawer can look unique while also offering more or less apps on the page depending on their preference.
Pro Gesture support
Use gestures (swipe up, double tap, etc.) to easily launch apps.
Pro Custom grid size
From the Nova Settings menu, users can create a custom grid size for their desktop and app drawer, up to a maximum of 12 columns and rows. Discriminating users can also adjust the size of the margins on the top, bottom, left and right. This allows for users to set how many widgets and apps can fit on these screens.
Solid performance for getting work (and play) done, no crashes, no slow downs.
Pro Custom icon packs
Not all custom launchers allow custom icon packs. Nova supports most custom icon packs that are in the Play Store.
Pro Infinite home screen scroll
Turning on infinite scrolling allows the user to move seamlessly among all of their home screens, rather than having to scroll backward when the last page is reached. This proves particularly useful if the user has a large number of homescreens. Infinite scrolling can also be enabled in the app drawer.
Pro Extra dock pages
There are extra bottom row dock pages accessible when swiping left or right on the dock. In Nova's settings there is support for a maximum of five dock pages and a minimum of one.
This way you can set up to 25 shortcuts in the dock that can be scrolled though, leaving plenty of room on the home screen for widgets and other apps.
Pro Useful visual customization options
Allows you to customize scroll effects, scroll speeds, animation speed, app animations, gestures.
All of these options allow for very individualistic differences in how the launcher performs and looks, making for a great way to set ones phone apart from others.
Pro A free version available
A free version, Nova Launcher is available, but it lacks gestures, unread counts, custom drawer groups, ability to hide apps from the app drawer, icon swipes and additional scroll effects.
Pro Unread counts
Nova Launcher Prime offers unread counts for all supported apps, a feature not available on all launchers. Although it requires the free installation of TeslaUnread.
What TeslaUnread does is add unread count numbers to certain application icons in ones application drawer and home screen, giving a quick overview of how many unread notifications they have in that supported application.
Pro Tapping & swiping a shortcut can have different results
Nova has the ability to add an assortment of action shortcuts to the home-screen which can be performed when swiping on particular areas or icons (as opposed to when tapping).
Pro Folders in the app drawer
Nova Launcher has the ability to add folders into the app drawer making for easy sorting of many apps.
Pro Tablet support
The app drawer and widgets take full advantage of a tablets extra screen real estate.
Pro Can automatically sort inside of folders alphabetically
The user can sort their folders in the drawer and home-screen alphabetically.
Pro Outstanding widget support
With the custom grids, most widgets can be sized to specifications which give added control over Android home screens.
Pro Allows hiding the status bar
Within Nova's setting the user can set the notification bar to stay hidden, allowing for more screen real estate.
Pro Desktop lock
It has an option to lock the icons and widgets in place as well as locks out the ability to delete apps, preventing accidental rearranging or deletions.
Pro Folder contents synced between drawer and homescreen
- Create a folder in the drawer.
- Drag the folder from the drawer to a home screen.
- Add more items to the drawer folder.
- The item gets added automatically to the home screen folder (because it is the same folder).
In addition, the user can set a custom icon for the folder (or for each shortcut).
Pro Google widget customizations
Pro Sesame Shortcuts integration
Pro Offline functionality
You can download offline data per city or parts of cities if you live in an especially large city, but not for states or countries. Points of Interests are generally more relevant & current than the typical stand alone GPS unit.
Pro Best execution of save location feature
Recent updates have made it so you can label a place instead of being stuck with some address or GPS coordinate and forgetting what it represents. Saved places show as stars and are all on one layer as long as you're logged in. There is also the ability to create maps (parallel to groups) for things you might not want to see or have show up all the time whenever you're using google maps from day to day.
This feature is highly helpful for planning, even if you're a person who likes to wing it.
Pro Find your parked car
You save the location of your car and easily find it again
Pro Accurate mapping
Pro Updated constantly
Nearby my house, there is major road construction in progress. Apple maps didn’t show this at all, but google maps did. There was also a new, small road that was finished around 3 days ago. Google maps shows this road. Apple maps still hasn’t shown the major construction.
Pro Most ubiquitous third party app integration
Asides from the stock Apple Maps app, Google Maps is the most commonly supported 3rd party map. 3rd party apps often have links for directions, Google Maps is usually an option whereas other 3rd party GPS apps are not.
Pro Navigation background change based on ambient light
This is great for night driving or even when going through tunnels as the map will be more visible for low light situations.
Pro Secondary routing
Google Maps can now search for and add a route for a second location on the way to the primary location that you are going to and have already routed. Note that it cannot do a third or true multi routing like the desktop webapp can.
Con Lacks automatic backup
There is no way to automatically back up settings or content. Reinstalling the launcher on the same device will lose all settings and content.
Con Overwhelming at first
Nova Launcher offers such a huge amount of customization that at first it is quite a bit overwhelming. There are settings everywhere and other launchers offer more of a step-by-step setup process. Nova Launcher could take you hours to set up how you like it. On the other hand the pure amount of settings allows you to set it up almost exactly how you like it.
Con Less icon packs
This launcher has less icon packs. The system icons it has, are not HD quality.
Con Memory utilisation is a bit high
With all of the features and options Nova Launcher offers there is an understandable loss of RAM, though it could always be optimized better.
Con Not very precise traffic information
Depending on a country information might not be very accurate for traffic.
Con Sometimes takes too long to load
Con Saved locations needs online connection and has no visible label
Two negatives about this feature is you have to be online to be able to save a place, but it is stored off line once google map gets on the net and syncs. The other negative is there is no visible label for saved places, you have to click on stars to see the label for them.
Con Maps saved offline can easily wipe your bandwidth cap via auto update
Google Maps offline maps update automatically in the background. Not a problem if you're using a sim card in your phone, but if you connect to a pre-paid hotspot that the phone recognizes and connects to as a wifi device you risk burning through your data allotment. The offline maps can be set to update manually, but this is not default behavior.