At Google I/O, we saw the first glimpse of Android's next release, Android L, which brings a whole new look to the UI. Google calls it "Material Design" and is it beautiful! For the first time since Ice Cream Sandwich, we now get a significant update to the look of Android.

To get in on the Material Design features, you would have to be running the developer preview, which is limited to only the Nexus 5 and 2013 Nexus 7 devices. As soon as Google I/O was over, the good folks at TeslaCoil Software (developers of Nova Launcher) pushed out an update to its beta tester community in G+, which saw the new beta build have a few Material Design options.

Fast forward to today, and Material Design is now incorporated into Nova's stable release in the Play Store bringing all the launcher's "L" goodies to the masses .

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From the screenshots above, we can see a few of the new additions to Nova. We can now have the solid white search bar, the line folder previews and even the app drawer button. The final product will give your homescreen some Material Design flavor without actually running the L preview.

Here's what's new in today's update:​

  • "L" style folder preview (Settings > Folders > Folder Preview > Line)
  • "L" style app animation (Settings > Look and Feel > App Animation > Slide Up)
  • "L" style search bar (Settings > Desktop > Persistent Search Bar > L, or long-press on the quick search bar widget and select Edit)
  • "L" style app drawer icon (Long-press on the app drawer icon and select Edit then tap the icon and select the opaque white icon under Built-in)
  • Fixes and optimizations
To grab the update, or to download Nova Launcher, you can follow the link below. There is a free and a paid version ($4) which - you guessed it - unlocks all Nova's features.