Apex Launcher goes Jelly Bean, beta now available

Apex Launcher is one of the coolest Android ICS-based launchers out there. To make it even better, The folks at Android Does released a new beta version of the application that has been rebuilt based on Android 4.1.1.” They added many Jelly Bean features and improved the overall speed and performance of the Apex Launcher. Here is the full changelog:

Rebuilt based on Android 4.1.1 Launcher, lots of JellyBean goodness

  • When placing widgets on the screen, everything else automatically moves to make room
  • When they are too big, widgets resize on their own to fit on the homescreen
  • Quickly remove apps/widgets by flinging them to the edge of the homescreen
  • Major performance boost for homescreen and drawer
  • New app enter/exit animations (JB only)
  • Switched to phone layout on 7″ tablets (e.g., Nexus 7)
  • Added background for widgets in the drawer
  • Fixed icon ordering bug within folders

Other improvements and bugfixes

  • Unlimited drawer tabs and new drawer management UI (pro)
  • Improved drawer tab switching for vertical drawers (pro)
  • Fixed Play Store widgets on JellyBean
  • Fixed paid theme (icon pack) issue on JellyBean
  • Lots of other improvements and enhancements
  • Updated translations

The beta is currently unavailable at the Play Store. The only way to install it is to grab the apk (below). For future beta updates, the developer mentions that they will be available via Apex settings > About Apex Launcher > Automatically check for updates > Beta version.

Apex Launcher Beta apk

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