The latest Nova Launcher beta update (v5.1) by TeslaCoil Software which was released earlier today showcases a refreshed alternate to notification counts.
The new dynamic badge icon will show users the source of the notification. For instance, now you’ll see who has messaged you rather than how many messages you have received on WhatsApp.
Similarly, you’ll see who has emailed you on Gmail app icon, if you have a pending update to the device on the settings icon and much more.
The developers also pointed out that apart from the aforementioned reason they chose to add dynamic badge icon to the new beta update as “unread counts are often misleading”.
“Partially due to API restrictions, but also because every app counts things differently (messages vs conversations for example). Instead of numbers, we focused on images. Dynamic Counts pulls images from notifications to badge your apps,” Kevin Barry, Owner of TeslaCoil wrote in a Google+ post.
These dynamic badges will show notifications on the lower-right side of each icon, showing images instead of numbers.
The update also improves the notification count for folder icons. Previously, group folder icon used to show a numeric count, now it will show which all apps in the folder have notifications.
For those who’re in favour of the numeric notification badges instead of the new dynamic ones, there is no need to worry as the developers haven’t done away with them.
You can choose the one that suits your needs from Nova Launcher’s settings. To access dynamic badges, go to ‘Notification Badges’ via Nova Settings, choose tap on ‘Badge Type’ and choose ‘Dynamic’.
The new feature will be made released to the general users after testing it with the beta community and working around the feedback.