Android: Apex Launcher, one of our favourite Android launchers, unveiled a major update today. It now features a new UI, faster animations and transitions, better overall performance, and support for DashClock Widget, the lockscreen utility we also love.
The biggest new feature in Apex Launcher 2.0 is the Apex Notifier extension, which integrates nicely with DashClock Widget and feeds notifications from the launcher to your lock screen. It's a standalone extension, but it requires both Apex and DashClock to work. Once it's installed it will push notifications for unread text messages, missed calls, calendar appointments, new emails in both the stock client, Gmail, K-9 Mail (our favourite for Android), HTC and Samsung mail, battery level and health, and notifications from Google Talk. In a way, Apex Launcher and Apex Notifier completely replace many of the DashClock extensions you may already have installed. You can even adjust the appearance of the notification badges and which apps they appear on.
Additionally, the new version includes a number of new features for both free and paid users. Free users will get the benefit of an overhauled interface and faster, smoother transitions, and the option to adjust vibration durations. Pro users can now create folders in the app drawer for better organisation. You can grab the new version from Google Play at the link below. Apex Launcher is free, but the premium features and Apex Notifier come in the paid version, which will set you back $4.