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Ocarina of Time remains my favorite game to this day.
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Microsoft will also publish an SDK preview in May alongside the retail to dev kit switch, and both will be available publicly for developers to start creating apps in the summer timeframe.

I'm surprised neither Sony or Microsoft have done this sooner. Back when I was making games in the PS2 and PS3 eras, each dev kit cost thousands (closer to 10k than 1k from memory*). Whether you're a team of 20 or 200, that adds up real fast.

Proper dev kits certainly had a few advantages, the biggest being they ship with more RAM. This was handy if your game/level was close to filling the device's memory you could still run debug builds without crashing. But overall, paying large sums of money for dev kits was a massive and unnecessary burden on developers.

It seems reasonable to assume that if Microsoft go through with this move, it will certainly make developing for the platform more appealing.

* As I recall, PS2/PS3/Xbox/360 were about the same price. GameCube and Wii were definitely cheaper (I'd guess ~$2k).
Microsoft is planning to open up its Xbox One apps platform in a big way this summer. While the software maker has remained consistently quiet around its timing for cross-platform (universal) apps...
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The helping doc of Xbox's sdk is shit.it's only 40mb.I prefer developing ps4.
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If you were concerned that Action Launcher was too light on features when it came out, I think you should be satisfied at this point.

This is actually one of the main reasons I held on to 3.2 for so long in the beta channel before releasing it publicly. I wanted 3.2 to be the 'line in the sand' release where I felt like the vast majority of feature requests people about Action 3 to this point were all addressed.

I'm glad 3.2 is out. It's been a slog, and it's always a relief when such a bug update releases. But I'm especially glad 3.2 is out because it means now I'm feeling good about the core feature set, I can spend some time prototyping the next shiny, unique feature :)
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+Chris Lacy Having gestures is a deal breaker for me. It is so much easier with gestures which are available in Nova Launcher. I use them all the time. So please introduce gestures in Action launcher.
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Action Launcher 3.2 is OUT NOW *

Grab it from the Play Store now: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.actionlauncher.playstore

* No, you're not suffering from déjà vu. I did do a post of this nature ~2 weeks ago. Last time I released to the beta channel, this time it's out for everyone. 

As well as ironing out the bugs with Action Launcher 3.2's new features, this time in the beta channel has been used to add a heap more features to the release (including SD card backups, app open animations, an Activity picker and heaps more to go along with Quickpage, icon scaling, etc.). 

The full list of changes for Action Launcher 3.2 is as follows:

• NEW: Quickpage, a fully-featured Home screen accessed from right screen edge (Settings -> Layout -> Quickpage).
• NEW: Quicktheme supports customizing the Quickpage appearance.
• NEW: Icon scaling (Settings -> Display -> Icon scale).
• NEW: Settings and layout can be backed up and restored to and from a device's storage (Settings -> Backup and import).
• NEW: Option to change the transition animation used when loading apps (Settings -> Display -> Open app animation).
• NEW: When using Android 4.x, app defaults to using the "slide up" open app animation.
• NEW: Material design themed dialogs, checkboxes, switches, sliders, etc., when using Android 4.x.
• NEW: The default Home screen can be changed (long press empty space on a Home screen -> tap the Favorite icon).
• NEW: Option to lock desktop (Settings -> Layout -> Lock desktop).
• NEW: Option to hide page indicators (Settings -> Layout -> Home screen indicators).
• NEW: Option to disable opening Quickdrawer via swipe (Settings -> Shortcuts -> Quickdrawer).
• NEW: Option to disable the screen edge shadow (Settings -> Display -> Screen edge shadow).
• NEW: Activity picker (Long press -> Widgets -> Activities).
• NEW: Option to disable Shutters (Settings -> Display -> Shutters).
• CHANGE: Quickdrawer scrolls beneath the status bar rather than using its own tinted quasi-status bar (requires Android 4.4 or later).
• CHANGE: Settings uses switches instead of checkboxes.
• CHANGE: Quickdrawer/Quickpage automatically close after a few seconds.
• CHANGE: Quickdrawer/Quickpage can't be opened when in All Apps and/or long press mode.
• CHANGE: Zoom out to show adjacent Home screens when an existing icon/widget is picked up (matches experience when dragging from Quickdrawer/All Apps).
• CHANGE: Hide the Infinite folders setting for Plus users (functionality is now always enabled).
• FIX: Wallpaper/icon images applied correctly from 3rd party apps that point Action Launcher directly to a file's location on the SD card.
• FIX: Hidden apps no longer re-appear in Quickpage/All Apps.
• FIX: Widget resize outline bounces back to the nearest grid position.
• FIX: Exit zoomed out mode when dragging a shortcut onto the App info helper.
• FIX: Shutters/Covers/folders open correctly when animation scale has been changed to .5x in System Settings -> Developer options.
• FIX: Introduction screens can be scrolled.

That link again: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.actionlauncher.playstore

PS. Thanks for everyone in the Action Launcher Community who helped me track down bugs in the beta releases!
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+Darron Edwards, Jr. drag an item onto the Quickpage indicator halfway up the right screen edge.
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This'll do.
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Gold Coast?
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+Michael Cleveland seriously. Cracking up
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Spare a thought for the poor soul who ends up accepting the job to maintain an Android app at Apple...

https://jobs.apple.com/us/search?#&ss=android&t=0&so=&lo=0*USA&pN=0&openJobId=38250775
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+Robert Watkins The comment I linked there appears to suggest otherwise about the Dream and the Android version that went into both it and the Sooner.
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Looks absolutely terrific. Obviously I had a stab doing a similar thing with HomeTube last year, but this looks far more inviting and seemingly has a much better feature set.

Who'd have thought a team of dedicated professionals at YouTube focusing all their energies on an problem would produce something better than the ~20 hours I spent bolting HomeTube together?!
In the hopes of driving even greater numbers of young viewers to YouTube, the Google video repository is unveiling a kid-friendly new app called YouTube Kids, out Feb. 23 for Android devices.
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The only real way it would be better than home tube is if it can Chromecast all videos
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If you're enjoying Action Launcher 3 and haven't yet left a review yet, or perhaps want to give it a new rating in light of recent updates, I'd really appreciate you taking a moment to do so.

Unrelated: my favorite number is 5 ;)

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+Marcus Thomas The thing is it wasn't a "makeover", that said I respect your opinion and don't think we're getting anywhere.
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What was your favorite Nexus phone?

Note: G+ polls allow only 5 choices. To vote for the Nexus One, +1 the first comment.
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Nexus S
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Galaxy Nexus
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Nexus 4
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Nexus 5
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Nexus 6
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I love my current nexus 6 but I think I like the size of the nexus 5 the most and the in hand feeling if the nexus 5 also. My wife has my N5 and I sometimes wish Google would put out an N5 refresh that I could trade my N6 for. 
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New (and hopefully final) beta of 3.2 has been pushed. If you find any issues in this build that weren't in previous ones, please do let me know.

Only noteworthy change is that I've removed the quasi-status bar from the Quickdrawer/Quickpage, and Quickdrawer items now scroll beneath the status bar.
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+Chris Lacy​ I was worried this might be the case. Thanks for the information. Dam you Samsung. Maybe it will be fixed in the future. I can hope, even if it is unlikely.
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I'm almost done adding stuff for 3.2...
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+Chris Lacy it happens literally every time you reboot/update the app (on a Nexus 4) + some other rare cases I couldn't reproduce myself yet. I'll keep trying.
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