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You're telling me you can, for a limited time, get both Action Launcher 3 and Nova Launcher for less than $6? What a stupendous deal!!!

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New episode of The Blerg, in which +Francisco Franco and I dig into today's WWDC keynote!

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2 podcasts in a week! Thanks +Karl Smith for joining me for another take on the I/O 2016 keynote.

http://theblerg.net/podcast/26
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PocketCast auto-downloads everything for me right away, so I missed that ;)
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Hot off the wires, it's a new episode of The Blerg: Google I/O 2016 Keynote with +Koushik Dutta

http://theblerg.net/podcast/25
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+Chris Lacy​​ I'm on mobile so I haven't checked all the comments here but.. I think you guys totally forgot to talk about Firebase? Talking about an announcement targeted at developers. The audience went pretty wild when they started about that.
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Microsoft's Pre-Touch system looks incredible. Infinitely more useful than (the admittedly shipping) 3D Touch. 
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The argument that 3d touch is more intuitive is specious at best. These technologies essentially have the same approach, a user is moving their finger closer to the screen and different actions are performed based on the level of, for lack of a better term, closeness. Pressure vs distance really doesn't have a relevant difference. The value here is that it's not as limited as the pure pressure sensing but could also in theory still incorporate pressure as another layer of user interaction. I also can't fathom the reasoning behind an argument that the implementation on iOS would make it more intuitive. Is the ability to disable something the litmus test for good valuable functionality? Is it just an assumption that Microsoft will allow developers some freedom to use the functionality in creative ways and Apple won't? That iOS might have some system wide implementation that makes it standard across the OS but no other OS can possibly do the same? 
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Was just checking out Github's commit stats and noticed that over the ~20 month life of Action Launcher 3, I've not made a single commit from 11pm onwards.

Seemingly I am absolutely not one of these people who codes into the night. I will get up at the crack of dawn and get straight into it though.

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Thank you for all your hard work.
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This was a lot of fun!
 
A new episode of Android Intelligence -- featuring Nova Launcher developer +Kevin Barry and Action Launcher developer +Chris Lacy!

One show, two developers! Some great discussion here about how a couple of Android's best and most beloved launchers came to be -- plus some broader chit-chat about what it actually takes to make a living from Android, what sorts of challenges you run into as an independent developer on the platform, and the good and bad of Google's ongoing changes to the software.

The fellas also shared some interesting thoughts on the future of Android and how Google might eventually pivot its strategy for the operating system (hint: It involves bringing even more consistency to the core user experience, but not in the way you might think).

So what are you waiting for? Come hang out with us already. More info and everything you need to stream or download is at the link below.

(My thanks to +Swappa for sponsoring this episode!)
Two of Android's most accomplished indie developers discuss the challenges of making a living from the platform -- plus myths vs. realities about the operating system and how Google might surprise us next.
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I'll have to have a listen.

Anything exciting in the works?
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+Rex Rivers or just buy a old galaxy nexus(tuna, vzw variant) and just open the browser .... if it's not warm enough after THAT, just over clock it a little bit and run a couple benchmarks.....
I've had that device so hot before, i forget what the reading was in C°, but i reneged one time i had at nearly 175(maybe more) something Fahrenheit, i think i recall it being something like 70-80°C....(i used to use custom kernel to allow cpu to not be throttled at the low stock Built in temps)
i used to love using that phone during the winter, cuz when it was cool, it ran very well, but when it got hot, and it got hot VERY FAST(even underclocked a bit), the cpu throttle would start, which is why i loved the custom kernels that allowed to raise that cpu throttle temp, or even live on the edge such with Franco kernel and just shut off throttle altogether and run risk of it melting in your hands hahaha....
no lie, there was times I'd put it in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes to lower the temp, or leave it in front of air conditioner right next to it, if i knew i was gonna use it a lot soon, just so it would run better for longer lmao....

okay, rambling, on a old post, hopefully some of yall got a chuckle out of this though cuz I'm sure SOMEONE ELSE has experience this kinda stuff wit the trusty ol' Gnex.... ;) 
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Apple are just crushing it with their Smart Reply initiative:
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+Bas Muller It is indeed unnerving.
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The folks who complain when developers charge $X for apps might want to keep this in mind next time they complain about app prices.

Developers have to make money somehow. Some will be up front about it. Otherwise will find other means, whether that's (increasingly intrusive) ads, selling your personal information or something else.
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+Christopher Haynie well said
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New episode of The Blerg is out, in which +Annyce Davis and I dig into the Android TV!

http://theblerg.net/podcast/24
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As as user and fan of Android TV, it was great to hear developers' opinions about it. Thank you!

Not to make +Annyce Davis​​​​​​ jealous, but my NVIDIA Shield TV recently got an update where I can use the controller joystick as a mouse and when you combine it with being able to install Chrome on the Shield via the web play store, it makes for a pretty decent browsing experience on the TV. The only issue is Chrome won't show up on the launcher, but it works in a pinch. Chromium is open source, so maybe some developer can make a chromium based browser which has leanback support ;-) <nudge> +Chris Lacy​​​​​​, +Annyce Davis​​​​​​

Also, Netflix got the Google Smart Lock support a while ago! I definitely don't have to enter my Netflix password in the app now, since I have it stored in Chrome. Is you Netflix password stored in Chrome, +Chris Lacy​​​​​​? If it is, then maybe the Netflix app is out of date on your TV?
See: http://androidtv.news/2016/01/netflix-updates-adds-smart-lock/

I also share your frustrations about +Netflix US & Canada​​​​​​ supporting Android TV half assedly. They neither support Universal search, nor recommendations, and they only recently started letting you search by voice! I felt bad when Netflix was supporting universal search on the new Apple TV right out of the gate; but I guess that's the sort of power Apple has.
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New episode of The Blerg is out, in which +Ron Amadeo and I dig into the recent Alphabet related news.

http://theblerg.net/podcast/23

Hope you enjoy!
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+Chris Lacy​ I just wanna say thanks for doing this podcast. It's really great!
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