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Ian Lake
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Google Assistant for Marshmallow and Nougat devices
Not just for Pixel phones anymore, in the coming weeks you'll be able to use the Assistant on devices running Android 6.0 or higher! The whole point of Assistant is to be everywhere you need it to be, so I'm excited to see it spread to so many additional devices.
Now coming to more Android phones — your own helpful #GoogleAssistant, right in your pocket → https://goo.gl/J9nYAH #MWC2017
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Crash fixes are nice, but a home screen widget is certainly more exciting.
Muzei 2.3.1 Beta 1 is now available: crash fixes...and a widget!
Going from the small beta population (thank you the 1,500 of you!) to the much larger production population of Muzei users when Muzei 2.3 went live went surprisingly well: over 99.5% of users are completely crash free!

But there's always room for improvement and Muzei 2.3.1 Beta 1 includes crash fixes for all of the fixable issues found in Muzei 2.3. Unfortunately, a number of the issues that cause crashes are out of Muzei's hands: symptoms of underlying instability of devices or incomplete testing of the Android APIs on custom ROMs (unfortunately even on higher quality devices such as OnePlus). I'm hoping to take another look at how we can harden or disable functionality within Muzei to work around many of those issues, but with such a high percentage of users having a great experience, I realistically should be spending the majority of the time building the many highly requested features.

So with that in mind, Muzei 2.3.1 Beta 1 also includes a home screen widget (pictured below). Besides giving you a miniature, resizable view of your current artwork, it also includes a 'Next Artwork' button (when supported by your selected source) for quick access right from your home screen.
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Muzei 2.3.1 Beta 1 is now available: crash fixes...and a widget!
Going from the small beta population (thank you the 1,500 of you!) to the much larger production population of Muzei users when Muzei 2.3 went live went surprisingly well: over 99.5% of users are completely crash free!

But there's always room for improvement and Muzei 2.3.1 Beta 1 includes crash fixes for all of the fixable issues found in Muzei 2.3. Unfortunately, a number of the issues that cause crashes are out of Muzei's hands: symptoms of underlying instability of devices or incomplete testing of the Android APIs on custom ROMs (unfortunately even on higher quality devices such as OnePlus). I'm hoping to take another look at how we can harden or disable functionality within Muzei to work around many of those issues, but with such a high percentage of users having a great experience, I realistically should be spending the majority of the time building the many highly requested features.

So with that in mind, Muzei 2.3.1 Beta 1 also includes a home screen widget (pictured below). Besides giving you a miniature, resizable view of your current artwork, it also includes a 'Next Artwork' button (when supported by your selected source) for quick access right from your home screen.
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VLC is certainly one of the most versatile apps out there for media playback that isn't tied to the hip of a streaming service. Really happy to see them add Android Auto support for audio playback!

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Google Wave was killed early in its life, but the underlying ideas were incorporated into many Google apps (could you imagine Google Docs without live realtime collaborative editing?).

Are there any features from Spaces you want to see incorporated into other Google products? Personally, I liked the 'join by link' option to easily invite others to a space.

Post from the Spaces team: https://plus.google.com/+JohnKilcline/posts/9zQF7Qjtu3f
Google Spaces will be shut down on April 17th, 2017

Well, if you use Google Spaces, it's going away after 11 months of non-use... I used Spaces the first day it launched and that was it. There was no reason to continue to use it. I had hoped that Spaces would turn into Google's Slack competitor, but I guess that I was wrong, at least for now.


h/t +Jason Falter 

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Desktop Client coming to Google Allo
Nick Fox (the Google VP of Communications) released a #SneakPeek screenshot of a Google Allo desktop client on Twitter [1]. Still in early development according to him, but something I'm definitely looking forward to!

[1] - https://twitter.com/RealNickFox/status/834922302772916224
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Between this and +Roman Nurik's Android Icon Animator [1], the design/developer hybrid is in such a better place. Really cool to put them through their paces (even if you don't have that much design experience!)

[1] - https://romannurik.github.io/AndroidIconAnimator/
Introducing ShapeShifter v0.1

For the past couple of months I've been working on a web app that simplifies the process of creating SVG-based path morphing animations.

Try it out and let me know if you have any trouble. If you don't have your own SVGs to use, click on that three-dotted icon in the top right corner and play around with one of the demos. :)

I'm especially interested in how I can make this tool more useful for UXers (who are usually the ones creating SVGs in the first place)... so please send me feedback! I'm also interested in supporting other export formats other than AnimatedVectorDrawable... send me feature requests!

Live version: https://alexjlockwood.github.io/ShapeShifter/
README.md: https://github.com/alexjlockwood/ShapeShifter


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Love those Vibrams
Getting a head start on Spring Cleaning - cleaned off a full shelf full of old +Vibram® FiveFingers (first picture), but kept the newer pairs for me, my wife, and my daughter! Love them all :)
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+Nick Butcher​, as always, does a fantastic job of talking about design in a really approachable way. Whether you are a designer, developer, something in between, or even a product manager, I think you'd get quite a bit out of these slides.
Here are some tips to help better understand and work with material design. Be sure to check the ℹ️ field for notes/commentary.

Unfortunately the talk wasn't recorded.

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I really like this new layout on YouTube, if just for the fact that videos actually fill the width of the window in theater mode. Finally I no longer need to slightly zoom in all of YouTube just to make a larger video in window.

It really makes a difference once you try it out. Speaking of which, here are the instructions on enabling it via cookie modification: https://www.reddit.com/r/youtube/comments/4yin6w/force_the_new_material_layout_when_logged_in/
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