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  • TeslaCoil Software
    Everything, 2010 - present
  • Grant Street Group
    Software Developer, 2009 - 2010
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Send support requests to support@teslacoilsw.com , I don't use Google+ for that.
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  • University of Detroit Mercy
    Electrical Engineering, 2003 - 2009
  • Northside College Preparatory High School
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Chrome Bookmarks Shortcut

As some of you have noticed, the Chrome Bookmarks 1x1 shortcut is broken in current builds of Chrome. Furthermore, Google has said that it is being removed entirely in the next major Chrome update. https://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=567544

Google's proposed solution is to use Chrome's "Add to Homescreen" menu option.

I know for a number of you this is not sufficient and I'd like to get more information about why. The most obvious problem that comes to mind is users were using this for adding a bookmark as a swipe action.

Potential workarounds are to use a third party browser that supports bookmark shortcuts (and generally these shortcuts will open with your default browser anyway). Another possible approach would be for a more generic URL Shortcut tool where you could type or copy/paste a URL and create a shortcut for it. The big problem here is the typing in the URL, a third party app can't easily access your Chrome bookmarks.

What do you guys use the Chrome Bookmarks Shortcut for? Is typing or copy/pasting a URL too much of a pain to be worth it?
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Late to the party, but I came here to find the answer to this exact question. I want to be able to swipe up on the Chrome icon to launch Google image search. I couldn't figure out why I couldn't see the bookmarks option, but this explains it. A generic URL shortcut option would be very welcome for me at least!
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4.2.1-beta3 Dec 28, 2015

-Fix lock desktop in vertical app drawer
-Fix widget drawer starting scrolled to the center
-Misc fixes
-Updated translations

Opt-in for betas at
https://play.google.com/apps/testing/com.teslacoilsw.launcher
Then it may take a few hours to appear in your Google Play


Or download the APK http://teslacoilsw.com/tesladirect/download.pl?packageName=com.teslacoilsw.launcher&betaType=public
Older Versions:
Previous Beta APK: 4.2.1-beta2 Dec 17, 2015 http://teslacoilsw.com/tesladirect/download.pl?packageName=com.teslacoilsw.launcher&betaType=public&versionCode=42002
Latest Stable APK: 4.2.0 Dec 7, 2015 http://teslacoilsw.com/tesladirect/download.pl?packageName=com.teslacoilsw.launcher&betaType=public&versionCode=42000
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Thats great work. The most loving launcher in play store. But one more minor feature needed if you can. Like in samsung touchwiz launchers, there we can go/slide to next screen by just tapping the dock markers/dots instead of swiping the screen. It would be much appreciated if you add it too. 
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Android 6.0.0 had a behavior, which I guess was a bug, where if an app called requestPermission for a permission it already had the dialog would still show up and give the user a chance to deny a previously granted permission. This is not something you'd generally want, but I thought it was wonderful for debugging purposes. However it seems 6.0.1 "fixed" this and now requestPermission won't show the dialog if it was previously granted.
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This is exactly what I realized
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If anyone is using Nova 4.2.0-beta3 on rooted marshmallow with Nova Settings - Look and Feel - Expand action using Root enabled, is still having issues with the expand gesture can you send the debug info from Nova Settings - long-press volume down for labs - Debug - Show Device Info?

Please also describe how it's not working (not expanding all the way, not expanding at all, expanding slowly, etc) and any modifications to the device (custom rom, dpi, xposed, etc).

If you are still using beta2, wait until you have the beta3 update before reproducing and sending any report.
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+Kevin Barry Actually, I simply updated SuperSU to 2.61 and everything is working great!
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4.2.0-beta4 Dec 5, 2015
Search color matches card background
Setting to disable Pull to search
Setting for fastscroll color
Optimizations & Fixes

4.2.0-beta2 Dec 2, 2015

-Fix vertical drawer spacing w/o card background
-Improve root expand notifications
-Fixes

4.2.0-beta1 Dec 2, 2015

-Persistent searchbar in drawer (Settings - Drawer - Searchbar)
-Frequently used apps in drawer (Settings - Drawer - Frequently used)
-Root workaround for Marshmallow slow expand notifications
-Nova Actions for screen lock and Google Now
-Improve handling of double-tap gesture
-New fast scroll in long lists
-Optimize startup time
-Fix widget placeholders after Titanium Backup restore
-Fix persistent search bar moving downward over time
-Fix FCs


(May take a few hours to appear on your Google Play)
Opt-in to betas at https://play.google.com/apps/testing/com.teslacoilsw.launcher
Or download the APK http://teslacoilsw.com/tesladirect/download.pl?packageName=com.teslacoilsw.launcher&betaType=public
Older Versions:
Latest Stable APK: 4.1.0 Oct 2, 2015 http://teslacoilsw.com/tesladirect/download.pl?packageName=com.teslacoilsw.launcher&betaType=public&versionCode=41000
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HELLO Nova Launcher support is available in the image (Walpaper) icon pack ,expect .Kevin Barry.?
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Position filled, thanks everyone
 
I’m hiring!

TeslaCoil/Nova Launcher User Feedback Rep

Flexible schedule, 20 hours/week
Work from home, Chicago-based preferred
$20-30/hour 1099/independent contractor
 
I’m looking for someone with good communication skills and technical (or junior developer) skills for Android hackery such as ADB, logcat, fastboot/odin/etc, launchers, widgets and roms. Must be independent and self motivated as you’d be working from home. Well suited for those who enjoy troubleshooting or educating others on forums/reddit/etc or those with formal support experience, who also love to tinker with Android.

The primary responsibility would be handling ~100 emails/day from users, answering questions, troubleshooting, and processing feature requests. Then interpreting and communicating back to me what users are saying and help shape future development (prioritizing bug fixes and features, identifying misunderstood features, etc).

Secondary responsibility could include:

Device Management/Testing: I have and test against dozens of devices that need to be kept up to date, frequently flashed with the latest or leaked firmware as soon as it’s available. Chicago based is preferred so you can easily borrow my devices and set them up for test cases for me to develop against.

Junior Development: Working along side me to identifying and fixing bugs in the codebase, or testing new APIs. This isn’t a hard requirement but it potentially could benefit both of us if you’re looking to learn more about app development.

Documentation: Writing copy for the Play Store description, app settings, etc

Communicating with users on other channels (Play Store review, social media, forums, etc)

Send a resume to  jobs@teslacoilsw.com
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Edit: Position filled, thanks everyone!

I’m hiring!

TeslaCoil/Nova Launcher User Feedback Rep

Flexible schedule, 20 hours/week
Work from home, Chicago-based preferred
$20-30/hour 1099/independent contractor
 
I’m looking for someone with good communication skills and technical (or junior developer) skills for Android hackery such as ADB, logcat, fastboot/odin/etc, launchers, widgets and roms. Must be independent and self motivated as you’d be working from home. Well suited for those who enjoy troubleshooting or educating others on forums/reddit/etc or those with formal support experience, who also love to tinker with Android.

The primary responsibility would be handling ~100 emails/day from users, answering questions, troubleshooting, and processing feature requests. Then interpreting and communicating back to me what users are saying and help shape future development (prioritizing bug fixes and features, identifying misunderstood features, etc).

Secondary responsibility could include:

Device Management/Testing: I have and test against dozens of devices that need to be kept up to date, frequently flashed with the latest or leaked firmware as soon as it’s available. Chicago based is preferred so you can easily borrow my devices and set them up for test cases for me to develop against.

Junior Development: Working along side me to identifying and fixing bugs in the codebase, or testing new APIs. This isn’t a hard requirement but it potentially could benefit both of us if you’re looking to learn more about app development.

Documentation: Writing copy for the Play Store description, app settings, etc

Communicating with users on other channels (Play Store review, social media, forums, etc)
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Wish I lived in Chicago! Good luck to the lucky one! eheh!

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Changelog (DO NOT POST)  - 
 
Nova 4.1.0-beta1 Sept 15, 2015
Normalize Icon Size [1]
Marshmallow, and Marshmallow grayscale style search bar [2] 
Runtime permissions on Marshmallow
Optimizations and bug fixes

Nova 4.1.0-beta2 Sept 15, 2015
Fix FC on Android 4.x

[1] Nova Settings - Look and Feel - Normalize icon size
[2] Nova Settings - Desktop - Persistent Search Bar, or Long-press in empty space - Widgets - Nova Launcher - Quick Search Bar

Opt-in for the beta at
https://play.google.com/apps/testing/com.teslacoilsw.launcher
Then wait for the beta update to appear on the Play Store (May take a few hours)

Or download the APK
http://teslacoilsw.com/tesladirect/download.pl?packageName=com.teslacoilsw.launcher&betaType=public

http://www.apkmirror.com/apk/teslacoil-software/nova-launcher/nova-launcher-4-1-0-beta2-android-apk-download/
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WTF, same problems and fc issues with the lastest updates. Zooper Widgets freezing, can not load or stuttering while applying wallpapers and widget icon sets. Why these issues still exist???
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4.2.2 Jan 8, 2016

-Improved stability
-Optimizations


(May take a few hours to appear on your Google Play)
Opt-in to betas at https://play.google.com/apps/testing/com.teslacoilsw.launcher
Or download the APK http://teslacoilsw.com/tesladirect/download.pl?packageName=com.teslacoilsw.launcher&betaType=public


I know that's a lame changelog, basically a handful of difficult to describe workarounds for bugs in different implementations of Android or apps.
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Gracias por las constantes mejoras del launcher, cada día más fluido, eficaz y personalizable.
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Learned of an interesting bug in Android from a user report today. Android 6.0.1 added a SystemUI flag to allow apps designed for light background status bars (so dark icons). Nova makes it a user option as it works well for some people's wallpapers. But a user reported that the icons stay light after using the Nexus 6P's double-tap power to camera feature. Sure enough I can reproduce. Force closing or even uninstalling and reinstalling doesn't help.

AOSP bug filed at
https://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=197798

+Chris Wren +Roman Nurik
Android Open Source Project - Issue Tracker
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Double tap power for camera works on N6 as well.
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Oh just hanging out at the top of this list here
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One of my greatest investments in Android Apps :P
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I hadn't been on a podcast before and it was a lot of fun. It's definitely geared towards designers and developers, but, at least in my opinion, it has a lot of interesting bits for users too.

Also check out the previous episode with +Francisco Franco .
 
DESIGN NOTES with Kevin Barry
http://designnotes.fm/all/with-kevin-barry

This week I talked to +Kevin Barry, the developer of Nova Launcher. Kevin and I have worked together since before Nova's 4.0 material update, but it was great to go on the record about designing and managing a product of Nova's scale.

Among many other things (check the show notes above), we talked about deciding when to add or remove features, how to take inspiration from Google to build a "stock plus" experience, the psychic future of launchers, and what happens until then.

All these links are on designnotes.fm, but here they are again for your favorite podcast services:
RSS: http://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:156734245/sounds.rss
Pocket Casts: http://pca.st/Qj6k
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/design-notes/id1040955947
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/designnotes

#designnotes   #design   #podcast  
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Be happy
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