Blurring the Lines – Changing your Launcher Workflow

Klinker Apps, Inc. is extremely proud to bring the wraps off of our latest project, a launcher that evolves the way you’ll interact with your device from here on out.

Introducing Blur – A Launcher Replacement

The concept is simple – Google had a great idea by providing access to Google Now in their Google Experience Launcher and guess what, people started using it more often since it was so convenient. The problem with this is that the user had no control, what if they didn’t want to use Google Now ever, or maybe wanted access to something else that they thought would be more useful?… That’s where we come in.

Our launcher builds upon the Google Now concept by giving you quick access to any supported app that you want by swiping to the right on the screen and opening the pages. You’ll never have to leave the launcher to quickly reply to a text message, see new tweets, get quick device info, read news articles – the possibilities are endless!

Of course, we’ve included a few different pages that users can apply (up to 5 at a time can be added for quick access) and take advantage of, but the coolest thing is the API that we’re publishing as well so that other developers can start making pages and integrating with the launcher. For devs, the transition is simple and straightforward to convert your current fragments to fragments that are usable on a user’s homescreen and we’ve open sourced some examples to help guide you through this process.

Pages aren't the only thing you can create for Blur though. Everyone loves Google Now and its quick access to the information that matters most to you. In reality, there is only one company in the world - right now - that could ever create a service like this, and they have already done it... But we wanted to bring some of that functionality into Blur as well. To go along with the Pages API, we are also publishing a Cards API. This will let any dev easily create and manage a cards based info system on our Blur Info page. While it may not be Google Now, we have done our best to bring you that simple info and given the user the opportunity to morph it to their likings.

As a two person team that has a ton of apps already to maintain – and adding another to the list today – and school to keep up with, Luke and I are busy these days, which was our main reason for making the app so extendable! We can’t think of everything and enjoy seeing what others come up with using our products, which was the same mindset I had when creating the theme engine for both EvolveSMS and Talon for Twitter. I hope this new API will be picked up and taken advantage of as heavily as that theme engine was. It’s also a great way for new developers to get a foot in the door and start learning the ropes, we all have to start somewhere!

Along with the expandable pages and cards that we’ve created, there is also an extremely rich feature set that you’ve come to expect from custom launchers. Everything is highly customizable including grid sizes, custom icon packs, unread counts, dock choices, gesture control through swiping up and down, font choices, home screen scrolling effects, and many other things.

The best part? Blur is completely, 100% FREE! So go download it now, ‘cause why not?

Be sure to check out the Play Store description for some tips and help getting started with Blur!


Hope you feel the power of this system just like we do. Time to change the launcher game and Blur the lines between launcher and app.


Links
Blur Play Store Download: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.klinker.android.launcher
Beta Community: https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/111855545153586177337
Developer Resourses/API: https://github.com/klinker-apps/blur-launcher-apis
YouTube Video: http://youtu.be/HD66-8a3J1w
Blur - Unread Download: http://goo.gl/Gi0x18
EvolveSMS Download: http://goo.gl/i4mzvB
Talon for Twitter Download: http://goo.gl/Jfcpzw
Talon (Blur Launcher Page) Download: http://goo.gl/rXRkhG


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