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Not sure what people are seeing in this YouTube Gaming site. Design is awful, website is buggy, and content is all over the place.
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The excitement I have about YouTube gaming is (or was before I realised that all streams are blocked in Germany...because.. reasons) that the dominance of Twitch has stopped all innovation and improvement in the game streaming.There's so much more that could be done especially about eSports but Twitch is not doing anything because why would they.

If Google manages to kick off competition in the area all streamers and audience win. Competition is good for everybody.

Then again YouTube is Google so nothing launches ready. However, I have faith that they will improve very fast. I think they launched a MVP and must have plans for the next steps.
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Turns out that the Nexus 5 leak yesterday was actually an Apple device.

https://plus.google.com/110276987969967676601/posts/8iz4yYho66B
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Then I try this new "material" gallery app from a high-profile team and realize it's choppy, lacks material transitions, doesn't back up photos to Google Photos or Dropbox (or anything, at all), has no sorting options, doesn't handle orientation changes properly, lacks search, and wants you to pay $4 for it in order to be able to use things like a dark theme, I'm all like...

#pixelpushing  
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Colour palette not strictly Material though...
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No Flagships for Normal People

Well, that's it. There is officially no 2015 flagship Android phone that I would recommend. Over the past couple of years, the Moto X was my go-to recommendation for anyone asking about Android. It provided the pure Android experience, a reasonable screen size, and the ability to buy it discounted, on contract. Outside of our tech bubble, the latter two are still important to people in the US. In fact, every time I've been asked for device advice, the person always lists 4" - 5" screen as the #1 or 2 priority. Most people simply don't understand these huge phones.

Another great aspect of Motorola's line was the clarity of naming : X > G > E. This was easy enough for anyone to follow, and was refreshing in a world of phones like the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime and the HTC One Remix. Now, there's instant confusing over the Moto X Style vs. the Moto X Play. I must have seen 2 dozen comments, this morning, on AP posts asking, "what's the difference between the Style and Play."

Honestly, if there is no 2015 Nexus 5 (that's actually 5" or under), I'm probably going to be picking up an iPhone 6S later this year. It would be my first non-Android phone since the G1.

#firstworldproblems #fiveinchesisenough  
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Actually judging the phone by screen size is wrong. Its the interaction area for thumb that should matter, doesn't it?

On iPhone 6, interaction area is 4.7 inch screen + Hardware keys which actually makes it worse than many android phones which have bigger screens. 

Anyways, Good luck.
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For now, there's not much end users can do to protect themselves other than to install a patch as soon as one becomes available for their specific Android device. People can also prevent MMS messages from automatically loading in Google Hangouts or other text apps.

Um... it sounds like there's a very simple thing to do to prevent this, and it's conveniently barely mentioned at the very bottom of this scare-mongering article.

Hey, +Dan Goodin, +Ars Technica, how about the title "How to protect yourself from the July 2015 Android MMS exploit."

Source: http://arstechnica.com/security/2015/07/950-million-android-phones-can-be-hijacked-by-malicious-text-messages/
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Thanks for posting this! I've skimmed a few articles, and I'm disappointed that no one is offering this information more prominently.
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Drag and Swipe with RecyclerView - Part Two

Just (finally) published part 2 of the series, Handles, Grids, and Custom Animations. Was hoping to fit more in, but the good news is that part 3 will come much quicker this time!

Corresponding GitHub project was also updated:
https://github.com/iPaulPro/Android-ItemTouchHelper-Demo

Please file any issues:
https://github.com/iPaulPro/Android-ItemTouchHelper-Demo/issues

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Part Two: Handles, Grids, and Custom Animations
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Nice +Paul Burke ! I've added a link to your second part on my website androiddevresources.com. Thanks for the great articles, they are very helpful.
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Amazon Underground

Today we announced Amazon Underground, a new app for Android phones. Underground is a one of a kind experience where apps, games and in-app items are actually free for customers, and developers get paid based on customer usage.

Interesting... #androiddev  
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Hm.  Maybe this becomes like "streaming" for apps?  At some point Amazon can't keep paying this out, but I could see an "app subscription" happening at some point.
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100% agree. Such an awful pattern.
 
All splash screens suck. Especially this one.

Don't follow Google's example in any of your apps. These screens don't make any sense no matter how "well" they're implemented. Just make your UI load fast and then load content into it. 

Splash screens are an idiotic idea especially on Android where apps are never really killed by users (or should not be). The app runs in the background until the OS decides it's not needed anymore. This should all be transparent to users but introducing a splash screen makes the app launch differently different times. Sometimes the app just appears and sometimes user is forced to stare at the splash.

Don't do what Google does!

#SayNoToAllSplashScreens  
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#soon   #androiddev  
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Looks promising
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The new "Moto X Style" (US version) has a 5.7" screen. I thought Motorola got it. :-(
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+Danny Arielli the kinetic scrolling thought on iOS is pathetic.
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Please take a moment to star the issue.
 
Already found a new bug in the Support Design library. :-( This is not a good trend.

Star the issue here: https://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=180454

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  • Paul Burke
    Android Developer / Consultant, 2008 - present
  • Touch Lab
    Creative Director / Product Designer, 2012 - 2013
  • Droplat LLC
    Co-Founder, 2010 - 2011
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Android app designer and developer based in Brooklyn, NY.

I'm a technology enthusiast, and the only thing I love more is music.
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