Say hello (sorry, couldn't resist) to one of our coolest updates to the Genius Android app this week—suggesting lyrics for your currently playing music! It's an only-on-Android experience, made possible by the OS.
It's easy to slam the media APIs as an example of what's wrong with Android. We implemented our "song listening" three different ways, to support only back to API 16. At the same time, they show what's right: progress. The newest media APIs can talk to everything from your car to your Chromecast. A true media support library could go a long way toward bridging this gap. Also, in the meantime, a lot of wine.
Shout out to +Ian Lake for his eleventh-hour tips and all around media knowledgeability.  And thank you to Spotify, for having clear public documentation and a kick-ass service! 
Hey #AndroidDev folks in NYC and the Bay Area, our Firebase team is conducting in-person UX research studies next week. If you're free next week and want to help make Firebase even better, sign up below!
My latest side project: a Sketch + jQuery-based, multi-screen prototyping tool, for designers who can and can't code. Won't be ready for a while, but if you've got strong opinions on these kinds of things, let me know.
This week I spoke with Nick Butcher, a Design and Development Advocate at Google with the design chops to envision a great app like Plaid(1) and the development knowledge to bring it to life.
In this episode we covered a lot of ground, from crafting great sample apps to structuring and receiving feedback, the role and nature of prototyping tools, and even how to force yourself into thinking about responsive design.
Check out the full rundown at the link above, and listen on your favorite service below!
Hi +Roman Nurik, I really like using your Launcher Icon Generator, but for some reason it's not working anymore. I tried using Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, and all of those had problems. (Internet Explorer was the best surprisingly).
Please fix it :) Thanks!
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I work at Google as a Design Advocate, focusing on Android. I also do web design and programming as a hobby.