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Wolfram Rittmeyer
Software-Developer, Android-Geek
Software-Developer, Android-Geek

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Now it's up to the French and us Germans to follow suit!
Thank you Holland! You guys are great!

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Step Up Labs had access to Firebase Cloud Functions for some time now and in this post describe a bit about how they use it and what they like about it.

via +Juhani Lehtimäki
Our extensive experience with Cloud Functions for Firebase

We have been working with Google on testing this +Firebase feature for some time. Now it's finally in a public beta and we would like to share some tips&tricks which go beyond tutorials.

#firebase #cloud #functions

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And while you're at it, why not fix search here on G+?

No one expects the page to change when clicking into the search bar. You also have to wait for the page reload, before you actually can type. Just imagine this happening on Gmail - or Google's main page.
The minor inconsistencies between same components in the Google ecosystem like these buttons behaving differently make the otherwise excellent system feel sloppy. On Gmail the buttons open the links into a new tab while on G+ the very same button open in the same tab.

This is really minor issue but something I run into daily. For some reason my brain just can't learn the behavioral difference of these things even after long time using it. Whenever I open Drive from G+ I end up opening it once, pressing back and then opening it to a new tab.

I think this is a good example (although based on very anecdotal experience) of importance of consistency in your UI design. It's even more emphasised on touch devices where gestures are often hidden. So. Make sure your tabs swipe and drawers open as expected ;-)
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Material mixer, a tool that allows you to mix and match primary as well as secondary colors of material design.

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Couldn't agree more. Those announcements where fulfillment is going to take for ages - if ever - are totally annoying!

Would be nice if the tech media would simply ignore them. But, i guess, that's too much to hope for.
As the MWC announcements are starting already I have a message to the OEMs (I'm sure they all read my G+).

If your device is not available to purchase within a month and you can't even give any pricing details it might as well not exist. So, don't bother announcing it. Announce your stuff once they're ready to be sold.

Thank you.

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We are releasing an early preview of Android Gradle plugin 2.5, which aims to address performance issues of large Android projects. In order to bring about these improvements, we need to introduce some breaking changes in the plugin behavior, DSL, and APIs. These breaking changes impact both build files and Gradle plugins. We may also need to introduce more breaking changes before this version reaches the stable channel. We are releasing the new plugin early so developers and plugin authors can start trying it with their projects and plugins to provide us with feedback.

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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:

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Next month I'm gogin to talk about #AndroidThings at the GDG Hamburg meetup. Looking forward to it!

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Google release the fifth beta of ConstraintLayout with lot's of improvements to performance as well as to controlling the behavior of it's child views.
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