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Michael Leggett
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Designer on Messenger @FB. Previously: co-founder / design lead for Project Fi and Inbox; design lead on Android, Gmail and project Kennedy.
Designer on Messenger @FB. Previously: co-founder / design lead for Project Fi and Inbox; design lead on Android, Gmail and project Kennedy.

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Love the updated Google Photos. A long time coming. Here is a very helpful comparison between original and the "high-quality" option. I opted for unlimited high-quality for free over limited original for not free.
Google Photos: Original vs High quality
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Project Fi is Google's wireless service and it launched today. I co-founded Project Fi 2.5 years ago with Hugo Barra & lead design until +Brynn Evans​ took over 8 months ago. She and the design team have made things so much better since and have touched every corner of the service and experience. So proud.

You can learn more here:
http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2015/04/project-fi.html
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Woohoo! Watch Face API for Android Wear launches! My favorite unofficial face right now this one:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.maize.spotlight
Android Wear: now with official support for downloading, designing, and developing your own watch faces. We know you all have wanted this since Android Wear was first released back in June and its now ready.
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Google Inbox, Gmail reinvented
I co-founded this project in 2008 and left in 2012 for Android. So proud of the team that made this a reality... it has come a LONG way in the last 2 years. http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2014/10/an-inbox-that-works-for-you.html
An inbox that works for you
An inbox that works for you
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Save the internet (yet again) in 3 simple steps:
1. Watch the below video
2. Research more if you don't have an opinion
3. Go here to let the FCC know your opinion when you have formed one: http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/upload/begin?procName=14-28&filedFrom=X 
OK. If there is one video you watch this month, this should be it: it is 13 minutes of your life which will be well-spent. Because at the end of it, you will actually know what is going on with net neutrality, (or as he calls it, "preventing cable company fuckery") and exactly what the sleazy deals are behind it, but you will also be laughing your ass off, because John Oliver is hilarious.

Net neutrality is kind of amazing, because destroying it manages to screw over almost everyone.

Small companies get screwed over because they can't afford to pay off the cable companies to get access to their customers. Oh, you had an idea for a business using the Internet? Well, I hope your business plan includes a few million bucks to pay for your customers to be allowed to reach your site.

Big companies get screwed over because they're shaken down for (literally) billions of dollars by cable companies -- "That's a nice business you have there. Pity if someone were to make sure your customers could never reach you again" -- and that's assuming that the cable companies don't see them as competitors (if, say, they were doing something like streaming video...), at which point those companies could just shut them off outright.

People who use the Internet get screwed because the sites they want to connect to can't pay these extra fees, or are just being shut down outright by the cable companies. What, you wanted to watch a movie tonight? Sorry. Maybe you should have rented it from Comcast, instead, sucker!

In fact, nearly everyone in the entire country gets screwed over by this. So why, you ask, would the government be considering such a thing? 

Well. There is one group who doesn't get screwed over by it at all. Your friends and mine at Comcast, Time-Warner, Verizon, and AT&T. But don't worry; they have your best interests at heart. And the service guy will be there between 2 and 6. 

Really.

Honest.
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Woohoo!!
Hangouts 2.1 for Android: SMS improvements and a homescreen widget

Today we’re launching the newest version of Hangouts for Android, rolling out to the Play store (http://goo.gl/6Sv8V) over the next few days. Highlights include:

- Merged conversations: SMS and Hangout conversations with the same recipient are now combined into a single conversation. You can control whether you want to send a message via Hangouts or SMS with the flip of a switch, and different message types will be easy to tell apart in the conversation. Of course, you can always merge and unmerge conversations if you’d like.

- Simplified contact list: now there’s two main sections in contacts — People you Hangout With, and Phone Contacts — making it simpler to navigate, and easier to use for SMS.

- Homescreen widget: add the Hangouts widget to your homescreen for quick access to your recent conversations.

- Performance improvements: today’s update includes better quality video calls, as well as improved SMS and MMS reliability.

The new version will be available in the Play store (http://goo.gl/6Sv8V) this week, so download or update and let us know what you think!

#hangouts #googleplusupdate 
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Morning all - Those that know... Know! ;)

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People don't make phone calls or do voicemail anymore... or at least that is something I hear often. Since fully switching to Google Voice as my only phone number exactly 7 months ago, I have:
 - made 568 phone calls
 - answered another 242 calls
 - missed 89 calls
 - and received 58 voicemails

That's ~4.2 calls a day. I would not have guessed it was that high. I guess I'm just old. :P

If you use Google Voice as your only phone number, you can see for yourself under the "More" menu in the left nav:
https://www.google.com/voice/#placed
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In today's special episode of Android Design in Action, +Nick Butcher, +Adam Koch and I talk about some of the key aspects of Android 4.4 KitKat that all Android designers should be aware of. Specifically:

1) The new Nexus 5, with a beautiful 5-inch / 1920x1080px / 640x360dp / XXHDPI (480dpi) display.

2) The new Your Branding section of the Android Design guide (developer.android.com/design), including KitKat's use of a more neutral system color palette to let your brand colors shine.

3) Changes to touch feedback, specifically the more subtle pressed visual state.

4) The new Full Screen design guide section, including a description of the lean back and immersive approaches. Immersive mode allows your app to go truly fullscreen, hiding the status and navigation bars while consuming all touch events.

5) The new translucent bars mode that allows your app to draw behind the status and navigation bars with automatic background protection.

6) The ability to inset map controls with the Google Maps Android API v2; this feature was recently made available in Google Play services.

7) The introduction of new XXXHDPI (640dpi) launcher icon assets due to the Nexus 5 launcher's icon scaling behavior.

8) Documentation of new double touch gesture behavior, especially double touch drag.

9) The ability to capture video of your device's screen.

10) A new scenes and transitions API for developers that makes it easy to animate between states.

Check out the attached slides for a summary of the new stuff, or catch the full video recording here: Android Design in Action: New in Android 4.4

#AndroidDesign #ADiA
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For those using Hangouts on iOS
A few things people might have missed about Hangouts and the new call phones feature:

(1) Calling a phone works in most countries. It's not limited to only the United States, and you do NOT need a Google Voice number. So if you live in Sweden or Panama or hundreds of other countries, give it a try! However, the ability to receive incoming calls is only supported for users who have a Google Voice number, which is currently only available to users in the United States.

(2) Calls are placed over data. This is different from the Google Voice app, which places calls through your carrier network.

(3) Calls to the US and Canada are currently free from Hangouts -- regardless of where in the world you live. So if you're in another country and want to call a phone in the US, use Hangouts.

(4) The phone calling feature allows you to call actual phones. This could be a land line, a mobile phone, you name it. This isn't just a direct VoIP connection between two people running the app. You can ring billions of phones with this.

Hope you all have fun with it!
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