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The most intelligent, creative, insightful, and sarcastic floating puzzle piece you will ever see in your life.
The most intelligent, creative, insightful, and sarcastic floating puzzle piece you will ever see in your life.

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Quick breakdown of the differences between Google+ Page and Google+ Profile, including benefits and drawbacks of each, with connections between analogous functions. Note that this analysis pertains to my situation.
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Conclusion: You can now change names, but you still need two names, and I think numbers still aren't accepted, though symbols are. I tried "mastermind777 ." as a name, and it failed.

I may just stick with using my page, for the reasons discussed here. https://plus.google.com/117941876539844916139/posts/YXTbHWDMGYU

In the mean time, while I figure out what to do, I'll be using my Page as before, and if I move back to this profile, I'll post about it.
When we launched Google+ over three years ago, we had a lot of restrictions on what name you could use on your profile. This helped create a community made up of real people, but it also excluded a number of people who wanted to be part of it without using their real names. 

Over the years, as Google+ grew and its community became established, we steadily opened up this policy, from allowing +Page owners to use any name of their choosing to letting YouTube users bring their usernames into Google+. Today, we are taking the last step: there are no more restrictions on what name you can use. 

We know you've been calling for this change for a while. We know that our names policy has been unclear, and this has led to some unnecessarily difficult experiences for some of our users. For this we apologize, and we hope that today's change is a step toward making Google+ the welcoming and inclusive place that we want it to be. Thank you for expressing your opinions so passionately, and thanks for continuing to make Google+ the thoughtful community that it is.

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The new Google+ app's fullscreen stream makes me really wish Google has used translucent bars.

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This probably concludes my months-long experiment with life as a Google+ Page instead of a Google+ Account. I've determined that a Page gets all the basic posting priviledges, can circle and be circled, and has limited Hangouts access. Now that my page has its own Gmail and has been upgraded to a Page Account, I'll probably mostly abandon this profile except for all the apps I've bought on Google Play.
+Page Accounts?

I just found the option to upgrade my Google+ Page to a Google Account.

In Google+ Page Settings, there's an email option that goes something like [name of page]-[random letters/numbers]@pages.plusgoogle.com. It's called Third Party Tools, and below it, there's a link to set up a password so you can use apps with your page.

Once I set up my password, however, there was a link at the bottom of the completion screen that said Upgrade to Gmail. From there, I went through a shortened Gmail creation dialogue, one that asked only for my address and phone number.

In short, I've been upgraded from a page to a Google Account again, without having to use a "real name." I'm not sure what the limitations are yet, so I'll have to test what I can and can't do.

So far, I can't be a manager of a page (probably to avoid page-ception), but I have a Gmail account, and I can send Hangouts from within Gmail.

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If you pay attention, in that leaked HTC M8 video, you can see that the HTC logo lights up, just like I thought. Bezel makes more sense now.

My only wish was for it to be RGB, though. Just IMAGINE how cool it'd be to have an RGB glowing "hTc" for your notifications.

Other thoughts:
-SD slot! :D
-nano SIM is interesting, looks like I'll have to switch again / update my adapters
-the speakers sound noticeably better
-Too soon to call anything about the camera. Can't get an accurate judgement from a video of a picture of a real-world object.
-People actually still listen to Soulja Boy?

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Can ROMs implement a Smooth Progress Bar library? It's literally the one Xposed module I can't live without, and I really want to switch to ART.

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I just noticed the stream in +Google+ for Android isn't chronological. Why do services insist on using dumb algorithms to show me what they think is important? I want to see what's recent.

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If +HTC is going to keep that bezel with the logo on their flagship devices, could they at least make it an RGB notification light? O_o

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Thoughts about the Galaxy S5

I was reminded of the rumors about the S5 possibly being split into lines of the S5 and the S5 Prime, and I just realized that this is likely an iPhone 5S / 5C scenario, but in converse.

The rumored specs of the 'S5' -- 1080p and so on -- all scream 'S4' to me. It's basically an S4 in an S5 body, and the 'S5 Prime' is the 'real' S5, or the successor to the S4.

The problem with this is that Samsung's Galaxy S# is supposed to be a flagship, and the wording undermines that. In Apple's case, the iPhone 5S succeeds the iPhone 5, while the 5C is the "cheaper" alternative. In Samsung's case, the Galaxy S5 does not succeed the Galaxy S4. The true successor to the Galaxy S4 is the Galaxy S5 Prime. In other words, the Galaxy S5 is not a flagship.

The distinction was made for the higher-end device rather than the lower-end, which could dilute Samsung's brand. Imagine a regular buyer going into a store and asking to buy the Galaxy S5 without being aware it's basically a Galaxy S4. At least when people buy the iPhone 5C, it's clear that it's not a flagship. When people buy the 'S5', they're not buying the flagship, and that's likely to NOT be in Samsung's best interests.

I think it's irrelevant whether this is a US issue or an international issue. The point is that no matter which markets get these two devices, there's some possible confusion for uninformed buyers who buy an 'S5' and expect it to be a flagship, when they really want the 'S5 Prime'.

So I've tried out the first release, and here's my feedback so far:

Bugs
-When pressing Android's back button, rather than taking me back one screen, the app exits entirely.
-This has been mentioned before, but when using Google Keyboard on my HTC One, the first letter of each sentence isn't capitalized. Autocorrect is also a bit weird. Haven't tested to see if it's specifically because of Google Keyboard.
- This happened once: When opening the hamburger menu, my accounts were overlapping the other menu items. This went away when I opened and closed the account list.
-Random force closes.

Missing features
-My lists don't load. I have the option to make a new list but my existing lists are not shown.
-Username auto complete.
-Notifications.
-Tweets over 140 characters fail with no error message. Let the user know that their tweet wasn't posted, or go back to the compose screen and edit it.
-Manual retweets.

Feature requests
-Font and color options. Everything is too big for my tastes, and I want to choose a highlight other than orange.
-Twitlonger support.
-Send tweets from multiple accounts. Preferably with an icon selector like Plume or Tweetdeck, rather than a menu of checkboxes.
-Swipe between columns.
-More settings. Currently, I miss having absolute time, seeing the exact number of tweets (rather than to the nearest 0.1k), and seeing the client/source of the tweet. Also wish there was an option to show @username first in the timeline.
-Longpress to view tweet and tap to load quick actions.
-See who retweeted/favorited a tweet.
-Optionally view interactions and not just mentions.
-Unified timeline.

That's all I can think of for now. I'll update this if I find more. Pretty nice for a first alpha, though, so keep up the great work.
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