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Interesting. Devs, stop doing this
 
Now that 4.3 is out, something worth mentioning --

We discovered that there have started to appear applications abusing the Service.startForeground() API -- which is http://developer.android.com/reference/android/app/Service.html#startForeground(int,%20android.app.Notification) -- to make their application unkillable without the user knowing.

They were doing this by creating a carefully malformed Notification object that resulted in the notification manager not posting the notification, even though the activity manager thought things were fine and so allowed the service to go in the foreground state.

Originally we were going to solve this by just being better at detecting this kind of malformed notification, and crashing the app like we do on other bad notifications.  Unfortunately, there are too many applications doing this for that to be a viable approach.

Instead, what we ultimately did in 4.3 is have the system put up its own notification when it detects this so that the user is aware of what is going on and the app doesn't have incentive any more to do this.

If you have an application that has been doing this, you'll want to update your app to stop doing it, so your users don't see the less-than-optimal generic system notification it creates for you.
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OK, this is super awesome
 
Live Show Today - The new Google+, Lightroom 5  and more! - 7 PM PT, 10 PM ET

RSVP and watch live at http://goo.gl/aPBO6 !   Join me and +Thomas Hawk +Scott Kublin +Chris Chabot and +Gino Barasa - it will be so fun...   

This photo below is from Beijing.   #HolyKaw   
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Grumpy about the #NSA and #PRISM? Donate to the ACLU and EFF. Even just $10 can make a difference.

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Spread the word!!!
 
Important Information

We are transitioning to CyanogenMod.org for all CM web assets and utilities.  More information in the linked post. 

-The CyanogenMod Team
We at CM are very trusting of our members, showed by both respect and permissions granted to those people we consider part of the team. Last month, this trust
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Just sharing, I believe this is important. #AndroidLowResContactPics
 
Google Contact Picture Resolution

Dear Google,

Almost all of your proud and loyal customers have been plagued by poor contact picture resolution on your website: http://contacts.google.com The current maximum allowed resolution for contact pictures on this website is 96x96 (pixels).  Ice Cream Sandwich allows for contact pictures to be stored at a maximum of 256x256 (pixels).  We were promised by +Vic Gundotra and +Punit Soni that this issue was in the works around the end of January 2012.  It has been over 5 months since the initial promise to fix this issue.

Google I/O 2012 occurs and Google surprises us all with many new Google projects and a new version of Android (Android 4.1 Jelly Bean).  Android 4.1 came with many improvements, including an increase in the maximum resolution of stored contact pictures from Ice Cream Sandwich’s 256x256 (pixels) to a whopping 720x720 (pixels).

Google, do you realize how much of a slap in the face that is to us?  For a company that defines the word pioneer this is absolutely poor.

I would like to refer to a post +Vic Gundotra made on August 25th, 2011.  It is titled: Icon Ambulance.  Mr. Gundotra goes on explaining how Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs called him one Sunday morning during church because the second letter “o” in the Google logo’s shade of yellow did not look right.  Mr. Jobs then assigned someone to fix it on Monday.  The rest of this post can be viewed here: http://goo.gl/mig2d

Mr. Gundotra’s post was a post of admiration towards Apple’s CEO.  Though a post of admiration, you would think that Steve’s passion and attention to detail would influence Google to never miss key details because this is what keeps (or drives away) customers.

I made a post regarding this issue in January seen here: http://goo.gl/TRO47 

This post gained some attention, but I fear that in order to see this issue get taken care of, a more aggressive approach must be taken by all of us.  I urge everyone to share this post everywhere, +1 this post, comment and engage in the discussion, paraphrase it, and contribute to this cause because it affects many of us that use Google/Android products!

Thank you for reading, let’s get this ball rolling!

Google Employees: +Vic Gundotra +Punit Soni +Larry Page +Sergey Brin +Andy Rubin +Dan Morrill  +Reto Meier  +Joseph Smarr 
+Scott Main +Alexey Shelestenko  +Mike West +Ryosuke Matsuuchi +Nick Butcher +Hugo Barra +Gabe Cohen +Eric Schmidt +Nikesh Arora +Nikesh Mistry +David Drummond +Patrick Pichette +Alan Eustace +Amit Singhal +Dennis Woodside +Jeff Huber +Kent Walker +Laszlo Bock +Rachel Whetstone +Salar Kamangar +Sridhar Ramaswamy +Sundar Pichai +Susan Wojcicki +Urs Hölzle 

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Decide for yourself.. Check out the 1st gameplay trailer, screenshots, & info from #E3 : http://gmlft.co/7xrad.65
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Used my iPhone 5 today after a month with the HTC One. It felt like a child's toy.
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Icon Ambulance

One Sunday morning, January 6th, 2008 I was attending religious services when my cell phone vibrated. As discreetly as possible, I checked the phone and noticed that my phone said "Caller ID unknown". I choose to ignore.

After services, as I was walking to my car with my family, I checked my cell phone messages. The message left was from Steve Jobs. "Vic, can you call me at home? I have something urgent to discuss" it said.

Before I even reached my car, I called Steve Jobs back. I was responsible for all mobile applications at Google, and in that role, had regular dealings with Steve. It was one of the perks of the job.

"Hey Steve - this is Vic", I said. "I'm sorry I didn't answer your call earlier. I was in religious services, and the caller ID said unknown, so I didn't pick up".

Steve laughed. He said, "Vic, unless the Caller ID said 'GOD', you should never pick up during services".

I laughed nervously. After all, while it was customary for Steve to call during the week upset about something, it was unusual for him to call me on Sunday and ask me to call his home. I wondered what was so important?

"So Vic, we have an urgent issue, one that I need addressed right away. I've already assigned someone from my team to help you, and I hope you can fix this tomorrow" said Steve.

"I've been looking at the Google logo on the iPhone and I'm not happy with the icon. The second O in Google doesn't have the right yellow gradient. It's just wrong and I'm going to have Greg fix it tomorrow. Is that okay with you?"

Of course this was okay with me. A few minutes later on that Sunday I received an email from Steve with the subject "Icon Ambulance". The email directed me to work with Greg Christie to fix the icon.

Since I was 11 years old and fell in love with an Apple II, I have dozens of stories to tell about Apple products. They have been a part of my life for decades. Even when I worked for 15 years for Bill Gates at Microsoft, I had a huge admiration for Steve and what Apple had produced.

But in the end, when I think about leadership, passion and attention to detail, I think back to the call I received from Steve Jobs on a Sunday morning in January. It was a lesson I'll never forget. CEOs should care about details. Even shades of yellow. On a Sunday.

To one of the greatest leaders I've ever met, my prayers and hopes are with you Steve.

-Vic
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