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Ian Lake
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Android Framework Engineer and Runner

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Android Messages getting some love! The default SMS apps for manufacturers have always been a bit garbage, so even without the RCS angle, this is still a win for users.
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Project Fi adds Bill Protection
Project Fi's pay-for-what-you-use model is great for users that only use a little bit of data (my wife and I pay <$60 a month), but without any cap on that amount, you could get some crazy high bills.

Bill Protection caps your bill, basically giving you all data over the cap for free (you'll get throttled after 15GB, but can pay to opt out of throttling [1]). The caps are set at 6GB for one person, 10 GB for two, and 2 GB more for each additional person.

Check out the bill calculator to see what your bill would be for your data use: https://fi.google.com/about/plan/

[1] - https://fi.google.com/about/faq/?#plan-and-pricing-extra-high-speed
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Wireless Android Auto
Really excited to see the first Android Auto units that have the ability to wirelessly connect to your phone start to be shown off. While certainly plugging in your phone and charging it while driving is going to be best for longer trips, the pure convenience of having it automatically connect without even having to pull your phone out of your pocket is going to be amazing for shorter trips. Little features, like being able to swap between multiple people who have Android Auto, really make a big difference in usability.

Edit: even more new wireless Android Auto units announced today: http://www.androidpolice.com/2018/01/10/jvc-kenwood-debut-two-five-wireless-android-auto-head-units-respectively/
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Soylent Cacao Powder
I have to say, I've enjoyed Soylent 2.0 (premixed, individual serving bottles) much more than the Soylent Powder. I do really like the Cacao flavor, so perhaps this is what is needed to get me to try Powder again.

Or maybe I'll just order more Cacao Soylent.
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Really liking the looks of these smart screen devices. And being a platform that many manufacturers can built on top of means there will be a lot of Google Assistant enabled smart screens to come.

Read the blog post: https://www.blog.google/products/assistant/new-devices-more-google-assistant-ces-2018/
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We got a Nest Secure a month and a half ago or so, and I really think Nest made a really approachable security system. Set up was simple, arming and disarming is easy, and the Nest app's controls for the system work flawlessly.

I too hope that Nest ups their Assistant integration (I'm sure things are sensitive when it comes to security related things) and adds Nest Secure control to their Android Wear app to really fill out the control side of things. And integration with future Nest products (Nest Hello, the Yale locks, etc) should mean it only gets more integrated over time.

Obviously, price is a factor, but I've been very happy with the system overall.
The Secure is slick, but at $500 it's really designed for Nest's existing fans.

by +Ryan Whitwam
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Wow, wasn't expecting that as a Christmas present! Happy holidays everyone!
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Really happy to get Muzei 2.4 out before the holidays. There's a lot of bug fixes in there, but also some of improvements which I think will make a really big day to day improvement for Muzei users.

Here's hoping the bottom nav reduces the number of confused users who didn't know they could change the artwork source or adjust the amount of blurring/dimming!
Muzei 2.4 is now available
Happy Holidays! Muzei 2.4 is now available with a new bottom nav, wallpaper colors support for Android 8.1+ devices, and a lot more improvements.

The biggest change of this version is the addition of a bottom navigation bar for accessing the most common features of Muzei [1], making it considerably easier for changing your art source or effects.

For users of Android 8.1, you'll also notice that Muzei now uses the WallpaperColors API [2], which means that various parts of the system UI will react to the color and darkness of your current wallpaper.

For Android 8.0+ users, Muzei now fully delegates notification settings to the system (via the notification channel), rather than having a separate switch in the app. You can still get quick access to the notification settings from the overflow menu in the Sources screen, if you don't feel like digging through the system settings. (Note: you may start getting notifications if you previously disabled notifications in Muzei and have not yet disabled them at the system level. You'll get one 'Migrate your notification settings' notification in this case - take that opportunity to disable the notifications at the system level if you don't want to see Muzei's new wallpaper notifications)

You'll also find quite a few improvements in general - for example, some devices had considerable issues with the widget which have now been fixed. In addition, images in the widget and notification are now properly rotated.

[1] - https://plus.google.com/+IanLake/posts/Tpua64zevBe
[2] - https://plus.google.com/+IanLake/posts/SZib395mcop
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Muzei 2.4 is now available
Happy Holidays! Muzei 2.4 is now available with a new bottom nav, wallpaper colors support for Android 8.1+ devices, and a lot more improvements.

The biggest change of this version is the addition of a bottom navigation bar for accessing the most common features of Muzei [1], making it considerably easier for changing your art source or effects.

For users of Android 8.1, you'll also notice that Muzei now uses the WallpaperColors API [2], which means that various parts of the system UI will react to the color and darkness of your current wallpaper.

For Android 8.0+ users, Muzei now fully delegates notification settings to the system (via the notification channel), rather than having a separate switch in the app. You can still get quick access to the notification settings from the overflow menu in the Sources screen, if you don't feel like digging through the system settings. (Note: you may start getting notifications if you previously disabled notifications in Muzei and have not yet disabled them at the system level. You'll get one 'Migrate your notification settings' notification in this case - take that opportunity to disable the notifications at the system level if you don't want to see Muzei's new wallpaper notifications)

You'll also find quite a few improvements in general - for example, some devices had considerable issues with the widget which have now been fixed. In addition, images in the widget and notification are now properly rotated.

[1] - https://plus.google.com/+IanLake/posts/Tpua64zevBe
[2] - https://plus.google.com/+IanLake/posts/SZib395mcop

Muzei 2.4.0 RC 2 rolling out now
A few more fixes in RC 2 affecting users of Muzei's widget and syncing to Android Wear. If you're a heavy user of either of those features, please test RC 2 and confirm that everything is working well for you.
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