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In this edition of A State of Bliss, we’re going to let the team do all the updates :) So here’s a collection of updates from a number of our team members.


Bliss-CAF has been rebased to 7.1.2 and we are in the process of adding all the features back. Check the n2 branch on github or see our gerrit at review.blissroms.com to see the progress!
Bliss-DeCAF is currently being tested for OTA support
The bootanimation contest is yielding some impressive submissions!
(Vaughn, Bliss Team Admin and mako maintainer)


Device-Related (KENZO) : Unified build is coming in some days for goodix FP sensor users, so no more extra patches :) . New modem changes merged and many more device related changes coming. :) And yes whenever n2 will be added by features 7.1.2 build will out for testing. :)
(AZEEM “Arcade”, Kenzo Maintainer)


Bliss-x86: Added Widevine DRM blobs to support for example Netflix downloads and other apps that require it. For Netflix, download the APK from elsewhere as they've blocked devices that don't pass SafetyNet checks on Play Store.
(Henri, Tweaker)


Wallpaper app is nearing completion. Expect a ton of wallpapers to be added in the coming weeks.
(death2all110, app developer, enthusiast)


Bliss-CAF is Rebased to 7.1.2 and is under process of adding features to it . Check n2 branch on Github or Gerrit for changes and progress..... bugs on earlier 7.1.1 builds have been noted and we will try to fix them in 7.1.2, Already the testing of OnePlus 2 build has been started, so it will be released soon.... Thanks for the Support !!
(Kunal Shah, OnePlus 2 Maintainer)


The official Blisspapers app is nearly done and I have many great and unique looking Bliss wallpapers for all your homescreens. And I love to tell that more are in the works.
(customworx, gfx artist and bliss enthusiast)


Device: Axon7: Removed trustzones, so now our bootstacks aren’t restricted. Also reverted our data to RIL-CAF to give our device a better signal.
(aclegg2011, ZTE Axon7 Maintainer)


I’m working on removing SuperSU so that our team can start working on ARISE and Magisk. I need to merge in the latest AOSP revision from AOSP source but you know, life happens. Also I need to clean up the XDA template and make it more mobile friendly but that is a LONG way off.. For I have more stuff to do beforehand. Expect this to take a couple of weeks.
Also, I’d love to test Bliss-x86 builds but I need a dedicated device to test on because my Samsung laptop is a b***h with UEFI booting and worst of all it doesn’t even have a touchscreen and doesn’t even rotate to look and feel more like a tablet. I’m looking at all the tablets over at Gearbest but these are a long way off as well.
(ideaman924, Nexus 5X Maintainer)


BlissPOP icons are almost completed for release. It will be made up of 250 icons for the initial release and with icon requests built inside it will grow from there.
(iRockaNexus 🙃)


In the land of Bliss-x86, bleeding-edge branch has been bumped up to 7.1.2r11, and we have gotten a couple people added to the list of developers, or as Henri calls himself, Tweakers :) We have added a few things to the mix for video, a switch to disable the navbar on-the-fly, and BitO has been diving in deep into kernel land and exploring with kernel-4.12rc1. Things are looking promising so far, but not booting on some of the machines that kernel-4.11 works on. Our tests with the kernel updates that Android-x86 project pushed also has a similar result, where it will not boot. So I am still hunting down the “Why” for that.
(Jon West - electrikjesus - Bliss Team Admin, x86 project lead)

Next, we would like to announce an update on new Bliss Management Structure

Team Bliss is growing, and it was alright for a while when it only took three admins, and remicks to run the show. But now that the team has grown up so to speak, and started to “be the change we want to see” in the community, it was time for our management structure to change as well. We couldn't keep the sole responsibility of the team on just a few people shoulders any longer, for it could create many problems far beyond the ones we've had already. So, we chose to adopt a more corporate structure, and upon researching what would best suit our vision, we chose to form the two parts to Bliss. Bliss Family of ROMs, and Bliss Studios. Both of these are still part of Team Bliss though, so no worries about us losing anything :)

We gathered everyone on the team that has contributed their time and effort over the last year or so, and we all voted as management. We then started working on our mission statements for each entity, and the results are as follows:

Bliss Family of Roms (non-profit)

Bliss Family of ROMs is a corporation that provides hardware, software, training and maintenance for the open source Android development community.

Bliss Family of ROMs aims to build and maintain various OS & software projects for education and the community, by providing training, development opportunities, build servers, download servers, design & development software, design opportunities, professionals and mentors in all fields revolving around Android development, at no cost.


Bliss Family of ROMs Management Structure:

Board members: BitO (BitOBsession), Vaughn (rwaterspf1), Antonio (iRockANexus), Jon (electrikjesus)
Treasurer: Donna (flower9712)
Incorporator: Jon (electrikjesus)
Founder: Jack (JackEagle)

Bliss Studios

Bliss Studios is formed in two parts. A software development company, and a software licensing company. It's aims is to provide projects that fund community development, and help developers and OEMs work together in a different way.


Software Development

The Software Development portion acts as a way to allow developers working through Bliss ROMs, and other outside developers, to monetize their work while they train. Each completed project will be made available for either online purchase or download as an addition to the free OS’s Bliss ROMs maintains, or through mobile store venues like Play Store. Each project’s team will determine the value of their project within reason. This value will be based on:
% worked per project,
Skill level PP,
# of people involved, along with average market value.
Each team will also be given the choice to make their project free, or paid. Only free projects will be included in the ROMs Bliss Family maintains, but both free and paid projects will be open to inclusion into our tiered offerings.

An “App and Development Projects” list is split up into two portions, based the a 80/20 rule. 80% of the projects will be fed to Bliss ROMs as projects for training and education. 20% of the projects will be reserved to be posted for in house development only. Following this rule will allow us enough to support both Software Development and Software Licensing as provided by Bliss Studios, derived from the talents provided by Bliss ROMs.

Licensing

The “Software Licensing” portion is what will handle our tiered OEM offerings, as well as patent filing and licensing for the many other projects Bliss Studios works on. The OEM tailored ROM packages we offer are separated into three main parts for the three main types of OEMs:

Small is the entry level package and it will include a basic set of added features and customization options to AOSP, and be priced at a rate affordable to startup OEMs.
Medium package will include a few of the larger features on top of everything included in the basic option.
Large package will include everything we can cram without sacrificing security or speed.


The package proceeds will be split up into individual package projects cut(the time those projects took to complete, the people that worked on those projects, individual time % sum per person, etc), Bliss's cut, and a % to return to the Community. This way we can ensure a fair collection per project, and a decent incentive for developers and designers to want to work on the project. Every project that has proceeds is required to give a sliding % of their choice revenue, back to the community (Bliss ROMs to be more specific).

Bliss Studios Management Structure:

Founder: Jack (JackEagle)
Board members: Jack (JackEagle), Blake (death2all110), Evan(ElfinJNoty), Jon (electrikjesus)
CTO: Jon (electrikjesus)
CEO: Jack (JackEagle)
Project Manager: Antonio (iRockANexus)
Treasurer: Donna (flower9712)
Business Manager: Giana (Ladii_Luciano)
Bliss GodFather: BitO (BitOBsession)



Now that you have seen how big our dreams are, Bliss has the hardest part to face. We know we can't reach our dreams overnight, so we need to go on a fundraising spree. Cause to be completely honest, based on the information we have been given, our old Bliss paypal hasn’t received any donations that weren't from our own team members for almost a year now, and we were forced to start a new account for the purpose of the nonprofit. The only reason we are still a part of the community is because our own team members have been floating the bills. This is why we had to drop our website host recently, and are still reconsidering free or lower cost options for downloads hosting too.
For the fundraising, we already have our new PayPal setup, and will be tying it to the nonprofit bank account as soon as we get enough funding. So for that funding, to start off, we are planning on a Teespring campaign. After that we will also be looking into what else we are able to do, while still staying within the XDA code of conduct for ROM teams. So, community suggestions are more than welcome :P

Our new PayPal for the ROM/nonprofit can be found here: https://www.paypal.me/TeamBliss



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A State of Bliss - 05.21.17

In this edition of A State of Bliss, we’re going to let the team do all the updates :) So here’s a collection of updates from a number of our team members.


Bliss-CAF has been rebased to 7.1.2 and we are in the process of adding all the features back. Check the n2 branch on github or see our gerrit at review.blissroms.com to see the progress!
Bliss-DeCAF is currently being tested for OTA support
The bootanimation contest is yielding some impressive submissions!
(Vaughn, Bliss Team Admin and mako maintainer)


Device-Related (KENZO) : Unified build is coming in some days for goodix FP sensor users, so no more extra patches :) . New modem changes merged and many more device related changes coming. :) And yes whenever n2 will be added by features 7.1.2 build will out for testing. :)
(AZEEM “Arcade”, Kenzo Maintainer)


Bliss-x86: Added Widevine DRM blobs to support for example Netflix downloads and other apps that require it. For Netflix, download the APK from elsewhere as they've blocked devices that don't pass SafetyNet checks on Play Store.
(Henri, Tweaker)


Wallpaper app is nearing completion. Expect a ton of wallpapers to be added in the coming weeks.
(death2all110, app developer, enthusiast)


Bliss-CAF is Rebased to 7.1.2 and is under process of adding features to it . Check n2 branch on Github or Gerrit for changes and progress..... bugs on earlier 7.1.1 builds have been noted and we will try to fix them in 7.1.2, Already the testing of OnePlus 2 build has been started, so it will be released soon.... Thanks for the Support !!
(Kunal Shah, OnePlus 2 Maintainer)


The official Blisspapers app is nearly done and I have many great and unique looking Bliss wallpapers for all your homescreens. And I love to tell that more are in the works.
(customworx, gfx artist and bliss enthusiast)


Device: Axon7: Removed trustzones, so now our bootstacks aren’t restricted. Also reverted our data to RIL-CAF to give our device a better signal.
(aclegg2011, ZTE Axon7 Maintainer)


I’m working on removing SuperSU so that our team can start working on ARISE and Magisk. I need to merge in the latest AOSP revision from AOSP source but you know, life happens. Also I need to clean up the XDA template and make it more mobile friendly but that is a LONG way off.. For I have more stuff to do beforehand. Expect this to take a couple of weeks.
Also, I’d love to test Bliss-x86 builds but I need a dedicated device to test on because my Samsung laptop is a b***h with UEFI booting and worst of all it doesn’t even have a touchscreen and doesn’t even rotate to look and feel more like a tablet. I’m looking at all the tablets over at Gearbest but these are a long way off as well.
(ideaman924, Nexus 5X Maintainer)


BlissPOP icons are almost completed for release. It will be made up of 250 icons for the initial release and with icon requests built inside it will grow from there.
(iRockaNexus 🙃)


In the land of Bliss-x86, bleeding-edge branch has been bumped up to 7.1.2r11, and we have gotten a couple people added to the list of developers, or as Henri calls himself, Tweakers :) We have added a few things to the mix for video, a switch to disable the navbar on-the-fly, and BitO has been diving in deep into kernel land and exploring with kernel-4.12rc1. Things are looking promising so far, but not booting on some of the machines that kernel-4.11 works on. Our tests with the kernel updates that Android-x86 project pushed also has a similar result, where it will not boot. So I am still hunting down the “Why” for that.
(Jon West - electrikjesus - Bliss Team Admin, x86 project lead)

Next, we would like to announce an update on new Bliss Management Structure

Team Bliss is growing, and it was alright for a while when it only took three admins, and remicks to run the show. But now that the team has grown up so to speak, and started to “be the change we want to see” in the community, it was time for our management structure to change as well. We couldn't keep the sole responsibility of the team on just a few people shoulders any longer, for it could create many problems far beyond the ones we've had already. So, we chose to adopt a more corporate structure, and upon researching what would best suit our vision, we chose to form the two parts to Bliss. Bliss Family of ROMs, and Bliss Studios. Both of these are still part of Team Bliss though, so no worries about us losing anything :)

We gathered everyone on the team that has contributed their time and effort over the last year or so, and we all voted as management. We then started working on our mission statements for each entity, and the results are as follows:

Bliss Family of Roms (non-profit)

Bliss Family of ROMs is a corporation that provides hardware, software, training and maintenance for the open source Android development community.

Bliss Family of ROMs aims to build and maintain various OS & software projects for education and the community, by providing training, development opportunities, build servers, download servers, design & development software, design opportunities, professionals and mentors in all fields revolving around Android development, at no cost.


Bliss Family of ROMs Management Structure:

Board members: BitO (BitOBsession), Vaughn (rwaterspf1), Antonio (iRockANexus), Jon (electrikjesus)
Treasurer: Donna (flower9712)
Incorporator: Jon (electrikjesus)
Founder: Jack (JackEagle)

Bliss Studios

Bliss Studios is formed in two parts. A software development company, and a software licensing company. It's aims is to provide projects that fund community development, and help developers and OEMs work together in a different way.


Software Development

The Software Development portion acts as a way to allow developers working through Bliss ROMs, and other outside developers, to monetize their work while they train. Each completed project will be made available for either online purchase or download as an addition to the free OS’s Bliss ROMs maintains, or through mobile store venues like Play Store. Each project’s team will determine the value of their project within reason. This value will be based on:
% worked per project,
Skill level PP,
# of people involved, along with average market value.
Each team will also be given the choice to make their project free, or paid. Only free projects will be included in the ROMs Bliss Family maintains, but both free and paid projects will be open to inclusion into our tiered offerings.

An “App and Development Projects” list is split up into two portions, based the a 80/20 rule. 80% of the projects will be fed to Bliss ROMs as projects for training and education. 20% of the projects will be reserved to be posted for in house development only. Following this rule will allow us enough to support both Software Development and Software Licensing as provided by Bliss Studios, derived from the talents provided by Bliss ROMs.

Licensing

The “Software Licensing” portion is what will handle our tiered OEM offerings, as well as patent filing and licensing for the many other projects Bliss Studios works on. The OEM tailored ROM packages we offer are separated into three main parts for the three main types of OEMs:

Small is the entry level package and it will include a basic set of added features and customization options to AOSP, and be priced at a rate affordable to startup OEMs.
Medium package will include a few of the larger features on top of everything included in the basic option.
Large package will include everything we can cram without sacrificing security or speed.


The package proceeds will be split up into individual package projects cut(the time those projects took to complete, the people that worked on those projects, individual time % sum per person, etc), Bliss's cut, and a % to return to the Community. This way we can ensure a fair collection per project, and a decent incentive for developers and designers to want to work on the project. Every project that has proceeds is required to give a sliding % of their choice revenue, back to the community (Bliss ROMs to be more specific).

Bliss Studios Management Structure:

Founder: Jack (JackEagle)
Board members: Jack (JackEagle), Blake (death2all110), Evan(ElfinJNoty), Jon (electrikjesus)
CTO: Jon (electrikjesus)
CEO: Jack (JackEagle)
Project Manager: Antonio (iRockANexus)
Treasurer: Donna (flower9712)
Business Manager: Giana (Ladii_Luciano)
Bliss GodFather: BitO (BitOBsession)



Now that you have seen how big our dreams are, Bliss has the hardest part to face. We know we can't reach our dreams overnight, so we need to go on a fundraising spree. Cause to be completely honest, based on the information we have been given, our old Bliss paypal hasn’t received any donations that weren't from our own team members for almost a year now, and we were forced to start a new account for the purpose of the nonprofit. The only reason we are still a part of the community is because our own team members have been floating the bills. This is why we had to drop our website host recently, and are still reconsidering free or lower cost options for downloads hosting too.
For the fundraising, we already have our new PayPal setup, and will be tying it to the nonprofit bank account as soon as we get enough funding. So for that funding, to start off, we are planning on a Teespring campaign. After that we will also be looking into what else we are able to do, while still staying within the XDA code of conduct for ROM teams. So, community suggestions are more than welcome :P

Our new PayPal for the ROM/nonprofit can be found here: https://www.paypal.me/TeamBliss



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The Android community is full of little toxic pockets where people tend to focus on all the negatives, and personally, I'm tired of it. I'm ready to devote a couple hours a week to promoting positive change. So, if I were to start a regular podcast on everything positive happening within the Android Community, what all would you like to hear about? I'm serious, pick a subject. 

And just to show how ready I am, here's a pic of my podcast go-bag ;)
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