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Blur - A Launcher Replacement

Glad you decided to try out our launcher! This community is for all things Blur, whether that is discussion, homescreens, feature requests, bugs, or official announcements.

I will try to keep this post relatively short, but here is just some basic info about the app and things to note. There are also a ton of links in the community description that could be helpful to you!


Current Version
The current version is 1.1.1 (No beta available). Find the release post and changelog here: https://plus.google.com/117432358268488452276/posts/GLV2yiwxyt3


Frequently Asked Questions
We have put quite a bit of work into the "Frequent Questions" section of this app. Before asking us a question, please, please, please, check them out. Sometimes the volume for our apps can be overwhelming and a lot to keep up with! This will help us out as well as you.

To find these questions:
1.) Long click an open space on the launcher and open settings.
2.) Head to the help section of settings.
3.) Open up the "Frequent Questions" section and click the title of the item you want to read about.


Klinker Apps Extensions
1.) EvolveSMS Page:
    - You just need to install the EvolveSMS app from the play store and it will show up under the Page Picker on the launcher
    - Download link: http://goo.gl/i4mzvB

2.) Talon for Twitter Page:
    - Install Talon for Twitter from the Play Store: http://goo.gl/Jfcpzw

    - Install the Talon (Blur Launcher Page) from the Play Store: http://goo.gl/rXRkhG

    - Talon will now show up under the Page Picker


Applying Extensions
Applying pages to your launcher
1.) Long click an empty space on the homescreen, then press settings.
2.) Go to the page picker, and just hit the add button on an open page (swipe left and right to get to other pages)
3.) Next time you return to your homescreen, it will restart itself and the pages will be there!

Applying cards to the "Blur Info Page"
1.) Add the info page to your launcher with the above steps
2.) Go back to settings and click the card picker button
3.) Pressing the "Add Card" button on that screen will then bring up a list of all the available cards


Unread Badge Support (Requires Android 4.3+)
They are currently housed under the "Experimental Settings" section of the app because they are very new. You can get to this section from the 3-Dot overflow menu in settings.  There you will find information about how it works and steps to getting them going.

Here are some steps to get it enabled:
1.) Install "Blur - Unread": http://goo.gl/Gi0x18
2.) Go to "Experiment Settings" and enable the "Unread Badges" setting.
3.) Click on the notification listener option and enable the "Blur - Unread" listener.
4.) Return to your homescreen, it will restart and counts will begin to appear as they come in.

You can note the "Known Bugs" section under Experimental Settings as well.


Developer/API Support
Blur comes with some pretty awesome APIs. But how do they work? We have made a pretty extensive readme on our APIs GitHub page. Here is a link to that:

https://github.com/klinker-apps/blur-launcher-apis

Along with the apis, we have links to some open source projects that will probably be of interest to you. Check out the very basic "Hello World" examples first, I would use these as a base for any cards or pages you make. Just change the package and start with your coding/customization :)

When you start to understand the in's and out's of the APIs (it is really just fragments and views), then check out the more advanced examples. There are some custom cards (weather, next alarm, and next event) packaged with the Info Page source code. There is also the simple calculator page that has been made available and open source.

The info page is a great place to learn about dealing with custom layouts within your project and the calculator page is just a more advanced generic page.

Please note that compiling the example extra pages (info and calculator) isn't enough to get them to run on the launcher. They are set up to be packaged within Blur, so they do not have the correct manifest tags to be found from the page or card picker in their current state.



Hope you enjoy _Blur - A Launcher Replacement_
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All it needs to be my #1 launcher is icon pack support again 
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Any udpate coming soon ? Like talon plus compatibility for exemple ?

Thanks ;-)
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Thanks ;-) still using blur, love this launcher 
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See screen shot. Why does my Google bar always do this?
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IDLE 0095 (Robert)'s profile photoAndré Sari's profile photo
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The thing is, it doesnt look like there is a Google bar behind it.
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It seems sometimes when you try to rearrange a folder near the edge of the home screen, it's swipes to a page.
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Had the same happen to me. Only occurs in horizontal rearrangement, not when you move an app from say the top row to the third row of apps.
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Thomas Clendenning

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Set up with blur Launcher v2.0
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It's on HTCs themes
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Idk where i should post it but i think this is the right place because it won't happen on the talon app.
I downloaded the Talon Blur launcher addon.
And klicked on PM's and mentions and it looks like that.
Restart or reinstall won't fix it.
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Were can I find apps that work in the cards section?
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About this community

Glad you are trying out our app! This is the community for beta testing "Blur - A Launcher Replacement". To get signed up with the beta, just follow these steps: 1.) Join the community 2.) Opt-in to the beta testing from this link: http://goo.gl/80pZwq 3.) If there is a beta version currently available, you will be able to download it from the Play Store, like a normal update, in about 2 hours! The focus of this launcher is obviously the extensions and what is possible there, we aren't really into the crazy customization of some of the launchers these days, so keep that in mind. Hope you enjoy Blur! Feel free to post constructive criticism, discussion, tips and tricks, extensions you make/find, bugs, requests, ect... Just remember that if you have a request, there is always the chance of it being turned down.
 
Talon Page is not working!
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Is blur unread still working? 
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It is no longer supported. No
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Ricky Laughlin

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+Luke Klinker​ why can't we use custom icon packs anymore with last update? Will you please add custom icon pack support again please because I really wanna use this Launcher I have all the Klinker apps! 
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Maybe in the future. It isn't something I use, but I know others are interested.
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How come I can only see the page source and no cards. I have a card for weather but I can't find it. I can only swipe to source. 
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Luke Klinker's profile photoIDLE 0095 (Robert)'s profile photo
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Thanks I didn't see that. Your the best. 
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I can't get the Talon page working at all. I have just downloaded this launcher and the talon page but it just comes up blank. I have the paid for version of the Talon app installed and logged into my twitter account but nothing comes up on the Talon page. It does this one both my stock Note 4 rom and CM12.1. I'm wondering if I have missed a setup step or something ?
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thanks
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I can't wait to see what you have planned for verison 2 I love this Launcher and I think it's awesome but like everyone else I know you can add alot of new stuff keep up the good work (:
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Luke Klinker
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Blur Launcher

Admittedly, as of late, our launcher, Blur, had been starting to show a little bit of age. For me, the project was awesome, fun, and something a bit different than Talon, which has it's appeal when I need a break. 

Obviously I have never thrown myself into the project like I did with Talon, but it came together very nicely, and for an app we were giving away and made for fun, I think its functionality was right where it needed to be. 

Until recently, there wasn't really anything I had wanted to add to it. People kept asking if it was dead... Nope, I use the thing every single day, it is by far my most used app. I needed to bring it up to speed with the latest and greatest though, and I have spend the last few days doing this. Yay.


Notes:


The app is now built from Google's latest Launcher3 code and is much better prepared to adapt itself when that code changes. This is huge. Means faster updates and cooler features right from Google themselves, built into our own launcher. Launcher3 is also the base for the Google Now Launcher, for those of you that were not aware.

The app is now open source and really easy to build off of or to cherry-pick from: https://github.com/klinker24/Android-Blur-Launcher

I also open sourced a gradle-built stock Launcher3 project for anyone that doesn't want to build off of the customizations I have already added to Blur: https://github.com/klinker24/launcher3

The update isn't on the Play Store yet, there are still things on my todo list. This should be considered an alpha. Most, but not all, of the settings have been merged in, please don't comment on what is missing or what it needs at this time.

Here is a download link for Blur 2.0.0: https://www.dropbox.com/s/upfu3m0kq26v9l0/app-debug.apk?dl=0

Note that it will not install on top of the old Blur Launcher at this time. The build that I put up is not the "release" version, so if you try to side-load it on top of the old Play Store version, it will fail. You will have to uninstall that one for this build.


Try it out, I think it is pretty slick. Google's launcher, plus the best customizations and our launcher pages. If you are looking for a good app to use with Blur, Source (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.klinker.android.source&hl=en) is brilliant, it is the only app I am currently using as a launcher page.
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It is really as shame that pages never took off... I saw great potential ...
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TheNexusGen

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Looking forward to Marshmallow development of the only other launcher I've got installed. +Klinker Apps, Inc.​ is still rocking the best set of apps on my phone. Can't wait to see the launcher pull them all together.
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Is this project still existing? Last update is an year old. This launcher is great and I will use it every day 
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Josh Dodge's profile photoJacob Klinker's profile photo
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I use it, so why would I not work on it?
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TheNexusGen

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+Klinker Apps​ one thing that should be implemented, besides a general maintenance update, is the recognition by the launcher of whether the device has a software navigation bar or not, so the extra space in devices with hardware or utilizing PIE controls on the EvolveSMS page goes away, giving full screen priority to the cobversation. Same goes for Talon and the FAB both in-app and on the Blur page.
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None of those have anything to do with the launcher actually.
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André Sari

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Will there be any updates in the Future?..
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Sounds good, thank you:)
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TheNexusGen

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I'm curious to know if it would be possible to add a little customization to the Blur page for Talon and Talon Plus, so you can have both a light and dark page, instead of the default dark page. I love using the launcher, but the coloring is just inconsistent and Talon's page plugin is the only one that hasn't really been touched since it launched.
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Luke Klinker's profile photoTheNexusGen's profile photo
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Alright.  Good to have an answer :) Thanks.
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Is anyone else having lag issues with this launcher?  When ever I back out of an app and back to the home screen its lags BIG time.  I don't know what is causing it.
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I have this. Especially noticeable when you close all the apps from the multitasking menu
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