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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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Hi, am loving the launcher and Evolve, Source and Talon - though the Talon page doesn't load. I have the app and the Blur Launcher Page and have checked it in Page Picker... but there's just a blank page there on page 2 (number one is Evolve sms). Am I missing something? 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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Restore to default icon doesn't work at my side... 
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Aw my bad man sorry! 
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Ryan Techau

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Saw this and figured I would share it here.
 
Ultimate Material Lollipop Wallpaper Collection 😉

Thanks to everyone who made and share these wonderful wallpapers,... all Thumps up! 👍👍😉
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Good lord. 
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Ryan Techau

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It's been a while since posting about this here. I have a Moto X 2nd gen and my EvolveSMS page for some reason does not carry over the theme set in app and it did not work on my original Moto X either. I remember a couple other people mentioning it didn't work on their original Moto X as well.

If it works for you what theme and page is the EvolveSMS page set to? Also what device? Trying to figure out what is going wrong on my end. 
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Yes I have tried changing themes and then restarting pages but it doesn't work no matter the theme or how many times I restart my pages unfortunately. 
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Carlos Serrano

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I've really come to love and rely on Blur since I installed it!
But I'm sorry to report I've been in hell since the 1.1.6 patch. Crashes everytime. Any suggestions?
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Report them I guess? I have seen barely any crash reports on the play store lately.
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Daniele Spadoni

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congratulation for this great app.
it will be possible to add google now to the page ? as the GEL launcher do ? 
thank you so much.
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Not unless google made a page for it. Which they won't do
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john ZmW

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I know this idea is against the launcher's main feature, but can we get an option to disable pages? 
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I just like the apps' more full experience for Klinker apps. Just wish there were more developers creating pages. 
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Michelle Yang

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Is there an option to disable pages completely? I had the evolve page but it seemed to cause a bit of lag. 
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Okay. Thanks for the reply.
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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.
 
Were can I find apps that work in the cards section?
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Alex Baguzin

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Hi.

I have two requests:

1) Could you possibly add the option to rename apps in the app drawer? Some names are too long and are not displayed fully as a result

2) It would also be very nice if you could add the ability to create folders in the app menu

Otherwise, a great launcher, so thumbs up!
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+Luke Klinker then maybe you can do something with the way the names are displayed? So that the full name is shown, even if it's long
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The included Google search bar has both the mic and Google on the same side overlapping. Might just be my phone. 
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Need an option to hide conversion headers from evolve SMS page. I have it set to "Theme defaults" in my evolve SMS app, but it's Still displayed in evolve SMS page. It hides the top most message in a conversation. So please provide an option to hide the conversation header in evolve SMS page. Thanks.
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Dude, the problem for me isn't the headers. I am happy with headers and the launcher. But in some cases it hides the message text and doesn't scroll up completely. Part of the message text was hidden behind the header. Please refer the screenshot I have provided in my other post.
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Jason Schaefer

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I know there is the ability to swipe to pull up a vertical scroll all drawer, but it would nice to see option to make the regular app drawer have option to be vertical and disable the swipe for vertical drawer.
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Understandable, I'm just so used to vertical drawer from nova launcher. But can't use nova now on nexus 6 because large folders basically crash the system. So I'll learn to make do since blur isn't giving me this issue... Now if only my app shortcuts would stop disappearing...
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Tan Zi Xian

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+Luke Klinker​ is it possible to add subgrid positioning in future updates?
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yeah
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Gary Henderson

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Is there consideration for making the app drawer look like the Android L app launcher with the white background? 
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I doubt I will ever make the drawer like that to be honest, it looks way to busy and just not very good. The transparency of kitkats was so much cleaner in my opinion.
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Michelle Yang

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Is it possible to add recent apps option in the button and gesture setting? 
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Yeah, i probably could I suppose
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I want to ask before trying it out: 
1) Is there landscape support? Wil there be?
2) How do i know which apps I can use with Blur yet?

Thanks.
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Oh :-/. 
Thanks for thea clarification.
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Josh Dodge

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It would be great if there was some sort of search when you are changing an icon. Or at least just a better way to find a specific icon you are looking for when changing said icon.
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On the talon page, while reading my timeline, it jumps automatically to the top as soon as a new tweet arrives. Is there something in the settings that I have overseen? 
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There are still some problems with live streaming on the page, I will probably take a look at them this week after my exams are done.
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