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Cliff Wade

Cliff Wade 

Technology addict who is addicted to music, things that go beep, the internet and Android. Founder/Chief Editor of TechDissected.com

Occupation: Currently working at TeslaCoilSW/Nova Launcher and running http://TechDissected.com on a day to day basis.

Followers: 30,404

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Cliff Wade has been at 3 events

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Tha Phlash10,974We got the best icons designers right by the best themers. Nobody is wasting nobody. That... is a miracle. And miracles is the way things ought to be. This Friday the best icon designers will join forces to give you some goodies so this is a party you do not want to miss because WE got the streets, suckers! Can you dig it? Where its happening? Its Live from a virtual nightclub called mixify, You can access it from here http://www.mixify.com/thaphlash/event/tha-warriors-party Waaaarrrrrriiiorsss, come out to pla-ay!Tha Warriors Party2014-06-14 00:00:00303  
Tha Phlash10,974Music, icons, booze and impending doom. Celebrate 2014 Tha best way... THA PHLASH WAY! Using a browser to get in the club: http://www.mixify.com/thaphlash Using mobile? get the app, easy:  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.com.mixify.mobile&hl=en A few things to know... Where its happening? In a virtual nightclub called mixify, You can access the room from my event page http://www.mixify.com/thaphlash/ Walk-in prizes? The minute you step in the club, ill give you Tha Firework icon pack under the form of a discount code to apply at checkout when you get it from my website www.tha-icon.com This is live, so FYI  if the event suddenly concludes on its own. (or my pc crash under the awesomeness)  I usually end up making a new event right away, and 15 minutes later I'm back at it without any problems. Your grown ups, you'll find me again right? This party was funded by all the tippers from the Star wars party we had a while back. Expect all tips from this event to go towards... Yes.. a even bigger party so yea... Party mode or go home.New Years Bash with Tha Phlash2014-01-02 05:00:00284  
Google+13,941,190The Google+ team will be sharing a few updates. RSVP to this event to watch the broadcast live.A Morning with Google+2013-10-29 17:30:0033489  

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2017-05-23 14:25:00 (29 comments; 1 reshares; 79 +1s; )Open 

Ask me anything: THE ANSWERS!

Do you use another launcher besides Nova?
Not as a daily driver and this isn't the case simply because I work for Nova. I've been using Nova since June 9th, 2012 and I pretty much switched to it full time about 6 months later. I was previously a Launcher Pro user and an Apex Launcher user, but my time with those were very short.

I do however have a long list of launchers installed on my device simply for testing purposes as there are often issues that come up that I have to check to see if other launchers do the same or whatever. So I am constantly changing between launchers but only for brief periods of time.

Do you like pizza? What topping?
Isn't it against the law to not like pizza? Pepperoni, cheddar and feta cheese, Italian sausage, chicken and of course, pineapple.

How did you start... more »

Most reshares: 17

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2017-05-25 20:48:44 (20 comments; 17 reshares; 382 +1s; )Open 

5.2-beta1 May 25, 2017

-Dots! Android O style notification badges
-Round searchbar style
-Performance improvements
-Minor fixes for Android O

(May take a few hours to appear on your Google Play)

Opt-in to betas at:

https://play.google.com/apps/testing/com.teslacoilsw.launcher

Or download the APK

http://teslacoilsw.com/tesladirect/download.pl?packageName=com.teslacoilsw.launcher&betaType=public

Older Versions:

Latest Stable APK: 5.1.1 May 9, 2017

http://teslacoilsw.com/tesladirect/download.pl?packageName=com.teslacoilsw.launcher&betaType=public&versionCode=51100

Most plusones: 382

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2017-05-25 20:48:44 (20 comments; 17 reshares; 382 +1s; )Open 

5.2-beta1 May 25, 2017

-Dots! Android O style notification badges
-Round searchbar style
-Performance improvements
-Minor fixes for Android O

(May take a few hours to appear on your Google Play)

Opt-in to betas at:

https://play.google.com/apps/testing/com.teslacoilsw.launcher

Or download the APK

http://teslacoilsw.com/tesladirect/download.pl?packageName=com.teslacoilsw.launcher&betaType=public

Older Versions:

Latest Stable APK: 5.1.1 May 9, 2017

http://teslacoilsw.com/tesladirect/download.pl?packageName=com.teslacoilsw.launcher&betaType=public&versionCode=51100

Latest 50 posts

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2017-05-29 01:05:36 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 55 +1s; )Open 

The sun setting over Rome, GA tonight.

#Sunset #Sky #Clouds #Colors #Pretty #Spring #Pictures #Photography #Google #PixelXL #ShotByPixel 

The sun setting over Rome, GA tonight.

#Sunset #Sky #Clouds #Colors #Pretty #Spring #Pictures #Photography #Google #PixelXL #ShotByPixel ___

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2017-05-28 17:56:08 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

This right here lets you know how amazingly safe and sturdy race cars of any kind can be now days.

Seeing this accident you are almost certain someone got hurt or worse. Yet both drivers walked away on their own power and are doing fine.

A camera man close to the accident when it happened has been taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

#Indy500 #RaceCars #CarRacing #FormulaOne #F1

This right here lets you know how amazingly safe and sturdy race cars of any kind can be now days.

Seeing this accident you are almost certain someone got hurt or worse. Yet both drivers walked away on their own power and are doing fine.

A camera man close to the accident when it happened has been taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

#Indy500 #RaceCars #CarRacing #FormulaOne #F1___

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2017-05-28 17:46:20 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

These icons by +Tim Austin are currently marked down to FREE in the Play Store.

#Google #Android #FreeStuff #PlayStore #IconPacks #MGPGA

These icons by +Tim Austin are currently marked down to FREE in the Play Store.

#Google #Android #FreeStuff #PlayStore #IconPacks #MGPGA___

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2017-05-28 17:40:38 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

+Bianca Wade​ and I are celebrating National Hamburger Day today, in style!

#NationalHamburgerDay #Hamburger #FoodPorn #Food #FoodMakesHerHappy #WhiteCheddar #Noodles #Photography #Pictures #Google #PixelXL #ShotByPixel

+Bianca Wade​ and I are celebrating National Hamburger Day today, in style!

#NationalHamburgerDay #Hamburger #FoodPorn #Food #FoodMakesHerHappy #WhiteCheddar #Noodles #Photography #Pictures #Google #PixelXL #ShotByPixel___

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2017-05-28 02:49:28 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Some decent movies on sale as well for the Memorial Day Weekend.

#Android #Google #PlayStore #Movies #OnSale #MGPGA

Some decent movies on sale as well for the Memorial Day Weekend.

#Android #Google #PlayStore #Movies #OnSale #MGPGA___

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2017-05-28 02:48:40 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Some great TV series are on sale for Memorial Day this weekend. Get them while you can!

#Android #Google #PlayStore #TVSeries #Movies #Shows #MGPGA

Some great TV series are on sale for Memorial Day this weekend. Get them while you can!

#Android #Google #PlayStore #TVSeries #Movies #Shows #MGPGA___

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2017-05-27 20:01:41 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

I'm by no means an Allman Brothers fan, but sad to see Gregg Allman pass away at the young age of 69.

#RIP #RestInPeace #GreggAllman #AllmanBrothers

I'm by no means an Allman Brothers fan, but sad to see Gregg Allman pass away at the young age of 69.

#RIP #RestInPeace #GreggAllman #AllmanBrothers___

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2017-05-27 18:43:59 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

This one isn't free, but it's half price, which still a great deal.

#Google #Android #Apps #FreeStuff #PlayStore #MGPGA

This one isn't free, but it's half price, which still a great deal.

#Google #Android #Apps #FreeStuff #PlayStore #MGPGA___

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2017-05-27 18:43:00 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

This game was originally .99 cents as well but it's currently FREE.

#Google #Android #Apps #FreeStuff #PlayStore #MGPGA

This game was originally .99 cents as well but it's currently FREE.

#Google #Android #Apps #FreeStuff #PlayStore #MGPGA___

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2017-05-27 18:42:07 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Solitaire card game that was originally .99 cents that is now FREE for a short period of time.

#Google #Android #Apps #FreeStuff #PlayStore #MGPGA

Solitaire card game that was originally .99 cents that is now FREE for a short period of time.

#Google #Android #Apps #FreeStuff #PlayStore #MGPGA___

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2017-05-27 18:41:17 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Previously .99 cents, now it's FREE for a limited time!

#Google #Android #Apps #FreeStuff #PlayStore #MGPGA

Previously .99 cents, now it's FREE for a limited time!

#Google #Android #Apps #FreeStuff #PlayStore #MGPGA___

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2017-05-27 17:22:24 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

Was out walking around a bit ago and decided to grab a picture of these pretty pink flowers.

#Flowers #Pretty #Pink #Spring #Colors #Pictures #Photography #Google #PixelXL #ShotByPixel #MGPGA

Was out walking around a bit ago and decided to grab a picture of these pretty pink flowers.

#Flowers #Pretty #Pink #Spring #Colors #Pictures #Photography #Google #PixelXL #ShotByPixel #MGPGA___

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2017-05-27 01:02:24 (6 comments; 1 reshares; 161 +1s; )Open 

Took this picture of a bloom on a Magnolia tree earlier today. One of my favorite flowers of all time.

#Flowers #Spring #Colors #White #Bloom #Trees #Magnolia #Pictures #Photography #GooglePixel #PixelXL #ShotByPixel #MGPGA #DerekRoss

Took this picture of a bloom on a Magnolia tree earlier today. One of my favorite flowers of all time.

#Flowers #Spring #Colors #White #Bloom #Trees #Magnolia #Pictures #Photography #GooglePixel #PixelXL #ShotByPixel #MGPGA #DerekRoss___

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2017-05-27 00:22:19 (7 comments; 1 reshares; 25 +1s; )Open 

If you're looking for a new music streaming service now is the time to check out Google Play Music as you'll get 4 months for free with this special deal.

#Android #Google #GooglePlayMusic #PlayMusic #FreeStuff #MGPGA #DerekRoss

If you're looking for a new music streaming service now is the time to check out Google Play Music as you'll get 4 months for free with this special deal.

#Android #Google #GooglePlayMusic #PlayMusic #FreeStuff #MGPGA #DerekRoss___

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2017-05-26 22:28:13 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

This is probably one of the best deals available. This app was previously $4.99 but as of right now it's FREE.

#Google #Android #Apps #FreeStuff #DerekRoss #MGPGA

This is probably one of the best deals available. This app was previously $4.99 but as of right now it's FREE.

#Google #Android #Apps #FreeStuff #DerekRoss #MGPGA___

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2017-05-26 22:26:56 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Previously $1.49 but marked down to FREE for a limited time. Get it now!

#Google #Android #Apps #FreeStuff #DerekRoss #MGPGA

Previously $1.49 but marked down to FREE for a limited time. Get it now!

#Google #Android #Apps #FreeStuff #DerekRoss #MGPGA___

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2017-05-26 22:24:59 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

This app was previously .99 cents, but it's marked down to FREE for a limited time so grab it while you can.

#Google #Android #Apps #FreeStuff #DerekRoss #MGPGA

This app was previously .99 cents, but it's marked down to FREE for a limited time so grab it while you can.

#Google #Android #Apps #FreeStuff #DerekRoss #MGPGA___

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2017-05-26 22:17:00 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 31 +1s; )Open 

Below is a current list of the Google+ Collections I currently have. This list will be growing over the coming months and starting today 99% of everything I post will go into a Collection of some sort so make sure you are following them to see the content!

Free Apps And Games From The Google Play Store: https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/YsBYCE

All About Android: https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/MPoQCE

Nova Launcher: All About The Android Launcher: https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/AyQPCE

World Of Wallpapers: https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/0yMPCE

Video Games: All About The Games I Play: https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/YHXvh

Random Musings: https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/YKWpb

Photography: Capturing Things One Frame At A Time:... more »

Below is a current list of the Google+ Collections I currently have. This list will be growing over the coming months and starting today 99% of everything I post will go into a Collection of some sort so make sure you are following them to see the content!

Free Apps And Games From The Google Play Store: https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/YsBYCE

All About Android: https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/MPoQCE

Nova Launcher: All About The Android Launcher: https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/AyQPCE

World Of Wallpapers: https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/0yMPCE

Video Games: All About The Games I Play: https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/YHXvh

Random Musings: https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/YKWpb

Photography: Capturing Things One Frame At A Time: https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/kOp0Z

If you are interested in me starting up any other Collections to post to based on things that I do post, please let me know and I'll see what I can do.

#GooglePlus #Collections #MakeGooglePlusGreatAgain #MGPGA #DerekRoss

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2017-05-26 18:31:33 (15 comments; 3 reshares; 167 +1s; )Open 

5.2-beta2 May 26, 2017

-Fix transparency option not showing for round searchbar
-Fix FCs

(May take a few hours to appear on your Google Play)

Opt-in to betas at

https://play.google.com/apps/testing/com.teslacoilsw.launcher

Or download the APK

http://teslacoilsw.com/tesladirect/download.pl?packageName=com.teslacoilsw.launcher&betaType=public

Older Versions:

Previous Beta APK: 5.2-beta1 May 25, 2017

http://teslacoilsw.com/tesladirect/download.pl?packageName=com.teslacoilsw.launcher&betaType=public&versionCode=51901

Latest Stable APK: 5.1.1 May 9, 2017

http://teslacoilsw.com/tesladirect/download.pl?packageName=com.teslacoilsw.launcher&betaType=public&versionCode=51100

5.2-beta2 May 26, 2017

-Fix transparency option not showing for round searchbar
-Fix FCs

(May take a few hours to appear on your Google Play)

Opt-in to betas at

https://play.google.com/apps/testing/com.teslacoilsw.launcher

Or download the APK

http://teslacoilsw.com/tesladirect/download.pl?packageName=com.teslacoilsw.launcher&betaType=public

Older Versions:

Previous Beta APK: 5.2-beta1 May 25, 2017

http://teslacoilsw.com/tesladirect/download.pl?packageName=com.teslacoilsw.launcher&betaType=public&versionCode=51901

Latest Stable APK: 5.1.1 May 9, 2017

http://teslacoilsw.com/tesladirect/download.pl?packageName=com.teslacoilsw.launcher&betaType=public&versionCode=51100___

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2017-05-26 13:27:02 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 34 +1s; )Open 

That new Nova Launcher beta-5.2.-beta-1 released yesterday and thanks to the fine folks over at +Android Police for sourcing me in this article below.

Specifically thank you to +Rita El Khoury for that mention. Good to see someone reads my changelog posts in the beta community! :)

#NovaLauncher #Dots #AndroidO #Badges #Android #Google #DerekRoss

That new Nova Launcher beta-5.2.-beta-1 released yesterday and thanks to the fine folks over at +Android Police for sourcing me in this article below.

Specifically thank you to +Rita El Khoury for that mention. Good to see someone reads my changelog posts in the beta community! :)

#NovaLauncher #Dots #AndroidO #Badges #Android #Google #DerekRoss___

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2017-05-26 00:11:43 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

+Android Police wrote about this today and within seconds of seeing the post I had this waiting for me in Google Photos.

As you can all tell, I take a lot of pictures of my kitty, Bess, and I think she enjoys it.

This is probably the best thing that +Google Photos and Assistant has ever done.

#Kitty #Bess #MovieTime #MeowMovie

+Android Police wrote about this today and within seconds of seeing the post I had this waiting for me in Google Photos.

As you can all tell, I take a lot of pictures of my kitty, Bess, and I think she enjoys it.

This is probably the best thing that +Google Photos and Assistant has ever done.

#Kitty #Bess #MovieTime #MeowMovie___

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2017-05-25 20:48:44 (20 comments; 17 reshares; 382 +1s; )Open 

5.2-beta1 May 25, 2017

-Dots! Android O style notification badges
-Round searchbar style
-Performance improvements
-Minor fixes for Android O

(May take a few hours to appear on your Google Play)

Opt-in to betas at:

https://play.google.com/apps/testing/com.teslacoilsw.launcher

Or download the APK

http://teslacoilsw.com/tesladirect/download.pl?packageName=com.teslacoilsw.launcher&betaType=public

Older Versions:

Latest Stable APK: 5.1.1 May 9, 2017

http://teslacoilsw.com/tesladirect/download.pl?packageName=com.teslacoilsw.launcher&betaType=public&versionCode=51100

5.2-beta1 May 25, 2017

-Dots! Android O style notification badges
-Round searchbar style
-Performance improvements
-Minor fixes for Android O

(May take a few hours to appear on your Google Play)

Opt-in to betas at:

https://play.google.com/apps/testing/com.teslacoilsw.launcher

Or download the APK

http://teslacoilsw.com/tesladirect/download.pl?packageName=com.teslacoilsw.launcher&betaType=public

Older Versions:

Latest Stable APK: 5.1.1 May 9, 2017

http://teslacoilsw.com/tesladirect/download.pl?packageName=com.teslacoilsw.launcher&betaType=public&versionCode=51100___

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2017-05-25 19:37:18 (1 comments; 8 reshares; 38 +1s; )Open 

Here's a list of FREE APPS AND GAMES from the Google Play Store.

Floating Shortcuts: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.geekstools.floatshort.PRO&hl=en

Gravity Home Pro: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=physlaunchpro.kiio.es&hl=en

Bubble Level Pro: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gamma.bubblelevel2&hl=en

Car-Bluetooth-Activator: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.bluetoothactivator&hl=en

Astrolapp Planets and Sky Map: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mkreidl.astrolapp&hl=en

Advanced First Responder: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.redimedic.advancedfirstresponder&hl=en

Pinion Desk Clock:... more »

Here's a list of FREE APPS AND GAMES from the Google Play Store.

Floating Shortcuts: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.geekstools.floatshort.PRO&hl=en

Gravity Home Pro: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=physlaunchpro.kiio.es&hl=en

Bubble Level Pro: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gamma.bubblelevel2&hl=en

Car-Bluetooth-Activator: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.bluetoothactivator&hl=en

Astrolapp Planets and Sky Map: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mkreidl.astrolapp&hl=en

Advanced First Responder: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.redimedic.advancedfirstresponder&hl=en

Pinion Desk Clock: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pinion.piniondeskclock&hl=en

AceSpeeder3: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.raingraph.acespeeder3&hl=en

VR Space: The Last Mission: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.loadinghome.vrspacelastmission&hl=en

You Lose: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=youlose.kiio.es&hl=en

The Passenger: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=tps2.loading.home&hl=en

WHITE SNIPER HD – Vector Run: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.smallchimps.shadowvector&hl=en

Captain Cowboy: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.se.wadonk.ccp&hl=en

PIXELATION ICON PACK: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=black.pixel.icons.ddt&hl=en

Nimbbi: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.vertumus.nimbbi&hl=en

Atran: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.vertumus.atran&hl=en

Alos: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.hd.plane&hl=en

XIM: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mowmo.xim&hl=en

Magme: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.daviidh.magme&hl=en

Rewun: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.vertumus.rewun&hl=en

#Google #Android #FreeStuff #FreeApps #FreeGames #FreeIcons___

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2017-05-25 18:38:08 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

There has been a major security vulnerability found in several media player apps such as VLC, Kodi and others. Kodi for Android has already been patched to protect users against this vulnerability.

#Google #Android #Kodi #VLC #Vulnerability #Security

There has been a major security vulnerability found in several media player apps such as VLC, Kodi and others. Kodi for Android has already been patched to protect users against this vulnerability.

#Google #Android #Kodi #VLC #Vulnerability #Security___

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2017-05-25 18:35:54 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

Here are some more FREE ICONS on the Google Play Store!

h/t +K.P. Smith

#Google #Android #FreeIcons #FreeStuff #DerekRoss

Here are some more FREE ICONS on the Google Play Store!

h/t +K.P. Smith

#Google #Android #FreeIcons #FreeStuff #DerekRoss___

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2017-05-25 18:35:20 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Here are some more FREE ICONS on the Google Play Store!

h/t +K.P. Smith

#Google #Android #FreeIcons #FreeStuff #DerekRoss

Here are some more FREE ICONS on the Google Play Store!

h/t +K.P. Smith

#Google #Android #FreeIcons #FreeStuff #DerekRoss___

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2017-05-25 18:34:38 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Here are some more FREE ICONS on the Google Play Store!

h/t +K.P. Smith

#Google #Android #FreeIcons #FreeStuff #DerekRoss

Here are some more FREE ICONS on the Google Play Store!

h/t +K.P. Smith

#Google #Android #FreeIcons #FreeStuff #DerekRoss___

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2017-05-25 17:19:46 (10 comments; 2 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 

Hard to believe that 40 years ago today this movie was given to us by George Lucas and friends. It totally changed movies, Sci-Fi movies at least, completely and forever.

This is a series of movies that I've been passionate about since the day I saw it, May 25th, 1977 and to this day is still my favorite all time series of movies and always will be.

Forty years later Star Wars is just as strong as it was 15 years ago, 25 years ago and even 30 years ago. It's become an empire of all empires in so many ways.

+Star Wars will be around forever it seems, especially now that it's owned by Disney. And I have no complaints of it being around for the rest of my life!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Star Wars. May the force forever be with you!

#StarWars #Birthday #FortyYearsOfStarWars

Hard to believe that 40 years ago today this movie was given to us by George Lucas and friends. It totally changed movies, Sci-Fi movies at least, completely and forever.

This is a series of movies that I've been passionate about since the day I saw it, May 25th, 1977 and to this day is still my favorite all time series of movies and always will be.

Forty years later Star Wars is just as strong as it was 15 years ago, 25 years ago and even 30 years ago. It's become an empire of all empires in so many ways.

+Star Wars will be around forever it seems, especially now that it's owned by Disney. And I have no complaints of it being around for the rest of my life!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Star Wars. May the force forever be with you!

#StarWars #Birthday #FortyYearsOfStarWars___

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2017-05-25 15:00:59 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

I read this article last night about the Un-Carrier +T-Mobile and what they are going to be offering come May 31st to try and lure +Verizon customers to switch over to their service.

It's a great read and it really has me thinking and considering switching over ASAP.

#GetOutOfTheRed #TMobile #Verizon

I read this article last night about the Un-Carrier +T-Mobile and what they are going to be offering come May 31st to try and lure +Verizon customers to switch over to their service.

It's a great read and it really has me thinking and considering switching over ASAP.

#GetOutOfTheRed #TMobile #Verizon___

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2017-05-25 14:11:52 (12 comments; 3 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

This is pretty much in tune with the post I made a week or so ago. It's not someone whining and bitching to whine and bitch, but a long time user voicing his opinion on a place he loves and has loved for a long time.

Everything +Joseph Hindy stated here is absolutely true and I agree with it all, just as he agreed with most of my post that I made. Joseph has been here for a very long time and I've followed him pretty much from the day he arrived, but I rarely see posts from him and that's a shame because he's actually one of only a handful of bloggers that I like and even want to read articles from. But I rarely ever see his posts and I can often go weeks without seeing posts from him.

As I have stated in other places, I did have a Hangouts with +Leo Deegan the other night and it was very promising and I feel there's sincerity in what he told me as far as the G+... more »

Here is my final post on what's wrong with Google+

I have seen a lot of posts about what's wrong with Google+ over the course of the last couple of months. In fact, they are some of the largest posts in my news feed. It seems like a lot of people have left the site and pretty much the only people left are trying to figure out what went wrong.

I have posted about this before, ad nauseum, so I've decided to put my final thoughts on the matter all in one post and then just leave it there, for better or for worse. I really enjoyed Google+. I'm not leaving, but I feel like this place will never have the kind of vibrant ecosystem that it once had. It happens.

So while my laptop slowly dies in front me, I shall type out my final thoughts on Google+ and then proceed with my usual ramblings about new tech I bought or my posts on Android Authority. I promise, this is my last one. Here's hoping the G+ teams at least glances over it :P

1. The news feed algorithm sucks
This is by far the worst offender, and one that I've seen people complain about for years. The algorithm simply does a bad job at guessing what people want to see. I haven't seen a post from Mike Elgan on my news feed in 3 years. Many fellow bloggers (the few that are left standing here anyway) don't show up. Most of the websites, news sites, and blogs I follow don't either. In fact, during the course of my average day, I see posts from maybe about 25 people. I follow far more than that. The algorithm doesn't show me the rest.

I've had followers tell me that they didn't even know I was still active here because their feed doesn't show me anymore. It doesn't seem to matter who it is or how often they're active. The algorithm simply isn't showing people what they want to see. At least, based on all the posts, replies, and discussions I've seen, that seems to be what a ton of people are saying.

It's also my number 1 sticking point personally. You can't follow trends at all (hashtags only barely still exist here). Whether or not you see current events is random at best. One time, I saw a post by +Roy Hembree​​​​​​ at the top of my feed. He had just finished constructing a fence. The post right after it? Why, it was Roy's post from 4 hours prior about how he was about to start building a fence. Thanks Google+.

Now, the normies probably don't mind this so much. The Facebook/Instagram/Pinterest mentality of "we're not here for the latest, just show us stuff we've not seen yet" is a demographic that is not complaining about this. However, some of the most engaging, long tenured members and some of the biggest power users have lost a lot of their steam here because we can't talk about the latest thing anymore unless G+ just so happens to bring it up for us. Talking about the latest thing won't show engagement for hours sometimes. Why bother posting about the latest current event if no one's going to see it until tomorrow? Then it doesn't matter anymore.

Thus, I believe that the terrible algorithm is a large reason why some of the more loyal G+-ers have left the site, have stopped posting, or are currently complaining. I would prefer a chronological order. At worst, something like what twitter does. Show the posts in order and then interrupt the feed every now and then for a "stuff you may have missed" section. The full algorithm isn't doing it's job and is literally preventing active users from engaging with one another. Just because I don't +1 someone's post or share it doesn't mean I don't want to see it, Google+.

2. The site is actually losing large companies, people with large followings, etc
I went through my circles a while ago and started dropping people who haven't been active in at least 6 months. Included are huge companies like the official NHL page (and most team-specific pages), several large news/tech sites, and many prominent bloggers (including some from Android Authority).

Facts are facts. People and companies that matter are leaving this place. Even if the news feed is a bunch of random posts from anytime within the last 2-3 days, not having official NHL news (or any NHL teams) lowers the quality of the hockey content significantly. Likewise with news sites, tech sites, and big personalities. The news feed is simply a worse place without them.

If Google+ is going to grow stronger, they gotta find a way to make the platform appealing enough to bring those things back. I come here because of tech, but my hockey G+ circle is literally entirely gone. I go elsewhere for my interests outside of tech. I suspect many others have as well (maybe not hockey, but i'm sure that's not the only interest that's not represented well here anymore).

This also kind of ties into the algorithm. I can see why big sites and companies kind of throw in the towel here when it seems like no one is interested in their content. In reality, a lot of people who are interested may not be seeing it. I didn't know the NHL was inactive until I looked myself because I'm so used to the G+ news feed not showing me everything I follow.

3. The robots made everything seem better than it was
My 50k followers aren't all real people. In fact, most of them aren't. It gave me a false sense of happiness and I'm mad that it was a lie. Likewise, spam comments, spam follows, spam shares...while it makes the numbers on a post look better, the content is hollow, empty, and lacks engagement. Spam has been discussed in a big way in +Cliff Wade​​​​​​'s Google+ post (linked just below), so I won't go into it here since I agree with a lot of it:
https://plus.google.com/+CliffWade/posts/Dfa4b1i7Aka

4. Google+ started out about people, now it's about stuff
When Google+ first started, it was about people. Managing and building circles, creating connections, chatting with random people about stuff you had in common, etc. A lot of the loyal, long time users refer to those as 'the good old days'. When collections first appeared, the focus shifted from people to stuff. Collections got a lot of space on the news feed and were suggested very heavily for follows.

I agree that G+ needed to focus a little more on stuff. Collections as a whole isn't a bad idea. However, there are some things that individuals and communities do better than collections. Communities do a better job of bringing people together around a topic they all enjoy. Individuals are better at creating hyper-local conversations about things between them and their followers.

Collections exist somewhere between that. I follow a wallpapers collection that I can never contribute to. There are no collections with a consistent presence of NHL news. The best use for collections that I've seen is when people put their stuff in different ones. Thus, if I don't want to listen to a tech blogger ramble about politics, I can unfollow their political rants collection and just see their normal stuff. They're like single-person communities and that phrase is an oxymoron.

I can handle collections existing. However, I think the over exposure of collections and the over emphasis on them created more harm than good. It was too far of a swing and it didn't balance well with the existing content and features of Google+. The "way it used to be" doesn't have to be the only way it has to be...but drowning it out entirely is also a bad idea. There's a middle ground. I believe Google+ should try to find it.

5. Some of the services that got ripped out of here were needed here
I agree with a lot of the services becoming their own platforms. Google Photos and Hangouts are better as individual platforms.

However, what I totally disagree with is that those platforms are no longer supported here. You can no longer have a hangouts tab open on G+. Google Photos is no longer directly integrated with Google+ (no more notifications about auto-awesomes). I still get Photos notifications when someone joins a collection, but if I want to see what the platform is doing any given day, I have to open the app. Another thing to check every day. Literally twice as much work for something that used to just take place here. Maybe that's the real sentence that matters. A lot of people could justify logging in and being active here because it allowed them to do engage with Google+ and do other Google things. I'll be honest, I signed in far less frequently when YT and Hangouts integration died. I could reply to YouTube comments and chat in Hangouts AND check Google+ AND do other stuff in one tab. Now I need 2+ tabs and a browser extension. Chrome eats too much RAM already, so G+ is usually the first tab that gets shut down.

But it's not just that. Being able to share YT videos by commenting on the YT video and clicking that "and also share on G+ box" was awesome. Being able to read and respond to YT comment replies in G+ was also pretty great (they're still there kind of but the functionality keeps getting scaled back and let's face it, it'll be gone soon).

Hangouts on Air wasn't being used much anymore, but when your focus is collections and not people, a drop in popularity for those kinds of platforms is expected. I remember joinable Hangouts being a fun activity around this time of night. Then those stopped, then people started doing fewer shows, then it was removed altogether. This also ties into the algorithm. How was open hangouts video chats supposed to succeed when nobody knew it was happening for potentially hours? Seriously, the algorithm ties into almost everything.

I'm not saying that these platforms had to be completely entwined with G+, but G+ used to be a really cool kind of hub for a lot of these other services. I feel like expanding on that a little bit would've been better than removing them altogether. Having a photos tab on G+ to sort through Google Photos, having the Hangouts functionality and YT functionality there. Hell, G+ could've added Google Now support. Open up http://plus.google.com and get the weather, news articles according to my interests, see my upcoming Google Calendar events, AND posts from individuals/collections/communities (in an order that makes sense for once)? Count me the hell in!

Long story short, Google+ was more dynamic and fun when it was connected to Google's other platforms and Google's other platforms were (at least a little) connected to G+. Especially if you consider the kinds of ridiculous things we could be doing in the alternate reality where G+ added to its feature set instead of subtracted (or tried goofy crap that didn't work, like Spaces. Ugh, so glad that's dead). I still think adding Google Now to G+ is a good idea. Let us check all of our Google notifications here. Just let the velvety blanket of Google wash over this place. It'll be fine.

Wrap up
The Google+ team hasn't done a horrible job with this place. However, many of us have noted how much less aggressive Google+ has been since Vic left the company a few years ago. Even if it's not the best change, any change at this point would be appreciated. Something to liven this place up. I believe most of the work will have to be done with incremental updates and user testing. However, the G+ team needs to come up with a couple of ideas, roll them out suddenly, and make a big deal about it.

In reality, I think the "good old days" that we long time members refer to are the days when G+ used to change in a meaningful way. Remember when auto-awesomes came out? And when Mr. Jingles got themed for holidays? Or when we could post giant emoji as our images to convey the emotion of our posts and new ones were added/removed all the time? Then there were things like late night Hangouts, circle shares, and that little box with trending hashtags that disappeared a while ago? Those were the "good old days". Everyone goofing around, posting stuff, talking to each other. Exploring new features, using them in our posts. It might not have been driving tons of new people in, but word of mouth was strong. There was ALWAYS something to do here. Now it's more of the same. "Shut up and scroll" lol. Yes, the topics these days are a little more serious (thank you politics, ugh), but Google+ used to be a moving, breathing creature that we had to re-learn and play with almost every other month. That was fun.

It reminds me a lot of how T-Mobile is now. Aggressive, not afraid of change, not afraid of bucking trends and trying new things. Big social presences and huge word of mouth. G+ was likes that. Bold, fast, and most importantly, different.

The good news is that based on activity I've seen in the last few days, the G+ seems to be listening and ready to start making some changes. I just hope that they're good changes.

I guess that's everything I have to say. I love it here and I don't want to leave. I'm probably not ever going to leave and will just roll with the punches however it turns out. I guess I'm just silly like that (insert giant tongue out emoji that Google+ took away from us)___This is pretty much in tune with the post I made a week or so ago. It's not someone whining and bitching to whine and bitch, but a long time user voicing his opinion on a place he loves and has loved for a long time.

Everything +Joseph Hindy stated here is absolutely true and I agree with it all, just as he agreed with most of my post that I made. Joseph has been here for a very long time and I've followed him pretty much from the day he arrived, but I rarely see posts from him and that's a shame because he's actually one of only a handful of bloggers that I like and even want to read articles from. But I rarely ever see his posts and I can often go weeks without seeing posts from him.

As I have stated in other places, I did have a Hangouts with +Leo Deegan the other night and it was very promising and I feel there's sincerity in what he told me as far as the G+ team is working on things and that there are changes coming in the future.

I know +Carter Gibson has had a few things to say in comments on various posts as well and I believe between himself, Leo, +Leanne Osborne and the rest of the G+ team we're going to see those changes soon.

Posts like this matter folks, they truly do. As long as they are done correctly and for the right reasons and +Joseph Hindy has definitely achieved both.

I hope the G+ team will look at this post and take some of the things mentioned here into consideration as well as other things mentioned in my post and other similar posts.

In the end, I'm not leaving here either until I'm forced to leave. I hope we can get this place back to what it once was. While we won't get it back exactly, and I know +Joseph Hindy, myself and others know that, we could get it back to a place where it's fun again and where we see more of the things we want to see and care about.

I think that's it for me on this share of this post so I'll end this with a new hashtag I'm going to start using as much as possible for posts like this and other similar things. I hope you all will join me in doing the same thing.

#MakeGooglePlusGreatAgain #MGPGA

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2017-05-24 19:38:49 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

So awesome to see this post made by the amazing +Leo Deegan earlier today.

I made a little post a week or so ago:

https://plus.google.com/u/0/+CliffWade/posts/Dfa4b1i7Aka

This post gained a lot of traction it seems and to see Leo post this today is super awesome. This lets me know that posts like mine, which Leo himself did comment on, along with +Carter Gibson, are being watched and read by the G+ team here on Google.

This alone reassures me that things are going to be happening and that the place that I call home away from home isn't dead, isn't going away and will only get better. While it might not happen tomorrow or next week, it's going to happen.

I had the pleasure of speaking to Leo personally via Hangouts the other night for a bit over an hour. While I can't discuss the things that we spoke about, I can assure you they go... more »

What's new with Google+

Hey there Plussers! I'm your friendly neighborhood Server Eng Manger, and I wanted to take a little time to tell you some of the great things the G+ team is working on. As always, we listen carefully to your feedback, and in the coming months, we'll be focusing on your most highly requested areas of improvement, including:

• Better spam control
• Enhanced community moderation
• Improvements to the web user experience
• More intuitive navigation and discovery
• Cleaner notifications

And more that we'll reveal as they become available ;)

We've heard your desire to stay informed about G+ product updates. Going forward, you can expect to hear more from me; our Product Managers, like +John Nack, our Program Managers, like +Carter Gibson; and Community Managers, like +Leanne Osborne and +Madeleine DeRome. We'll try our best to reply to questions and keep you up to date on all the great progress.

Thanks!
___So awesome to see this post made by the amazing +Leo Deegan earlier today.

I made a little post a week or so ago:

https://plus.google.com/u/0/+CliffWade/posts/Dfa4b1i7Aka

This post gained a lot of traction it seems and to see Leo post this today is super awesome. This lets me know that posts like mine, which Leo himself did comment on, along with +Carter Gibson, are being watched and read by the G+ team here on Google.

This alone reassures me that things are going to be happening and that the place that I call home away from home isn't dead, isn't going away and will only get better. While it might not happen tomorrow or next week, it's going to happen.

I had the pleasure of speaking to Leo personally via Hangouts the other night for a bit over an hour. While I can't discuss the things that we spoke about, I can assure you they go hand in hand with what this post by him states.

This is just the beginning folks. This place we love so much that Google named G+ is going to get some much needed love and some new tools and such to make it the best it can be and I literally can't wait for that to happen.

So to everyone on the G+ team, which I know a few of them but won't tag them personally, THANK YOU for showing us this transparency and I feel I speak for a lot of people here, that we appreciate you listening to us when we voice our opinions.

#Google #GooglePlus #NewFeatures #NewTools

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2017-05-24 15:42:17 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 45 +1s; )Open 

Got my free Google Photos book this morning. Normal pricing for a hardback book is $19.99 for 20 pages, and then .65 cents per additional page. But, with the free offer from Google I/O 2017, you can get the max pages which is 100 for free.

I ordered this on Sunday, and it's already been delivered. Good job Google on great service!

Our book that we got are all pictures from our trip to Las Vegas, since it was +Bianca Wade's first time ever on a plane and in Las Vegas.

#GooglePhotoBooks #Books #GooglePhotos #Photos #LasVegas #DerekRoss

Got my free Google Photos book this morning. Normal pricing for a hardback book is $19.99 for 20 pages, and then .65 cents per additional page. But, with the free offer from Google I/O 2017, you can get the max pages which is 100 for free.

I ordered this on Sunday, and it's already been delivered. Good job Google on great service!

Our book that we got are all pictures from our trip to Las Vegas, since it was +Bianca Wade's first time ever on a plane and in Las Vegas.

#GooglePhotoBooks #Books #GooglePhotos #Photos #LasVegas #DerekRoss___

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2017-05-23 21:55:47 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

Not my style of something I'd use, but hey, it's FREE STUFF for Android so why the heck not, right?

h/t +K.P. Smith

#Android #Apps #FreeStuff #DerekRoss #Google

Not my style of something I'd use, but hey, it's FREE STUFF for Android so why the heck not, right?

h/t +K.P. Smith

#Android #Apps #FreeStuff #DerekRoss #Google___

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2017-05-23 21:54:07 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 24 +1s; )Open 

One last set of FREE ICONS for your favorite Android device. Get them while you can.

h/t +K.P. Smith

#Android #Icons #FreeStuff #Google

One last set of FREE ICONS for your favorite Android device. Get them while you can.

h/t +K.P. Smith

#Android #Icons #FreeStuff #Google___

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2017-05-23 21:52:20 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

And here's more FREE Android icons that you can pick up but you better do so quickly before the price goes back up.

h/t +K.P. Smith

#Android #Icons #FreeStuff #Google 

And here's more FREE Android icons that you can pick up but you better do so quickly before the price goes back up.

h/t +K.P. Smith

#Android #Icons #FreeStuff #Google ___

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2017-05-23 21:51:28 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

If you like icons and you like Android and you like FREE STUFF, then this post is for you as these icons are free for a limited time!

h/t +K.P. Smith

#Android #Icons #FreeStuff

If you like icons and you like Android and you like FREE STUFF, then this post is for you as these icons are free for a limited time!

h/t +K.P. Smith

#Android #Icons #FreeStuff___

2017-05-23 21:34:57 (18 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

The question is...Do you prefer the old blob style emoji or the new round style emoji?

#Emoji #AndroidO #NougatStyle #Blob #Round

The question is...Do you prefer the old blob style emoji or the new round style emoji?

#Emoji #AndroidO #NougatStyle #Blob #Round___

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2017-05-23 14:25:00 (29 comments; 1 reshares; 79 +1s; )Open 

Ask me anything: THE ANSWERS!

Do you use another launcher besides Nova?
Not as a daily driver and this isn't the case simply because I work for Nova. I've been using Nova since June 9th, 2012 and I pretty much switched to it full time about 6 months later. I was previously a Launcher Pro user and an Apex Launcher user, but my time with those were very short.

I do however have a long list of launchers installed on my device simply for testing purposes as there are often issues that come up that I have to check to see if other launchers do the same or whatever. So I am constantly changing between launchers but only for brief periods of time.

Do you like pizza? What topping?
Isn't it against the law to not like pizza? Pepperoni, cheddar and feta cheese, Italian sausage, chicken and of course, pineapple.

How did you start... more »

Ask me anything: THE ANSWERS!

Do you use another launcher besides Nova?
Not as a daily driver and this isn't the case simply because I work for Nova. I've been using Nova since June 9th, 2012 and I pretty much switched to it full time about 6 months later. I was previously a Launcher Pro user and an Apex Launcher user, but my time with those were very short.

I do however have a long list of launchers installed on my device simply for testing purposes as there are often issues that come up that I have to check to see if other launchers do the same or whatever. So I am constantly changing between launchers but only for brief periods of time.

Do you like pizza? What topping?
Isn't it against the law to not like pizza? Pepperoni, cheddar and feta cheese, Italian sausage, chicken and of course, pineapple.

How did you start to join the Nova Launcher team, and did you do the work for nova from home or did you(Nova) have an office?
Such a great question! Prior to me there was a lady, Sols, who did customer support for Nova and she was leaving due to going to work for another company or something and Kevin put out a post on Google+ that he was looking to replace her.

I actually didn't see the original post by Kevin himself, but luckily saw it because Derek Ross shared it to his G+ stream. I read it over and thought to myself, let me give this a try since I have 27+ years of customer service/retail experience with 22+ of it in management. Throw in the fact that I did a lot of stuff for Mandrake/Mandriva Linux and their forums as well as helped run their official IRC channel back in the day.

I sent in my email, which Kevin will probably agree was quite lengthy, but I wanted to lay everything out on the table as far as experience. Couple of days later I got a response from him and we setup a Hangout On Air to do an interview. The HOA went very well, though I was so nervous simply because it was an interview and I had never done such thing via a HOA before. Again Kevin can probably confirm that I talked a LOT during that HOA, but in the end he offered me the position right away and I began working on November 2nd, 2015.
You can see Kevin's original post here:

https://plus.google.com/u/0/+KevinBarry/posts/9BPLXxJJf6J

I do all of my work from home, though it's funny as in the post he made he mentioned he'd ultimately like to have someone local to him in Chicago for various reasons but I don't live in Chicago as I live in Rome, GA. I guess all my talking paid off. :)

We don't have an office for Nova specifically, but if we ever do, it's been stated in customer responses to me via email that Kevin needs to supply me with donuts and coffee for the answers I provided them. Hoping that office gets built soon!

Do you play Ingress, and if so, what faction?
I don't play Ingress any longer. I did when it first came out and I was Enlightened. It was a great game early on but living in a super small town it got boring for me quickly unfortunately. Great to see this game still has a huge following and RIP Joe Philley as you were an amazing individual!

This question is bound to be asked so, what's your daily driver(phone) and do you go heavy with Nova customization or you keep it stock?
Currently my daily driver is the iPhone 7 Plus? Oh wait, sorry, that's not true at all. It's actually the Google Pixel XL and it's hands down the best Android device I've ever owned with the original Moto X right behind it in 2nd.

As far as customization, yeah, no, that doesn't really happen any longer. I will include a screenshot in the comments below of my current setup and you'll see it's pretty basic but in the end, it works for me for what I do.

What is your favourite Nova feature/features?
The ones I currently can't talk to you about. :) Seriously, I would have to say gestures and swipe to open.

Gestures allow you to do so many things that you normally can't do with an icon or a widget or that you can do from anywhere on the screen. How can this not be everyone's favorite feature of Nova?

Swipe to open lets me get rid of my app drawer button though I've had a setup without an app drawer for about 4 months and I still press that center dock icon at times thinking it's my app drawer button. :(

How did you end up working for Nova?
Luck, pure and simply luck as it wasn't for my good looks I can assure you. You can actually read that story above and confirm that it was luck and a lot of thanks to +Derek Ross #DerekRoss

And how does Kevin manage to continue this with such a small team? (So many devs have a huge team working for them.)
Unfortunately I'm not sure I could answer this as well as Kevin, so maybe we need to do an AMA with him here very soon...Thoughts?

What do you think about Android O? Do you like the new emoji?
I'm actually using Android O DP2 on my Pixel XL and absolutely loving it. I truly love what they have done with the look of the settings screens, the notification shade and similar things. The white background with black text to me really makes it look clean and crisp. While I know it's gotten a lot of hateful feedback from a lot of folks in my G+ stream, I like the direction they are headed. I can't wait to see what the final product is going to look like and of course how well it's going to run. It currently doesn't feel like a Developers Preview build as it already feels more polished.

The emjoi's are amazingly better in Android O. The blobs just weren't emoji's to me and never would have been. The new round emoji are much nicer looking and there seems to be added depth with the coloring and such that they have done. I vote yes to keep them!

I think Nova should be the default launcher for "stock" Android phones like Nexus, Pixel, or OnePlus. Of course, Nova can be too complicated for an average Joe user, but then Nova can just hide the complicated configurations under advanced/developer settings. My question is, why has Nova never cooperated with Google or OEMs to do so? Or, Nova could've just been acquired by Google, right?
Let me start by saying, this isn't really my area of expertise or even what I handle as far as my position with Nova. This would definitely be something that would be much better to be asked of Kevin.

With that said, my input is that there's a lot more to it than most people/users think when it comes to working with someone like Google for something like this. Could it happen? Sure, I guess it could, but the way it normally works is that Google just buys companies up that are smaller that they want the tech of or the people of.

Would I love to work for Google, sure I would. Who wouldn't? But in the grand scheme of things, I'm perfectly happy working with Kevin in the environment we currently work in as it just works for me personally as I'm guessing it does for him too.

Again, I would even love to hear how Kevin were to answer this question with regards to himself personally and with regards to Nova itself.

Nova doesn't give the possibility to use some Samsung Widgets like planner or weather. Why is that and how can it be activated in the future ? Third question is about Notifications : Teslaunread is of course from the same stable as Nova, but why isn't it build in in Nova, so why does a user needs a companion app to show counted Notifications ?
Samsung, Samsung, Samsung, why you do this stuff? Yeah, definitely a good question and one that I could rant about for a very long time since Samsung does some horrible things software wise especially with regards to how Nova works(or doesn't work at times) and especially from what Kevin tells me with regards to the coding side.

Short answer is, Samsung blocks a lot of their widgets from working in 3rd party launchers such as Nova. You can often verify this is the case by testing the same widgets within something like Action Launcher 3, Pixel Launcher or whatever and you'll see that 9 times out of 10 those same widgets won't be available in those launchers either.

That's unfortunate that it's like that and the answer to the second part of the question to go along with all of that is, contact Samsung. Ask them to please stop doing this. HTC was famous for doing it years ago, but they don't do it as much if at all now days. Samsung does it a lot, especially with weather widgets.
My other answer to this question, which will likely drive people to ask my "true thoughts" on the subject, don't buy anything from Samsung, period. :)

For the notification part of the question, I'll defer that to Kevin as well. He can tell you all about that and why it's like that or why it happened back in the time TeslaUnread was created.

Was there any Nova updates that caused you a PR nightmare? Any changes that people were unhappy about?
Nova is perfect, we don't make mistakes, right? Just kidding. Great question and in a way it's hard to define what a "PR nightmare" would be but I can think of something that didn't go over very well that wasn't a Nova update, but something that I did personally that I certainly learned from.

That was to never use the words "Big Announcement" again on social media, for any reason whatsoever. It was about us giving away 6,000 free icon packs as well as $200 in Google Play Store giftcards(one winner for the giftcard) and it wasn't taken very well by most people in the public as they felt they weren't getting much of anything.

Totally my fault and definitely something I've learned from and won't let happen again and in a lot of ways it really made me feel like I had failed, or let down Kevin and/or the company.

People don't like change majority of the time so there have been a lot of things. The most notable one for me since I've been working here is the weather in the search bar stuff. People still don't know it's something that doesn't work properly because it's broken on Google's end and that's the reason we had to move it to the Labs section of Nova Settings.

Users don't understand that this is something we wanted and still want to get working and to support, but unfortunately it doesn't look like that's going to happen any time in the near future.

You are stranded alone on a remote island. From your luggage you have salvaged one film, one piece of music/song and something important to you other than a family member or pet?
The first two things are dead easy for me to tell you. Film wise, Star Wars and I mean any of the first 7 films so far(not the spin off Rogue One). It doesn't matter which one as I'm a die hard fan of Star Wars. If I had to pick one of the seven, then I'd probably say I'd flip a coin between The Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi.

For my one piece of music/song, that would be Livin On A Prayer by Bon Jovi. This is my favorite song of all time and has been since the day I first heard it back in August 1986, sitting in the back seat of the car, heading to the mall with my parents to pick up a new video game and while listening to the Bon Jovi Slippery When Wet CD. That song came on and it of course wasn't a released single yet as the cassette(yes, I'm showing my age) had just come out and I heard it and was hooked, instantly, for life. It spoke to me in a lot of ways at the age of 15 and still does to this day, as it's a song I listen to literally every single day of my life.

As for something important to me, I guess I'd have to take my magical genie lamp so I can finally activate it and, well, you know how that story goes. :)

Have you been with nova launcher since it's birth?
The first release or commit to Nova Launcher(notice my lack of coding and language expertise here) was done on December 13th, 2011 which was long before I went to work for them as I started November 2nd, 2015. As stated above, I began using Nova Launcher on June 9th, 2012, which was shortly after it first came about. Hard to believe I used my favorite launcher for 3+ years and then eventually came to work here. Definitely something I wouldn't have imagined if you had asked me 3+ years ago.

How many times was Nova Launcher and Nova Launcher Prime downloaded within the first month of its release?
Great question and enquiring minds certainly would like to know that. Unfortunately that would be something you'd have to ask Kevin as he has access to all of those stats(possibly) and it would be up to him to share that information.

How many members does the Nova Launcher team have?
There are 3 of us. Myself who handles all of the customer support and social media, Kevin who is the developer and owner/creator of the app and Raveesh who does our graphic design. However, Raveesh has just joined our team within the last couple of months as we lost Liam Spradlin to Google and he is the one responsible for the majority of how Nova looks today.

Kevin is a full-time developer as Nova is his job. He too works from home just like I do. That's all I'll say on that as it's best to ask him that question.
It's also worth mentioning our Google+ moderators who are not actual Nova employees but play a huge role in keeping the G+ communities in a sane manner for all of our users, Stephan Schwoebel, Stewart Souter and Ivan.

How is a normal day in your life?
Hectic? Crazy? Insane? Oh, wait, not exactly all of that.
A normal day for me with regards to Nova is to start my day by answering all the emails in the inbox that have arrived during the night while I was sleeping. I try to knock them all out as quickly as possible so I can do my personal life stuff. I may start at 9am, I might start at 11am, hard to say but somewhere around that time most every day.

I will have 40 - 150 emails by the time I wake up in the morning, just depending on if we're in beta, if there are known issues that aren't major enough to warrant an immediate update, but are known to have something broken. A good example of this is just a couple of beta's ago when you couldn't edit app shortcuts without Nova crashing. I would wake up to a lot of emails in the morning, but we knew it wasn't keeping everyone from using Nova at all, so we wanted to get a couple of other things fixed before that update.

After that, then I just do various things throughout the day but am always looking at the inbox and trying to answer emails as they come in. That's why there are often responses made to an email within only a couple of minutes of you sending them to us. Ever experienced that? :)

Then in the afternoons and evenings Kevin and I will of course speak throughout the day, talk about issues in the inbox that either I'm not sure about or things that need to be addressed within Nova as far as actual bugs or whatever. He and I are in constant contact with each other.

The weekends are pretty quite around the Nova chat until later at night as Kevin doesn't get online much during the day on the weekends and neither do I for the most part, but I'm still always monitoring the inbox. Customers are always first and the most important and I try to respond to every email as quickly as I can.
Oh, did I mention there's lots of video games each and every day? Can't forget my video games.

What's the future for Nova Launcher with Android specifically (Google)?
Definitely a great question but unfortunately one I can't give too much information on for various reasons.

Our goal, or the future of Nova is to be the best 3rd party launcher we can possibly be and give our users the features and options they want without making the app slow and laggy and without it ever feeling outdated.

We pay close to attention to what Google does with Pixel Launcher or whatever the current launcher is they are using and we listen to you, our users, even if we may not respond to certain things on social media.

We can't incorporate every feature or option that everyone wants into the launcher, but we certainly try our best to add the latest and greatest stuff when it makes sense. I can tell you that we are certainly very interested and looking at how we might can incorporate Dots and the new icon long-press menu within the app but beyond that I can't give any specifics as to what things we're working on for the future.

How long have you been with Nova?
As stated above, 1 1/2 years now and it's been the best time of my life because I get to deal with and answer questions from folks like yourself! :)

If launchers came to Chromebooks and Android TV, would Nova expand to those platforms. Five years on, if you were to start over and redesign the launcher from scratch, what aspect of Nova would you want to change the most?
Since I can't really answer that question as I don't know for sure what Kevin would do with Nova and those devices, I personally would hope so as I am a lover of my Chromebook!

I'll defer this to Kevin as well, but personally, can we not include weather in the search bar and not have Numeric Badges? What a nightmare on the support side of things, but at the same time it's what some would consider job security. Haha!

Did you know you deserve more credit?
Thank you for those kind words. We really do appreciate hearing things like that and it certainly motivates us to continue doing what we do to bring you the best app possible.

Will Nova Launcher get the new Android O app shortcuts?
I assume you are referring to the new icon long-press menu and as mentioned above, we are certainly interested in this new look and always thinking of ways we can implement the new look or something very similar.

When are full screen folders coming?
Let me start by saying that the definition of "full screen folders" is soemthing that everyone describes differently so I'm not 100% sure I can answer that. I can tell you, as we've been stating for a short period of time now, folders will be getting an overhaul in the near future. Unfortunately I can't say if it'll be with 5.2, 5.3 or further down the road in 6.0 or something else. Just know they are coming and I personally feel you'll like them once they are released because I enjoy them a lot more than what y'all currently have. :)

Are you going to introduce the Notification Dots from Android O?
You know I can't answer this question directly. :) You'll have to look around a bit here in the answers and see what you can put together.
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2017-05-22 21:26:07 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Going to give everyone else a chance to see this as I know there are several of you that are possibly part of the Nova Launcher beta community that hasn't seen this and would love to get in on it.

Please comment only on the original post as questions here on this shared version of the post will NOT be answered.

GO GO GO !

Ask me anything today! Get answers tomorrow!

For those of you who don't know me, my name is Cliff Wade and I handle all of the customer support and social media for TeslaCoilSW, the company behind Nova Launcher.

What does that title/position mean exactly you ask? It means that if you email support for anything, I'll be the one to respond to you. I'm also the one who does majority of the posting of things on Google+ and from the @Nova_Launcher Twitter account. I'm not the developer, as that is all Kevin Barry and I'm not the graphics designer as that's all Raveesh Bhalla, though most of the current Nova design was done by Liam Spradlin.

This means that you see me in G+ a lot, responding to posts that are made within the beta community as that's where I spend a lot of my time since our community is so large, we have so many users and because that's where a lot of things take place with regards to the app itself.

For me personally, I like to be hands on with our users as much as possible. I love to interact with each of you and love to give you as much information as possible. Unfortunately there are a lot of things that I can't talk about due to us keeping things under wraps until we actually release it to the beta community.

So today what I want to do is open up an AMA (Ask Me Anything) to all of you. I want to try and give you some insights into who I am, what kind of things I like to do in my spare time, what my average day for Nova Launcher is like and so on.
Feel free to ask me anything you'd like, be it Nova Launcher related or not and all I ask is that you keep it clean, constructive and respectful. Please note that there will probably be things that I can't comment on specifically with regards to upcoming features and stuff. Some things I can comment on, some things I can't.

I will leave comments enabled on this post for a while to allow as many of you to get your questions in to me. At some point I will disable comments on this post as that will be the end of it. I will then take all of the questions and answer them as best as I can and to give you as much insight into myself and into Nova Launcher as I can. I will then post those answers in a post within the next day or so, hopefully the very next day if at all possible.

I hope you all enjoy this AMA and that y'all come up with some amazing questions as I look forward to telling y'all as much as I possibly can with regards to the things you ask.

#AMA #AskMeAnything #MakeQuestionsGreat #NovaLauncherAMA #CustomerSupport___Going to give everyone else a chance to see this as I know there are several of you that are possibly part of the Nova Launcher beta community that hasn't seen this and would love to get in on it.

Please comment only on the original post as questions here on this shared version of the post will NOT be answered.

GO GO GO !

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2017-05-22 20:55:21 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

I just want to take a second to wish +K.P. Smith a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY today. He's a great guy and deserves to have the most amazing day ever!

I hope you have a great day sir and enjoy it to the fullest!

#HappyBirthday #HappyBirthday2017

I just want to take a second to wish +K.P. Smith a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY today. He's a great guy and deserves to have the most amazing day ever!

I hope you have a great day sir and enjoy it to the fullest!

#HappyBirthday #HappyBirthday2017___

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2017-05-22 14:31:24 (27 comments; 2 reshares; 39 +1s; )Open 

Ask me anything today! Get answers tomorrow!

For those of you who don't know me, my name is Cliff Wade and I handle all of the customer support and social media for TeslaCoilSW, the company behind Nova Launcher.

What does that title/position mean exactly you ask? It means that if you email support for anything, I'll be the one to respond to you. I'm also the one who does majority of the posting of things on Google+ and from the @Nova_Launcher Twitter account. I'm not the developer, as that is all Kevin Barry and I'm not the graphics designer as that's all Raveesh Bhalla, though most of the current Nova design was done by Liam Spradlin.

This means that you see me in G+ a lot, responding to posts that are made within the beta community as that's where I spend a lot of my time since our community is so large, we have so many users and because... more »

Ask me anything today! Get answers tomorrow!

For those of you who don't know me, my name is Cliff Wade and I handle all of the customer support and social media for TeslaCoilSW, the company behind Nova Launcher.

What does that title/position mean exactly you ask? It means that if you email support for anything, I'll be the one to respond to you. I'm also the one who does majority of the posting of things on Google+ and from the @Nova_Launcher Twitter account. I'm not the developer, as that is all Kevin Barry and I'm not the graphics designer as that's all Raveesh Bhalla, though most of the current Nova design was done by Liam Spradlin.

This means that you see me in G+ a lot, responding to posts that are made within the beta community as that's where I spend a lot of my time since our community is so large, we have so many users and because that's where a lot of things take place with regards to the app itself.

For me personally, I like to be hands on with our users as much as possible. I love to interact with each of you and love to give you as much information as possible. Unfortunately there are a lot of things that I can't talk about due to us keeping things under wraps until we actually release it to the beta community.

So today what I want to do is open up an AMA (Ask Me Anything) to all of you. I want to try and give you some insights into who I am, what kind of things I like to do in my spare time, what my average day for Nova Launcher is like and so on.
Feel free to ask me anything you'd like, be it Nova Launcher related or not and all I ask is that you keep it clean, constructive and respectful. Please note that there will probably be things that I can't comment on specifically with regards to upcoming features and stuff. Some things I can comment on, some things I can't.

I will leave comments enabled on this post for a while to allow as many of you to get your questions in to me. At some point I will disable comments on this post as that will be the end of it. I will then take all of the questions and answer them as best as I can and to give you as much insight into myself and into Nova Launcher as I can. I will then post those answers in a post within the next day or so, hopefully the very next day if at all possible.

I hope you all enjoy this AMA and that y'all come up with some amazing questions as I look forward to telling y'all as much as I possibly can with regards to the things you ask.

#AMA #AskMeAnything #MakeQuestionsGreat #NovaLauncherAMA #CustomerSupport___

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2017-05-21 22:19:03 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

FOR SALE

Nexus 6P, 64GB, Gold, Tempered Glass Screen Protector, Mint Condition.

This device is not rooted but is running Android O Developers Preview 2 and comes with one or two extra cases. One is the one that's on it in some of the pictures. Also comes with a tempered glass screen protector.

Device has no scratches at all anywhere and is in perfect condition.

Will let it go for $300 and that will include shipping to anyone in the USA. No international shipping.

If you're interested, please comment below and let's talk. If you're not interested, simply share the post so others can see it as that would be the most beneficial thing.

#Nexus6P #Google #Android #MobilePhone #AndroidBeta #Beta

FOR SALE

Nexus 6P, 64GB, Gold, Tempered Glass Screen Protector, Mint Condition.

This device is not rooted but is running Android O Developers Preview 2 and comes with one or two extra cases. One is the one that's on it in some of the pictures. Also comes with a tempered glass screen protector.

Device has no scratches at all anywhere and is in perfect condition.

Will let it go for $300 and that will include shipping to anyone in the USA. No international shipping.

If you're interested, please comment below and let's talk. If you're not interested, simply share the post so others can see it as that would be the most beneficial thing.

#Nexus6P #Google #Android #MobilePhone #AndroidBeta #Beta___

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2017-05-21 22:18:07 (10 comments; 3 reshares; 23 +1s; )Open 

FOR SALE

Nexus 6P, 64GB, Gold, Tempered Glass Screen Protector, Mint Condition.

This device is not rooted but is running Android O Developers Preview 2 and comes with one or two extra cases. One is the one that's on it in some of the pictures. Also comes with a tempered glass screen protector.

Device has no scratches at all anywhere and is in perfect condition.

Will let it go for $340(Google+ deal only) and that will include shipping to anyone in the USA. No international shipping.

If you're interested, please comment below and let's talk. If you're not interested, simply share the post so others can see it as that would be the most beneficial thing.

#Nexus6P #Google #Android #MobilePhone #AndroidBeta #Beta

FOR SALE

Nexus 6P, 64GB, Gold, Tempered Glass Screen Protector, Mint Condition.

This device is not rooted but is running Android O Developers Preview 2 and comes with one or two extra cases. One is the one that's on it in some of the pictures. Also comes with a tempered glass screen protector.

Device has no scratches at all anywhere and is in perfect condition.

Will let it go for $340(Google+ deal only) and that will include shipping to anyone in the USA. No international shipping.

If you're interested, please comment below and let's talk. If you're not interested, simply share the post so others can see it as that would be the most beneficial thing.

#Nexus6P #Google #Android #MobilePhone #AndroidBeta #Beta___

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2017-05-21 00:22:59 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 17 +1s; )Open 

If you've been waiting for the Google Photo Books feature to go live within the app, now might be your time. Go check it as it's going live for some, including myself.

If you've been waiting for the Google Photo Books feature to go live within the app, now might be your time. Go check it as it's going live for some, including myself.___

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2017-05-20 02:03:05 (5 comments; 12 reshares; 163 +1s; )Open 

Saw this image floating around somewhere and thought I needed to post it as it's a damn cool looking image.

Can't wait for Super Mario Odyssey to be released on the Nintendo Switch later this year.

#Nintendo #Switch #NintendoSwitch #Mario #SuperMario #VideoGames

Saw this image floating around somewhere and thought I needed to post it as it's a damn cool looking image.

Can't wait for Super Mario Odyssey to be released on the Nintendo Switch later this year.

#Nintendo #Switch #NintendoSwitch #Mario #SuperMario #VideoGames___

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2017-05-19 22:38:34 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 45 +1s; )Open 

Achievement Unlocked! So happy to finally have both Google IO17 Android mini's being added to my collection.

Achievement Unlocked! So happy to finally have both Google IO17 Android mini's being added to my collection.___

2017-05-19 14:31:46 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

I know there are a lot of Android folks out there that would enjoy and appreciate my Android Collection.

Let me know your thoughts on it and what you'd like to see more of within this community.

I know there are a lot of Android folks out there that would enjoy and appreciate my Android Collection.

Let me know your thoughts on it and what you'd like to see more of within this community.___

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2017-05-19 14:30:04 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

I just want to make sure all of you are aware of this in case you feel the desire to send some cash my way. LOL

Just kidding. This is going to be pretty neat and just one more important thing that Google Assistant will be able to do to save us a few steps in life.

I just want to make sure all of you are aware of this in case you feel the desire to send some cash my way. LOL

Just kidding. This is going to be pretty neat and just one more important thing that Google Assistant will be able to do to save us a few steps in life.___

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2017-05-19 13:23:19 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

When I was a little kid, life was all about Space Invaders and then a bit later Arkanoid was definitely a super fun game to play.

Today, Square Enix has mashed the two games together to give us Arkanoid VS Space Invaders for our Android devices.

Who's playing this?

When I was a little kid, life was all about Space Invaders and then a bit later Arkanoid was definitely a super fun game to play.

Today, Square Enix has mashed the two games together to give us Arkanoid VS Space Invaders for our Android devices.

Who's playing this?___

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2017-05-19 13:17:34 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

I absolutely love my Google Pixel XL's that I have currently. I feel it's one of, if not, the best phones available today.

It's good to see that we're getting decently long support for this device, but now with it supporting Project Treble, we'll likely get even longer support for this device. 

I absolutely love my Google Pixel XL's that I have currently. I feel it's one of, if not, the best phones available today.

It's good to see that we're getting decently long support for this device, but now with it supporting Project Treble, we'll likely get even longer support for this device. ___

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