GCA Launcher & Add-Ons

Where did November go?

We’re getting closer to the new release of GCA Launcher and the one topic everyone wants to hear more about are Add-Ons

Add-Ons will not only keep the launcher experience kicking and fuel the project, but its something that really hasn’t been explored in premium launchers before? As GCA Launcher goes deeper into development, im starting to rework previous features in more depth. One thing ive been working on this and last month has been Active Notifications.

When as app like Facebook presents a notification to the user, the app sheet shows a particular new item called a notification card or an active notification. This notification can be previewed and activated from the app sheet even if you’ve accidently dismissed it from the statusbar. This is one step forward to allow the user to take control of their desktop. To further enhance their android experience. Now, if this doesn’t toot the horn for notification handling enhancements, Dynamic Badges (similar to those found in Nova Launcher) will be available as an Add-On. Badges have been reworked to look better, behave better and do more.

With the Add-On feature, we are simply replacing the idea of a pro key. It just doesn’t work in this day and age anymore. The developer offers a subscription or pro key, you buy it, your offered everything going forward. 3 years later, the developer isn’t making any money, updates slow down, the users get upset, what’s the problem? The developer is no longer making an income thus losing prophitability to work on any updates going forward. What usually happens that side projects are invested in to help build the funding. How this will work in GCA Launcher is that the now Pledge system will be completely reworked to be an Add-On store (Drywall included). Users browse the categories of Add-Ons for specific categories of settings. An example would be badges, you’d see Dynamic Notifications. It would cost some change to buy it, you unlock it after purchase and now that option is available. There will be theme options for the launcher settings, there will be icon customization options, and more. This allows the user to pick and choose what they need for their homescreen setup and keeps funding alive as sometime down the road, you may end up buying all the options just to have them. As updates come to GCA Launcher, so will new premium add-ons. Pledges will remain the same but have a more balanced system with the add-ons in place. The ota stats system will also be reworked so the system can create its own goals based on what the user base puts forward to support development.

Why pro features? Why add-Ons? GCA was to be a free app, what happened? Simply put, it grew. Its database got complex, the user base requested more, the community grew and what i thought to be a small project grew out of balance requiring funding. I personally would like to see development jump into a sequel next year or a more complex version of GCA Launcher come to light but before that is able to happen, I need the project to make money so that’s where that stands.

The GCA Launcher Insider preview will start the first quarter of January as it has been abit complicated to get it moving. Many changes have been implemented to allow android 11 to merge in smoothly while adding compatibility to older OS devices. Im opening many doors to develop new features and options to users in the next phase of development. We’re taking premium options to the next level.

Project Update

Hello everyone, hope everyone is healthy and enjoying the last bits of the year remaining.

Everything is still on schedule to release GCA 2.1 the first quarter of 2021 but always keep in mind, things could change as i have a busy life with my recent promotion at my job so I’ve been trying to balance my work life, career life and family life.

I am currently testing and finishing up the icon database in GCA 2.1 which will bring an assortment of changes to the table for customization. I cannot wait to see what the community does with it. The problem with this major upgrade to the launcher app are many bugs interfering with the older platform im slowly upgrading so im making corrections as I work. As i slowly twrak the system, im opening up many possibilities for customization so alot more options are in store.

An insiders preview is expected to drop either the end of the month or next month depending how far i get in the platform. Regardless of when it launches, telegram users will be jnvited to personally test the new platform.

The new update will introduce an upgraded database so we will again lose our previously saved customization in GCA. This will allow you to explore the new options and gui to readjust to change. You’ll also discover pro features on your trail.

The 2.1 update is the largest invested update so far for the community as im challenging myself to building a unique and powerful launcher experience for the next gen while supporting most launcher features supported by other apps. Android R will also start to see some exclusive support as well as the future nears.

Im aware of the upgrades going on with xda at the moment and xda labs being deprecated until a team takes over for it so i will be no longer supporting xda labs and won’t be posting on xda until the mobile side is finished with its updates. Again, il be posting more regular updates on GSD Mobile for GCA Launcher instead of xda due to their current issues and problems that are acquiring with their site platform upgrades.

A New Settings Interface

GCA Launcher 2.1 will bring a brand new user interface inspired by the Fabled Sapphyx Launcher.

The new settings brings a fully revised interface inspired by Sapphyx Launcher and infused with Googles Material Component interface. Its smooth, fast and quick to detect changes made to the launcher. The new launcher database will bring new customization and add-ons users will be able to purchase.

Sharing Thanks

Looking forward to what’s next

Today, I want to share thanks for this amazing community and some awesome followers i have gained through the years of being a developer. Being an android developer is a very difficult job. You spend hundreds of hours communicating with people all around the world to figure out solutions in your products while spending another hundred hours developing thay next big app or feature.

My biggest focus right now is GCA Launcher for Android. 2021 is going to be a big year for the launcher app. I understand its hard to switch launchers as a hardcore android user. You create a dynamic desktop that fits your needs and revolves around your work environments and home environments. The icons, the colors, the personalization, the free and paid features, it all matters. In 2021,im specifically focused on creating a final product. To focus on the people that create the community. “we want more features! We want language support! We want feature x, y and z” You got it!

In the first quarter of 2021, I will be releasing update 2.1. When you ask? When its done. I am focusing carefully on every specific part of the launcher before moving on. A completely new style, new features, more customization, and a new Add-Ons store.

I will also be releasing end of the year updates for Drywall and No’Me soon. These patches will include security updates and bug patches.

In 2021, i have plans to release several new apps to set the bar for my reputation. I have plans for Drywall to become more than a wallpaper dashboard and several other exciting things to come im not ready to talk about.

GCA 2.1 will feature Dynamic Badges

As a reminder, I have several donations running in the background and GSD Mobile is available for download on Google Play.

Popup menus return

Again, I share thanks to the people who helped create this community of good and innovation. There’s a whole lot more from where it came from. A bright future is in store disregarding the pandemics in place.

Lighting the fire

We have many things to sort out yet for icon customization…

Hello everyone, hope you are all enjoying November and getting ready for the upcoming Holidays.

I don’t have anything for you guys this week as what I’ve been working on GCA Launcher so far is still heavily in development and not in a good position to show anything off. A big reveal is coming in the weeks as il be sitting down and talking about the massive changes coming to GCA Launcher, the new features expected the drop, the new Add-Ons you can purchase and the future for 2021.

As a reminder, i have a few donations going on right now you can pledge to. One is for a new android phone and one is for the pine phone.

Don’t forget that GSD now has a mobile app you can download off Google Play called GSD Mobile that makes communication and news a whole lot easier to follow and connect!

See you topside

Icons, Icons and Icons

This week, Icon customization took a step forward in GCA

The Shelf featuring 5 custom icons

Users will be able to pick through icons in icon packs going forward in the 2.1 update. This basically allows users to override the app icon for something they prefer. A whole new ball park of customization. Now, Because users can now override the icon, this disables some editing options to the respective icon. This includes toggling the icon pack and using the raw bitmap of the icon. Once the icon has been modified, the launcher has to gather data differently to extract the icon color and render the bitmap for GCA’s icon database.

Revamped Icon Editing window

Revised tools to edit your icons gives users a better idea how they will look and behave with the changes made. Everything you’ll need to style your homescreen will be provided.

Cleaner App Sheets

With editing tools being removed from app sheets, this makes room for an upcoming feature.

Everything is falling into place and GCA will become a much more user friendly experience in 2021 and feature alot more customization options. Some paid, some free.

Icon Editing Continued

As GCA Launcher moves forward with update 2.1, i wanted to talk about one of the bigger changes coming. GCA Launcher will feature an upgraded icon data base which will include a handful of changes to how you manage your icons.

Because of the massive changes under the hood, i couldn’t rely on real time icon editing anymore which led me to designing and building a dashboard editor. This was because of major memory issues i had to take under control. Their will be a new edit action to app menus which will lead users to a window that will allow them see and edit everything about a specific icon for an app. What we’re able to look at now is just a preview and we will build on it later.

GCA Launcher is becoming a premium launcher this year and with that many changes behind the scenes and under the hood. Im excited to share everything when they start to take form.

Now, their isn’t a whole lot to talk about yet as we are just taking a previous implemented feature and revamping its purpose. Id just like to about some sort of progress every week to build on the progression on the project. In this window, users can see their current icon for a specific app. The options below allow the user to make changes as wanted. After confirming the changes, you select apply and things happen. You can now easily reset all app icon preferences from this window as well which is something we’ve never had. Its a step forward to advancement in GCA features. Everything else will receive a similar treatment of upgrades.

Now, to prep for bigger things, im letting the community know i have 2 fundraisers active now you can pledge to instead of the launcher pledge system. I would like to raise enough money to purchase 2 new devices to work with as i don’t have many things to work with. The first device is a Pine Phone, If you’ve never heard of it, its worth a google search on ypur lunch time or bed time stroll on the internet. Its about 200 dollars (shipping and expenses included). The second device id like to own is something premium, something high spec i don’t own to push the limits of GCA Launcher. So i would have a low range, mid range and high range device to optimize performance and reliability to all users. This would also allow me to get the launcher optimized for hardware restrictions so it would lock out features that it may not support or suggest not to.

Il drop links below and you can choose which pledge to support, these will be active until the US new years.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/1vq1rfykdc?sharetype=teams&member=4364210&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=p_na+share-sheet&pc_code=ot_co_dashboard_a&rcid=e1534b0e8eb6472bbdf99a995f2a1697

https://www.gofundme.com/f/26kt9putxc?utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=p_na+share-sheet&pc_code=ot_co_dashboard_a&rcid=3e3ff0669b8e4551bc562b7b1839ecd9

Again, thank you for the support guys. I have alot of people hoping for good things for this project but i need equipment to make it happen. Nova launcher, Lawnchair and Action Launcher didn’t become gods over night, lets knock down the competition next year.