GCA Launcher Insider Dev Update

Im expecting the developer preview of GCA Launcher to be available by March to Telegram group members.

Right now, Im finishing up development on the brand new features. People Lock, which allows users to lock apps in the Shelf, Groups, and App Drawer. Brand new badge indicators to show users action priority. Brand new Badge features and options. A brand new Color Scheme system were users can select through a theme selection that was very similar to the theme selector in V1. Finally ofcourse is the brand new companion page that hasnt been revealed yet of which allows users to have various tools on their homescreen.

With the release of Android 11 and Android 12, development has slowed just because it brings immediate attention for support. Releasing GCA Launcher 2.1 does have hopes to support the latest right out of the gates. All i ask is to have patience.

Translation for priority languages will come over time this year as patches. English will be the main priority language.

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.