GCA Launcher’s next update will focus on a few asthetics that make the launcher scene appealing and their also things we’ve been struggling on past few months.
First up, Icons. In pixel launcher, their is a view called the Bubbletext view in the source code. This view handles all the icon changes, badges and rendering it properly for the slot in your dock and app drawer. GCA Launcher has a similar view that has similar properties. In the next update, il be reworking this view to provide users a few new tricks to try out, as well as handling events properly to update the icon properly. Right now, updates to icons are handled by large events and this causes problems because it updates items it doesn’t need to and causes lag. This next update will integrate listeners to specific spots in the view so when a badge needs updated or an icon needs refreshed or the position itself needs updated due to being removed or updated by the playstore, it won’t effect the entire area. While rewriting the bubbletext view, badge placements will be reworked so that notification badges will be on point while indicator badges are more crisp and accurate. The problem with badges at the moment is that they may be off by a point or to so you may have a notification but the badge may not appear until you have 2 notifications. That can cause some inconsistencies and we don’t like that those because they build up and sometimes become forgotten. The update should bring to the table higher quality icons and corrected size and dimensions. They are not to bad at the moment but once you step into the environments of tablets and PCs, the launcher starts to react differently and creating a universal ux is what we want.
Widgets have started to show problems while I have updated the compilation code to android 12 standards. We will remain to have the ability to set a desktop widget but the user interface to selecting a widget will be revamped. Users will also have the ability to set multiple widgets in their desktop header. Similar to the ios widget interface where widgets are scrollable. How i will approach this is still on the table. The widget sheet for apps will be revamped to have some other purpose.
Icon packs will be slightly revamped on how they are handled in GCA. The picker interface will receive something similar to what I’ve been working on for No’Me while losing some actions inside the picker because of my intentions of building an icon pack manager in the near future for launchers.
Their are a handful of bugs currently in GCA Launcher preventing app icons from properly updating and some performance issues I need to work out. The elephant in the room is the search interface so il be looking at ways of revamping that soon.
GCA Launcher is on its way of receiving its companion page soon and showing off how developers can participate in its new api il be offering to the table. If any of you are from the times of Sapphire and Sapphyx Launcher, you know what to expect.
The new GCA Launcher update should be released by the second week of August. it’s a long wait but I have alot of other things to work on first.