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.

GSD Mobile is back!

Since its mia in 2018, GSD Mobile had always been a place were my followers could get the news they wanted to see for the specific app that i stole a piece of their heart with. Now its better than ever with its revised GUI and new material component re-design.

The GUI is based on Sapphyx Launcher’s settings interface and if you had any experience with that project, the revised interface may give you that fluffy feeling back. With the new components stealing the show, the interface is clean and google like. Nothing confusing or fancy, it just works. By pressing the hamburger menu or dragging from the left side screen, you can expand the drawer menu to quickly navigate to a category of news or just use the minibar interface.

Blogs have summary activities where if you click on a blog, the app will summarize it and give you some options of how to react to the post.

Vidocs can now be viewed in hoise with the new youtube player api used to build my own Playlist. This Playlist os manually maintained in the background and il update it as new vidocs are published or interesting videos you may like to see.

Apps, Libraries and Photography can also be viewed in the app. Any images downloaded are kept in the apps private directory (you can figure out this location with some research on ypur device as it may be different based on OS standards)

All of the content is shareable so be sure to spread the word! GCA Launcher 2.1 news is coming! So keep an eye out!

GCD Mobile revival

A brand new release of GSD Mobile is in development. Now, GSD Mobile originally was released in 2018 and the purpose of the app was to act as a mobile version of GSD @ Weebly but over time, i lost time to maintain a website and just created a portfolio at github and the app itself was suspended off google play for inappropriate use of ads (i guess? No ads this time) . The new GSD Mobile is going to act like a shell around my portfolio and help users follow information on certain projects.

GSD Mobile will act as a portal for my blogs, announcements, apps, libraries, vidocs, my portfolio and allow users to connect to me more easily. I feel this will be very important during the development of future projects like GCA Launcher 2.1

Untill than, il see everyone around! Cheers!

GCA 2.1 Changes Coming

Hello all, I just wanted to casual announce that development on GCA Launchers next big update has officially started and along with that, I’ve decided on some changes i wanted to announce so you can decide as a user you want to stick around for the future or move along.

The launcher has had a very rough road to success. We’ve changed our design, our mission statement our community focus and even rebranded at one point. I’ve narrowed down everything i wanna see GCA Launcher to accomplish this year and i wanted to take a moment to document these changes. Up until now, GCA Launcher has been in a beta, everything was subject to change. 2.1 is the start of a brand new experience and new user base and funding goals,so the question is, how will will meet those goals? Simply by doing what the community wants and what we think are the best moves to handle this project.

GCA Launcher will be translated to support its current user base. This will bring in a user base that 3x stronger and more communicative. This may lead up to upgrading a few long time followers in the telegram channel as a support staff. I haven’t settled on this yet but only if things go in the direction i hope they go.

GCA Launcher project funding has not been so good these past few weeks and they are several things to take into factor so im focusing on them. However, The pledge system will change in 2.1. GCA Launcher will gain a in app store to unlock new features coming to help grow funding. The store will have 3 tabs. Pledges will remain as they have in the past, you gain nothing but respect and donations feul the project. Pledges will gain a monthly subscription that we will talk about later. The second tab will be Themes. This tab will offer exclusive perks for the user to theme the launcher and its settings windows. The third tab will be Features. New pro like features that will be integrated in GCA will be locked behind a small price to help fund the project. You purchase what you want to benefit from. Any feature currently in GCA will not have a price put on it or blocked unless it is completely revamped to benefit from more customization and limitations. Now, the subscription we talked about earlier is expected to unlock all of this as long as your subscribed. Pay a monthly price and you unlock bonuses unless you want to pay individually. All this is to simply feul the project. At this point in development, i cannot continue to put forth a struggling effort to support the project for free. Its grown across the globe and my time is limited to other non coding activities.

By fueling the project with a more powerful funding process, i plan to release a lite weight or revised Android Go variant of GCA Launcher as apposed to the original idea. No outside services running, hardly any permissions needed, customization very limited, everything automated and trimmed down. With Android 11 around the corner, Android Go requirements have changed as well and i want GCA Ready.

If you’ve read my previous post here, you know what kinda upgrades to expect. Again, there is no release date but i would keep an eye on the telegram channel for sneak peaks and discussion of development.

Last Note : Drywalls newest update is now live on Google Play! If you use Drywall with GCA Launcher or looking for a replacement app to Google Wallpapers app, I have you covered!

3rd quarter Roadmap

Hello everyone, Its been awhile since i wrote anything and im to tired todo any sort of Vlog so lets sit down and talk about what i have planned for the next few months.

With the release of Android 11,Google set some new cards on the playing field. New rules, new guidelines, app rules for the playstore, new security for the os, new practices and all sorts of new APIs and restrictions they will break our cool mods. As you guys know, my apps are important to me so ive begun working on updating the apps following GCA Launchers 2.0 update. No’Me received an update recently that improved its material design, its rules for launcher management, some new features and android 11 support and inproved logic for Quick Switch support. Right now im working in Drywall, my wallpaper app.

Right now, im working on rewriting parts of the UI to be flatter so when the wallpapers are rendering, your device isn’t focused on loading the app itself but just the wallpapers. Im adding more categories and wallpapers, new provider features, new saving options, a new way to edit your wallpapers and more. Android 11 is causing a few problems but like everything else, im finding alternative routes. I expect this update to release before the end of the month.

GCA Launcher 2.1 is in the books. Right now, i will say their is no release date. It releases when its done. Telegram users will have a flight test before releasing. Android 11 introduced new key points to users and i will be highlighting those features with GCA’s next update. These key points are icon customization, shape recognition, improved theme and style personalization, improved search feature, security, improved user experience, new customization, improved user profile recognition and our first glimpse at a companion feature on the homescreen. Thats ALOT to promise so that is why im not putting a release date on the table. This update defines the backbone we will be sitting on for the rest of the year. All i can say is be patient, keep on the monthly pledge goals, push each other to talk about improvements and goals, keep talking on telegram and keep talking to me. Something awesome is coming, we just need some time.

That’s a wrap, wish i had more but i don’t. As progress is made on GCA Launcher, it will be shared on the telegram channel for real time feedback. I will do a vidoc on GCA Launchers 2.1 update prior of release. Il be eagerly awaiting your return.