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Renovating your device

Posted by Ryan M. Gocal on February 9, 2015 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)

A few months back, the lead developer of Renovate Rom reached out to me seeing my tallent in OpenSense development and asked me to be apart ofthe team. After much thought, I told myself i wasnt going back into rom development buuut after thinking about it, i said yes. Well after several months of gettings some fun stuff ready for the team, I wnet through a divorce...My computer crashed and all HDDs fried...Went through a rage quit on life and so on and so forth with my luck of unforntunate events. After gathering my pieces back together, I returned to the team with a vengeance on android development and a new point of view of how I wanted I wanted things to "roll" this time.

My rom development carrer started back on the LG Ally on Bionx. Not much to say about it as I themed the shit out of it with Moto Blur, plugged in a couple of mods and built a small toolkit off of the sources of CM7 and called it a day. After I had migrated to the Droid Razr and upgraded my little pimp wagon to Bionx Nx and Bionx Nx Catalyst with the Bionx Dashboard application, things got a little interesting for users. Those who didnt get the chance to use Bionx or the Bionx Dashboard, it was simple a new view on a toolkit. Using cards, I developed a Dashboard that took users to links, tools, tweaks and much more beyond what many stock roms never achieved. Along with all of my ported Sony Xperia goodness and ui along my Bionx atire, things were great. I even made it to the title of the best modified stock rom for the Droid Razr. Now in Renovate...Its a different story. I have an amazing team with many ideas and have many standards that I must meet. My job was to backport the tweaks from the Kitkat rom and develop a new app based on OpenSense6 and Android 5 but not make it look to noticibly alike from other toolkits. I sat down with me, myself, and I and looked over the source of the Bionx Dashboard, The Renovate Tweaks App, and several other open source roms like PA, CM, Slimkat and watched what users liked the most. I also looked at how users reactacted to Venom Rom's tweaks application and how I could pull off making something totally different but be the same at the same time. Something that invited the user to explore the roms options and tweaks without being imtimidated by all the warnings and pop ups telling the users these options are here to open your device but may cause damages at the same time and we dont want a user to be discouraged but also know the cons. So, my journey began on Eclipise by designing a new layout for Renovate that would invite and welcome users to the new base rather than shove everything at once at them.

The new layout is based on the Google Guidelines of Android 5's Material GUI. It has floating animated action buttons, help windows, links to Renovates home pages and forums, has a category for each main sub menu of customization for the rom and ofcourse...looks damn good. I decided to call this creation the Renovate Service Pack as it would include a bunch of cool customization for Renovate and be updated via the Play Store so I could monitor the usage easily and the dweebs who like to kang and say "hay yall, looky what I did!" and be banned the next day wondering what the hell just happened =D 

Renovate Services will also have what Id like to call the Prime Key. This key will be avaible in the near future, after I work out all the kinks in the application and will act as a donation towards my credited work on Renovate Rom and will also invite users to exclusive content like an advance Android Settings I have planned and some other jazy stuff the team comes up with. I will also try my hardest to recognize legacy donators on the Kitkat version of Renovate as its only fair to them to recieve the same benifits. 

Renovate Services will includes tweaks and optimization for Blinkfeed, System UI and other small utilities; A Performance Control for settings set values for your Quad Core; System Interface settings for PIE and other goodies I have planned and optimizing for Sense; A contributors page to root for your favorite dev and donate to them and some other sweet invitations as we work.

Now I have alot of backporting todo from the last app and my time as a dev is limitied to weekends and nights, if my life isnt crazy...So I pledge to the Renovate community that you wont be dissapointed. I always have a surprise up my sleave when it comes down to original development in firmware.

Stay tuned for further updates! As always crackflashers, check out Renovates newest nightlies for Renovate Rom for the HTC ONE M8!

Dead men tell no tale

Posted by Ryan M. Gocal on February 7, 2015 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)
Monthly report incoming, il talk about the upcoming update for Sapphire UI, my recent development on Renovate rom and some future insite on my development here on Nx Industries.

Application maintenance

Posted by Ryan M. Gocal on February 7, 2015 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)
Several applications will be recieving thwir legacy updates on the playstore. This will set them in stone and will require no more updates as they wont be needed.

Reboot Phase 1

Posted by Ryan M. Gocal on November 13, 2014 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Were getting close to the end of 2014 and as always, I start the year off by starting a new project, a new look, and new fun stuff for the community! I havnt been keeping up with Nx Industries as much as I should be howevor I will explain myself in do time. Lets explain wn Phase 1 of Nx Industries reboot process...A new look. Recently i took down the Bionx Dashboard on Google Play and with Reason. Im developing a new app called NXI Companion which will connect users to Nx Industries alot easier and myself for that fact. It will also show up main headlines and important news and Im also attempting my own mini app store for beta invitations, apps that have been removed from the play store (ahem...Fellow), obsoleute packages (Bionx Dashboard) and quick links to the apps on the Playstore.


Phase 2 will come shortly

Nx Industries update

Posted by Ryan M. Gocal on September 4, 2014 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Android L is almost here and that means a new beginning and to set off this new beginning...A new Bionx experience will be to! The new Bionx Dashboard will be available for Android L users only and our home page will be getting a little make over to celebrate. Now users who havnt ever used the Bionx Dashboard or even knew its purpose, it was a toolkit that powered the Bionx roms for the Droid Razr however with further development, allowed to make its mark on all devices via the play store. The Bionx Dashboard is simply a tool for users that takes is based off of old tools and concepts left over from broken projects/ failed projects, incomplete projects, and out of date projects Source Code and I take that code and update it to work with the new generation with a new purpose creating a framework of tools and services provided to the users in a unique and powerful way and in Android L, a new GUI will power it as well as a new purpose.

HTS Sapphire 1.0 is almost here

Posted by Ryan M. Gocal on September 4, 2014 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Despite the few features that I planned on releasing with Sapphire on its official release, The 3rd Party OpenSense based launcher for Sense 6 is actually sturring up alot more attention than I thought it would in its beta form and alot of users are liking this pure experience based on Sense with the ability of having Blinkfeed and Google Now at their side. 1.0 will not only set its official release on google play but mark down on the calendar that the preperations for a stable and smooth epxerience has been set and further development will set higher goals for the communities users. HTC Sapphire will be available for the HTC ONE M7/M8 and variants as well as the DNA, Butterfly and flagship Desire phones. The Android L future of this luancher is undetermined at this time but will keep users posted.

My Facebook

Posted by Ryan M. Gocal on August 17, 2014 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (1)

to coencide with the Facebook Lockscreen app i put together, I started developing a java based chromeview of Facebook. This application simply allows users to use facebook as you always did, it can be found in my always increasing archive of apps on google play as of now for 1.00 or a free download link is available

Whats to expect in next HTC Sapphire update

Posted by Ryan M. Gocal on August 12, 2014 at 10:15 PM Comments comments (0)

As this curious and experimental launcher takes fold, theres a few things id like to make sure users are aware of coming in the next update and were going to start first by talking about the SS Menu or Sapphire Sliding Menu. This menu is acessible by swiping your finger from the left of the screen anywhere in the launcher activity of Saphire (Meaning, App Drawer, Touch Menu, Any Launcher Screen) This menu will adopt a layout very similar to Blinkfeed as it will tell users the Date, Time, Weather, present a nifty htc toolbar for those exclusive shortcuts instead of bloating your screens and access to HTC Content and Device Content. Its not exactly drawn up yet of how these layouts will form but just to ease the minds of what is to be expected of this new feature thats been released in screenshots in G+ community. I will also be focusing  on a Gesture menu ported from gesture aosp projects to ease the activities of shortcuts planted all over your screens. Gesture development is realitively new to me to be developing on so we will see how this plans out exactly. The launcher style itself will be changing just a little bit as we adapt more to a HTC Launcher 6 style rather than be aosp like. One of these changes is the persistant search bar, which will be becoming Sapphire Action Bar. As far as theme support, nothing to report at this time but rather involved in activities of development at this time. 

The Sapphire 1ne key will be updated to give users some extra helpful tricks as well like gaining an app drawer icon for Blinkfeed, HTC Apps on Google Play and possibly an Express Caroseul Settings for a beafed Android Settings look for HTC Devices. I dont want to look like the key is skimping out on the shrimp if you know what I mean. 


Lots of ideas but only 1 machine and 2 fingers wildly typing up schematics and code for this anticipated launcher for Sense 6. The main question is will it support the long awaited Sense 6+ and Android L?

Nx Industries web update

Posted by Ryan M. Gocal on July 28, 2014 at 9:50 PM Comments comments (0)
Website will be under going changes in a few days. Maintenance update and some GUI changes to simplify some things around and clean up old Bionx material and get ready for new projects and merges. Again, Bionx rom development is done but not the Dashboard. All Bionx roms will be archived away

Project Sapphire Revision 4 update

Posted by Ryan M. Gocal on July 21, 2014 at 5:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Update Revision 4 was pushed yesterday to Alpha users as this update focused on the physical appearance of Sapphire as well as a slight revamped touch to how we use Google Now. A good portion of the icons are starting to get revamped to support a number of Drawable sizes to support all of those curious Sense 6 powered HTC devices so they dont miss out on this project. You might notice a smoother transisition from the app drawer to your screens or swiping from one to screen to another, this is because of that migration. Another cool thing Ive worked on is the Google Search bar. I went ahead and removed the Quick Search from the persistant search bar and it now brings down the house by summoning Google Now instantly for both a voice and command search. So, we made this change because some of you dont have the Always listening update yet so why not just let have google now power the search all together? The voice Icon will be changing here soon, its just not determined yet of what its position will be yet. Ive bounced back and forther between an all apps button, settings button, or removing it all together. I figured we would just play with it for awhile and see what the users think of it.


Unitll than, have fun!


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