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Whats to expect in next HTC Sapphire update

Posted by Ryan M. Gocal on August 12, 2014 at 10:15 PM

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?

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