Our story on Android Developers Blog

26 February 2015, in Android

Some weeks ago I was contact by the Google marketing team. They were interested in publishing my story on their developer blog.

They come in my little town, Manfredonia, and they filmed for 4 unforgettable days. This is the result.

A very little story that talks about dreams, effort, learning, and doing day by day.
This is a big goal to be caught by Google team, and a big opportunity to share what is important for us.

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Smart Launcher – Job Position

1 February 2015, in Android

ic_launcher2.1The team

Smart Launcher is one of the most famous home replacement for Android. In few years we get more than 15 million downloads and now our goal is to propose a new user experience for the whole operative system, by proposing new solutions and quality software.

About the Role

We need a senior android developer that could work full time on the project. We need someone who loves our same principles. Our keywords are efficiency, ergonomics, smart design.

Requirements and Skills

  • 2+ years experience in Android application development
  • Experience with the development of interfaces and animations
  • Deep understanding of the Android internal frameworks
  • Expert level on Java and Android application development
  • Deep knowledge of Google and Facebook APIs
  • Very high attention to details

 

APPLY FOR THIS POSITION

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Smart Launcher 2.5 Released

31 May 2014, in Android

DSCN0920[…] we have to say that the latest update of Smart Launcher Pro 2 is a winner, merging a simple interface with a rich set of functionality” – Phonearena.com

Since the first version of Smart Launcher users were asking us about editable categories, it required some time but finally we added this feature. We also worked on some new features, like popup widget and the possibility to turn off the screen with a double tap. Now Smart Launcher 2.5 is out, here you can find the changelog. Smart Launcher Free and Pro are available on Google Play Store and Amazon App Store.

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R.I.P Ubuntu

10 December 2013, in Linux

Ricordo quando Ubuntu sembrava poter portare una rivoluzione. Un sistema stabile, ben funzionante e adattabile a qualsiasi esigenza con poche azioni. Si installava anche sui vecchi computer per ridargli vita. Ai tempi di windows XP, c’era già il cubo di compiz e tanti effetti grafici da far impallidire anche i sistemi attuali. Si poteva passare il mouse su un file audio per ascoltarne l’anteprima senza dover avviare il player musicale. In giro non si vedevano due sistemi uguali, ognuno lo personalizzava scaricando temi, pacchetti di icone, script e mod varie. Si aspettava ogni aggiornamento come un assaggio di futuro…e cosa ne è stato?

Non c’è più nulla, il minimalismo si è trasformato in una corsa all’auto limitazione e quello che si aspettava 5-6 anni fa, si aspetta ancora ora. OpenOffice ha cambiato 2-3 nomi ma ha ancora la sua vecchia interfaccia, Gimp non ha ancora adottato l’interfaccia a finestra singola, compiz, gnome, nautilus, Xorg…sono rimasti tutti li, spolpati, passati da “a prova di scemo” a “per scemi”…la novità più grande da 2 anni a questa parte, è stata la pubblicità di amazon nella dashboard.

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How to create a Smart Launcher’s theme.

20 March 2013, in Android

fasfHi guys. I introduced some weeks ago theme support in Smart Launcher. This features is still in a early stage and at the moment it only change the appearance of the drawer. However, if you’d like to create your personal theme, you can follow this tutorial. He contains a link to a sample project that you can import in Eclipse.

Click here for the tutorial (it contains a sample template) 

If you need any help or if you’d like to share your works with other users, don’t hesitate to email me.

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Smart Launcher: new update, new features, new strings to translate…

29 October 2012, in Android

Hi! In this day i’m going to release a new update that come with some new features: new design, new buttons and menupanel in drawer, new options in preferences screen…this meas also new strings to translate. So if you want to contribute in translate the new version of smart launcher i would be grateful :)

Here the archive with the new strings to translate.

strings-version10.xml

If your language is not supported at all instead you can follow the instruction in this post to bring your language on Smart Launcher.

I update the strings.xml file too many time…please if you want to help with the translations, contact me at gingenzo @gmail.com, i’ll send you the last available files to translate.

Thank you in advance.

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The Drums

11 October 2012, in Android, Musica

Circa un anno e mezzo fa pubblicai sul market Drum Loops. In questi mesi tante persone mi hanno chiesto nuovi brani e la possibilità di cambiare il tempo, ecco allora che in collaborazione con Giovanni Piemontese, un mio amico designer e batterista, ho pubblicato in questi giorni The Drums. The Drums offre un’ampia gamma di grooves per permettere ai musicisti di ogni età di improvvisare e provare le canzoni su un’affidabile e realistica base di batteria.

I grooves sono suddivisi in categorie, in modo da poter selezionare facilmente il genere e la velocità su cui ci si vuol eseguire il pezzo.
Grazie ad un’interfaccia curata ed intuitiva è possibile esplorare e scegliere tra le decine di samples disponibili, quest’ultimi in continuo aumento ed aggiornamento.

Il risultato è quindi un app utile e funzionale per qualsiasi musicista voglia entrar a far parte di questa nuova esperienza.

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Smart Launcher: Translations

20 August 2012, in Android

This is a old post. Please refer to this one.

Some people propose to help me with translation (thank you!) so I thought to attach to this post a zip archive. If you know English and you want smart launcher available in your language, just download this archive that contain 5 short file, translate them then send me the translated files at gingenzo@gmail.com.

Smart launcher is currenty located in:
English (not perfect)
Spanish (by hopler)
Italian
Swedish (by LuttmaN)
Turkish (by KILINC)
Deutsch (by Patrick Plappert)
Slovak (by Martin Mates Bahna)
Russian (by Lex_xl)
Polish (by Maciej Włosiński)
Chinese (Taiwan)  (by Leo Yang)
French (by Sebastien)
Bahasa Indonesia (by Arie/Billy Gondokusuma)

Here an example on how to translate a string:

Original String
<string name=”mynameis”>My names is Vincenzo</string>

Translated String
<string name=”mynameis”>Il mio nome è Vincenzo</string>

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