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The Blerg

The non-award winning podcast from Chris Lacy, the guy who spends most of his days writing apps such as Action Launcher and seemingly needs yet another avenue to express his opinions & thoughts.
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Aug 12, 2015

Googler Kirill Grouchnikov joins me as we discuss the similarities and differences between small scale and billion user scale app development.

In the first of a two part chat, we talk about how we measure success, assessing user feedback, the impact integrating material design into the Play Store app had on the product schedule and more. Kirill also presses me about how I approach app design, prioritizing features and more.

Follow Kirill on G+: +KirillGrouchnikov

Follow me on Twitter: @chrismlacy

 

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Jul 22, 2015

In the second and final part of my chat with Pushbullet CEO Ryan Oldenburg, we discuss how Pushbullet handles multi-platform development, how slower app review processes impact momentum and how the company deals with educating users who don't understand why some features don't work on other platforms.

Ryan also talks how much concern he has for Google potentially entering the space, as well as discussing the potential risk of adding confusion to Pushbullet with a focus on messaging, the app's usage of encryption and more.

Follow Ryan on Google+: +RyanOldenburg

Follow me on Twitter: @chrismlacy

 

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Jul 16, 2015

Pushbullet CEO Ryan Oldenburg joins me to discuss all things Pushbullet!

In the first of a two part conversation, Ryan details the origin of Pushbullet and his usage of Android, why he decided to start a company and we compare notes on how a typical launch day goes for each of us. Ryan also details how he spends his time now that he is CEO of a company with seven employees, and we discuss that old chestnut of dealing with user feedback and providing support.

Follow Ryan on G+: +RyanOldenburg

Follow me on Twitter: @chrismlacy

 

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Jul 9, 2015

The tables are turned, as I become the topic of conversation, leaving my guest Jesse Wilson to drive and pose the questions during in-depth discussion about the recently released Action Launcher 3.5 update.

We of course dig into the nitty-gritty of this update, where I discuss my motivations for developing Action Launcher 3's new Quickbar feature, how much of a struggle this update was for me to develop and why, how the launch has been received and more.

Jesse also asks me what motivated me to start writing Action Launcher in the first place, we discuss details on features from Action Launcher 2 that haven't made it to Action Launcher 3, and I offer my perspective on Google Now as a launcher feature, and discuss whether I feel such support will ever come to Action Launcher.

 

Follow Jesse on Twitter: @jessewilson

 

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Jun 26, 2015

Shifty Jelly co-founder and Pocket Casts supreme welder Philip Simpson and I break down the Samsung Galaxy S6. 

We of course dig into core features like the camera and fingerprint scanner, compare the Edge and normal models as well as detailing what we dislike. Phil and I also discuss configuring the device to the point you can almost squint and not even realizing you're using TouchWiz device. Almost.

 

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Follow Phil on Twitter: @geekygecko

Follow me on Twitter: @chrismlacy

You're listening to this with Pocket Casts right? shiftyjelly.com/pocketcasts

Jun 18, 2015

Falcon for Android developer Joaquim Vergès joins me to discuss all things Twitter.

 
We discuss our feelings for the company given in light of us both having written Twitter clients that reached Twitter's API limits, and of course discuss the recent CEO upheaval. We also break down Twitter investor Chris Sacca's recent public post suggesting product changes the company might make to arrest the near billion people who tried yet bailed from the service, and each place our bets on "@Jack vs the field" for the next CEO.
 

Follow Joaquim on Twitter: @joenrv

Follow me on Twitter: @chrismlacy

 
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Jun 11, 2015

Shifty Jelly's Russell Ivanovic and I dig into Apple's WWDC '15 announcements. 

We of course break down El Capitan, iOS 9, watchOS 2 and Apple Music, as well as Apple's persistence with bundling system app updates with OS releases, potential future implications of Apple Music's impending arrival on Android, what we didn't see that we were hoping for and more. Russell also tells us what it was like lining up for the keynote at 3 AM, something I myself am unlikely to ever experience in person.

 

Follow Russell on Twitter: @rustyshelf.

Follow me on Twitter: @chrismlacy.

Jun 5, 2015

Welcome to the very first episode of The Blerg!

My guest on this inaugural podcast is Karl Smith, and we dive deep into all of last week's announcements from Google I/O '15.

Android M of course gets a heavy doze dose of discussion, as does Google Photos and Now on tap. I also talk a bit about what it's like to attend I/O in person, and touch on what we didn't see that I was hoping to.

 

Follow Karl on Twitter: @punyweakling.

Follow me on Twitter: @chrismlacy.

 

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