Welcome to our second Developer Spotlight, a short Q & A with community staff. This is our way of taking a moment to recognize the many talented developers who contribute to one of the largest community driven open source projects around.
Jorge Ruesga is a contributor/feature developer, on the User Interface and User Experience team, for the CyanogenMod community. He has been a core contributor to the project since 2012 with hundreds of contributions, including dynamic live tiles. He currently works as a J2EE Architect in Spain.
You are one of the developers on the Asus TF700T and other Transformer devices, how do you find time to work on dynamic live tiles and maintain a device?
I just helped out dasunsrule32 and the others transformer guys with some UI/UX features for these devices, like dock battery or the custom keys handling of the dock keyboard. In my daily contributions, I work …
Over the past couple of weeks we have given you insights into some of our proposed design changes across both Messaging and the Dialer Instant Contact Card. It has been great hearing your feedback, learning what you like and dislike. You’ll be happy to know that many of these suggestions are being reflected in the final product. Today, we’re excited to share with you our proposed File Manager experience.
File Manager has been a core part of the CyanogenMod portfolio, but has typically been an app that only advanced users use. We conducted a survey in March that indicated that by far the largest user complaint is the app’s unintuitive UI, especially when it comes to moving files around the system. In addition to this, the usage of cloud storage has increased over the years, and we wanted to enhance the platform and file manager experience with a tight integration to these services.
Over the past few weeks, contributions led by Jorge Ruesga (jruesga) and aided by Danny Baumann (maniac103) have added some much needed, and loved, features to CyanogenMod 12.1 nightlies.
Imap push enhancements
One of the most requested features requested from Google since the ICS days was the implementation of the IMAP IDLE protocol to the stock Email app. The IMAP IDLE protocol (RFC 2177) is an extension to the IMAPv4 specification that allows for receiving email changes (new emails or modification/deletions of the current existing ones) as soon as they happen or are detected by the email server. This is accomplished by maintaining an active connection that allows the server to push notifications about these changes to email clients. Maintaining an idle connection to the server will reduce the overhead of polling the server every ‘n’ minutes, which leads to a better overall battery and networking usage performance.
As we look forward to Android M’s release later this year and continue work to integrate the latest from Android 5.1.1_r5 (released yesterday), we are finalizing the branches of CM11.0 and CM12.0. They have seen improved stability and security fixes over the past few months, but little in the way of further development as the focus shifted to CM12.1.
Tonight, the final snapshot releases of both 11.0 and 12.0 are going live – available in sequence as they are built out by our Jenkins instance.
Why another CM11 build? Rather surprisingly, many users have been slow to upgrade to L – whether due to the lack of a snapshot release or adverse reaction to the Material design, we don’t know. The meager stats that we have show that there is a rather large contingency of users who are sticking to CM11 as their release channel of choice, so we felt compelled …
We were incredibly pleased with the feedback on the Messaging app redesign – your feedback there is already being incorporated into updated designs and ideas around the app. Today, we’re here going to discuss a relatively smaller change to the Dialer/Contacts card.
In a change from last week, and to more actively centralize this and future feedback, we’ve spun up a mailing list on Google Groups. The list is invite only for spam protection purposes, but is open for all to request access and join. Please provide the requested response when applying to the group. This group will be used for technical and designdiscussions surrounding CyanogenMod and should not be used as a forum/user-help/device request area – such posts will be deleted and the user removed without further warning. To join the group, apply here.
We’re looking to introduce a new quick contact card to the CyanogenMod Project. The quick contact card …
Thursday, bsxtn gave you an introduction to the Cyanogen Design team. Today, they would like to present their vision for a Messaging app redesign, and want your opinion on the direction.
We want to build a refresh of the Messaging app which will be included in the CyanogenMod project. The Messaging app will handle SMS, MMS, and Group messages, while providing integration to a relaunched WhisperPush Service. Optionally, Cyanogen OS users will be able to use the TrueCaller integration to view caller ID information and block spammers.
Background: In November, we conducted a survey of our users on Google+ and Facebook. Of our CyanogenMod users, 66% reported sending at least one SMS message per day. Moreover, SalesForce via a commissioned study, reported that 90% of users in the US sent at least one SMS message per day. In the same Cyanogen Messaging Survey, 32% of our users reported using either the stock messaging app …