Sad news: The end of SlideScreen

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After looking into the recent Gmail issue we've decided to discontinue development of SlideScreen, see here for more of our thoughts: http://larvalabs.com/blog/android/the...

Obviously this is a sad decision for us, but we don't think it makes sense to continue given recent changes. If you've recently purchased the app, you're more than welcome to a refund, just send us an email at support@larvalabs with your order number.

Thanks for all the great feature suggestions and feedback here on the boards, the latest beta version will remain available for free on here for the foreseeable future and we'll see if there's anything we can fix up for a final, free version which we'll make available here as well.
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gjmdmw

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This is really sad news the only reason for me to buy android phones is for slidescreen. Just bought a new phone and cam here to. Install the beta 10. Having only the desktop is really a bad thing. These google guys really. Screwed up time :-(
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I agree, I've been hoping you would be able to find a workaround for the past couple weeks, I'm really disappointed with Google's policy change.

Thanks again for all you work. Is there any chance we'd be able to get the source released so it can be maintained by the community?
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cmspooner

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I am with Bradley Booms! I really would love for you to open-source slide screen. I don't think I can just go back to a traditional home screen after using slidescreen for the last few months.

Please let us have the source!
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I agree! No need to kill it.. just open source it and let the community take it from here.

further, I would rather monitor an imap/pop3 account than gmail anyway in slidescreen, as I don't use gmail as my primary email tool. So for me I don't care much about the end of gmail integration. (and I'm sure ways to deal with this will emerge soon enough for people who do want gmail integration)
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Yea, I am yet to find a sufficient replacement Homescreen/UI to Slidescreen. While it had it's issues, I could easily live with them, in comparison to other homescreen's.

Make this Open-Source please!!!

On the note of the policy change, it IS annoying, but it's still liveable, especially if you're like me and have the notification bar "always on"
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yoyoulysses

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Yeah, Open source this babe! It's the only home-screen worth half a crap, and the Community will love you guys!
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jakis39

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I agree, make it open source if you're jsut going to abandon it. There's nothing else like Slidescreen out there and I think we all miss it.
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Alioooop

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This is really sad news :( I have used it since the first release and it have been the only home replacement app I used... Just love it!

If google enables a way to get the emails, will you start working on it again?
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sramsay.unl

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Aw, man. This is crushing. I love SlideScreen so much. I can't stand the thought of going back to the ridiculous Android home screen.

What do we do folks? Any alternative home screens out there that don't suck?
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Ed Karjala

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Wow, this is very disappointing. slidescreen is truly the android interface that best meshed with my personal needs. Is there anyone that we, your loyal customers/supporters, can complain to?
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I looked into a traditional Launch Screen for the last 4 hours. I can't find anything that will come close to what SlideScreen can do. I'm going to continue to use it for as long as possible. Thanks for all your work, and I'm really sorry to see this project discontinued.
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with future, sad indeed.
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Muad

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The only *not good* option to move from Slidescreen (IMHO) is executive assistant, but won't be the same.
+1 to open source
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stephen m

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For info. I have reverted back to using Gmail v2.3.4 (v2.3.5 is the latest) and now receive emails again via Slidescreen. Why therefore aren't Larva Labs continuing to update this - surely this is the work around!
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just bought a new Android Phone and was experimenting with various applications..Most of the apps in the android market are meant for children and teenagers just beautifying the mobile and playing games..

I had an A ha! moment when i saw Slide screen app details only to learn it has been retired.. Was very disappointed.. Its one of the few applications available in android market which is for professionals and adults who want to use the mobile effectively not for cosmetic purpose.. Hope someone picks up the idea and develops something like slidescreen..

too bad Larva lab guys...Like what stephen said and Chris who commented on the blog the will to continue seems to be missing ..Google was just an excuse
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In my opinion Slidescreen is one of the best home screen alternatives there is – kudos to Larva Labs. It’s a shame what Google have done with disallowing 3rd parties to access their emails – not as open sourced as we hoped then!
I have used Slidescreen since I came across it in the Market place some time ago and will continue using for the time being, as it still shows me information, i.e. Google Calendar, Reader, Twitter etc etc. That said, unless there are any further plans regarding access feeds from the aforementioned.

I note you mention a possible final update. What is this likely to include?

Cheers
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Coming from iPhone (with lockscreen info) and searching my ass of for finding an alternative to lockscreen info on android. I found Slidescreen, which suited my needs perfectly. Im going to miss it!

Maybe you guys can open source it, and hopefully someone else pick up where you guys stopped.

Pretty please! :)
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Personally if it was a choice between updating Gmail or Slidescreen I would choose to update Slidescreen and maintain a version of Gmail that works. I hope you think twice about giving up the development of this app. Slidescreen is one of the jewels of the android platform.
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That's really sad news. I am going to use Slidescreen anyway with Gmail disabled, cause there's no real alternative, except for switching to an iPhone :/

Guys, please open-source it! It's a great piece of software and you shouldn't just throw it away!
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Note that POP/IMAP access to Gmail works fine and is a workaround being used by others. Lack of commitment by the developers to the app and those who bought it?
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I read an article by someone who thought that this was just the first good excuse to abandon development on SlideScreen, and it made a lot of sense. I hope that is not the case, I agree, it is a little irresponsible. The app was pretty expensive in the first place, and they just took our money and ran
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I was bummed when I read this a couple days ago, then I began the search for a new launcher...

There is NOTHING like SlideScreen out there. And SlideScreen is EXACTLY how I use my phone. I don't like the traditional launchers at all..

The closest replacement I could find was something called *Spark but it's not in the Market anymore and I can find a version that works worth a damn.

GMail doesn't work but Facebook and Twitter do. Phone calls, text messages, RSS, stocks... All work great as far as I can tell. I don't suppose you'll reconsider but it's worth asking for.

Failing that, what are you other former users switching to?
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@robjustice777
I'm in the same boat as you. I tinkered around with a traditional Launch screen, and the best I could come up with was a 4x2 widget for my calendar agenda (which was by far my most looked at with slidescreen), a 4x1 for weather in the middle, then shortcuts to gmail, facebook, messenging, and phone in a dock beneath. That way, the notification bar would show icons for incoming messages/mail and I could still get it a click away. Not nearly as good as everything being readily displayed like Slidescreen, but the best I could do.

Screenshot: http://i.imgur.com/SRIbM.png

The text icons in between the weather and the dock are a program called Circle Launcher.
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With the lack of response from the developer on open-sourcing slide screen, would it be worth while to start an open source project with the aim to implement a home screen with the same features as slidescreen? I have some java knowledge and am willing to start up a google code page if there is interest. I just don't have the time to do it alone.

Chris Spooner
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I have no experience in android development, but I fully support this idea. Someday when I get into it, I would totally contribute as much as possible.
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stephen m

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Guys, no need for a replacement, read my previous post. All ok again!
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what are you talking about stephen?
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stephen m

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Replace Gmail v2.3.5 with v2.3.4 reinstall SlideScreen and bingo
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cmspooner

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That is not a real solution, neither is replacing the gmail apk with one that has the signature requirement striped from the manifest. Another problem is that with a stop in development it is only a matter of time before slidescreen is no longer compatible with new versions of android.
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It's not a solution it's a workaround. Up to you if you use it!
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cmspooner

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It is a temporary work around. I want a real solution...which seems to be roll our own home that gives us the functionality of slidescreen.

I have started a google code page and welcome feedback. http://code.google.com/p/slidehome/
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I hope to get my pre-alpha (hey it compiles and crashes...but it's a starting point) code up tonight. I have also started a development blog: http://androidslidehome.blogspot.com/
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This SUCKS! ...I've been using SlideScreen for a long time now and can't imagine having to go back to pages full of widgets, etc..

I'll be trying workarounds to keep SlideScreen going on my DroidX as long as possible.

I hope you guys reconsider, or make the code public so others can have a go with it; it truly is THE best home screen out there!!!
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I know a few people mentioned Open-Sourcing Slide Screen, I remember mentioning the same for the launcher a while back - I want to make it clear that it's never easy to open-source a closed application that has been sold to the public at large. Legal problems might spring up, not to mention that there could also be something in the code the company might not want released (private libraries used on other products, dependencies on third party libraries that require a license of some sort or just plain old spyware).

* Another option would be for LarvaLabs to allow an external volunteer maintainer (perhaps under an NDA) to take over the application.

Anyway, It would be awesome if this product could get released to the public, but I'm sure somebody could indeed clone it and make that clone open-source @cmspooner for example.
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+9001 for open sourcing it
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I'm a paying customer of SlideScreen, really love it, and am dismayed by its death. But I'm just as dismayed by the way LarvaLabs has handled it.

Since they failed to allow two comments I made on their blog about accessing Gmail via IMAP, I'm having to post here to get my voice heard.

As David said above, if Google won't let apps access Gmail on the phone, an obvious workaround is to access Gmail via IMAP, which many email clients do. In fact, GMail Label Notifier, another app that broke at the same time SS did, has already implemented IMAP access and is up and running again.

Gmail is the only service that broke among all the services SS supports. If LarvaLabs wanted to keep developing SS, they could do so by implementing IMAP access. By refusing to acknowledge or engage in discussion about such alternatives, it seems to me that they don't *want* to continue development but aren't being forthright about that.
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There is an easy fix and Larva Labs needs to make this right. IMAP does it simply. Many other apps do it this way.
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I have to chime in that I am frustrated with Larva Labs in this situation. There is a lot that is good about SS without gmail working at all, arnd in this case there are several workarounds available. If the issue is really that SS isn't a money maker as compared to other products, that is understandable, but making this move based upon the gmail issue alone doesn't quite pass the smell test. Also, the lack of response to customers both in this forum and the blog posting is disappointing.
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I can't imagine going back to a regular launcher after SlideScreen. I agree that the devs trying to to sell us that "this one way we used to do this one part is broken, so we'd better throw the baby out with the bathwater" is bogus.

It's ok to say to that you guys have moved on from this and don't want to develop it anymore.

That said, I'll be giving Mr. Spooner my support to develop an open-source replacement.