The Blerg

The Blerg

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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.
33: 📚 … of the year, 2016 with Jesse Wilson
Dec 23, 2016 • 94 min
Warning: this episode contains coarse language. It’s the fourth annual “… of the year” extravaganza, in which Jesse Wilson and I each bestow 20 highly coveted and equally made up awards based on 2016’s technology news. Some of the awards…
32: 📚 Action Launcher in 2016: the story so far with Jesse Wilson
Oct 19, 2016 • 59 min
Jesse Wilson returns to the show to chat all things Action Launcher with me. Topics include why there was more than 6 months between Action Launcher updates to start the year and what I learnt going so long between updates. I also discuss my pushing…
31: 📰 Google’s 2016 hardware event with Phil Nickinson
Oct 4, 2016 • 55 min
So. Many. Hardware. Announcements. Phil and I break down the Pixel phones, Daydream View, Google WiFi, Google Home and Chromecast 4k announcements. We also discuss whether the event lived up the hype Google set about creating, and…
30: 📰 iPhone 7, Apple Watch Series 2 and more with Ben Sandofsky
Sep 7, 2016 • 55 min
Ben Sandofsky and I break down all the announcements of Apple’s September 2016 event. We of course discuss all the new hardware, as well as give our thoughts on: The loss of the headphone jack. The disparity between the cameras in the two iPhone…
29: 📰 WWDC 2016 keynote with Francisco Franco
Jun 13, 2016 • 67 min
Hot off the wires, Francisco Franco and I dig into WWDC 2016’s watchOS, tvOS, macOS and iOS announcements. What did we like and dislike? What didn’t we see that we were hoping for? What did we make of those crazy Music and…
28: 📚 Google I/O 2016 developer announcements with Jake Wharton
Jun 10, 2016 • 48 min
Jake Wharton and I conclude our post Google I/O 2016 chat by digging into the wealth of show’s developer announcements including Android Studio 2.2, Firebase, Android Instant Apps and more. Follow Jake on Twitter:…
27: 📚 The good & bad of attending Google I/O with Jake Wharton
May 30, 2016 • 40 min
What’s it like to attend Google I/O? Was the venue switch away from San Francisco to an outdoor venue in Mountain View a good move? What quality level were the technical sessions this year? Why do Google keep making seemingly basic mistakes hosting…
26: 📰 Google I/O 2016 keynote - another take with Karl Smith
May 22, 2016 • 39 min
Many felt I was too negative in the previous episode, where Koush and I broke down Google I/O 2016’s keynote. Previous guest of the show Karl Smith was one such person, so he and I decided to dig into some of the areas we disagreed…
25: 📰 Google I/O 2016 keynote with Koushik Dutta
May 18, 2016 • 38 min
Google I/O is here! Koush and I break down all the big announcements such as Home, Allo, Duo and Daydream. We also discussed Google’s advancements in AI, the Android Wear 2.0 release, Android Instant Apps and more. Follow Koush on…
24: 📚 Android TV with Annyce Davis
Apr 19, 2016 • 54 min
Fellow Android developer Annyce Davis joins me for a deep dive into all things Android TV! We dig into our experience with Google TV, the Nexus Player, Android TV built into a TV and more, as well as discussing our gripes with the platform, and…
23: 📰Alphabet unrest with Ron Amadeo
Mar 30, 2016 • 54 min
Turmoil, staff exodus and mud-slinging at Nest. Promising robotics unit Boston Dynamics reportedly up for sale, while the rest of the initiative is seemingly on notice. Reports of unrest at Verily Life Sciences. The other bets of Alphabet seem to…
22: 📰Android N with Ty Smith
Mar 14, 2016 • 48 min
Well that came out of nowhere! Google surprised us all by announcing Android N. In this episode, Ty Smith and I dig into all the newly announced features, discuss our impressions of our time using the N Preview, chat about what features…
21: 📚Nexus 5X & 6P, three months on with Brian Griffey
Feb 23, 2016 • 33 min
Most device reviews happen at launch time, but often our impressions change as we spend significant time actually using the device. In this episode, fellow Android developer Brian Griffey and I discuss our wildly differing…
20: 📚… of the year, 2015 with Jesse Wilson
Dec 25, 2015 • 97 min
Warning: this episode contains mild coarse language. Jesse Wilson and I break down all of 2015’s news and developments by doling out awards to the tech space’s newsworthy people, products and companies. But some of the awards…
19: 📚Nexus 6P with Jerrell Mardis
Dec 10, 2015 • 41 min
This Nexus 6P is terrific. It’s the best Nexus phone ever. Or is it? Well, yes it is. But fellow Android developer Jerrell Mardis and I still find much to talk about. We cover the good, the great, and even manage to find some things to…
18: 📚Worrying Apple trends (part 2) with Rene Ritchie
Dec 3, 2015 • 81 min
Renowned Apple analyst and iMore.com Editor in Chief Rene Ritchie joins me in part 2 of my discussion about, as I see them, “worrying Apple trends”. Rene brings his astute Apple insight to many of the previous episode’s talking points including…
17: 📚Worrying Apple trends (part 1) with Russell Ivanovic
Nov 25, 2015 • 84 min
Guest Russell Ivanovic joins me to discuss a variety of Apple’s not-so-great recent trends. We dig into a great many of the warts increasingly appearing around Apple’s ecosystem, including the experience when first running a device, the less than…
16: 📰 Nexus 6P/5X, new Chromecasts and more with Phil Nickinson
Oct 1, 2015 • 65 min
Guest Phil Nickinson and I chat about all of the announcements from Google’s September ‘15 event. We break down all the new hardware announcements, Google’s decision to target the 6P and 5X at different segments on the market…
15: 📚 The state of traditional Android device manufacturers with Charles Arthur
Sep 17, 2015 • 79 min
Influential journalist Charles Arthur joins me for a discussion on the lay of the land for Android’s traditional OEMs. Inspired by Charles’ Premium Android hits the wall post, we dig into the revenues and shipments of these…
14: 📰Apple’s September ‘15 event with Ben Sandofsky
Sep 10, 2015 • 92 min
Supreme iOS/Mac engineer and Apple aficionado Ben Sandofsky joins me to break down Apple’s September 2015 event. We dig into all the details of the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV announcements, with detailed discussion on why the iPad Pro was even…
13: 📚The history of Link Bubble with Jake Wharton
Sep 4, 2015 • 76 min
Jake Wharton (aka the most in-demand Android engineer on the planet) takes over the show and proceeds to interview yours truly about all things Link Bubble, my now former app. We discuss everything about Link Bubble, from how I…
12: 📚Two Android developers talk iPhone with Francisco Franco
Aug 28, 2015 • 78 min
Pitchforks at the ready, as Android developer and kernel tweaker Francisco Franco and I have a lengthy chat about the iPhone 6! We start off talking about how we came to spend time with the latest iPhone, and then dig into three…
11: 📰M is for Marshmallow with JR Raphael
Aug 21, 2015 • 59 min
Guest JR Raphael and I discuss all the week’s news. We break down M’s official name, as well as discussing the potential implications for future Android version numbers and logos, and of course discuss this week’s updated M Preview release…
10: 📰Alphabet with Ron Amadeo
Aug 14, 2015 • 54 min
Guest Ron Amadeo and I discuss all the Alphabet related news of the week. We dig into why we think Google have made this move, discuss Sundar Pichai’s continued rise, speculate idly on what companies Google might…
9: 📚Small scale vs. billion scale app development with Kirill Grouchnikov (part 2)
Aug 12, 2015 • 45 min
Googler Kirill Grouchnikov joins me as we discuss the similarities and differences between small scale and billion user scale app development. In the second and final part of our chat, Kirill and I discuss the time we aim for…
8: 📚Small scale vs. billion scale app development with Kirill Grouchnikov (part 1)
Aug 12, 2015 • 54 min
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…
7: 📚Pushbullet with Ryan Oldenburg (part 2)
Jul 22, 2015 • 38 min
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…
6: 📚Pushbullet with Ryan Oldenburg (part 1)
Jul 16, 2015 • 52 min
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…
5: 📚Action Launcher 3.5 with Jesse Wilson
Jul 9, 2015 • 44 min
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…
4: 📚Galaxy S6 with Phil Simpson
Jun 26, 2015 • 31 min
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…
3: 📰All Things Twitter with Joaquim Vergès
Jun 18, 2015 • 46 min
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…
2: 📰WWDC ‘15 with Russell Ivanovic
Jun 11, 2015 • 69 min
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…
1: 📰Google I/O ‘15 with Karl Smith
Jun 5, 2015 • 67 min
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…