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[APP][2.3+] Bubble Launcher with PA 3.56+ HALO support

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22nd June 2013, 01:50 PM   |  #1  
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Bubble Launcher 2.6.1 launched here on XDA(free version) and also in play store (payed full version)!

FULL support for PA 3.56+ HALO - apps can be launched in downsized MULTI_WINDOW


Please remind, that Bubble Launcher XDA 2.5+ is a time limited Version (with all functionality of Full Version!) since today!

-The testing time period is 10 days after installation.

If you consider to use the prior version 2.3.1 (WITHOUT TIME LIMIT), I' let let stay a download link in OP for that all the time...
(but in that case you don't get new features from now on...)


Bubble Launcher is an 'always on top' side launcher for Android OS. It can be used on top of every opened app.
The starter halo hotspot is made as floating system window, so it can be on top of everything on screen!

It was made for JB 4.2.2 / 4.3 , but should work on OS versions since 2.3+.

The Launcher comes with a

-standard listview

and

- circle halo knob

for selecting an starting an app.

How to use:

Hotspot -> swipe left -> opens Circle Launcher;

Hotspot -> swipe up -> opens Favorites Panel;
(You have to mark some apps as Favorite in 'Blacklist & Favorites Editor' -> start 'Settings Panel' via Menu Button -> mark some apps as Fav. in most right column checkbox!)

Hotspot -> swipe down -> opens App-List-Launcher;

Short Tap on App in List -> HALO)))-start of app;
Long Tap on App in List -> Fullscreen-start of app:

circle launcher -> circle swipe to outside -> fast release -> HALO)))-start of app;
circle launcher -> circle swipe to outside -> wait a second release -> fullscreen-start of app;

circle launcher -> circle swipe inside Halo-knob -> no app will be startet;

Menu Button Opens 'Settings Panel'


Bubble Launcher supports Halo))) start of apps in MULTI_WINDOW on Paranoid Android 3.56 and above!
And of course you can start apps also in Fullscreen Mode.
On non Paranoid OS the apps will always be started in Fullscreen Mode.

In the full version of Bubble Launcher you can mark any app as blacklisted or favorite.

Blacklisted apps will never be shown in the launcher lists.

Favorite apps are listet on top of standard listview and are the only listed apps in circle launcher mode.

You can test this free XDA version, before purchasing the full version.

the XDA-app-version is full working with the following
limitations:


- blacklisting of apps not active
- Favorites not active
- Themes not active (only Holo Dark is enabled)

All other features are fully working!
No ads!


If you want to uninstall the app, than first go to settings -> security -> device administrators and un-tick the box for Bubble Launcher

screenshots attached...

apk-file attached...

MOD EDIT
paid full version is also available in Google Play Store.

Change Log:

Update ver 2.6.1(09202013)

- Nexus 7 compatibility (and more other devices, that don't have telephony functions)

Update ver 2.6(09182013)

- New Activity-Shortcuts for installed Apps and their launchable activities.
To get them all in Blacklist and Fav-Editor use 'Refresh app Database' in settings!
That may take some seconds - will give you access to a ton of system settings panels
All recognized activity-shortcuts will be blacklisted after import by default.
Mark those of them, you want to use, as Favorites...

- New swipe actions - Diagonal Up / Diagonal Down - all swipe actions can be customized now in settings
- precise recognition of swipe actions / new gesture engine
- New working 'Change Long Click/Short Click' Option for app lists and panels
- better contact Photo / contact engine for builtin floating Notification

-major bugfix: BL stopped when removed from recent apps list
BL won't be shown in recents apps now!

- minor bugfixes


Update ver 2.5.1(09142013)

- unlock with promotion code works again for this and all future versions!
- NEW!: contact photos for floating notifications (only for Android 4.3)

Update ver 2.5(09132013)

- new: Floating Hotspot
Hotspot can be positioned everywhere on screen or can be docked everywhere on left or right screen border.
to move it: -> double tap+hold+pull

- new Floating Status Bubble
the new Status Bubble can be positioned everywhere on screen
to activate it: -> swipe from HotSpot diagonal up
to move it: -> double tap+hold+pull

-new activities, that can be use as shortcuts (i.e. from within HALO))) )
to launch Fav List , All Apps List or StatusBubble without having Bubble Launcher HotsSpot Bubble active
(you can deactivate 'Hotspot Visible' in Bubble Launcher' settings)

- new downsized Fav List for low count of marked as Favorite Apps...

- fixed bug, when launching Bubble Launcher on Samsung's Galaxy Note and some other devices...

- fixed some minor bugs


If you consider to use the prior version 2.3.1 (WITHOUT TIME LIMIT), I' let let stay a download link in OP for that all the time...



Update ver 2.3.1(08312013)

- minor bugfix (background color in lists)




Update ver 2.3(08312013)

- major bugfix (autostart after reboot should work now on all devices - also when device sleeps after reboot)
- clearer hint for defining Favorites when app lists opened after 1st start
- speed improvement (when app starts)
- smoother animations
- smoother sensitivity on hotspot
- glitches in pitched favorites panel removed
- tested compatibility with XPosed framework and XHaloFloatingWindow

Update ver 2.2 (08282013)

- minor bugfixes
- scratched hotspot bubble on HD devices fixed
- hotspot animation/hold time decreased
- link to XDA-thread fixed for 'Activate Floating Notifications' in settings fixed


Update ver 2.1 (08232013)

- major bug fixed (Nexus 7 / other HD devices)
- actions speed improved


Update ver 2.0 (08212013)

- Rebuilt from scratch
- New super fast list views
- New floating notifications (Android 4.3+ only!)
- New custom themes (see HowTo's below)
- New sql app database
- New custom icons support (free ADW - themes based)
payed themes/icon packs will be supported later
- New sort favorites Icons


Update ver 1.81 (07042013)
- Major bug fixed (FC when comma separated app names found, i.e. 'Dragon, Fly!')

Update ver 1.8 (07032013)
(Full Ver)
- new Settings Panel is Holo themed now
- Settings Panel can be reached now via Menu Button from views
- new ability to enter promotion code in case that license check fails (pure network connection/ DNS problems)
- license check result will be written to app's data now
- long press icons in Favorites Panel -> app start in fullscreen (under PA 3.56+) is back now

- some bugs fixed

(XDA Ver)
- new Favorites Panel (swipe up gesture)
- new Settings Panel can now be reached via Menu Button from vom views
- new Settings Panel is Holo themed
- new ability to enter promotion codes, to unlock all options of Full Version
- Favorites can be selected and be used in Favorites Panel
- standard theme is now 'Transparent'
- enable Lock Screen option is unlocked mow
- same code stage as full version

- some bugs fixed

Update ver 1.72 (07012013)
(ONLY FOR FULL VERSION!)

- License Check added (in case of floating around UNLICENSED FULL VERSION!)

Update ver 1.71 (07012013)
(ONLY FOR FULL VERSION!)

- minor bugfix in 'Halo))) notify' option

Update ver 1.7x (06292013)

- *new Favorites Panel View with scrollable grid of App Icons
- *new option to set gestures binding to none
- *improved speed faster load of Blacklist Editor (< 3 sec now)
- improved memory management (correct releasing of unused resources)
- major bugfix on multitasking with already running apps behind Halo))) opened apps

*) ONLY IN FULL VERSION!

Update ver 1.5 (06272013)

- *new option for bindung views to gestures (left/right, up, down)
- *new favorites only list and favorite+other apps list
- new option for showing icon only lists
- new option for sizing icons/list item height
- *new option for using a notification to start (use) only the favorites list via Halo))) bubble/notifiction bar
without having an own launcher bubble on screen
- *new styled Blacklist & Favorites Editor with colored responding checkbox flags

- small improvement on speed

*) ONLY IN FULL VERSION!


Update ver 1.1 (06232013)
-bug fixed for swipes on hotspot, when on left screen side
-bug fixed for scrolling Blacklist Editor



NEW + NEW + NEW + NEW + NEW + NEW + NEW + NEW + NEW + NEW + NEW

HowTo use builtin 'Floating Notifications'

If your device runs Android 4.3 (and only than!), you can use the builtin 'Floating Notifications'. This may be useful, if you want to use your device in full screen mode.
To activate 'Floating Notifications' you have to download and install NLSHelper.apk (see attachments below...).
This APK will be installed as a Bubble Launcher module hidden from Appdrawer/Home Launcher.

After installing this module you have to activate the Notification Access Policy in SETTINGS/SECURITY/NOTIFICATION ACCESS by ticking the checkmark for NLSHelper!
(Bubble Launcher tries to guide you automatically to related Settings Panel after Installing NLSHELPER. If it doesn't happen, please go manually to SETTINGS/SECURITY/NOTIFICATION ACCESS for activating the policy.

If you have completed these steps, Bubble Launcher will intercept incoming notifications from gmail, sms/mms, google+, google search, whatsapp and similar apps.
(Only push notifications, no ongoing notification, will be intercepted!)

When a push notification is received an notify icon will be displayed in Bubble Launcher's Hotspot Bubble and a notifying Label will be displayed near the bubble.
If You Click on the notify icon in bubble, the notify label will be updated and displayed again.
Click onto the label for opening the notifying app.

Swipe from notify icon to down, for updating the push notification queue.

Swipe from notify icon to up, for clearing the push notifications queue.



HowTo use 'Custom Themes'

For trying out custom themes, download customThemeSample.zip (see attached files below).
Unzip this file to your root folder of your devices sdcard. After unzipping you will get two files:

1. old paper blue-16776961.blt

and

2. old paper gray-11446940.blt

(Don't touch the filenames or file name extensions of these two files! - Or the import will fail!)

if they are in the root folder of your devices sdcard, you can open Bubble Launcher's Settings Panel by its the App Icon in Home Launcher.

-Tap on 'Select Custom Theme ' in settings panel.
-Tap in the opening list on 'Import Themes'

- a Toast Message should notifying about successful import...

After that you can Tap on 'Import Themes' again and you can select one of the two freshly imported custom themes.
So you will see what you get...

That's all...

A detailed documentation for 'making your own themes' will follow later here!


HowTo 'Sort App Icons in custom Order'

Since Ver 2.0 of Bubble Launcher you can change the order of App' Icons in the Favorite Panel View.

To change sort order - open Favorite Panel by the related swipe action (i.e. swipe from Hotspot to left).

On the bottom of panel you find a Label called 'SORT ICONS'. - Tap on that - All Icons will begin wobbling...

Single Tap on an icon, that should be going to new position - the Icon's background color should change to orange color.

Now tap on an Icon at the position, where you want to get your 'marked app icon' - the order should be changed now!

If you finished sorting, tap again on 'SORT ICONS'.

The new sort order will be saved and used in Favorites Panel, Favorites List (and in Circle Launcher View, if you use full version of Bubble Launcher).



HowTo 'Use Custom Icons From Free Icon Packs'

Since Ver 2.0 of Bubble Launcher you can use free ADW-compatible icon packs to select single custom icons per app in Bubble launcher.
There are many free ADW icon packs available on Play Store or on other resources.

Support for Payed Icon Packs is not implemented atm.

The following steps should guide you for use of such icon packs.

1. Install at least one of those Free Icon Packs
2. Start Bubble Launchers Settings panel via it's Icon in Home Launcher
3. Tap on 'Edit/Sort Favorite-Icons' - a special Favorite Panel View should be opened.
4. Long Press the Icon you want to change to custom.
5. A share menu for installed Icon/Theme Packs should be opened.
6. Select the pack of your choice - If you have more than one icon pack installed - use 'only this Time' (to have the choice option later).
7. The Icon-Overview of your selected Icon Pack should be opened.
8. Tap on an Icon of your choice to select.
9. Tap the back button.
10. Your App Icon should be changed to the one of your choice.

that's all.

I'm working on the support for Payed Icon Packs for a later version of Bubble Launcher.

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Last edited by mark manning; 27th January 2014 at 06:19 AM. Reason: Update Ver 2.6.1
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Thanks, looks cool.
I try it

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I think links to paid software aren't allowed in the forum. Just saying.
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thanx for the hint - link neutralized

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22nd June 2013, 03:59 PM   |  #5  
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App is nice... But I'm having a hard time uninstalling it. Won't uninstall through application manager or play store..

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22nd June 2013, 04:05 PM   |  #6  
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Quote:
Originally Posted by camelfoo

App is nice... But I'm having a hard time uninstalling it. Won't uninstall through application manager or play store..

:-\

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Go to settings -> security -> device administrators and un-tick the box

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Quote:
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Go to settings -> security -> device administrators and un-tick the box

Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk 4 Beta


Right - so it can be uninstalled!

If you use 'normal' uninstall - you should be automatically linked to deactivate the Administrator Policy


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Edit: will update the OP for the Administrator-Policy-behavior
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Thanks haha. It didnt take me there automatically. Learned a new thing today.

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Nice! Just bought the app. I've noted one minor problem though... If you launch the blacklist editor and then try to scroll it up to see more applications, it disappears and the settings window returns. This makes is practically impossible to blacklist apps that require the list to scroll to see.

Other than that, it makes a great addition to GloveBox and Gravity Screen. Looking forward to see where this project goes.

Thanks

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Damn... XDA won't let me edit my post... Sorry I ment to say the applications list and not the settings windows. My Bad!

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Uhh... just to add to this... the problem only seems to occur if the Bubble hot spot is located on the left side of the screen. When on the right side of the screen I'm able to access the full blacklist listing.
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Nice! Just bought the app. I've noted one minor problem though... If you launch the blacklist editor and then try to scroll it up to see more applications, it disappears and the settings window returns. This makes is practically impossible to blacklist apps that require the list to scroll to see.

Other than that, it makes a great addition to GloveBox and Gravity Screen. Looking forward to see where this project goes.

Thanks

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Damn... XDA won't let me edit my post... Sorry I ment to say the applications list and not the settings windows. My Bad!

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Uhh... just to add to this... the problem only seems to occur if the Bubble hot spot is located on the left side of the screen. When on the right side of the screen I'm able to access the full blacklist listing.


Thank you for watching this! this Will have a look into that tomorrow...

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