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FTVLaunchX: custom launcher, no root (replacement for LauncherHijack)

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By TheRealQubix, Member on 19th January 2020, 09:30 PM
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Welcome to FTVLaunchX – a simple helper application to allow custom launchers on Amazon Fire TV devices – no root required!

It is inspired by the famous LauncherHijack of @BaronKiko and tries to overcome several issues relating to it:

- Reliably intercepts any & all presses of the home button
- Starts the selected launcher on boot
- Starts the selected launcher when waking up from sleep
- Fixes the ominous missing-cursor bug in Silk
- etc.

Please find a thorough description, installation instructions as well as the source code over here:
https://github.com/codefaktor/FTVLaunchX

Get the APK: FTVLaunchX-1.0.1

EDIT: uploaded new release 1.0.1!

If you want to say Thank You or fund further development, then feel free to drop me buck or two, see https://github.com/codefaktor/FTVLaunchX#Donations

Please report back if you did test on your devices (so far tested on Fire TV Stick 2nd Gen & Fire TV Stick 4K) – I will watch this thread for any issues and/or feature requests.
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20th January 2020, 03:26 AM |#2  
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Thanks for this. Works with no issues and really well on my Fires TV Stick 4K.
When I press home it opens my launcher quickly (TV Launcher 3).
When I wake the device from sleep I do see the amazon launcher for a split second (literally a quick flash).
When I reboot it takes 20-30 seconds to automatically start my launcher.
This could be because it is giving way to IP Vanish which is set to launch on startup.
As soon as IP Vanish launches, I press the back key or the home key and my launcher immediately loads.
Love your work.

Also there is another way of returning to the default Amazon Launcher. Maybe you already know it
Use the Alexa Remote (Voice) and say "Home" or "Settings".

Thanks again.
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20th January 2020, 04:01 PM |#3  
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When I press home it opens my launcher quickly (TV Launcher 3).

Yes, it should be a tiny bit quicker and what's more important: way more reliable! Except for the split-second when coming out of sleep I never see the Amazon launcher anymore (I also use TVLauncher 3).

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When I wake the device from sleep I do see the amazon launcher for a split second (literally a quick flash).

Aye, this is to be expected but should really just be a fraction of a second.

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When I reboot it takes 20-30 seconds to automatically start my launcher.

Aye, I know - it's because I let the system decide on when to launch it. As you said, there may be other things also being launched and so it has not the top priority. Maybe I'll experiment with raising the priority of FTVLaunchX but I wanted to stay on the safe side for the 1.0 release.

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As soon as IP Vanish launches, I press the back key or the home key and my launcher immediately loads.

Yes, you can also press the home key as soon as the Amazon launcher comes up and it should work - it's just the auto-start method which takes its time...

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Also there is another way of returning to the default Amazon Launcher. Maybe you already know it Use the Alexa Remote (Voice) and say "Home" or "Settings".

Ha, I totally forgot about that one – I'll add this to the docs, thank you!

Oh, and just to clarify: do you think that we should also try to catch that and start the custom launcher when hearing "Home"? This may not be possible and IMHO it's way better to leave that as a valid exit method to get back to the original Amazon launcher...

Oh, and a big thank you for testing and replying!
20th January 2020, 06:48 PM |#4  
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Thank you so much! I finally have my cursor back in the Silk Browser because of this!
20th January 2020, 07:13 PM |#5  
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Thank you so much! I finally have my cursor back in the Silk Browser because of this!

Glad that it works for you and you like it The main reason why I was creating it was this pesty cursor bug...

Oh, on what kind of device are you using it? Am looking for someone to test it on a Fire TV Cube with Fire OS 7 / Android 9...
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20th January 2020, 07:14 PM |#6  
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Got any images we can use for an article?
20th January 2020, 07:21 PM |#7  
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Got any images we can use for an article?

Here is an icon and a banner:
https://github.com/codefaktor/FTVLau...c_launcher.png
https://github.com/codefaktor/FTVLau...ble/banner.png

Can render them at any size if you need larger variants;

Or if you need a screenshot then voila: https://imgur.com/a/UethyYm
20th January 2020, 07:26 PM |#8  
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Glad that it works for you and you like it The main reason why I was creating it was this pesty cursor bug...

Oh, on what kind of device are you using it? Am looking for someone to test it on a Fire TV Cube with Fire OS 7 / Android 9...


Wish I could help. I'm running several Fire Sticks. All v2 and 4k. No cubes.
20th January 2020, 09:15 PM |#9  
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Oh, and just to clarify: do you think that we should also try to catch that and start the custom launcher when hearing "Home"? This may not be possible and IMHO it's way better to leave that as a valid exit method to get back to the original Amazon launcher...

Personally, I prefer it going back to the Amazon Launcher.
I have done a few installs of these and for the users it is the easiest way they can get there. The less complexity for them, the better
20th January 2020, 09:19 PM |#10  
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Personally, I prefer it going back to the Amazon Launcher.
I have done a few installs of these and for the users it is the easiest way they can get there. The less complexity for them, the better

Exactly my thought too!
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20th January 2020, 09:55 PM |#11  
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Glad that it works for you and you like it The main reason why I was creating it was this pesty cursor bug...

Oh, on what kind of device are you using it? Am looking for someone to test it on a Fire TV Cube with Fire OS 7 / Android 9...

I just tried it on my Nvidia Shield 2017 model and it works great. The only thing I see wrong if you want to call it wrong is, When booting it boots to the android tv screen for about 5-10 seconds but then goes to my Halauncher. Home button works great everytime. If you don't mind I will post it on the Shield tv section or you can. It would be easier for some people that don't understand adb. Great job!!!!
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