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[ N900W8 with KK ]Google Now Launcher works nicely if your ROOTED

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By frankbonatelli, Member on 23rd February 2014, 08:49 PM
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Root privileges give you the power to break you device use at your own risk.

Just wondered if any one else discovered this yet?
I upgraded to KitKat (thanks Polish_Pat) Knox 0x0 rooted and recovery
Was annoyed that we didn't get any of the KitKat goodies so have started to get it sorted they way I would like it. Love android!!
First up (and easy)
KitKat Google Now Launcher and its two dependent files
(Ok Google works for me as well as swiping left for Google Now ).
Down load this zip

Once you have it to your phone use a file browser with ROOT privlages ( I use pro version of Root explorer) navigate to where ever you saved the file and un zip it. Root Explorer does this and will ask if you wish to navigate to the unzipped folder, do so now.

1) Install GoogleHome.apk (if you haven't already you will be prompted to allow the install of UNKNOWN sources)
2) Copy PrebuiltGmsCore.apk to SYSTEM/APP/ changed permission to rw-r-r-
3) Copy Velvet.apk to SYSTEM/APP/ changed permission to rw-r-r-
4) Reboot

again root explore will do all of this. With a long press on the file it will give you options to choose from. Select permissions and uncheck or check what ever you wish to set any permission. For this particular task you will want to UNCHECK group write and others write this will set you as rw-r-r
click OK.
Do this for both files listed above and then reboot.
In my continued effort to get as close to AOSP KK I have also managed to replace Sammies Clock app with the AOSP Clock which is smoother (in my onpinion only).
If you want it
Down load this zip file
Extract as described earlier and install it as any other app. Then you can disable the stock app by doing a rename these two files (Root users only can achieve this stock will have two clock apps)
ClockPackage_OSup.apk to ClockPackage_OSup.apk.old
ClockPackage_OSup.odex to ClockPackage_OSup.odex

Now I want to try getting the KitKat Dialer to work but I suspect that won't be so easy.
23rd February 2014, 08:52 PM |#2  
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xposed GEL didnt do it for me for some reason, will test your method soon
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Just installed the GoogleHome apk on a non rooted 4.4.2 Note 3 running stock firmware and everything works without any other modification. (Including Ok google).
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