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FiredTV Launcher - Replacement Home/Launcher

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By Redth, Member on 14th June 2014, 03:15 AM
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FiredTV Launcher is a 'replacement' for Amazon's Home/Launcher app which does not show sideloaded apps.
Visit the project page for more information (including source code): https://github.com/Redth/FiredTVLauncher



How does it work?
While it's not possible (yet/without root) to actually replace the launcher app, FiredTV effectively does this by watching for Amazon's launcher being opened, and then immediately launches itself. Because of this, you will see Amazon's home screen flash on the screen very briefly after pressing the home button, before FiredTV Launcher appears.

Installation
You can install the app by grabbing the .APK directly from the releases page: https://github.com/Redth/FiredTVLauncher/releases
You will need to sideload the app. There are many guides available how to do this on the forums.

Once the app has been installed, go into your FireTV Settings, go into Applications, find 'FiredTV' in the list, select it, and select 'Launch Application'

Enjoy!

Where's the Java?
If you looked at the source, you may have noticed that there's no Java. That's because this was written entirely in C# using Xamarin! C# is awesome, go use Xamarin!

What's next?
Obviously this launcher is very simple, and there's not much to it. I'm planning on adding some Settings configuration within the app, so you can do things like hide apps, reorder them, hide labels, change colors, etc.



UPDATES
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v1.1.5
- Better FireTV Stick support
- Fixed Default Wallpaper not showing up in some instances
- Fixed Show/Hide for Amazon apps
- New Icon/Name for FireTV Home 'app'
- Fixed Settings icon

v1.1.4
- Fixed Signing issue

v1.1.3
- Updated Home detection logic, should be much more reliable
- Home detection is disabled by default (to help App store approval)
- Fixed a bug where the settings might show Home Detection enabled when it's actually disabled

v.1.1.0
- Home key detection disabled by default (to pass Amazon Store approval - you can enable it in Settings)
- New implementation for re-ordering apps
- More reliable settings saving/loading
- Customizable Wallpaper
- Removed FiredTV Logo
- Customizable Alpha of various backgrounds (top bar, label, app icon)
- Long press menu to hide app or uninstall app

v.1.0.3
- Now you can re-order apps
- Fixed bug with hiding Settings shortcut
- Now works on other devices (also on other devices that support it, now can become the 'home' launcher app)
- Fixed bug with time display (was in 24 hours by default)

v.1.0.2
This version adds some new features. Please note a different keystore was used to sign this app, so you may have to uninstall v.1.0.1 first!
- Hide/Show apps are all configurable now
- Date / Time now on home screen
- Hiding Logo, Date, Time App Labels all now configurable
- App Label font size configurable
- Fixed Settings shortcut
- Apps are now sorted by name
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14th June 2014, 08:02 AM |#2  
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Great! How did you run it instead KFTV launcher?
Waiting hide apps, reorder... And please make the time display.
After clicking Settings crashes in KFTV launcher, so it should be?

Sorry for my English

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14th June 2014, 12:56 PM |#3  
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Thanks so much!

I am using a service to check the foreground activity and when it matches the Amazon fire TV launcher I open mine instead. Not the ideal solution but the only way so far to make it work!

I will work on those features first thing, thanks for the donation!!!

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Great! How did you run it instead KFTV launcher?
Waiting hide apps, reorder... And please make the time display.
After clicking Settings crashes in KFTV launcher, so it should be?

Sorry for my English

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15th June 2014, 05:07 AM |#4  
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You can also add a killing Amazon application (KFTV launcher and etc) after starting FiredTV Launcher.
15th June 2014, 12:35 PM |#5  
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You can also add a killing Amazon application (KFTV launcher and etc) after starting FiredTV Launcher.

Impossible to kill another application without root
15th June 2014, 03:30 PM |#6  
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Impossible to kill another application without root

ES Task Manager can kill things perfectly fine, even without root.

although some apps, by design, will re-launch themselves automatically regardless (e.g. KFTV Launcher)
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ES Task Manager can kill things perfectly fine, even without root.

although some apps, by design, will re-launch themselves automatically regardless (e.g. KFTV Launcher)

Unknown way to kill the activity, may try KILL_BACKGROUND_PROCESSES.
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We have root boys!
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We have root boys!

Its only a matter of time... Also I would like to request that there be an option to set the order in which icons appear.
16th June 2014, 03:31 PM |#10  
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Originally Posted by beshkenadze

Unknown way to kill the activity, may try KILL_BACKGROUND_PROCESSES.

It really doesn't make sense for me to kill the AFTV process since no matter what you do right now, when you press HOME on the remote, the AFTV process starts up. So, if after I launched FiredTV when AFTV starts up, I went and killed AFTV, it would actually be slower the next time you pressed the home button since Amazon would start up the whole process again. This of course is all just theory too (I have a feeling it might not be so easy to kill AFTV process).

So, for now, it really doesn't make sense to try and kill the process, so I'm not going to be doing that...
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Originally Posted by jamesrascal

Its only a matter of time... Also I would like to request that there be an option to set the order in which icons appear.

This is a feature I'm working on. It's a bit more complex so I didn't put it in 1.0.2 yet, but hopefully for the next version!
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