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Michajin

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@Ighor Any interest in porting the new amazon launcher over to the firetv2 (Sloane)? I tried to directly update the app, but it wouldn't launch, just black screen and no access to settings. I have no idea if this is even possible because of the old fire OS 5.XXX.
 

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@Ighor Any interest in porting the new amazon launcher over to the firetv2 (Sloane)? I tried to directly update the app, but it wouldn't launch, just black screen and no access to settings. I have no idea if this is even possible because of the old fire OS 5.XXX.
yes, once patched it do work on fire OS 5, already tested. But It looks ugly without ads.
I think I can place normal rows back, and use top space for a background picture.
 

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Michajin

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yes, once patched it do work on fire OS 5, already tested. But It looks ugly without ads.
I think I can place normal rows back, and use top space for a background picture.
Let me know if you need any testers. I like the new launcher as is, mainly because I like the live part and guide being more accessable.
 

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It is not so simple like other alternative launchers.
There will be no launcher apk to download/install.
It will work with help of background app which is running hidden and patching original launcher on the go.
Any chance to get us the app, which patching the launcher on the fly?
Github link , GDrive Link or One Drive link, inclusive short instructions?
 
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Ighor

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Thanks to all testers. I received a lot of statistics.
Thanks to that in the current implementation of patching launcher a stability issues was found.
To make stable solution it requires more work and improvements than I expected.

Since I'm still not able to work full time on it I'll be happy to share the method with a xda developers to receive a help or support so it may be finished faster.

Anyway I'll continue to work on it by my own on my free time and I'll accept more testers later.

The method itself remains private since Amazon will patch it once leaked, so no public release happens until it completely finished. Another reason to keep it private, that it potentially leads to creating of a software jailbreak.
 

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    Ads removed. Telemetry disabled. Promotional channels removed. Alexa is working.
    Selected channels enabled, on the video it is Netflix and Plex.
    Selective titles removed, only Home, Apps and Settings kept on the video.
    It is possible to patch every Fire TV and no root needed.
    I'm working on it on my free time, there is no ETA for public release.


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    Sorry, but I'm not working full time on this. I have other work to do. I'll complete it on my free time.
    I had no emails about posts here so answering with delay.
    Small number of people are ready to test in private chat and I need one more, so I'll DM random people here.
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    Update about new UI. Successfully patched it to run on Fire TV 4K Stick.
    Also modifications still working and I can remove any section.
    But I can't remove top Learn More yet.
    Also I'm able to bring back applications rows as it was on the previous ui.
    Still I don't see easy way to install it since launcher can't get amz-access-token in some reason so I had to inject mine.
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    Hello. I need two testers with Fire TV 4K Stick.
    One with TWRP and root installed, and one with no TWRP and no root.
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    Update about new UI. Successfully patched it to run on Fire TV 4K Stick.
    Also modifications still working and I can remove any section.
    But I can't remove top Learn More yet.
    Also I'm able to bring back applications rows as it was on the previous ui.
    Still I don't see easy way to install it since launcher can't get amz-access-token in some reason so I had to inject mine.

    @July IGHOR
    I think there are enough users here who would like to try patching the launcher themselves.
    Could you please give us more info on how to do this?

    - with which APK editor could you successfully edit the Launcher.apk?
    - which files in the APK in the layout folder need to be modified?
    - can the customized APK be installed without root or is there anything else that needs to be signed or customized?

    Thanks in advance for some more info. (y)