Any Launcher, No Root (Launcher Hijack V4)

BaronKiko

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Launcher Hijack V4
Allows a custom launcher on Amazon Kindle Fire's and Fire TV's

An early, insert seasonally appropriate celebration here, present from me. Adds support for Fire TV devices and the new Fire Tablets. Enjoy.

Please find instructions for use here (https://github.com/BaronKiko/LauncherHijack/blob/master/HELP.md#fire-tablets). Adb required for first time setup on Fire TV's.
Find the latest release here (https://github.com/BaronKiko/LauncherHijack/releases). I'm working on Aptoide and F-Droid releases for those that prefer those methods. Hopefully in the next few days.
If you want to look at my rushed and sloppy code then feel free to look here (https://github.com/BaronKiko/LauncherHijack)
Please send any issues here (https://github.com/BaronKiko/LauncherHijack/issues)
Feeling kind and want to donate? Find instructions here (https://github.com/BaronKiko/LauncherHijack/blob/master/README.md#donations)

Huge thanks to ParrotGeek1, Speeddymon and Urbanman2004.
  • ParrotGeek1 made V1 and without him I would have never started this project.
  • Speeddymon donated a 2018 Fire TV allowing me to implement Fire TV support. If you have a Fire TV you should thank him
  • Urbanman2004 created the lovely logo/app icon. Be sure to thank him too.

Finally I don't really check these forums often anymore so please head over to the github page and post there if you are having any issues. Usually I am pretty quick to respond there.

Edit/Update history:
[Edit 24/02/17]
Fixed links, sorted grammar

[Update 21/03/17]
Version 2.1 released, improves speed and reliability of the application so should be a good update for all. Thanks to ParrotGeek once again for the tip on how to improve it.

[Edit 11/07/17]
Sick of people complaining about the same issues so I added some troubleshooting steps and specific instructions for google now.

[Update 27/07/17]
Version 3 released
Old blurb, removed:
I'm here to announce my latest project, Launcher Hijack V2.
This uses the same exploit as Launcher Hijack V1, by parrotgeek1, but allows you to select any launcher of your choice. If I find time I intend to implement further features but for now that's all you get :p


[Update 12/07/18]
Issue with the new update
Comment about using github to report issues.

[Update 10/12/18]
Version 4 released
Most post info moved to GitHub

[Updated 25/03/19]
Version 4.0.3 released
Comes with a new logo
 
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BeeWall

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Nice! I know choosing the launcher was a feature a lot of people wanted, so they'll be happy to see this.

To make things a bit easier, I'll put your URLs here, since I'm past the restriction.

Find the latest release here: https://github.com/BaronKiko/LauncherHijackV2/releases
If you want to look at my rushed and sloppy code then feel free to look here: https://github.com/BaronKiko/LauncherHijackV2
Finally please send any issues here: https://github.com/BaronKiko/LauncherHijackV2/issues

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BaronKiko

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Nice! I know choosing the launcher was a feature a lot of people wanted, so they'll be happy to see this.

To make things a bit easier, I'll put your URLs here, since I'm past the restriction.




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Cheers, I'm hoping a nice mod will come along to sort the links out and move it to the right place but it's better for now.
 
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Sorry for the plain text links but you can't post links until you have 10 posts, nor can you post in development or use DevDB so while this is the worst place to post it it is also the only place I am allowed.
This exactly the correct place for this, with your current status.
When this thread sees some activity,
use the report post button, and ask if this thread can be moved to Development.
You need 50 posts before you can create threads in a Development section.

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LenAsh

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This exactly the correct place for this, with your current status.
When this thread sees some activity,
use the report post button, and ask if this thread can be moved to Development.
You need 50 posts before you can create threads in a Development section.

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Indeed - happy to move if and when appropriate.
 

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This is very nice. Thanks. I notice that about half the time when I press the home button from an app, I am taken to the recent apps screen instead of the home screen. Sometimes it takes multiple presses to get to the home screen. Just a side effect or is it a bug? Thanks.
 

BeeWall

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This is very nice. Thanks. I notice that about half the time when I press the home button from an app, I am taken to the recent apps screen instead of the home screen. Sometimes it takes multiple presses to get to the home screen. Just a side effect or is it a bug? Thanks.
It's probably a side effect.

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BaronKiko

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This is very nice. Thanks. I notice that about half the time when I press the home button from an app, I am taken to the recent apps screen instead of the home screen. Sometimes it takes multiple presses to get to the home screen. Just a side effect or is it a bug? Thanks.
I would call it a bug, it was present in the first version and as somebody in that thread mentioned turning animations off seems to make it more reliable but still not 100% (it works 9 times out of 10 for me with no animations). I could potentially make it more reliable by waiting longer before calling the launcher of choice but it would slow down every button press so I would rather not do so.
 
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It's awesome to see V2 coming up! Just hope the 'recent' bug can be ironed out soon. Or is it possible to avoid that bug if rooted?
I doubt it can be fixed. Since the app is rootless, it is rather limited. Disabling animations in Developer Options helps, but not completely.

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I doubt it can be fixed. Since the app is rootless, it is rather limited. Disabling animations in Developer Options helps, but not completely.

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Yes, you are right though I tried that Animations scale, it doesn't fix the 'recent' menu issue.
What I can do currently is to root the device and set up Xposed with GravityBox module; then enable another Custom navigation to launch another launcher.

Fire HD 8" (Asus Launcher)

 
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