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lskn160

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Приведенный по ссылке файл apk "Wolf Launcher_0.1.9.apk" отличается от того, который я скачал из OP здесь (до того, как он был удален). Беглый осмотр показывает, что AndroidManifest.xml и resources.arsc отличаются. META-INF имеет другой файл MANIFEST.MF и другие сертификаты безопасности. В папке res также есть несколько отличий.
 

minimeh

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I uploaded them after I downloaded them from here
The "Wolf Launcher 0.1.9.apk" matches what I have. (y)

The MD5 hash of Wolf Launcher_0.1.9-Wolf.apk is
70597fb37712c7ea824adedb35f0a761
Folks should check that whatever they download as being "Wolf Launcher 0.1.9.apk" matches that.

IDK about the "Launcher Manager (FOS) - 1.0.9" because I never grabbed that one.
 
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minimeh

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I'm hoping SweenWolf can temporarily add the original files back to the op.
We appreciate everything you have done the past few years Sween - you are truly an amazing dev!
Speaking of, did @SweenWolf take down the OP with the links or did a forum administrator? I know @SweenWolf took a lot of heat for "pirating" the original code, even though the original code was abandoned by the developer, @SweenWolf didn't ask for money for his efforts, he actively supported his work, and he readily acknowledged the original code that his work is based on. Not your typical pirate operation.

This is why we can't have nice things.
 
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Speaking of, did @SweenWolf take down the OP with the links or did a forum administrator? I know @SweenWolf took a lot of heat for "pirating" the original code, even though the original code was abandoned by the developer, @SweenWolf didn't ask for money for his efforts, he actively supported his work, and he readily acknowledged the original code that his work is based on. Not your typical pirate operation.

This is why we can't have nice things.
I agree with everything you just said. I am not sure who took down the files. It was either an Admin or SweenWolf. He really changed the way we use our streaming devices. I have so much respect for him!
 

SweenWolf

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I had a chat with a forum mod, so i will not post anymore launcher, about everything else, i will update them if i have something to update.
Right now I'm doing my own things, but previously i was busy patching OS of Firestick 4k.
And we were able to successfully enable widget support on that device and reenable Accessibility. Unfortunately thats only for Rooted Sticks
 

lskn160

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I had a chat with a forum mod, so i will not post anymore launcher, about everything else, i will update them if i have something to update.
Right now I'm doing my own things, but previously i was busy patching OS of Firestick 4k.
And we were able to successfully enable widget support on that device and reenable Accessibility. Unfortunately thats only for Rooted Sticks
I apologize for possible errors in the text. I use a translator because my native language is Russian. Didn't understand your message. Will there be no more launcher updates?
 

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Install this on your stick, this is pulled from my Firestick 4kView attachment 5190187

Hi SweenWolf,

Thank you for the app, it worked perfectly until a few days ago. I'm thinking it got updated again and that's why it stopped working. Could you please upload the newer version? Do you have any tips to keep the app updated while having custom launcher and rooted firTV stick? Thank you!
 

SweenWolf

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Hi SweenWolf,

Thank you for the app, it worked perfectly until a few days ago. I'm thinking it got updated again and that's why it stopped working. Could you please upload the newer version? Do you have any tips to keep the app updated while having custom launcher and rooted firTV stick? Thank you!
So here's the issue, the app did get updated, and the previous version of the app started crashing on the profile loading screen actually. I will upload the newer one but i doubt it will work because of the TEE, but it may work.
My stick is also rooted and i do have the latest version of the app as well as latest TZ installed.

If you do have a rooted Firestick 4k then you can follow this thread, this will patch your OTA both on OOBE and the System (means it will block the system update, and will not force you any)
It will fix Accessibility, so you can use FireTV Settings instead of Launcher Manager (You can have both stock and custom launcher installed like older times, with app store and everything working, except Peacock TV which i think doesn't work for you as you are already rooted)
And you can also have access to AppWidgets on your stick, this fixes this also.
 

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So here's the issue, the app did get updated, and the previous version of the app started crashing on the profile loading screen actually. I will upload the newer one but i doubt it will work because of the TEE, but it may work.
My stick is also rooted and i do have the latest version of the app as well as latest TZ installed.

If you do have a rooted Firestick 4k then you can follow this thread, this will patch your OTA both on OOBE and the System (means it will block the system update, and will not force you any)
It will fix Accessibility, so you can use FireTV Settings instead of Launcher Manager (You can have both stock and custom launcher installed like older times, with app store and everything working, except Peacock TV which i think doesn't work for you as you are already rooted)
And you can also have access to AppWidgets on your stick, this fixes this also.
Sadly you were right, the app keeps crashing, even after installing your never version. I also don't have a Firestick 4k, I only have a standard Firestick (tank). Is there a way to do all that on my device too? Thank you again!
 

SweenWolf

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Sadly you were right, the app keeps crashing, even after installing your never version. I also don't have a Firestick 4k, I only have a standard Firestick (tank). Is there a way to do all that on my device too? Thank you again!
Maybe

0815hoffi or @Sus_i will be able to help you out, i do have a tank but i broke it, so i cannot create anything for tank.​

If you have root then its nice you can do anything with it, it just need patience and someone to mod it.
Maybe if someone alters something then tank will have a package manager which can disable stock launcher also.
Fixing Accessibility is easy, but that device cannot handle heavy tasks, its not that capable.
It bootlooped for an entire day on the first day when i bought it, it overheated, and now its dead.

Fixing prime is easy, you may have to update your rom which has TZ and also some of the files also needs to be removed from the system.
But do not do anything on your own, ask for help from someone who has a tank (working)
 

dikodahan

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Hey @SweenWolf,
First off, I wanted to say THANK YOU for both the Launcher Manager and especially for the Wolf Launcher! It is a MASSIVE upgrade compared to the stock launcher!

I have a potential feature I wanted ask about.
Unfortunately, multi-lingual keyboard support is not available with the native ATFV keyboard. Having said that, LeanKey Keyboard does support adding multiple languages. It does require running a couple of commands to activate the new keyboard on a Fire TV (ATV's Gboard solves this issue).
I was was wondering if it may be an option to add the ability to activate the LeanKey Keyboard from the Launcher Manager interface of FTV and avoid the lengthy process (not to mention complex for some) of manually typing them in Remote ADB Shell and connecting with Shell remotely.

Is that something you are willing to consider adding?
Again, thanks much for all your work!
 
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Hey @SweenWolf,
First off, I wanted to say THANK YOU for both the Launcher Manager and especially for the Wolf Launcher! It is a MASSIVE upgrade compared to the stock launcher!

I have a potential feature I wanted ask about.
Unfortunately, multi-lingual keyboard support is not available with the native ATFV keyboard. Having said that, LeanKey Keyboard does support adding multiple languages. It does require running a couple of commands to activate the new keyboard on a Fire TV (ATV's Gboard solves this issue).
I was was wondering if it may be an option to add the ability to activate the LeanKey Keyboard from the Launcher Manager interface of FTV and avoid the lengthy process (not to mention complex for some) of manually typing them in Remote ADB Shell and connecting with Shell remotely.

Is that something you are willing to consider adding?
Again, thanks much for all your work!
Many thanks @SweenWolf for adding keyboard change option!

I do have one question. In both the latest version (1.1.2) and the previous one (1.1.1) on a Fire TV 4K stick, when selecting the Display & Sounds option within the Launcher Manager for the first time, it pops up a message saying that it providing secure permissions, however, it only kicks me out to the home screen. Tried it on a couple of different 4K stick devices but am getting the same behavior.

Is the new option only works on a rooted device? Is there something that I am missing? Is there a debug log I can send you to review?
 

SweenWolf

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Many thanks @SweenWolf for adding keyboard change option!

I do have one question. In both the latest version (1.1.2) and the previous one (1.1.1) on a Fire TV 4K stick, when selecting the Display & Sounds option within the Launcher Manager for the first time, it pops up a message saying that it providing secure permissions, however, it only kicks me out to the home screen. Tried it on a couple of different 4K stick devices but am getting the same behavior.

Is the new option only works on a rooted device? Is there something that I am missing? Is there a debug log I can send you to review?
It's not a rooted thing is kinda like "registry thing" for Android.
And yes i do need some logs, because i think i have done some changes with mine ( i have actually done a lot) so i don't know what may be crashing the stick. Most probably its going to be NPE, but i can't know without logs.
Some said it crashed on their devices but without logs i cannot do anything, just filter com.wolf.lm from the error logs and send it to me, it should be obvious
 

dikodahan

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It's not a rooted thing is kinda like "registry thing" for Android.
And yes i do need some logs, because i think i have done some changes with mine ( i have actually done a lot) so i don't know what may be crashing the stick. Most probably its going to be NPE, but i can't know without logs.
Some said it crashed on their devices but without logs i cannot do anything, just filter com.wolf.lm from the error logs and send it to me, it should be obvious
Happy to send logs.
Please tell me which logs and where they are located so I'll upload them for you.
 

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    Hey thanks for the reply,

    I have the fire tv cube 2nd gen

    Wolf Launcher version 0.1.9

    Launcher manager 1.1.2

    Yes my settings reset regardless of launcher. I just thought someone might be able to shed some light. I also noticed that changing the video settings in wolf launcher does nothing. I have to go back to the amazon launcher every boot and reset refresh rate option etc otherwise refresh rate changing wont work.

    Is there an option to add 24p to wolf launcher or have it change to that at boot?

    Andy
    Alright, so the problem is that refresh rate matching turns off when the Cube is powered off and on again?

    I don't use that feature so I can't be off much help. I'm assuming you have video resolution set to 'auto'?

    Maybe this article will give you some insight into what's going wrong:
    1
    If you want to have the Stock Launcher again, it should be enough to delete the data of the Launcher Manager app in the app info. Then you should actually be able to select the Stock Launcher again when you press the Home button.
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    LAUNCHER MANAGER (FOS 6+)
    STEPS TO ENABLE CUSTOM LAUNCHER:
    1. Download Launcher Manager by clicking or by using short link and install on your FireTV. (Latest: 1.1.3)
    2. Install a Custom Launcher and then open Launcher Manager.
    3. To Enable Custom Launcher, Click on "Launcher Options" and select "Enable Custom Launcher".
    If you get "CONNECTION FAILED" then see INFO section.
    4. Press [Home] to open your custom launcher.
    If your Current Launcher says "Launcher Manager", see INFO section.

    STEPS TO GO STOCK:
    Click on "Disable Custom Launcher", press Home.
    INFO:
    • If you get "CONNECTION FAILED", click on "OPEN ADB SETTINGS" and enable "ADB DEBUGGING" and Press BACK Button. If you still get this error Restart your Device (Long Press SELECT + PLAY/PAUSE Button)and disconnect from PC if Connected.
    • If your Current Launcher says "Launcher Manager", it means you don't have a custom launcher Installed, just install the launcher and you'll be good to go, no need to enable stock.
    • You can only open some of the Settings using Launcher Manager, to Access All the Settings then you have to Disable Custom Launcher.
    SCREENSHOTS (1.0.7):
    S1.png S2.png S3.png S4.png S5.png

    _______________________________________
    Short Link for Downloader
    Launcher Manager 1.1.3 (FOS 6 & 7)
    https://bit.ly/SWLMF113

    ----------------------------------------------------------------
    Changelog:
    1.1.3

    • Re-added option for Selecting any app as launcher (LM Handler), can be accessed within Launcher Options.
    1.1.2
    • Added Keyboard Change Options (in Display & Sound section)
    • Reuploaded version
      • Fixed 4K detection for Display Resolution
      • Fixed Crash for Devices with non-usable overscan values
    1.1.1
    • Added Display & Sounds Option (Display, Sounds, Overscan, CEC)
    • Fixed Equipment Control
    1.1.0
    1.0.9
    • Boot Delay is fixed by Amzon on newer Roms.
    • Settings from Amazon Hud opens Launcher Manager (On updating to 1.0.9 from older version its mendatory to click on "Enable Custom Launcher" just one time for this to work)
    1.0.8
    • For the Devices with New Updated Amazon Interface
    • Removed Launcher Choices
    • Now using single key for all the apps. (Remove older version first to update the key.)
    • Delay is still there, needs logcat
    1.0.7
    • In-app Updates
    1.0.6
    • Fixed some bugs
    1.0.5
    • Changed UI
    • Changed Package Name
    • Changed Install location to Internal Only
    • Added System and Developers Shortcut
    • Fixed issue where launcher is stuck sometimes
    • Added option to choose any Custom Launcher *
    • Can be Launched from Amazon Hud *
    * Needs Launcher Manager to be set as Default Launcher. (LM is auto selected)
    * If launched by Amazon HUD, Long press will open Launcher manager, press back to exit from there. (Fixed in 1.0.6)


    ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    FireOS Update Blocker (FOS 6+)
    This app can be used to Enable or Disable Amazon System Update.
    Update Blocker (Click to Download)

    _______________________________________
    Short Link for Downloader
    Update Blocker
    http://bit.ly/SWUB12

    ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
    LAUNCHER MANAGER (Android TV)
    STEPS TO ENABLE CUSTOM LAUNCHER:
    1. Download Launcher Manager by clicking or by using short link and install on your AndroidTV. (Latest: 1.0.3)
    2. Install a Custom Launcher and then open Launcher Manager.
    3. To Enable Custom Launcher, Click on "Enable Custom Launcher".
    4. Press [Home] to open your custom launcher.

    STEPS TO GO STOCK:
    Click on "Disable Custom Launcher", press Home.
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    FIRETV SETTINGS (3.0)
    *ANY FIREOS (Version 71 or lower) or 6.2.8.0 with patched Accessibility
    pm grant com.wolf.firetvsettings android.permission.WRITE_SECURE_SETTINGS
    needed for proper working of this app

    pm grant com.wolf.firetvsettings android.permission.SYSTEM_ALERT_WINDOW (not necessary for app working)
    needed to show mouse/package overlay

    pm grant com.wolf.firetvsettings android.permission.PACKAGE_USAGE_STATS (needed for package overlay only when accessibility services are disabled) (not needed)

    pm grant com.wolf.firetvsettings android.permission.READ_LOGS
    (needed for prime accessibility workaround) (prime workaround will disable accessibility services temporarily so prime video will auto hide the bar, it will restart the services once home button is pressed).

    To start service for first time click on (START SERVICE) on Top Right.

    To toggle mouse mode long press "Play/Pause", to scroll use Fast Forward/Rewind
    press menu button to switch scrolling direction.

    Key Bindings:
    Menu (Long Press) + Home (Long Press) = Traditional Amazon Menu
    Menu (Long Press) + Home (Single Click) = Amazon Home
    Home (Long Press) = Shortcuts & App Drawer
    (In App Drawer) Long Press on Item = App option & Appstore link

    Mouse functionality added from this source. MATVT (GitHub)

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    LAUNCHER MANAGER (1.0.6) (FOS5)

    STEPS:

    1. Steps to install app on FireTV
    Download Main File via this link Launcher Manager (FOS5)
    then install it on Your FireTV running FireOS 5

    2. Steps to be setup the App

    If you know how to use ADB then here are the commands
    adb shell pm grant com.wolf.fos5.settings android.permission.SYSTEM_ALERT_WINDOW
    adb shell pm grant com.wolf.fos5.settings android.permission.READ_LOGS
    [OR]
    or you can download FireTV Toolbox
    install it on any Android device (not on the Main FireTV device)
    Enter the IP address of your FireTV in this app and click on Connect
    Click on "GO" button after "Setup Launcher Manager"
    it will auto launch the app on FireTV.
    Select the launcher of your choice and enable Launcher Detection, click on save.
    ___________________________________
    Short Link for Downloader

    FireTV Toolbox
    http://bit.ly/SWFTB16
    Launcher Manager (FireOS 5)
    http://bit.ly/SW5LM106
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    This isn't a confidence-inspiring reply.

    I don't actually care if you took an abandoned app and updated it making it your own, but the second half of your reply is just unnecessarily confrontational.

    You could have just reassured me that your edits were safe, but you choose to be defensive instead.

    I think I'll remove your launcher and look for something via the Play Store.

    I've lost all confidence in Wolf Launcher.
    Look I'm gonna tell you and everyone what I've done with the launcher till now,
    I have changed the way it launches the app, on latest pro (any pro) it used to crash the apps.
    I fixed the title bar. I then optimized it for FireTV (not any other OS, which caused it to misbehave on some device) which i later fixed. Then some people were having trouble installing both ATV and Wolf simultanously. so i had to change package name which made me to change the launcher name also (that might have been wrong on my side). then i optimized the app once again for FireOS (it caused some freeze issue). Then to fix Setting of Amazon HUD (older version of FireOS), I had to add a code to handle settings (it only works on Amazon and no other device). I changed some sections to give user large wall (that was temporary fix). I removed some http links, but they are used either for update check or to change Network State in the launcher.
    Then i added "App Info" to the launcher, which i only added for non-system apps.
    Later i removed the large section mod and unlocked the widget for Firestick 4k.
    Then I added "Other Settings" which contained option to clear cache and Backup/ Restore function.
    i also added a code which starts the services of Launcher Manager (thats also mainly for FireOS and thats because of Boot Delay). I also added a stroke for tiles.
    thats all i have done to the apk. I have not done this mod to make any money, and i can assure you this app is safe to use. My only intention to mod this app was that this app was almost perfect and there was some bugs which i had to fix myself because the support of this launcher were down. And the only issue at that time was app crash for which i decided not to compile a launcher by myself. I am not forcing you to do anything, I am just clarifying myself, The apps which i have created are safe. and are to improve the user experience only.
    i do not like to or want to rip someone off. I started this mod for FireOS only and no other OS.
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    Wolf Launcher is Modded by me, ATV Launcher is an edit of Wolf Launcher which is a mod of ATV.
    ATV Launcher is not edited by me, Its up to you what version you want to stick to. they both can be installed alongside each other.

    I have decided to drop any more further update to the Wolf Launcher.

    Thanks for response. I understand your answer. Please continue development, because many people use Wolf Launcher on both Shield and Amazon devices. We need you!

    Yeah, asking questions is bad... 🤦‍♂️

    Moron.

    The "I'll uninstall and go to the play store" part is what came off as offensive. He was hesitating to respond because he'd have to remember all the constant changes he'd made in updates - and correctly told you to decompile the apk (or hire someone to do so).

    Please have some common-sense. Many Shield users have network monitoring enabled and can detect suspicious activities. That's how Google's ad-serving URL was discovered by the community. If Wolf Launcher was doing something bad, someone would have noticed by this time & gotten a bazillion upvotes on Reddit for posting about it.

    And if you didn't notice, pretty much all the launchers on play store have been abandoned by their developers. Far as I know, this is one of two that's actively developed. The work @SweenWolf is doing here to over-come Amazon's censorship will benefit us - if Google attempts to impose that on the Shield.

    So in-between passive-aggressively accusing him of stuff - say thank you for being one of the few who is keeping alternate launchers ALIVE.
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    The whole line of questioning seems absurd.

    Starting with the old, 'people are saying' and 'I'm just asking questions'. And then being offended by not getting a happy friendly reply, to what you are insinuating.

    If you don't trust the developer of the app+mod to not add malware, why would you trust him to tell you if there is malware? The logic there is rediculous. If you don't trust the developer, investigate the app yourself. If that's beyond your capability, don't install it and move on.

    I see a couple comments on Reddit asking why Google services was removed (including from the person complaining here), apparently oblivious to the fact that they are in the FireTV section of XDA and that FireOS doesn't have the Google Play Store.

    Some simple reading of this thread and one can see that this app+mod was developed for FireTV devices. As it's become more popular AndroidTV users have asked for modifications to use it for their devices.

    It's one thing to be cautious and another thing to passive aggressively accuse someone of something with zero evidence.
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    LAUNCHER MANAGER ULTIMATE

    This app can disable Stock Launcher of Any Android TV (except anything running on Fireos 5), it requires Network Debugging to function.
    The way it works is it finds the stock launcher and disables it.
    It does that in a loop until "android" itself is set as default launcher.
    at this point if there are no Custom launchers are installed on the system then you will see only a black screen.
    So a custom launcher should be installed prior to enabling the custom launcher.

    some apps also broadcasts themselves as launcher and if they are installed as system app and are set as default launcher then it will also disable them.
    some launcher integrates settings in them so disabling the launcher will disable settings also.
    the apps who broadcasts themselves as Fallback home will not be disabled.

    There were certain cases where user uninstalled launcher and got blank screen, to mitigate that issue LMU will set itself as the launcher and call the other launchers on its behalf. so if the launcher is deleted then pressing the home button will launch LMU, from where you can disable custom launcher support.

    If it detects that after disabling everything it doesn't reach the "android" itself and is unable to find a launcher then it will rollback itself, enabling every single thing it disabled.

    Changes:
    1.0.8
    Fixed Settings Shortcut for Amazon Hud.
    Fixed Disabling of "Android"


    All other functionalities are similar to Launcher Manager from the First Post.
    Screenrecord:
    Launcher Manager Ultimate







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    PERMISSIONS MANAGER
    This app uses shell to grant or deny any permissions that an app requires.
    Usage:
    Select an app and click on it
    From the list of permission which you want to grant or deny the access and click ok
    select "Allow" or "Deny"

    I started the app a long time ago, but made no change to it, It does its job so I'm not gonna bother in improving its looks.
    Ignore any typo you find and especially if you see "Launcher Manager" in it, these aren't related i just copy pasted the code and not changed the variables.