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akirru

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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
 

Finnzz

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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:
 
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BreadedChicken

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Jul 15, 2015
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Hello friends.

Please pardon if I'm missing something, but in the instructions, it states:
"STEPS TO GO STOCK:
Click on "Disable Custom Launcher", press Home."

I don't seem to have a "Disable Custom Launcher" box, button or option I can click on.
Please see the attached picture.

img_20210919_143419.jpg


I also don't seem to have the default launcher as an option for me to choose in the Selected Launcher dropdown menu.

How do I make sure it is safe for me to uninstall any custom launcher I might have?

Best regards!
 

Nathaniel9

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Mar 17, 2018
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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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BreadedChicken

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Hello friends.
I'm hoping to get some advice from anyone who's willing to help a newbie out.

What I'm trying to do is, when I press the home button on my remote, have wolf launcher show instead of the default bloated and ad-ridden launcher on my firestick under fire os 5.2.8.2.

I am able to successfully select wolf launcher and enable "Launcher detection" on Launcher Manager (FOS5) ver 1.0.6.

The thing is, a press on my home button still shows the default launcher. When the default launcher is shown, a second press does show wolf launcher, but what I want to do is have wolf launcher shown on the very first press of the home button, thus bypassing the default launcher altogether . I hope this makes sense.

Is that even possible without rooting or whatever? 'Cuz I definitely don't have the paygrade for that.

Thanks!
 

Finnzz

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Hello friends.
I'm hoping to get some advice from anyone who's willing to help a newbie out.

What I'm trying to do is, when I press the home button on my remote, have wolf launcher show instead of the default bloated and ad-ridden launcher on my firestick under fire os 5.2.8.2.

I am able to successfully select wolf launcher and enable "Launcher detection" on Launcher Manager (FOS5) ver 1.0.6.

The thing is, a press on my home button still shows the default launcher. When the default launcher is shown, a second press does show wolf launcher, but what I want to do is have wolf launcher shown on the very first press of the home button, thus bypassing the default launcher altogether . I hope this makes sense.

Is that even possible without rooting or whatever? 'Cuz I definitely don't have the paygrade for that.

Thanks!
The home button goes straight to Wolf Launcher on FireOS6+OS7. I believe some accessibility feature is disabled by Amazon in FireOS5 that prevents it from working right in that version.

I don't know if an app like Button Mapper works any better in FireOS5?
 
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yeahman45

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@SweenWolf

the remote access app Anydesk input control does not work anymore firetv 4k running on latest firmware because they removed accessibility access.

Do you know if there is a workaround (without root) similar to what you did with Launcher manager?
 

Finnzz

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@SweenWolf
Hello!! Is there the possibility to bookmark a website on the home page with Wolf Launcher?
It was suggested before that you can try an app like 'shortcut maker' to create icon/links on the launcher home page.

I believe this works for FireOS6. I had mixed results on FireOS7.

Wolf has already said that he will no longer be updated Wolf Launcher, only Launcher Manager. Wolf Launcher is a mod of ATV Launcher so futures updates will depend on the original ATV Launcher creator coming back develop it.
 
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yeahman45

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It was suggested before that you can try an app like 'shortcut maker' to create icon/links on the launcher home page.

I believe this works for FireOS6. I had mixed results on FireOS7.

Wolf has already said that he will no longer be updated Wolf Launcher, only Launcher Manager. Wolf Launcher is a mod of ATV Launcher so futures updates will depend on the original ATV Launcher creator coming back develop it.
is there the source somewhere?
 

Finnzz

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I meant source code for wolf launcher since you said the launcher is based on atv launcher and no updates are planned for wolf launcher anymore
ATV Launcher is not open source, you'd have to get it from the creator. Wolf Launcher is a mod without access to the source code which is why there were always limitations to what could be changed and added.
 
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Finnzz

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@SweenWolf
Hello!! Is there the possibility to bookmark a website on the home page with Wolf Launcher?
I just came across AFTV News' solution to this here:

There he mentions his bookmarker apps which are links to a website that you can put on your launcher page:
 

dikodahan

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Hey @SweenWolf,

I saw that you have your own fork of the MATVT with automatic bosskey detection as well. I was wondering if this is a feature that can be added to your launcher for FireTV sticks?
Perhaps now, with Fire Stick 4K MAX and Android 9.1 (FOS7) behind the scenes it is possible to support it vs the original 4K stick?
 
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    I meant source code for wolf launcher since you said the launcher is based on atv launcher and no updates are planned for wolf launcher anymore
    ATV Launcher is not open source, you'd have to get it from the creator. Wolf Launcher is a mod without access to the source code which is why there were always limitations to what could be changed and added.
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    Hey @SweenWolf,

    I saw that you have your own fork of the MATVT with automatic bosskey detection as well. I was wondering if this is a feature that can be added to your launcher for FireTV sticks?
    Perhaps now, with Fire Stick 4K MAX and Android 9.1 (FOS7) behind the scenes it is possible to support it vs the original 4K stick?
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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)

    ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    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







    ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
    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.