[APP][FIRETV][NOROOT] Launcher Manager (Change Launcher without Root)

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bloot

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Thanks for sharing that info, I knew amazon had tons of bloatware and ads on their decices but I never owned one before, now that I have one I can say their stock launcher is pure garbage.... If they block custom launchers I will throw my firestick lite into the trash. At least I only payed 15€ :)
 
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Jerri1240

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Ok that's a relief v1.1.3 still installs, then maybe it's not Amazon.

Can you install 1.1.4 and then 1.1.5, then 1.1.6 if you can. Don't uninstall 1.1.3, just upgrade. This way you can figure out if the problem is only 1.1.5

When you get home, can you also check if you can still block updates? Either with update blocker or manually. If it's true that blocking updates has been disabled by Amazon, there may still be other hidden changes that affect LM.

I tried 1.1.4, 1.1.5 and 1.1.6, app not installed each time.

Just tried sending the files over with adb link and no go. So deleted the files. Sent 1.1.5 again via adb, stopped the connection to the firecube and installed, worked first time.
 

Finnzz

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Thanks for sharing that info, I knew amazon had tons of bloatware and ads on their decices but I never owned one before, now that I have one I can say their stock launcher is pure garbage.... If they block custom launchers I will throw my firestick lite into the trash. At least I only payed 15€ :)
I saw one person on Reddit say that you can contact Amazon and request that your device not get updated. I don't know if this is true, but maybe worth a try. I'd be interested to hear if they honored such a request.

If I had to start using the Amazon Launcher, I might sell my Cube and Studios.
 
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Finnzz

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I tried 1.1.4, 1.1.5 and 1.1.6, app not installed each time.

Just tried sending the files over with adb link and no go. So deleted the files. Sent 1.1.5 again via adb, stopped the connection to the firecube and installed, worked first time.
LM installed when you disconnected the Cube from the internet?? Jesus, I guess Amazon really is watching now :eek: lol
 

bloot

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I saw one person on Reddit say that you can contact Amazon and request that your device not get updated. I don't know if this is true, but maybe worth a try. I'd be interested to hear if they honored such a request.

If I had to start using the Amazon Launcher, I might sell my Cube and Studios.
I blocked the domains via rotuer and it works, it shows an error when trying to find an update... don't know if it will last long until amazon changes those urls though. Many thanks again :)
 
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nmd87

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If the launcher manager app got blocked by Amazon couldn't this be circumvented by changing the package name?
 

dikodahan

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Hey @SweenWolf,
Thank you for supplying the file to provide you with translations for the interface.
I do have a question about it though.

I am happy to provide translations for Hebrew and Arabic, however, both languages are right to left languages vs the traditional left to right.
With that said, can you support switching the interface to a right to left orientation (meaning align to right for the text)? Can that be done also for Wolf launcher perhaps?

Much appreciated!
 

MrTooPhone

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I see many updates to the launch manager, but I no longer see any new launchers. What launcher are many using on the 4k Firestick. I currently have Wolf 1.0.6
 

Finnzz

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I see many updates to the launch manager, but I no longer see any new launchers. What launcher are many using on the 4k Firestick. I currently have Wolf 1.0.6
Final version 0.1.9 reposted here:
 
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AmazonTigra

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Hi Swen.
There is a note to the LauncherManager. The changed system language works only until restart. After restarting, the system language changes back to the standard one. It can be fixed.

If you want, I can send you a corrected version. In which the system language remains as it was assigned.
 
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MrTooPhone

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Final version 0.1.9 reposted here:
Thanks. I will update. Seems like a bitter end. So are most people still using 0.1.9 or did they move on?
 

Finnzz

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Thanks. I will update. Seems like a bitter end. So are most people still using 0.1.9 or did they move on?
I don't think there is anything to move on to lol. Wolf Launcher is the only Launcher that is really customized / modded for FireTV.

There are a number of alternative AndroidTV Launchers you can try, but they don't offer much if anything extra.
 
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It also works I tried it a while ago in the MAX.

Emotn UI
I saw that one posted on Reddit. What did you think of it?

I'm always a little afraid to sideload Chinese software. The webpage says the launcher is ad-free, privacy-oriented and free of charge. So what's their business model? I'm also curious why Amlogic and MediaTek are listed as partners? I just have a lot of questions about that launcher lol.

I'll through out Flauncher. It looks a lot like Leanback Launcher but written in Flutter. Not updated often:
 

AmazonTigra

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Итак, я узнал, что Debloat Toolbox 6/7 может отключить OTA-обновление только на 4k MAX.

На Кубе 2 - 7244
FireStick 4k - 7255
и Stick Lite запрещены.
 
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  • 1
    ATV Launcher and Wolf Launcher both are dead.
    Why Kill them off? Even if they can't be used on Fire TVs they're still very capable Android TV launchers.
  • 2
    OK, NM. I just watched TDUK new 2022 debloat video and he credits sween wolf
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    Patch - 6.2.8.9 for Mantis

    If CLH is enabled then double tap home button to access some shortcuts, this behaviour works on any app which is not handling this by default, i.e.
    If you choose KFTV Launcher (Home) then double tapping on Home Will scroll the page to top.
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    I keep on seeing references to Disabling System updates in Launcher Manager.
    Where exactly is this option? I'm using the latest 1.1.7
    Thanks
    LM settings-> Other settings -> Amazon OS Updates
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    Thanks

    ok, that makes sense, but shouldn't the build id be different than 6281 ?
    Maybe I'm mixing up the build IDs
    6.2.8.1 is the Build ID, but the "version" of the build is that 2nd 4 digit number in the fingerprint, I only tracked 3 different versions for the 6.2.8.1 firmware, there could have been a lot more before Amazon pushed the 6.2.8.7 variants.
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    ATV Launcher and Wolf Launcher both are dead.
    Why Kill them off? Even if they can't be used on Fire TVs they're still very capable Android TV launchers.
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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: 1.1.6)
    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.
    LAUNCHER MANAGER (1.1.5):
    _______________________________________
    Short Link for Downloader
    Launcher Manager 1.1.6 (FOS 6 & 7)
    https://bit.ly/SWLMF116

    ----------------------------------------------------------------
    Changelog:
    1.1.6 (02-Mar-22)

    • Added Some more Translation
    • Added System apps to LMU Handler
    • Added Password protection for LM
    • Fixed app conflict issue
    • Fixed icon on Fireos 7
    • Added option to execute saved adb shell commands
    • Integrated Update Blocker in LM (Doesn't work with latest release of FireOS)
    1.1.5 (03-Jan-22)
    • Added German and Spanish Translation
    • Some Bug Fixes
    • Some minor changes
    1.1.4
    • Ability to change Screensaver
    • Ability to change System Language (on Request)
    • Added / Changed some Icons
    • Some minor changes
    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) (moved to Other Settings)
    • 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)
    • Changing Display Resolution requires System Restart
    • 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)


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    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: 1.0.4)
    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.

    _______________________________________
    Short Link for Downloader
    Launcher Manager 1.0.4 (ATV)
    https://bit.ly/SWLMA104
    _______________________________________
    Changelog:
    1.0.4

    • Added Custom Launcher support
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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 (1.0.7) (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/SW5LM107
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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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    custom launcher for Fire OS 6.2.8.7,

    No Root Required​

    install wolf or other custom launcher
    install total commander on amazon app store
    open, go to installed app, copy somewhere default launcher if you want(backup), after that delete default launcher.
    And now you can use custom launcher again.
    enjoy
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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
    Version: 1.0.3 (1-Mar-22)

    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"
    ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
    DEBLOAT TOOLBOX (FireOS 6 & 7)
    Version: 5 (19-Jan-22)
    Debloat System Apps on FireOS 6 & 7
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    Check for Grey Icon and incorrect translations (used Google Translate for some missing strings)