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CarudiBu

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Aug 29, 2021
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Geneva, Switzerland
Patched in OneUI 4 beta 2, working on a fix...

A proof of concept for custom widgets and apps on the cover screen. A GeckoView-based browser for the cover screen.

What works
- Custom widget
- Browsing the web

What doesn't
- On-screen keyboard
- Session saving

Important notes:
- No root required, but Samsung Health must be uninstalled to use this

Download it here: https://github.com/CarudiBu/SubUI-browser/releases/

Let me know if you encounter any bugs or have any ideas for more cover screen widgets / apps.
 

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bobbydharrell

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Feb 22, 2009
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Care to share how you get widgets to run on the cover screen? I found nothing in the Samsung documentation. Thanks!

I am also digging through your git repo :)

Why did you have to remove Samsung Health to make this work?
 
Care to share how you get widgets to run on the cover screen? I found nothing in the Samsung documentation. Thanks!

I am also digging through your git repo :)

Why did you have to remove Samsung Health to make this work?


The first thing you may have noticed in digging through git is that the app spoofs that package to get it to work as an official widget.
 

CarudiBu

Member
Aug 29, 2021
17
30
Geneva, Switzerland
Care to share how you get widgets to run on the cover screen? I found nothing in the Samsung documentation. Thanks!

I am also digging through your git repo :)

Why did you have to remove Samsung Health to make this work?
Widgets running on the cover screen is only possible if the app pretends to be Samsung Health. The criteria for the Samsung settings app to show an app in the widget list is for the app to have a widget with a category of '2048' and the app to be a system app or have the Samsung Health package name.

Full apps can run on the cover screen without anything like this though. The second screen is seen as a second display in Android. The reason this app requires a custom widget to launch the custom app is because the second display is only activated when the phone is closed, so something on the cover screen must launch the app for it to appear on the screen - I use the widget for that.

There is another method, however. It's not shown in this app because I only found it a few days ago, but it's the intended way to show things on the cover screen and is the same way the camera preview works. There's an example of it here: https://github.com/CarudiBu/SubUI-mirror. Using Android's presentation mode, the display is woken up even when the phone is open and an app running on the main screen can show something on the cover. If an app starts showing something on the cover screen with presentation mode and the phone is closed, what it was showing remains on the screen.
 
Using Android's presentation mode, the display is woken up even when the phone is open and an app running on the main screen can show something on the cover. If an app starts showing something on the cover screen with presentation mode and the phone is closed, what it was showing remains on the screen.

Sounds like it could be used similar to the ROG Phone 5 Ultimate rear display with some sort of management app.

I also started messing around with the outer screen and noticed you could launch other apps that would then display inside it from the spoofed Samsung Health widget.

I started putting together a launcher to access all my apps without opening the screen. The only caveat seems to be that the keyboard will not display.
 
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Awesmazing

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Always impressed how quickly, "man I wish my phone did this" goes to "ayyyy" with people like you. For anyone interested, emulators with a bt controller makes for a great stealth gaming device. Is there anyway you can flip the outer screen so it's either upside down or portrait? Maybe even with accelerometer support? Also would it ever possibly work while keeping Samsung health installed? Thanks for the great app, gave this phone the best missing feature.
 
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Please release the app on Samsung Galaxy Store ;)
It would be much better.
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chill8ill13

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Apr 12, 2015
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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3
Sorry and thank you in advance. I can't seem to change widget to my own personal widget via settings cover screen widget. I unistalled Samsung health and downloaded correct file.. c I uld u tell me what I'm missing?
 

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Koko7551

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I've successfully installed it and it works perfectly. But how can I change the WebPage? At the moment I just can read reddit.
 

K3n H1mur4

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3
As for widget ideas: did anyone make a voice recorder already? I'm a journalist, so recording interviews without needing to open the phone would be nice. Also, I think the cover display would be just great for the needed interface (start/pause/stop recording buttons, one to play the recording, save/delete recording buttons, and visual audio waves).
 

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    Patched in OneUI 4 beta 2, working on a fix...

    A proof of concept for custom widgets and apps on the cover screen. A GeckoView-based browser for the cover screen.

    What works
    - Custom widget
    - Browsing the web

    What doesn't
    - On-screen keyboard
    - Session saving

    Important notes:
    - No root required, but Samsung Health must be uninstalled to use this

    Download it here: https://github.com/CarudiBu/SubUI-browser/releases/

    Let me know if you encounter any bugs or have any ideas for more cover screen widgets / apps.
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    Care to share how you get widgets to run on the cover screen? I found nothing in the Samsung documentation. Thanks!

    I am also digging through your git repo :)

    Why did you have to remove Samsung Health to make this work?
    Widgets running on the cover screen is only possible if the app pretends to be Samsung Health. The criteria for the Samsung settings app to show an app in the widget list is for the app to have a widget with a category of '2048' and the app to be a system app or have the Samsung Health package name.

    Full apps can run on the cover screen without anything like this though. The second screen is seen as a second display in Android. The reason this app requires a custom widget to launch the custom app is because the second display is only activated when the phone is closed, so something on the cover screen must launch the app for it to appear on the screen - I use the widget for that.

    There is another method, however. It's not shown in this app because I only found it a few days ago, but it's the intended way to show things on the cover screen and is the same way the camera preview works. There's an example of it here: https://github.com/CarudiBu/SubUI-mirror. Using Android's presentation mode, the display is woken up even when the phone is open and an app running on the main screen can show something on the cover. If an app starts showing something on the cover screen with presentation mode and the phone is closed, what it was showing remains on the screen.
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    Yes, I did. I cannot use that. Maybe they will provide an official sdk soon. Thanks!