Fcc Car Launcher [official thread]

What do you want: a split screen functionality or a normal launcher behavior?


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okij

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@SpeedFire-: I have been using Fcc Launcher 3.440_test16 for the last couple of months and it has been working very well for me.

Is there a newer version on beta channel? I'm not subscribed to it because I prefer downloading the latest versions here on this thread and installing them via USB stick (because mobile data reception is very bad in my underground parking place).

Could you please post a Google Drive link of the latest beta here in case it's newer than 3.440_test16?
 

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@SpeedFire-: I have been using Fcc Launcher 3.440_test16 for the last couple of months and it has been working very well for me.

Is there a newer version on beta channel? I'm not subscribed to it because I prefer downloading the latest versions here on this thread and installing them via USB stick (because mobile data reception is very bad in my underground parking place).

Could you please post a Google Drive link of the latest beta here in case it's newer than 3.440_test16?
Yes, I have the FCC on my phone just to look for any new updates and I see one today. I'm on the play store beta channel. Will install it on the headunit and report back today.
 

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@SpeedFire-: I have been using Fcc Launcher 3.440_test16 for the last couple of months and it has been working very well for me.

Is there a newer version on beta channel? I'm not subscribed to it because I prefer downloading the latest versions here on this thread and installing them via USB stick (because mobile data reception is very bad in my underground parking place).

Could you please post a Google Drive link of the latest beta here in case it's newer than 3.440_test16?

Here is the latest beta (available in beta channel of Play Store): fcclauncher-3.442
 
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SpeedFire-

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Thanks! What are the changes after last stable release or after 3.440_test16?
Nothing significant:
- Fix of a bug when the trip data was not reset every day
- A screen with explanations for location data collection was added to the initial setup wizard. This was required to pass the Google Play review.
- "Settings" and "Apps" labels should be localised now after the initial setup.
- Privacy policy link was added to the About menu
 

okij

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Nothing significant:
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In this case - from my point of view - you can safely release 3.442 to the public. :)

Yesterday I installed 3.442 and tested it for only 5-10 minutes, without problems.

But as I already wrote, I have been using Fcc Launcher 3.440_test16 for the last couple of months and it has been working very well for me (PX5 MTCE head unit). Since there are no big changes which could have introduced new bugs, 3.442 should be fine too! (y)
 
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Same result on my side testing the 3.442.
I did not find any regressions to the previous 3.440 (16) in an overnight test after micro-soldering of a defect PX6 I buyed some days ago for 20 bucks.
This morning the unit was still working fine on some test scripts.
 
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Hello @SpeedFire-
Thank you for your contribution in making this wonderful launcher. I am a proud owner of the paid version of your launcher and i am loving it.

I know that you have abandon split screen, but i really enjoy the split screen function.

Can i ask if you could help me do some little modification on the split screen version that allow the left panel to add widgets eg. Clock, distance etc etc so when i scroll to other page, i m still able to read the details from the widget.

This is what i have done so far

 

SpeedFire-

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Hi friends,
I read the thread, but didn't find an answer (or I missed it):
Which device type should I use for my new Joying headunit? It's an octacore UIS7862 unit (JY-UQ135N4G): https://www.joyingauto.eu/joying-android-10-double-din-head-unit-replacement-7-inch-dsp-radio.html
Joying devices are difficult to deeply integrate.
The launcher suggests the best device type for your head unit. If it suggested Android Phone/Tablet then this device is not integrated.
 
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SpeedFire-

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Hello @SpeedFire-
Thank you for your contribution in making this wonderful launcher. I am a proud owner of the paid version of your launcher and i am loving it.

I know that you have abandon split screen, but i really enjoy the split screen function.

Can i ask if you could help me do some little modification on the split screen version that allow the left panel to add widgets eg. Clock, distance etc etc so when i scroll to other page, i m still able to read the details from the widget.

This is what i have done so far


Good suggested. I already tried to do this once but faced some issues. I will try again later.
 

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Please also test the latest beta on a beta-channel. Do you see any major bugs?
I too found no regression from the previous versions.

However, I would like to note that backups to the local SD card do not work (and have not worked in awhile). Is there any trick I am missing? Backups produced by third-party tools (such as TitaniumBackup or MyBackup) work but not perfectly so I would really love the possibility to back up setting from within the app itself. What s frustrating is that local backups used to work, in fact my recovery strategy right now is to restore a rather old backup and then change the layout to my current one. This is all time consuming and frustrating.

Other than this, I am very happy to see development being restarted on this launcher, it is hands down the best one for this kind of devices. Great Job! :) I do look forward to any deeper CSN2 integration you happen to implement in the future, right now many integration things do not work (most interesting to me would be hiding the app name and button binding), still a decent integration but could definitely be better. ;)
 
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On my Pumpkin PX6 AA0584B-B01 it's not possible to save the settings.
Neither on SD nor on google drive.
I have tried it with 3.440 and 3.442

What should I do to save settings?
 

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Anyone else have issues with the native OBD widgets in FCC? They used to work flawlessly for me; was able to monitor everything from RPM to short term and long term fuel trims, vacuum/boost, throttle position, timing, MAF, temps... etc.. Not sure which version of the app I had, but I hadn't connected my HU to internet for a while, when I did, FCC was updated and now none of the widgets work.

They all just display "- - -" for each one. If I go into the widget settings (any one I have) and tick off all the boxes for "live data", the widgets will work and all update for about 5 seconds and then just stop. reloading just returns the widgets to the "- - -" state. MY OBD adapter is working , as it works with all apps I try, Bluetooth is fine, and adapter is found and paired no problem. not a hardware issue on my end, and I've tried just about everything, including a full reset and return to stock rom on HU. whatever version I had before that was working perfect is obviously gone from play store and I'm stuck with latest version...

Paid for PREMIUM for this app for THIS specific reason and now it's dead. Any fix for this? (unless one has already been listed; thread is long and I haven't read through it all)

thanks...

*EDIT* Nevermind... I found a workaround myself, although an update to the app is needed; to address the OBD WIDGET values being able to be SAVED when you check off the "Live data" boxes. They don't stick when backing out of the menu and there is NO SAVE option, and if you add an additional widget, they get reset to all off again... leaving you with no live display on ANY of the prior widgets you already had set up and working. They should all be DEFAULTED to "ON", but no... instead, all defaulted to "OFF"...
 
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    Hi, all!

    Welcome to the official thread for FCC Car Launcher - a customizable auto launcher for android head units (Rockchip MTCB/MTCD+ and FlyAudio) as well as android smartphones/tablets.

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    pity that the developer is not dedicated to solving several bugs of this fantastic launcher, too many bugs for daily use is not so good unfortunately

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