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Fcc Car Launcher [official thread]

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


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mclellan83

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Dec 26, 2016
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Tried doing a search and didn't see anyone, but curious if anyone is running this on the Joying 13.3 unit? I had downloaded this a few years ago and played with a little, but the way I was running my setup it didn't really work out for me. But now that I got a new unit and I really hate that it shows a generic car that is stuck on KPH instead of MPH I am thinking of giving it a go again. Just wanted to see if anyone had any experience before I gave it a go
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Nightwish1976

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Hi.
First of all, let me compliment the dev for a very nice car launcher, I love it.
Apart from that, I wanted to report a couple of possible bugs.
1. The media widget gets stuck sometimes, it just shows the same song/album art, even if I change the track; also, the same widget sometimes doesn't show the song/artist info; all these problems are temporarily fixed if I restart/rebuild the widgets;
2. The artist/song animated band included in the same widget only shows a part of the data (if it's a long title);
3. I registered on openweathermap.com, but the weather widget doesn't accept the code;
4. On startup, the system shows the original launcher, even if FCC is the default one. If I press the home button, it immediately switches to FCC.

PS: using a music player named AIMP on a ZXDZ_01 Android 10 head unit.
Thank you
 

egrudina

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Jun 17, 2021
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Hi,

Thank you for a great app! I've been using it for a few years. But recently I've noticed a problem with my parking cam - when I drive back the cam screen is opened but it's black. I can see the manufacturer's color/brightness setting button but no picture from the camera. Is it possible that FCC could cause the issue?

To check this I tried to uninstall FCC, but I managed to find and uninstall only "FCC starter" and "FCC plugin", it seems the starter still here.

Please advise.
 

mariodantas

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Hi,

Thank you for a great app! I've been using it for a few years. But recently I've noticed a problem with my parking cam - when I drive back the cam screen is opened but it's black. I can see the manufacturer's color/brightness setting button but no picture from the camera. Is it possible that FCC could cause the issue?

To check this I tried to uninstall FCC, but I managed to find and uninstall only "FCC starter" and "FCC plugin", it seems the starter still here.

Please advise.
I don't think that FCC can cause this, as I had exactly the same and it was the cam app (chinese) that lost the settings (video type etc...)
 

IllogicalCpt

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Sep 18, 2020
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Hi, just installed this on my PX6 headunit (ford focus) and it's working a treat, the only issue I am encountering so far is regarding the Bluetooth, I get an error when I got into settings and tap Bluetooth advising its unavailable... not quite sure why that is? Can anyone suggest anything?
 

SpeedFire-

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Oct 11, 2011
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Hi.
First of all, let me compliment the dev for a very nice car launcher, I love it.
Apart from that, I wanted to report a couple of possible bugs.
1. The media widget gets stuck sometimes, it just shows the same song/album art, even if I change the track; also, the same widget sometimes doesn't show the song/artist info; all these problems are temporarily fixed if I restart/rebuild the widgets;
2. The artist/song animated band included in the same widget only shows a part of the data (if it's a long title);
3. I registered on openweathermap.com, but the weather widget doesn't accept the code;
4. On startup, the system shows the original launcher, even if FCC is the default one. If I press the home button, it immediately switches to FCC.

PS: using a music player named AIMP on a ZXDZ_01 Android 10 head unit.
Thank you
Thanks! I am currently rewriting all the widgets. Player widget will be one of the next. I hope such issues will be resolved.
 

Jenson_P

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Nov 21, 2006
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HTC Desire S
Wow. Please confirm this again after some days of test. Can't believe this is fixed :)
I only had to set FCC as launcher once after the update and chose the "normal" one always, not the splitscreen one.
Then after pushing the home button again after opening apps, everything was fine. Let's see if it stays this way 🙂
I'm still running it on Android 8.0 on a PX5 and updated directly from the last Google Play version to the test16.
 
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EJOK2

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I tried to customise the player media buttons but now it only shows a flat background of the buttons. Does anyone know how to get the original buttons back? " Restore default" does not work. I really need help with this one.
 

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    Now I understand why Player Widget is the most complex widget in the Fcc Launcher. So many days were spent rewriting it :)

    Here are the first results of rewriting it. Not all the features are available but most should be.

    In this test version new Player Widget is a separate widget (not yet replacing the old Player Widget) so you need to add it manually for tests (this widget will be the first in the list with a Lab icon).

    Do not replace your old widgets with the new one because in some of the next test versions this will be done automatically. Old Player Widget will become a New Player Widget. All the currently added New player widgets will disappear. So put them only for tests.

    New version: fcclauncher-3.442_test40.apk
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    I have installed 36, but there are always problems with media images, sometimes just go right and then forward and the image appears.
    Just wait for the next test version. I am currently rewriting the Player Widget.
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    Thanks, but also with test33 I still have the same FCC freeze issues after waking the head unit.
    Yes, I see the freeze issue on my test devices as well. I'll try to fix it (the exact reason is not clear yet).
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    New alpha: fcclauncher-3.442_test26.apk

    New widget! Analog clock.
    In this version both Compass widget and the new Analog Clock widget are switched to a hardware accelerated animations. This should make the animations smoother and consume less CPU resources.

    Please test these widgets and report on their performance (especially if you have a slow old device).
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    Also I didn't get an answer to my question from three days ago yet, so I'd like to ask you again:
    I will try to solve this when Player widget will be rewritten (soon).
    Regarding the font sizes - thanks I will check.
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    Yes I've also noticed that Launcher is not added to the Home apps after clean install. This is probably a consequences of a recent change for normal / split-screen version on Android 10+. I will investigate the issue.
    For now you can manually show this selector - when Fcc Launcher is launched quickly press Back button 3 times.

    Seems to be fixed here: fcclauncher-3.442_test27.apk
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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.

    Its major features:
    - Full function launcher with supports of all standard third party android widgets
    - Deep integration with head units (MCU etc). My mission here is to implement as many functions in the launcher itself as possible. In case of Rockchip devices to get rid of most xposed modules (my deep respect to their authors, great job, but they sometimes slow down the device significantly) and replace them with the normal built-in functions.
    - Customization. The FCC Cat Launcher has some built-in customizable widgets which can help to make your home screen more personal (you can adjust widgets size, colors, features etc).
    - Built-in music widget with support of FM Radio (with ability to give names to radio stations), Spotify, Google Music, PowerAmp, PC Radio, Neutron and Stellio players.
    - One-click navigation widgets with quick route building (supports Waze, Google Maps, Yandex Navigator and other navigation apps).
    - Phone calls via connected phone using 'Ok Google call [name]' request or by clicking on built-in Contact widget.
    - Other features.

    FAQ
    1. I love MiniMap but can you put other navigation app there?
    Unfortunately this is not possible. MiniMap is part of FCC and is based on Google Maps API for Android. It is not another app (not even a Google Maps app), that can be just replaced within the FCC interface. Android does not allow to integrate third party apps (navigation apps) inside another third party apps (FCC Launcher).
    If your head Unit supports Split Screen (ie can display Two apps at the same time), this can be partially done with split screen.

    2. Is it possible to cache maps for MiniMap for offline use?
    - Yes. In the latest FCC Launcher beta version you can select Offline Mapbox map and download it to your device.
    - For Google Maps - No. Caching is directly prohibited by Google license for using Google Maps API (MiniMap). Moreover, Google even does not provide developers with such a caching API. Therefore you will need a constant internet connection to use MiniMap. The somewhat good news is that the map itself does some short-term caching on your device, so it saves some data (but not too much).

    3. Notifications are only popping up for a split second / flashing. How to fix this?
    That means that animations are disabled on your device.
    - Go to the device's Developer settings: FCC settings - System - Advanced - Developer settings (if it asks for code - it's "7890" for AllWinner T8).
    - Scroll down and change 3 parameters "Window animation scale", "Transition animation scale" and "Animation duration scale" from "Animation off" to "Animation scale 1x".

    4. Routing on Google Maps in MiniMap doesn't work. It asks for API key. What should I do?
    - Turn-by-turn navigation in built-in Google Map fragment is directly prohibited by Google. Therefore it is not possible to use it. .However if you have your own Google Developer account (Google Maps API key) you can use it to draw a simple route line on the MiniMap. Please note that it will NOT have any turn-by-turn data like distance to next turn or estimated time of arrival.
    I do not recommend to purchase Google Developer account just for this feature:
    - Google Developer account will cost money for you (a one-off payment) which is reasonable only if you really want to develop android apps.
    - Routing requests cost money. But currently Google provides a 200$ per month free usage for Maps, Routes, and Places every month which should be enough for individual usage.
    Links: Get API key, Pricing. Don't forget to enable Maps API and Directions API in your Google Cloud Console.

    Tutorial:

    Translation to your language
    Guys, many of you suggested your help with translation of the app to your native languages.
    I have setup a translation project on OneSky site.
    Here is the link: HELP TRANSLATE FCC CAR LAUNCHER

    Links:
    Release
    channel: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ru.speedfire.flycontrolcenter
    Beta channel: https://play.google.com/apps/testing/ru.speedfire.flycontrolcenter
    (I would suggest to stick with the release channel since beta channel can be really buggy sometimes and is intended for beta testers only)

    As a developer I will be happy to discuss with you any ideas or issues.

    Here is a couple of tutorials:
    1) Quick look on home screen setup process:


    How to write LogCat log:
    You need to have ROOT:
    1. Install LogCat Extreme LogCat Extreme
    2. Select VERBOSE level of details (very important) Video 1
    3. Write and send log: Video 2

    Initial setup (do this if you see black screen):
    Important checkbox during first setup:
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    Please make sure to check that checkbox "Always allow FCC Launcher to add widgets..".

    Full setup process:
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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

    How the Hell can you say that when @SpeedFire- has dedicated 100's , if not 1000's of hours developing this launcher, and for peanuts !!

    I remember a time last year when he was on vacation, and even then, each night he worked on FCC, fixing bugs and greatly improving what was already there.

    FCC is probably one of the most COMPLEX apps on Playstore.

    My understanding is that he basically developed FCC for HIMSELF, because he was not satisfied with what was currently out there, and was good enough to share his work with anyone wanting to try it.

    Because of technical complexities, this launcher is designed and developed for a limited number of Android systems, but that number is increasing all the time as he add new Units to those currently supported.

    If you go out and purchase some obscure, budget China unit, that is not supported, you cannot blame anyone but yourself, if then you experience issues.

    Just because you paid the developer a few dollars because YOU CHOSE TO DO SO does not mean that you OWN him, and can demand that he jumps at your every call ... it's not his work -- it's his HOBBY -- and you probably knew that going in .. so lighten up and stop giving him such a hard time.

    BTW, I am also a developer, and I can tell you, if anyone else got involved in this complex app, it would most likely get totally screwed up, and dye -- that is assuming one could even find someone who would be willing to put in the time for next to nothing, while having the technical ability to actually contribute anything to the project.

    Thank you @SpeedFire- for clearly the best Android launcher on the market, and for all your time and dedication in constantly improving it. It is very much appreciated I am sure by the majority of those using it, and you will always have my full support going into the future.
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    Guys!
    It seems that I've found the best solution for Normal / Split-Screen modes. Take a look:


    Here is a short demo of two modes in the alpha version:
    1) Normal mode - launcher does not support split screen (bad) but behaves as a normal launcher and is not visible in the list of recent apps (good).
    2) Split screen mode - launcher supports 50/50 multi window mode (good) but is visible in the list of recent apps (bad).

    Every user can select the preferred mode!
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    The app is now returned to the Play Store :)
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    New beta is out:
    - All skins are re-designed for 6x10 grid (instead of previous 6x7 grid). You need to re-apply skin if you want to switch to a new skin.
    - You can choose your favourite skin during first time setup process.
    - Time widget has new options to granually change Time and Date font sizes as well as to swap Time and Date positions
    - Re-written code for album arts in Player widget. Hopefully this will fix most issues.
    - Some other fixes.
    - For built-in skins Icons are automatically setup when put on home screen or moved (based on skins' settings for particular Icon slot).
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