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


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SpeedFire-

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На ГУ Teyes не восстанавливает и не сохраняет настройки и не перехватывает кнопки руля
Please write in English here.
Backup / restore is working again in test versions (you can find link in some of my latest posts).
Wheel buttons mapping is not available for all head units. Teyes is not integrated in this part.
 

SpeedFire-

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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
 

mariodantas

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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
Thanks for that SpeedFire
 

mariodantas

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I don't have such issue in my tests.
What player do you use?
The new one (with the LAB tube icon), anyway I have the issue with both the OLD and the NEW player widget (playing with deezer (like spotify) music player)

I listen to musc 1 = it shows album-art 1
I forward to music 2 = it still shows the album-art 1 anyway
I forward to music 3 = it show the album-art 2
I forward to music 4 = it show the album-art 3
I rev to music 3 = it shows the album-art 4
I rev to music 2 = it show the album-art 3

..... always the album-art of the previous listened music

both OLD and NEW player widgets !
 
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With standard player and new Hal9k v5 android 10, I have same problem and sometimes it's the good album art and wrong text id. No problem with spotify or radio.
 
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SpeedFire-

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The new one (with the LAB tube icon), anyway I have the issue with both the OLD and the NEW player widget (playing with deezer (like spotify) music player)

I listen to musc 1 = it shows album-art 1
I forward to music 2 = it still shows the album-art 1 anyway
I forward to music 3 = it show the album-art 2
I forward to music 4 = it show the album-art 3
I rev to music 3 = it shows the album-art 4
I rev to music 2 = it show the album-art 3

..... always the album-art of the previous listened music

both OLD and NEW player widgets !
Thanks. I've reproduced the issue on Deezer.
Please check this: fcclauncher-3.442_test41.apk
 

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    @SpeedFire- This morning at 07:37 FCC Launcher was unresponsive again after starting the car. When I parked the car yesterday evening at 19:05, FCC was working without problems, so this issue always happens after waking FCC from deep sleep.

    This time there were no issues with Tasker, so the issues I reported last time don't seem to be related with FCC freezing.

    On the 2nd prompt "FCC Launcher not responding, do you want to close it Y/N" I pressed "Y", set FCC as home launcher again and took the attached Logcat for you.

    The ANR (Application not responding) is recorded in this snippet of the Logcat:

    Code:
    09-24 07:37:28.210   465   483 W BroadcastQueue: Timeout of broadcast BroadcastRecord{f43a770 u-1 android.intent.action.SCREEN_OFF} - [email protected], started 10001ms ago
    
    09-24 07:37:28.210   465   483 W BroadcastQueue: Receiver during timeout of BroadcastRecord{f43a770 u-1 android.intent.action.SCREEN_OFF} : BroadcastFilter{4f16ec3 u0 ReceiverList{5505a72 2479 ru.speedfire.flycontrolcenter/10115/u0 remote:93fb7d}}
    
    09-24 07:37:28.624   465   483 W ProcessCpuTracker: Skipping unknown process pid 17815
    
    09-24 07:37:35.213   465   483 E ActivityManager: ANR in ru.speedfire.flycontrolcenter
    
    09-24 07:37:35.213   465   483 E ActivityManager: PID: 2479
    
    09-24 07:37:35.213   465   483 E ActivityManager: Reason: Broadcast of Intent { act=android.intent.action.SCREEN_OFF flg=0x50200010 }
    
    09-24 07:37:35.213   465   483 E ActivityManager: Load: 11.2 / 9.11 / 8.44
    
    09-24 07:37:35.213   465   483 E ActivityManager: CPU usage from 0ms to 6968ms later (2021-09-24 07:37:28.211 to 2021-09-24 07:37:35.179):
    
    09-24 07:37:35.213   465   483 E ActivityManager:   130% 2479/ru.speedfire.flycontrolcenter: 116% user + 13% kernel / faults: 4298 minor 34 major

    Between 09-24 07:37:19.128 and 09-24 07:37:28.210 there are several other ru.speedfire.flycontrolcenter related Logcat entries which you should have a look at. I don't know if they give a hint about why the FCC freezes occur.

    That's all I can do for now to help you in tracking down this issue. Please let me know if I you need some more infos and good luck in fixing it. :)🤞
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    Just wanted to say I've gotten the hang of this launcher now and with the padding options you give for widgets and the split screen support you implemented, this launcher is 🔥🔥🔥
    Just paid for Premium.

    Thanks for the awesome work and efficient responses @SpeedFire-
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    fcclauncher-3.442_test66.apk
    - Slightly improved widget loading time
    - Some changes in brightness widget behaviour and in auto-brightness applied on load
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    New test version: fcclauncher-3.442_test67.apk
    - SpeedLimit on minimap is returned
    - Auto brightness should be fixed (this looked like a simple fix but it wasn't)
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    Yes, I regularly receive
    Out of interest: Do you get Firebase Crashlytics reports about such force closes and do they help you to fix the remaining instabilities?

    I will keep an eye on the random instabilities and crashed, but so far I haven't seen a similarity (like a preceding event) that could have caused it, it was more like "out of the blue". Of course I will report back if I get some new insights.
    Yes I receive Firebase Crashlytics reports and regularly fix crashes in almost every new test version. ANR (activity not responding) reports are different and significantly harder to investigate and fix based on online reports.
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    Can someone check this version in terms of Compass issue: fcclauncher-3.442_test58.apk
    @SpeedFire- with test 58, the compass seems to be working for me too! Thank you for your hard work and fixes! The app is running great for me at the moment!

    I noticed that FCC is now back up to a 4.1 star in the Play Store, so thank you to those that have helped bump the rating back to 4+ star! This IS a 5 star app, and for those that haven't reviewed the app in the Play Store, PLEASE do so!
    And please remember how complex this app is, and how much @SpeedFire- does to make FCC compatible with so many different units, and if your unit is not fully supported yet, just remember that he is working on it!!
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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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