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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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HatManSan

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The clock widget resize and so does the player widget for me. Sometimes it doesn't happen but if I restart the launcher it might.
 

shdwkeeper

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Can't tell you. Pic is not enough obviously. If you can send me LogCat logs of the process of switching from any other player to iHeartRadio player this could help.

Please also double check that you've granted Fcc Launcher access to Notifications data. You had to do this during initial setup, however I've added the link to this setting in this new test version.

fcclauncher-3.442_test99.apk

Go to Fcc Settings - System - Advanced - Notifications
My settings looks exactly like yours
 

shdwkeeper

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Can't tell you. Pic is not enough obviously. If you can send me LogCat logs of the process of switching from any other player to iHeartRadio player this could help.

Please also double check that you've granted Fcc Launcher access to Notifications data. You had to do this during initial setup, however I've added the link to this setting in this new test version.

fcclauncher-3.442_test99.apk

Go to Fcc Settings - System - Advanced - Notifications
Ok installed fcc launcher from scratch on my phone (Android) than installed Test 99, launched IHeart Radio and no album art, it performed exactly like my headunit.
 
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daemondee

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That's what I also observed and already reported, so thank you for confirmation!

For me one of the texts got smaller and one bigger. This bug seems to happen when updating FCC and only affects the Clock widget.

I hope that @SpeedFire- will have a look into this.
For me, this is happening on player widget. Everytime when I update FCC, the artist and track font size is set to 1. Then I set back to 25 and it's ok. I have no problems with clock widget.

I also noticed something on weather widget. I set "Text to icon margin" to 15 but everytime FCC restart, it goes back to 10. Does anybody else noticed this?

@SpeedFire- Did you maybe already had time to check the auto brightness at boot on the CSN2 head unit?
 
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HatManSan

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I don't use the weather widget so cant tell you.

Be nice to have but hardly important. TPMS widget for the Xtrons branded unit.
 

sanangel

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@speedfire Would a square media widget (radio, PowerAmp, Spotify, etc) be possible? My idea is to do something like Android Auto with the mini map on one side and the smaller player widget on its right ...
 

shdwkeeper

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Jul 22, 2021
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any idea why after install Test 99, my microphone just stopped working?

UPDATE - I rolled back to Test 98 and Mic works again, and now Test 99 the mic is working. My Auto Sleep and Screen Lock isn't working now. I'm getting this error when trying to turn on screen lock - Screen Lock has already changed, try again with new screen lock.

2nd Update - I'm completely reinstalling everything from scratch, factory resetting everything and see how it works.
 
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mariodantas

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any idea why after install Test 99, my microphone just stopped working?

UPDATE - I rolled back to Test 98 and Mic works again, and now Test 99 the mic is working. My Auto Sleep and Screen Lock isn't working now. I'm getting this error when trying to turn on screen lock - Screen Lock has already changed, try again with new screen lock.

2nd Update - I'm completely reinstalling everything from scratch, factory resetting everything and see how it works.
I suggest next time to think first about cleaning FCC's cache before testing a new test version
 
I have a strange problem:
I went on options and set to launch AIMP on FCC start (I have not enabled sleep mode on my HU yet, so HU does a full normal boot every time I start the car)
I tried booting the device several times, but the option didn't seem to work.
Actually once the HU boots, it takes a few seconds to see FCC start, then load it's widgets slowly and finally be able to use. Usually this takes 5 to 10 secs. I'm okay with that for the moment.
Once FCC loads all it's widgets, I can press the "Music" button and AIMP will start fine after a second or two.

Now today as I started the car I was busy and didn't bother to start AIMP manually. So, while I was driving in silence, AIMP was started by FCC! Only that it was started approximately 3 minutes after boot/FCC start!

I was able to reproduce this 3 times already. It doesn't mind what delay I use on boot options of FCC. I tried to add some seconds, as leave it to zero as well.
AIMP starts 3 minutes after FCC is visible/loading on screen.
Remember, I'm able to start AIMP manually 5 to 10 seconds after FCC loads.

Is this a bug ? Is my device that slow ?
Anyone has any thoughts ?
 

shdwkeeper

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Please check that you've granted Fcc Launcher access to notifications.
iHeartRadio works perfect for me:
I reinstalled everything from scratch, updated with the latest firmware and mcu from Dasaita. Running stock image. Installed fcc car launcher. Than updated to test 99. Installed Iheartradio and the album art appears than disappears, like it went behind the widget. But no artist info is displayed either at top of acreen.. See video
 

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SpeedFire-

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I reinstalled everything from scratch, updated with the latest firmware and mcu from Dasaita. Running stock image. Installed fcc car launcher. Than updated to test 99. Installed Iheartradio and the album art appears than disappears, like it went behind the widget. But no artist info is displayed either at top of acreen.. See video
Try to select iHeartRadio as a Quick Player in your player widget.
Long click on a player widget with player names -> Quick players -> Change one of quick players to iHeartRadio and then try to select it (push on its name on the widget).
 

shdwkeeper

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Try to select iHeartRadio as a Quick Player in your player widget.
Long click on a player widget with player names -> Quick players -> Change one of quick players to iHeartRadio and then try to select it (push on its name on the widget).
Iheartradio isn't an option for me, if it was I would have done that a while ago.
 

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    I would think my minimap problems started when I updated hal9k to the latest version 5.0.2. I rebuilt everything a few days ago and with version 5.0.0 the minimap worked, however I did not test it extensively an now i'm back on 5.0.2 and it's not working. It may also be that it was a coincidence. It can't be because of the internet connection, it is very good. Yandex also works fine, but I prefer Google Maps.

    By the way, I already had the problem with the version which is in the Appstore, so I only started with the test versions now.
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    It seems that I "fixed" the wrong value in the previous version. Please try this:
    fcclauncher-3.442_test127.apk
    - Possible Mini Map fix (map loading)
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    Happy New Year @SpeedFire- and all users of FCC Launcher! 🍾🥂
    Happy New Year everyone!
    You are what drives the app development and motivates to change it.
    I am really excited about our community!
    You are the best! Happy New Year! :love:🥳🎉
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    Happy New Year @SpeedFire- and all users of FCC Launcher! 🍾🥂
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    I tried this now on my phone (Galaxy A5 2017, android 8), clean installed test113, set up new player widget and it is the same as on my head unit. The logo is not fit correctly.
    Thanks! I reproduced this on my Samsung device as well. I will investigate this.
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    I tried this now on my phone (Galaxy A5 2017, android 8), clean installed test113, set up new player widget and it is the same as on my head unit. The logo is not fit correctly.
    Here is a fixed version: fcclauncher-3.442_test114.apk
    It turned out that album art was cropped to square by default.
    Now I've added an option to the Player widget settings (crop is now disabled by default)
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    Happy New Year @SpeedFire- and all users of FCC Launcher! 🍾🥂
    Yes @SpeedFire- You deserve it from the FCC community
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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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