Fcc Car Launcher [official thread]

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


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mc52

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Hi all, today I would also like to write a contribution and thank you for this very successful launcher. I briefly tried the Car Launcher and CarWebGuru, but unfortunately found that these launchers don't show any song titles when I play music via smartphone and Bluetooth (that's how I mostly listen to music). In addition, the FCC has many setting options, is very well structured and translated very well. Very good work! Of course I would like to thank the numerous users who, through their contributions, made it very easy for me to understand the FCC Launcher. Rigattoni and Okji for example and of course many more. Rigattoni no longer in the German forum? What a pity! Of course I still have a few questions and I hope that you can help me. Below is a picture with my layout and my question is if there is a possibility that the button whose app is currently running can be colored? I thought I read that. Also, I see images with an equalizer displayed, but am afraid that this option is no longer available?
 

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Sivabalan

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Hi There,

I bought an Android head unit. following are the details:

Brand: BlockBuster
Model: BBT-401 (K2501)
OS: Android 10 stock
Processor: Allwinner T5 quad core 1.8GHz
RAM and ROM: 4GB and 32GB
GPU: Mali-G31
Board: exdroid
Hardware: Sun50iw9p1
Screen Res: 1024x600 IPS glass capacitive


Was evaluating FCC car launcher. I like various options like the ability to use android widgets and integration with can-bus and OBD.

issue 1: when I press the "go-back" touch button on the left side of the head unit multiple times. there is a android ticker stating "Launcher is exiting" and after some loading Launcher skin comeback with all the widgets mis-aligned and the central widget is not showing the album art work of the playing music properly.

If I restart the launcher using the "Restart" option, all the problems goes away and everything back to normal. Is it expected?

Issue 2: Also the "Reset" option which id present in the drawer for restarting the head-unit is not working in FCC car launcher. I had to launch a different launcher and press the "Reset" app in the drawer just to restart the headunit. Is this issue expected?

The first issue is holding me back from buying the full version of this launcher.

Any help is appreciated.

Thanks,
Sivbal.
 

rigattoni

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issue 1: when I press the "go-back" touch button on the left side of the head unit multiple times. there is a android ticker stating "Launcher is exiting" and after some loading Launcher skin comeback with all the widgets mis-aligned and the central widget is not showing the album art work of the playing music properly.

If I restart the launcher using the "Restart" option, all the problems goes away and everything back to normal. Is it expected?

Issue 2: Also the "Reset" option which id present in the drawer for restarting the head-unit is not working in FCC car launcher. I had to launch a different launcher and press the "Reset" app in the drawer just to restart the headunit. Is this issue expected?
Why are you pressing the back-button multiple times? Sorry, but you need to explain the reason for this behavior...
At least your 4-core system get´s at some time in an unstable status due to it´s performance restrictions.

The reset-button is not usable on every single unit. This depends on the MCU. Have you set the right device type of unit on setup? If not... Fcc settings --> Advanced settings -->Select your device type. there you should choose Alwinner.
 
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Sivabalan

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The reset-button is not usable on every single unit. This depends on the MCU. Have you set the right device type of unit on setup? If not... Fcc settings --> Advanced settings -->Select your device type. there you should choose Alwinner.
Thanks for your reply. Yes the device is correctly set to Allwinner. I asked this question because If I use a different launcher like Nova, its working....I am able to reboot the system. But here its not working. Other than that everything works great. I really like this Launcher.

Why are you pressing the back-button multiple times? Sorry, but you need to explain the reason for this behavior...At least your 4-core system get´s at some time in an unstable status due to it´s performance restrictions.
I used to Android mobiles where we frequently press the back button to get to the home phone or go back in an app. So that habit.
My system is equipped with Allwinner T5 processor. CPU-Z shows it has 8 cores(may be threads), 4GB RAM and 32GB ROM.

From Manufacturer(Allwinner)
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Do you think this processor is inadequate to run Fcc Launcher?

Regards,
Sivabalan K
 
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mclellan83

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Finally got the unit to work right after they sent me the same software my lower unit is running, some more minor tweaks to get it fully how I want. Wish there was a way to integrate Spotify with album art so it could be controlled by the center widget
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Robotino

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In the "Minimap" settings (at least of the paid version) you can set which navigation app is addressed via the destination buttons of the minimap to open and build routes in. In a selection menu, a number of navigation apps are available, e.g. "Google Maps", "Sygic", "CoPilot", "Here Maps" etc., but unfortunately not "TomTom".
Is there anyway to call TomTom (in my case TomTom LatAm), e.g. by renaming files, so that in FCC minimap settings e.g. Sygic is set, but FCC then opens TomTom?
If so, how would this have to be done? Any suggestion (that is described in such a way that I as a non-expert can understand it) will be appreciated.
 

sieutathan98

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I set fcc launchef as default, but the next morning when I start the car, a notification panel appears to select launcher . is there any way to fix this problem?
 

knattert0n

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I had the same problem on my Joying HU, it wouldn't save the setting properly and OEM launcher cant be disabled (without root). What did it for me was going to Android settings - apps - fcc launcher - and set it as the standard launcher there. I also disabled Digital Wellbeing, but I think that had no effect.
 
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okij

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Yes, yesterday he uploaded Fcc Launcher v3.900 on his beta channel on Play Store. According to the change log it contains bug fixes and according to his post #9,131 it should be almost the same as the (previous/official) version in the Play Store but with updated libraries.
 
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yves1963

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Hi, totally new to this forum.
Especially since I have a problem with the backup on dropbox

On my previous radio I had made my own theme and saved a backup on dropbox.

Meanwhile new car with back Android 11
Now it's impossible to get back a theme I backed up on dropbox. I keep getting a black screen.
 

rigattoni

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Hi, totally new to this forum.
Especially since I have a problem with the backup on dropbox

On my previous radio I had made my own theme and saved a backup on dropbox.

Meanwhile new car with back Android 11
Now it's impossible to get back a theme I backed up on dropbox. I keep getting a black screen.
So you have now a complete different unit as before and you are trying to restore your complete design back to the new unit, or did I get you wrong?
Nevertheless... It´s always a good idea to have a separate backup on a local disk/SD/Stick.
 

yves1963

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So you have now a complete different unit as before and you are trying to restore your complete design back to the new unit, or did I get you wrong?
Nevertheless... It´s always a good idea to have a separate backup on a local disk/SD/Stick.
thanks for your reply.
The android radio I do have now is the same type as my previous one.
The problem is mainly that I can't get on dropbox.
But I can download a backup with my PC and put it on a stick.
Only then I don't know how to put this back in my car launcher.
Because it only gives me the option "Restore from dropbox"
 

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    My app is car launcher pro.
    But now that I'm looking further I see that this is apparently not the same as fcc car launcher. (I think so anyway)

    My apologies for this mistake
    And thank you very much for your help

    I have also sent them a message through the app but have not received a reply
    But keep looking
    In this case... you need to go to this thread: https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/car-launcher-pro.3295086/
    You are completely wrong here.
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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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