FTVLaunchX: custom launcher, no root (replacement for LauncherHijack)

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Metconnect2000

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If you need you can use this update blocker app.

If you have installed this on your mobile enter your firetv ip and if you are installed it on your firetv then leave the ip as 127.0.0.1 i.e. localhost

Click on block

For FOS 5 people, I do not have a fireos 5 device so i don't usually create apps for it, because mostly they don't work.
is xda not showing the app? not seeing any link to this "update blocker app". NVM, looks like someone just asked.

Actually installed the app and try to connected to it and it showed an error message but went away so quick that i cant see the entire message. Is there a pm command to run to disable the update for fire tv 4k running on 6.#? thanks
 
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savelbys

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Hello,

i'm using the newest Nvidia Shield TV Pro at the newest update with the Wolf Launcher (https://www.techdoctoruk.com/sdm_downloads/wolf-launcher-for-shield-tv-atv-mod/)
I´m using the Launcher Manager too (https://www.techdoctoruk.com/sdm_downloads/launcher-manager-shield-tv/) and disabled the stock one.

i'm also increased the size from the Shield TV to 4K (because original it is at Full HD and looks very blurry)
with the following commands through adbLink:

wm size 3840x2160
wm density 355
settings put system font_scale 0.75
reboot

Now i have experienced crashes/freezes with the Plex App. When i want to configure an Application, it crashes too.

Anyone have that problem too? Is the Wolf Launcher stable/good or is that because the 4K increase?

I have read many times that the Launchers overall are making problems...
Is there no stable/good Launcher out there? The original Android TV Launcher is annoying
 
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nicomarlet

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Thank you so much for your responce. I tried everything whithout any suscces !
So there is no solution at all to use the wolf launcher with the home button on fire stick 1gen and 2gen ?
 

0815hoffi

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Ok,

Amazon block´s :

adb shell "pm disable-user --user 0 com.amazon.tv.launcher"
adb shell "pm disable-user --user 0 com.amazon.firehomestarter"

these 2 commands is exactly what the tools do.


fire tv lite currently still goes, but probably only until the next Amazon update.

:mad:
 

nicomarlet

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Ok,

Amazon block´s :

adb shell "pm disable-user --user 0 com.amazon.tv.launcher"
adb shell "pm disable-user --user 0 com.amazon.firehomestarter"

these 2 commands is exactly what the tools do.


fire tv lite currently still goes, but probably only until the next Amazon update.

:mad:
Ok thanks, I will try these commands directly. What about the root procedure ?
 
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nicomarlet

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in fact, I get :
Error: java.lang.SecurityException: Permission Denial: attempt to change component state from pid=12801, uid=2000, package uid=32094
 

nicomarlet

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Rooting is impossible for the first gen in 5.2.7.6 ?
For the 2nd gen, soldering has to be done. I heard about trouble with clocks after soldering, is it true ?
(sorry for my poor english, I'm french...)
 

Sus_i

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Rooting is impossible for the first gen in 5.2.7.6 ?
For the 2nd gen, soldering has to be done. I heard about trouble with clocks after soldering, is it true ?
(sorry for my poor english, I'm french...)

It isn't possible for the first gen 'bueller' box and the first gen 'montoya' stick.
The second gen stick (called 'tank', aka: the basic stick) is rootable without soldering,:

The second gen box 'sloane' is also rootable:

Edit: Take a look at adb shell, in case you want to make sure what device you've got...
 

nicomarlet

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Ok I was beliving I had a first gen because of the remote control :
20210103_183949.jpg


but in the adb shell, the user is "tank", so it's a second gen ?
 

0815hoffi

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bo0gietrain

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Ok,

Amazon block´s :

adb shell "pm disable-user --user 0 com.amazon.tv.launcher"
adb shell "pm disable-user --user 0 com.amazon.firehomestarter"

these 2 commands is exactly what the tools do.


fire tv lite currently still goes, but probably only until the next Amazon update.

:mad:
I have a firestick 4k running latest FireOS 6.2.8.0 and these two commands allowed me to set a new default launcher, thank you.
 

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