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shodutta92

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Jun 29, 2012
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I've gotten a few questions about how to run apps on the Nexus Q, so I figured I'd make some sort of post giving instructions, at least basic ones.

1. Enable USB debugging on the Q. This is done by running the nexus Q app on another device, pairing with the Q, and then going to advanced and enabling USB debugging.

2. Installing apps is done by running
Code:
adb install path/to/app.apk
in the command line on a computer.

3. launching apps is done in command line by running
Code:
adb shell
, then typing
Code:
am start package.name/.Activity name
. For example, opening settings is done with
Code:
am start com.android.settings/.Settings
once in adb shell. Netflix is
Code:
am start com.netflix.mediaclient/.UIWebViewActivity
, and Angry Birds is
Code:
am start com.rovio.angrybirds/com.rovio.ka3d.App
. The package/activity names can be determined by running the app on another android device, plugging it into a computer, and running the monitor tool in terminal and looking at the hierarchy viewer.

4. XY coordinates for touch/drag events can be given to the device by using the monkeyrunner tool (documentation can be found on the android developers website). For a brief overview:
start monkeyrunner (located in android-sdk/tools/)
Code:
from com.android.monkeyrunner import MonkeyRunner, MonkeyDevice
device = MonkeyRunner.waitForConnection()
device.touch(x, y, MonkeyDevice.DOWN_AND_UP)
device.drag((startX,startY), (endX, endY), 1, 10)
device.press('KEYCODE_BACK', MonkeyDevice.DOWN_AND_UP)

I realize this isn't very complete, but I'll add some stuff to it as I play more.
 

Some_dude36

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Mar 21, 2012
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So theres no UI for the apps? You have to memories each apps command string?

That sucks. lol Is there any chance of a UI in development or a launcher for the apps?

That seems excessively complicated to run for example angry birds with quite an extensive com string.
 

shodutta92

Member
Jun 29, 2012
9
13
Agreed, it does really suck to have to use console commands.

Well...lets just say I'm working on something. It may take a few days before I know whether it'll actually work, but I'll let you know.
 

Zarboz

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Why not install the VNC application for droid

in order to run the VNC server on your nexus Q and then use your tablet or other touch enabled android/computer/device to control the Q interface :D

http://code.google.com/p/android-vnc-server/

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.onaips.vnc&hl=en

https://play.google.com/store/apps/...t#?t=W251bGwsMSwyLDEsImNvbS5zY2h1bWkudm5jcyJd

this is just an idea considering you have root the app shouldnt be hard to set a call to on some kind of init.d script path

i think it would serve well for navigation
 

THE_KINGDOM

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Sep 20, 2011
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it's basically identical internals to the galaxy nexus, with some extra hardware outputs, so you can port over a custom rom for galaxy nexus and use that as the UI for now
 

mrjaymillz

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May 20, 2012
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it's basically identical internals to the galaxy nexus, with some extra hardware outputs, so you can port over a custom rom for galaxy nexus and use that as the UI for now

What your saying does make sense, so I'm willing to give it a try this weekend. I will port over the same ROM I have on my VZW Galaxy Nexus (Stock Jellybean 4.1 from Rootz Wiki). In order to do so I will need just a little bit of help... My Q is already rooted, so you can just provide me with a walk thru outlining how to push/port the ROM over. Do I have to hook it to the pc again and start the bootloader with adb or what exactly? Thanks for the help in advance.
 

zulu99

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Jan 6, 2009
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You can install droidmote server on nexus q and control it with your android phone.
with droidmote server you simulate a mouse a keyboard a multitouch touchpad etc. etc.
you can play, in remote,also with games that support only the touch screen
 
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    I've gotten a few questions about how to run apps on the Nexus Q, so I figured I'd make some sort of post giving instructions, at least basic ones.

    1. Enable USB debugging on the Q. This is done by running the nexus Q app on another device, pairing with the Q, and then going to advanced and enabling USB debugging.

    2. Installing apps is done by running
    Code:
    adb install path/to/app.apk
    in the command line on a computer.

    3. launching apps is done in command line by running
    Code:
    adb shell
    , then typing
    Code:
    am start package.name/.Activity name
    . For example, opening settings is done with
    Code:
    am start com.android.settings/.Settings
    once in adb shell. Netflix is
    Code:
    am start com.netflix.mediaclient/.UIWebViewActivity
    , and Angry Birds is
    Code:
    am start com.rovio.angrybirds/com.rovio.ka3d.App
    . The package/activity names can be determined by running the app on another android device, plugging it into a computer, and running the monitor tool in terminal and looking at the hierarchy viewer.

    4. XY coordinates for touch/drag events can be given to the device by using the monkeyrunner tool (documentation can be found on the android developers website). For a brief overview:
    start monkeyrunner (located in android-sdk/tools/)
    Code:
    from com.android.monkeyrunner import MonkeyRunner, MonkeyDevice
    device = MonkeyRunner.waitForConnection()
    device.touch(x, y, MonkeyDevice.DOWN_AND_UP)
    device.drag((startX,startY), (endX, endY), 1, 10)
    device.press('KEYCODE_BACK', MonkeyDevice.DOWN_AND_UP)

    I realize this isn't very complete, but I'll add some stuff to it as I play more.