[LAUNCHER] XBMC/Kodi for Fire TV (Root)

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danknasty

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I still can't make Amazon a homescreen icon for some reason. Anyone else having this.


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Skater4599

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I still can't make Amazon a homescreen icon for some reason. Anyone else having this.


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If you're reffering to the icons under the bar on the home page, that was an addition to the confluence ++ skin. Default confluence doesnt allow android apps only add ons and limited to 5 instead of 7.
 

danknasty

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If you're reffering to the icons under the bar on the home page, that was an addition to the confluence ++ skin. Default confluence doesnt allow android apps only add ons and limited to 5 instead of 7.


I was able to do it with different skins such as eminence but now it won't show up.


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zspeciman

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Perhaps someone here can help me. I've been using firetv both 1st and 2nd gen with the amazing elmerohueso ftv-tweak. I use keymap 3. In the past xbmc 13, kodi 14 the video would stop play with the back key. That doesn't work on kodi 15.2 anymore. Does anyone know if it works on the new kodi 16 jarvis? Is there a way to make this work without rooting the device? Would an adb push command work on a nonrooted device? Thank you.
 

elmerohueso

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Life's been really crazy. Development computer is on it's last leg. XDA hasn't been sending me notifications for this thread. Lots of excuses.

I really don't have much time to be maintaining all this, and I do apologize to any of you I've inconvenienced. But I have put together a present for you guys. A Python script that will decompile an APK, modify its intent to act as a Launcher, then recompile the APK. No guarantees on this one, and things could blow up if intent strings don't match up in the future, but hopefully some find it helpful.

Requirements:
  • Windows PC
  • Python 3.x (tested with 3.5.1)
  • Java JRE (tested with 8u74)
  • A Kodi APK (tested with Kodi 16.0 ARM APK)

  1. Download and unzip MakeKodiLauncher.zip
  2. Put the desired Kodi APK in the extracted "in" folder
  3. Run MakeKodiLauncher.py
  4. When prompted, enter the full name (with extension) of the APK you placed
  5. Let script decompile the APK and insert Launcher intent
  6. (Optional) When the script pauses, make further modifications to APK source files in "temp" folder (ie. insert skins, addons, etc)
  7. Let script recompile and sign the APK
  8. Find newly signed APK in the "out" folder
 

piruzinho

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Dec 8, 2010
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Life's been really crazy. Development computer is on it's last leg. XDA hasn't been sending me notifications for this thread. Lots of excuses.

I really don't have much time to be maintaining all this, and I do apologize to any of you I've inconvenienced. But I have put together a present for you guys. A Python script that will decompile an APK, modify its intent to act as a Launcher, then recompile the APK. No guarantees on this one, and things could blow up if intent strings don't match up in the future, but hopefully some find it helpful.

Requirements:
  • Windows PC
  • Python 3.x (tested with 3.5.1)
  • Java JRE (tested with 8u74)
  • A Kodi APK (tested with Kodi 16.0 ARM APK)

  1. Download and unzip MakeKodiLauncher.zip
  2. Put the desired Kodi APK in the extracted "in" folder
  3. Run MakeKodiLauncher.py
  4. When prompted, enter the full name (with extension) of the APK you placed
  5. Let script decompile the APK and insert Launcher intent
  6. (Optional) When the script pauses, make further modifications to APK source files in "temp" folder (ie. insert skins, addons, etc)
  7. Let script recompile and sign the APK
  8. Find newly signed APK in the "out" folder
Wow thats pretty amazing! I have to admit I am a little nervous, but it seems great. Whats the worst that could happen?
 

elmerohueso

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Whats the worst that could happen?

Possible outcomes:
  • It doesn't run at all (probably due to missing dependencies and/or environment variables)
  • It fails to decompile/recompile/sign your APK (probably due to differences in Android API levels)
  • The APK it spits out doesn't have Launcher intent (probably due to it not finding the strings it's trying to replace)
  • It works and makes the Launcher

So, usual "use at your own risk. I only take responsibility if it works :D".
Just make sure you keep the files together, and don't put anything in the "temp" folder that you don't mind having deleted.
 

Skater4599

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Sep 4, 2010
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@elmerohueso - Thanks for this script/tool to add launcher intent! This will be a great tool!
I will definitely miss your repo and confluence++ skin, but it looks like with Kodi 17 the new default skin will provide a way without shortcuts anyway and now we have a tool to make our own launcher intent. Thanks for all your work on this
 

Skater4599

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Sep 4, 2010
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I thought SPMC already came in a launcher form, is that no longer the case?

So far since it's came back to development 16.1.1 does not have a launcher version. The play store version is not default to launcher intent anymore. I think Koying will compile a launcher version for 16.2 and up but so far there is not a launcher version for download from spmc site.
 
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onsoku

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elmerohueso - Any idea why the keymaps no longer work in Jarvis? I really miss reviewing the codec overlay and swapping out the startup screen!
 

bula1ca

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SPMC v16 is signed different then SPMC v15. Can SPMC 16.1.1 be re-signed to replaced SPMC 15 and not have to move all data manually? Thank you
 

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    Life's been really crazy. Development computer is on it's last leg. XDA hasn't been sending me notifications for this thread. Lots of excuses.

    I really don't have much time to be maintaining all this, and I do apologize to any of you I've inconvenienced. But I have put together a present for you guys. A Python script that will decompile an APK, modify its intent to act as a Launcher, then recompile the APK. No guarantees on this one, and things could blow up if intent strings don't match up in the future, but hopefully some find it helpful and carry on what I've been doing.

    Requirements:
    • Windows PC
    • Python 3.x (tested with 3.5.1)
    • Java JRE (tested with 8u74)
    • A Kodi APK (tested with Kodi 16.0 ARM APK)

    1. Download and unzip MakeKodiLauncher.zip
    2. Put the desired Kodi APK in the extracted "in" folder
    3. Run MakeKodiLauncher.py
    4. When prompted, enter the full name (with extension) of the APK you placed
    5. Let script decompile the APK and insert Launcher intent
    6. (Optional) When the script pauses, make further modifications to APK source files in "temp" folder (ie. insert skins, addons, etc)
    7. Let script recompile and sign the APK
    8. Find newly signed APK in the "out" folder

    I don't know if I'll ever get to updating my skin and addons, as I'm pretty set with staying on 15.2 myself and there is a lot of other great work out there. If anyone wants to fork my repo and make changes though, feel free.

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    Warning: A new update to the FTV has been pushed out (version 51.1.2.0), and is reported to be unrootable. If you haven't done so yet (and haven't received the update) I highly recommend disabling automatic updates.
    If your device does get the update, XBMC should continue to work but will lose Launcher functionality.


    I created a slightly modified package of XBMC/Kodi for the Fire TV that I've been using as the main launcher. I thought I'd share it with anyone interested.

    Modifications:
    Jarvis:
    • Set Android intent to run as Launcher

    Helix & Isengard:
    • Set Android intent to run as Launcher
    • Included my XBMC addon repo. See description below. All other modifications that were built into my Gotham builds can be installed as needed from my repo.

    Gotham:
    • Set Android intent to run as Launcher
    • Set XBMC on FireTV splash screen
    • Pre-configured Alternate keymap 3 (includes functionality for FF and RW buttons on the FTV controller)
    • Pre-set "Remote control sends keyboard presses"
    • Pre-set "Libstagefright" for video acceleration
    • Removed unnecessary built-in skin "Touched"
    • Included my "Confluence++" skin, set as default. See description below. (original Confluence skin is still included).
    • Included my "Android Power Options" screensaver. See description below. Now XBMC can automatically put the FTV to sleep!
    • Included my XBMC addon repo. See description below.

    elmerohueso's XBMC addon repo:
    Includes my "Confluence++" skin and "Android Power Options" screensaver, so that they can pull down updates automatically. The repo also includes some other addons that are simply shortcuts to open apps on the FTV, allowing them to be added to the Home screen on any skin. To access, go to System > Settings > Addons > Get Addons > elmerohueso's repo.

    "Confluence++" skin:
    My modified "Confluence" skin. Changelog/list of modifications.

    "Android Power Options" screensaver:
    This provides ability to automatically Sleep or Power Off rooted Android devices, along with the option to logoff your XBMC profile prior to sleeping. It includes a SU Permissions check in Settings so you can give XBMC persistent SuperUser permissions.. To enable, go to System > Settings > Appearance > Screensaver and select the "Android Power Options" screensaver. Make sure to check its Settings after selecting it.
    For additional changes since the initial version, please see the addon changelog.
    Note: I don't recommend having the screensaver power off the FTV as it has no power button. This ability is geared toward other Android devices.

    Prequisites:
    1. Root the FireTV
    2. Install Xposed framework
    3. Install rbox's Xposed module to allow alternate Home launchers

    Important Notes:
    • This package is signed with One Click APK Signer, so it will have a different signature than official releases of XBMC. As such, you will need to uninstall any official XBMC releases first, and may lose any previous settings in XBMC. I recommend using the XBMC Backup addon in the official XBMC.org Repo to backup and restore your XBMC settings.
    • Make sure you actually enable rbox's Xposed module by ticking the checkbox in Xposed Installer's Modules section. This may require a mouse.


    Download:
    Kodi 16.0
    AndroidFileHost: signed-launcher-kodi-16.0-Jarvis-armeabi-v7a.apk
    MD5: bb2ff4132e3eead785ef2c16dd7c153c

    Kodi 15.2
    AndroidFileHost: signed-launcher-kodi-15.2-Isengard-armeabi-v7a.apk
    MD5: b06b152f3d872a1e36f55a00fa2a223e

    Kodi 15.1
    AndroidFileHost: signed-launcher-kodi-15.1-Isengard-armeabi-v7a.apk
    MD5: 67d6193208301a78c209d2fff5ed8947

    Kodi 15.0
    AndroidFileHost: signed-launcher-kodi-15.0-Isengard-armeabi-v7a.apk
    MD5: 6e68aed89437bc47a0b551a98bc3cab7

    Kodi 14.2
    AndroidFileHost: signed-launcher-kodi-14.2-Helix-armeabi-v7a.apk
    MD5: ce52c8b78cbf7c7150134c59b266f993

    Kodi 14.1
    AndroidFileHost: signed-launcher-kodi-14.1-Helix-armeabi-v7a.apk
    MD5: 50b3a50bbd9d66058e446db32aaff060

    Kodi 14.0
    AndroidFileHost: signed-launcher-kodi-14.0-Helix-armeabi-v7a.apk
    MD5: 3ba955488d1293bb7106140930993d5b

    XBMC 13.2
    Google Drive: signed-xbmc-13.2-FireTV(v8).apk
    Dev-Host: signed-xbmc-13.2-FireTV(v8).apk
    MD5: ebd85f240253add67197112911ae68f0

    XBMC 13.1
    AndroidFileHost: signed-xbmc-13.1-FireTV(v6).apk
    MD5: 0b3e5cdbc8e058102595418fb78964fd
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    15.2 RC 3 posted.
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    Life's been really crazy. Development computer is on it's last leg. XDA hasn't been sending me notifications for this thread. Lots of excuses.

    I really don't have much time to be maintaining all this, and I do apologize to any of you I've inconvenienced. But I have put together a present for you guys. A Python script that will decompile an APK, modify its intent to act as a Launcher, then recompile the APK. No guarantees on this one, and things could blow up if intent strings don't match up in the future, but hopefully some find it helpful.

    Requirements:
    • Windows PC
    • Python 3.x (tested with 3.5.1)
    • Java JRE (tested with 8u74)
    • A Kodi APK (tested with Kodi 16.0 ARM APK)

    1. Download and unzip MakeKodiLauncher.zip
    2. Put the desired Kodi APK in the extracted "in" folder
    3. Run MakeKodiLauncher.py
    4. When prompted, enter the full name (with extension) of the APK you placed
    5. Let script decompile the APK and insert Launcher intent
    6. (Optional) When the script pauses, make further modifications to APK source files in "temp" folder (ie. insert skins, addons, etc)
    7. Let script recompile and sign the APK
    8. Find newly signed APK in the "out" folder
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    15.2 RC 2 posted.
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    Can you give us some quick notes on moving to SPMC from your build... My current setup boots directly into yours how do I go about changing that over to SPMC? Was it just an option in exposed? I just want to make sure I don't leave myself in some boot loop where it is unable to find launcher...

    Setting it as home launcher requires two things: 1) Xposed with rbox's module to allow for alternative launchers on the FTV, and 2) a build of XBMC that has Launcher intent (both mine and SPMC have this.

    Easily moving to SPMC was covered in post #475.

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    I don't know when I'll have time. Life is getting really busy. I've been using SPMC myself lately, and don't know when/if I (or SPMC) will update to Helix since that requires updating 6 of my systems and the MySQL library. I'll see what I can do.

    I actually had some down time (wife is out doing last minute Christmas shopping and kids are asleep) and made a simple Helix build. OP updated. I haven't actually installed it yet, but I don't foresee any issues with such minimal modifications.

    Helix:
    • Set Android intent to run as Launcher
    • Included my XBMC addon repo. See description below. All other modifications that were built into my Gotham builds can be installed as needed from my repo.

    Download:
    Kodi 14.0
    AndroidFileHost: signed-launcher-kodi-14.0-Helix-armeabi-v7a.apk
    MD5: 3ba955488d1293bb7106140930993d5b