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

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mjbxx

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I forget what is the advantage to spmc. I thought after version 15 everything was pretty much the same.
The biggest advantage is that an official Kodi developer, @Koying, will be maintaining SPMC. There is currently no Android developer within Kodi at this time as @Koying removed himself due to infighting with other team members. Plus, can't beat the current SPMC Launcher and @Koying's personal Android expertise going forward. This is huge for Fire TV users in knowing any issues arising will be dealt with appropriately.
 
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piruzinho

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The biggest advantage is that an official Kodi developer, @Koying, will be maintaining SPMC. There is currently no Android developer within Kodi at this time as @Koying removed himself due to infighting with other team members. Plus, can't beat the current SPMC Launcher and @Koying's personal Android expertise going forward. This is huge for Fire TV users in knowing any issues arising will be dealt with appropriately.

Question is, can I instal SPMC over @elmerh XMBC launcher install and keep my settings, etc?
 

mrchrister

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i really miss the ability to start android apps from within kodi. When I try to install Confluence++ in Jarvis it tells me that the xbmc.gui dependency is not met. if I manually edit addon.xml to change xbmc.gui it results in an error. Is there another way to launch Android apps from within Kodi?
 

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i really miss the ability to start android apps from within kodi. When I try to install Confluence++ in Jarvis it tells me that the xbmc.gui dependency is not met. if I manually edit addon.xml to change xbmc.gui it results in an error. Is there another way to launch Android apps from within Kodi?
I use the amber skin. It allows you to favorite Android apps and add your favorites to your home screen.

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danknasty

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Any kodi 16.1 launcher released yet? Also i've noticed that spmc is failing all the updates for addons when I initially load my build does anyone else get that? I've also just had exodus spontaneously removed from my box with spmc.
 

elmerohueso

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Any kodi 16.1 launcher released yet? Also i've noticed that spmc is failing all the updates for addons when I initially load my build does anyone else get that? I've also just had exodus spontaneously removed from my box with spmc.

Nope, but first post has instructions and a script to make your own.
Kodi had a blog post recently about some rouge addons uninstalling other addons.
 
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tselling

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i really miss the ability to start android apps from within kodi. When I try to install Confluence++ in Jarvis it tells me that the xbmc.gui dependency is not met. if I manually edit addon.xml to change xbmc.gui it results in an error. Is there another way to launch Android apps from within Kodi?

I changed addon.xml to get Confluence++ working. I changed the line to read:
<import addon="xbmc.gui" version="5.10.0"/>

Seems to be working ok for me. Is that what you did?
 

ks-man

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I've been running this version of XBMC on my First gen rooted Fire TV for around two years. I want to upgrade to 16.1 of Kodi and it seems that the best thing to use is SPMC. I'd like to have the Launcher version (this version of XBMC is my default launching app via XPosed and RBOX's methods).

If I just install the Launcher version of SPMC will these two processes conflict? How do I tell the Fire TV what to launch if two things have those rights? I was thinking I would first install SPMC and confirm everything was working before uninstalling Elmero's version of XBMC. Thanks.
 

iLLNiSS

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Any chance MakeKodiLauncher is going to be updated? It doesn't seem to work on newer builds:

https://pastebin.com/Dq2HLJqw

The malformed PNGs isn't whats causing it as when removed it does not complain about them, but it does still throw an error about the public symbols not being defined.

Kinda sucks because this is the only reliable way to auto start kodi and map to home on rooted boxes :(
 

digitalhalo

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does anyone have a copy of AndroidFileHost: signed-launcher-kodi-15.2-Isengard-armeabi-v7a.apk as its not longer on the site, and 16.0 doesnt run as well as 15.2 IMO
 

TimmyP

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What does the home button do? Im not rooted but have LauncherHijack installed with home button functionality (returns me to my custom launcher), what would it do in Kodi? Nothing? Would is be programmable?
 

justinlarsen

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I have 16.0 running via LauncherHiJack, but I recently rooted a FireTV2 what would I need todo to get it working on there with all its power. I just want the firetv to boot into Kodi, and the Home Button to goto Kodi, just the little things.

---------- Post added at 03:52 PM ---------- Previous post was at 03:48 PM ----------

It's been a while, but I made a launcher version of 18.5 using this script. I put the 18.5 APK I'm using with my past versions at https://androidfilehost.com/?w=files&flid=17034.

You are the best!
 
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justinlarsen

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the 32bit versions dont work on the 64bit firetv 2. If I gave you a donation would you compile the new version with the 64bit launcher?
 

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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.

    ----------------------------------------------------

    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
    4
    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