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[Tutorial] How to create your own custom launcher

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sylsau

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Nov 8, 2011
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Hello,

I made a video tutorial to present you how to create your own custom launcher.

Tutorial is here :



Launcher created during tutorial is simple but it's the base to create a custom launcher. With that base, you can improve and add features that you want.

Don't hesitate to give me your feedbacks.

Sylvain
 

TheArc

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This is awesome, I've built a launcher before but never finished it.

Any chance you know the following -

How can I use an intent to launch an app I want? Then save it so when I press the button the next time instead of asking me which app to launch, it'll auto launch the app I chose before.

Basically like a App Chooser.
You press the button, a pop up appears, you select the app and choose save. Then when you press the button again you will automatically open the app you saved. Subscribing to this thread :)

Thanks bro.
And nice tutorial

Sent from my T-Mobile G1
 
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katinatez

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Awesome, was thinking of making launcher as my first app.
Only question is which version of eclipse to install? Keppler? Luna? Mars? Which one is best to start building for jellybean 4.1 and current 4.4?
 

s7560m

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Hello,

I made a video tutorial to present you how to create your own custom launcher.

Tutorial is here :



Launcher created during tutorial is simple but it's the base to create a custom launcher. With that base, you can improve and add features that you want.

Don't hesitate to give me your feedbacks.

Sylvain

Nice! I was thinking about making a launcher as one of my first apps. That will get my indie-company started!
Thanks!
 

sylsau

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Awesome, was thinking of making launcher as my first app.
Only question is which version of eclipse to install? Keppler? Luna? Mars? Which one is best to start building for jellybean 4.1 and current 4.4?

Hello,

You can use lastest version of Eclipse with ADT plugin found here : http://developer.android.com/sdk/installing/installing-adt.html

Or download the Eclipse with ADT bundle from Google here : http://developer.android.com/sdk/index.html .

Sylvain
 
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katinatez

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Thanks just installed Mars eclipse and added the plugin. That's as far as I got will continue tonight.
 

maslascher

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Since it is on front XDA page i guess it is great tutorial (didn't watch yet, don't have time for this now). But is it possible to create iOS launcher like, only with application grid and no workspaces?
 

coal686

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Since it is on front XDA page i guess it is great tutorial (didn't watch yet, don't have time for this now). But is it possible to create iOS launcher like, only with application grid and no workspaces?

MIUI ROMs use a launcher like that so I guess it's possible. You'd have to get comfortable with this tutorial first and then work on mimicing it (or you could find the launcher from MIUI and decompile it to see how it works).
 

TheArc

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Since it is on front XDA page i guess it is great tutorial (didn't watch yet, don't have time for this now). But is it possible to create iOS launcher like, only with application grid and no workspaces?
Yes it is, instead of having two separate activities. (Home screen) and (Drawer). You can merge the two activities together. So yeah you can.

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sylsau

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Nov 8, 2011
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This is awesome, I've built a launcher before but never finished it.

Any chance you know the following -

How can I use an intent to launch an app I want? Then save it so when I press the button the next time instead of asking me which app to launch, it'll auto launch the app I chose before.

Basically like a App Chooser.
You press the button, a pop up appears, you select the app and choose save. Then when you press the button again you will automatically open the app you saved. Subscribing to this thread :)

Thanks bro.
And nice tutorial

Sent from my T-Mobile G1

Hello,

For which kind of intent do you make that ?

Sylvain
 

sylsau

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Nov 8, 2011
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Since it is on front XDA page i guess it is great tutorial (didn't watch yet, don't have time for this now). But is it possible to create iOS launcher like, only with application grid and no workspaces?

Hello,

Like said by coal686, you can make what you want. Launcher created during tutorial is the base for a custom launcher. With that base created, then you can imagine all the improvements for your launcher.

Sylvain
 

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