A replacement home launcher for Amazon FireTV
C#

README.md

FlamedTV Launcher

FlamedTV Launcher is a 'replacement' for Amazon's Home/Launcher app which does not show sideloaded apps.

NOTE: Do to a legal request from Amazon, the name of this launcher was recently changed to 'FlamedTV Launcher'

FlamedTV Launcher

How does it work?

While it's not possible (yet/without root) to actually replace the launcher app, FlamedTV effectively does this by watching for Amazon's launcher being opened, and then immediately launches itself. Because of this, you will see Amazon's home screen flash on the screen very briefly after pressing the home button, before FlamedTV Launcher appears.

Installation

First, head over to the Releases Page and get the latest version .apk file.

Once you've downloaded the file, follow these steps:

  1. Find the IP address of your FireTV (you can do this by going into the settings)
  2. Open a Terminal, you're going to sideload the .apk to your FireTV
  3. adb connect xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx to connect to your FireTV where xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx is the IP address of your FireTV
  4. adb install /path/to/com.altusapps.firedtvlauncher-1.x.x.apk to install the app to your device
  5. On your FireTV, open the settings
  6. Go into Applications
  7. Find 'FlamedTV' in the list, and select it
  8. Select 'Launch Application'

Update Process

To update to a newer version of this app, first you must uninstall the old version.

You can do this on the FireTV itself (Settings > Applications > Manage Installed Applications > FireTV Launcher > Uninstall)

Or, you can use adb:

  1. adb connect xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx to connect to your FireTV where xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx is the IP address of your FireTV
  2. adb uninstall com.altusapps.firedtvlauncher

Now you can simply reinstall the app following the instructions from the "Installation" process.

Where's the Java?

If you looked at the source, you may have noticed that there's no Java. That's because this was written entirely in C# using Xamarin! C# is awesome, go use Xamarin!

What's next?

Obviously this launcher is very simple, and there's not much to it. I'm planning on adding some Settings configuration within the app, so you can do things like hide apps, reorder them, hide labels, change colors, etc.

If you have a feature you really want, open an issue here!

Thanks

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