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A way to launch native apps on Google Glass.

  • Build and deploy Launchy to your Glass device

  • Scroll over to settings in GlassHome and select that. You should get a typical Android dialog that gives you the option of picking GlassHome or Launchy for this action. Select Launchy and check the box to always use Launchy.

  • Edit: removed in XE12, due to the selection dialog breaking. Now whenever you go to Settings in GlassHome, Launchy will pop up. If you actually need to get to Glass settings, Launchy provides a permanent link for that.

  • Say "Run an App" at the OK, Glass screen to run Launchy

  • Building with Eclipse? Go grab IntelliJ, or just modify your project settings to point to the GDK preview.

So why do we need this app? Glass provides no way to launch native apps. If you deploy and run an app, as soon as the screen goes off GlassHome takes over and you can not run your app again.

How'd you do that? GlassHome has a handful of local Activities that are launched, but many of these are launched by Package and Class name, however we lucked out because settings was simply launched with an action that I can intercept and decide to have Launchy take over from there.

Who is Mike DiGiovanni? Emerging technology lead at Roundarch Isobar ( Mike has interests in all areas of mobile development and wearable computing. As a long time Android developer, he is looking forward to working with Google Glass.

Copyright 2013 Michael DiGiovanni

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A supplementary app launcher for Google Glass



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