Open Launcher for Google TV

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entertailion
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Open Launcher for Google TV

Post by entertailion » Mon Dec 31, 2012 4:06 pm

The Open Launcher app is an alternative to the default home launcher app provided by Google TV. The app is published as a free app in the Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/deta ... d.launcher

The user interface consists of rows of your favorite apps which you can customize. It also includes a special row at the bottom for the most recent apps launched.

Features:
- More room for organizing your favorite apps
- Support for grouping of apps, web apps, channels and web sites
- Quick access to recent apps
- Supports fast D-pad navigation
- Overlay design that displays more of live TV
- Direct access to browser bookmarks
- Direct access to Spotlight web apps
- Displays current weather (USA only)
- Various customizable settings

Instructions:
- To add an app: Use the D-pad arrow keys to select any row other than the "Recent Apps" row. Press Menu and select "Add App". You can select the current row or enter the name for a new row. Then select the app you want to add.
- To add a Spotlight web app: Select any row other than the "Recent Apps" row. Press Menu and select "Add Spotlight Web App". You can select the current row or enter the name for a new row. Then select the web app you want to add.
- To add a TV channel as a favorite: Go to live TV, press Menu, select Save and then "Add channel to home screen". Type in the channel number or name. Select the channel from the list and press OK.
- To add a web site as a favorite: Load the site in the Chrome browser. Press Menu, select Save and then "Add to home screen". Confirm the web site details and select the OK button.
- To add a web site to bookmarks: Add bookmark in Chrome and then use Bookmarks app.
- To uninstall an app: Select All Apps, the long click on the app you want to uninstall.

Limitations:
- Wallpapers are not supported.
- Widgets are not supported.
- The icons provided by Google TV for bookmarks and for TV channel icons are low-res. In some cases, TV channels have generic icons.

The code for this app is open sourced at: https://github.com/entertailion/Open-Launcher-for-GTV

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Re: Open Launcher for Google TV

Post by jbloggs » Thu Jan 03, 2013 12:36 pm

I don't see a way to add "Live Tv" and "Google Play" apps.

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Re: Open Launcher for Google TV

Post by entertailion » Sat Jan 05, 2013 12:38 pm

jbloggs wrote:I don't see a way to add "Live Tv" and "Google Play" apps.
Version 1.2 of Open Launcher has a Live TV app in the All Apps listing which you can also add to your favorite rows.

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Re: Open Launcher for Google TV

Post by entertailion » Sat Jan 12, 2013 3:40 am

Open Launcher 1.4 for Google TV has been released in the Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/deta ... d.launcher
The ultimate Google TV launcher.

This version includes:
- Change row order
- Change TV channel name
- Change wallpaper

The code for Open Launcher is open-sourced: https://github.com/entertailion/Open-Launcher-for-GTV

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Re: Open Launcher for Google TV

Post by jbloggs » Thu Jan 17, 2013 9:23 am

Thanks for the update. I really like this Launcher

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Re: Open Launcher for Google TV

Post by Belasco347 » Tue Jun 04, 2013 9:01 pm

entertailion wrote:The Open Launcher app is an alternative to the default home launcher app provided by Google TV. The app is published as a free app in the Google Play Store
Best launcher I've found for the NSZ. Suggestion? An option to have the dock transparent.

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