Open Launcher for Google TV

Open Launcher for Google TV


The ultimate Google TV launcher. The Open Launcher app is an alternative to the default home launcher app provided by Google TV.

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 and history
- Direct access to Spotlight web apps
- Displays current weather (USA only)
- Various customizable settings
- Change wallpaper

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 (Google TV only provides channel data for USA): 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, then long click on the app you want to uninstall.
- To use a personal photo as the wallpaper: Launch the Photos app and view the photo fullscreen. Press the Menu button and select "Set as wallpaper".

Limitations:
- 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.

Permissions:
Get Tasks - needed to determine which recent apps have been launched.
Read History Bookmarks - to provide quick access to browser bookmarks.
Expand Status Bar - to display notifications.
Course Location - to determine zip code for weather data.
Internet - to download weather data.
External storage - to cache images
Wallpaper - to change the system wallpaper

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

Problems:
Please email us at [email protected]; we cannot reply to comments or Android error reports and many reported problems require that we ask for more details in order to fix.
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About Open Launcher for Google TV
The ultimate Google TV launcher. The Open Launcher app is an alternative to the default home launcher app provided by Google TV.

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 and history
- Direct access to Spotlight web apps
- Displays current weather (USA only)
- Various customizable settings
- Change wallpaper

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 (Google TV only provides channel data for USA): 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, then long click on the app you want to uninstall.
- To use a personal photo as the wallpaper: Launch the Photos app and view the photo fullscreen. Press the Menu button and select "Set as wallpaper".

Limitations:
- 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.

Permissions:
Get Tasks - needed to determine which recent apps have been launched.
Read History Bookmarks - to provide quick access to browser bookmarks.
Expand Status Bar - to display notifications.
Course Location - to determine zip code for weather data.
Internet - to download weather data.
External storage - to cache images
Wallpaper - to change the system wallpaper

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

Problems:
Please email us at [email protected]; we cannot reply to comments or Android error reports and many reported problems require that we ask for more details in order to fix.

Android Market Comments
A Google User
Jun 13, 2015
great app! A must have!
A Google User
Jun 1, 2015
much better Much prefer this launcher over the garbage my TV came with. Just needs a decent refresh. Looks like it hasn't been touched in 2 years according to the github repository.
A Google User
Feb 13, 2015
A Reponsive Alternative Open Launcher is a great alternative. The launcher responds quickly and I have not experienced any freezing or force stops. It still looks a lot like the stock launcher but it makes it much easier to organize your apps. The settings can seem quite complicated in the beginning and the look is forgettable but it certainly worth getting for its responsivness.
A Google User
Jan 20, 2015
Simply the best This should be the default launcher. don`t delay, install today!
A Google User
Jan 17, 2015
Near perfect A launcher that knows its place on the TV. It sits in a space at the bottom of the screen, allowing the running app or video feed to show on the rest.