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The Pro1, coming from a N900: the good the bad and the WTF

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16 minutes ago, abielins said:

Could you try launching the activity "com.android.systemui.recent.action.TOGGLE_RECENTS"? You can use an Activity Launcher app like this one to do so: https://f-droid.org/en/packages/de.szalkowski.activitylauncher/

EDIT: It seems like Activity Launcher can no longer launch arbitrary activities... Investigating.

I can launch the activity, but when attempting to crate a shortcut it does not appear on the homescreen (nor app list).
(it is launched disregarding the selected dark theme though)

Output from similar app

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Application: Quickstep
Activity: Quickstep
Package/Class: com.android.launcher3/com.android.launcher3.shortcut_manager.AllShortcutActivity
Goole Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.android.launcher3

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This information is exported by QuickShortcutMaker v2.4.0.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sika524.android.quickshortcut

 

 

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36 minutes ago, EskeRahn said:

I can launch the activity, but when attempting to crate a shortcut it does not appear on the homescreen (nor app list).
(it is launched disregarding the selected dark theme though)

Interesting! So it's almost working! I wonder how you can add arbitrary shortcuts to the homescreen...

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22 minutes ago, _DW_ said:

I guess last resort a simple app could be created to do this 😄

Yeah, any takers? But more seriously, it ought to be added to the launcher app. Ether as a widget, or as a shortcut, we can place on the homescreen

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I'd be curious to hear from anyone with experience with Nova Launcher what would be lost with switching launchers?  Are the keyboard shortcuts, for instance, part of the launcher or in settings.  What exactly is optimized for Landscape?  Nova handles landscape for the launcher just fine, but can't enforce it on apps.  What are the advantages of Fx Tec's stock launcher?  No hurry, I don't have my Pro 1 yet (which is why I'm asking you folks 😉).

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13 hours ago, Hook said:

I'd be curious to hear from anyone with experience with Nova Launcher what would be lost with switching launchers?  Are the keyboard shortcuts, for instance, part of the launcher or in settings.  What exactly is optimized for Landscape?  Nova handles landscape for the launcher just fine, but can't enforce it on apps.  What are the advantages of Fx Tec's stock launcher?  No hurry, I don't have my Pro 1 yet (which is why I'm asking you folks 😉).

Just tried, and Autorotate, well the function is there, but as they seem to assume the same icon grid, rotating the icons in the grid, and stretching the grid, When it looks OK in Portrait, in landscape extremely spaced in one direction, and cramped together in the other (Or vice versa) - but not unusable. All the functionality is there, and with Ctrl+Arrow you can jump around the screens.

An oddity with keyboard navigation is that you have to leave one of the the left most column spaces free as arrow-navigating there in landscape BOTH marks that empty space and the icon in the launch-bar, and from there with Tab / Sh+Tab or Right/Left(!!) to move Down/up, you can get to the others... That does not look like it had been tested.... But sure one could get used to it, after finding a strategic placement of the icons, and a compromise grid-size.

Both long and short letter/digit key presses are ignored, not jumping to relevant shortcut, and not trying to launch

I'm not over enthusiastic, but it can be used.

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On the default launcher we got two about square icon-block (with my current settings 5x4 icon-slots), and on rotate each block rotates, but stay in the same half of the display. A MUCH better solution. IMHO

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A question that evolves from these screenshots...

Does "for landscape optimized" Android mean that the App drawer still sits on the right instead of allowing the user to accessing it from the bottom?

That seems counter-intuitive (although may won't affect me since I use so little apps).

 

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4 hours ago, SchattengestaIt said:

A question that evolves from these screenshots...

Does "for landscape optimized" Android mean that the App drawer still sits on the right instead of allowing the user to accessing it from the bottom?

That seems counter-intuitive (although may won't affect me since I use so little apps).

 

In Nova yes, (but it is placed at the bottom left on the default Launcher)

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Got me wondering I've been using  the Microsoft launcher recently (blackberry launcher kept hanging after update).  What is that like in landscape mode?

 

Also the long key press shortcut is part of launcher so it would need that functionality.  Well I lost that support on my keyone when I switched launcher.

 

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On 11/21/2019 at 12:45 AM, VaZso said:

This kind of stylus is quite good anyway (even though of being a capacitive stylus), however, it is not as handy as it has to be placed separately and not somewhere in the housing of the phone.

Thanks - the precision point on that one looks just the job... If only there was some way of using a wacom pen I'd be made up :)

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(Just for comparison, this is how it looks with the default launcher)

Edit: Added a few extra icons making the two blocks clearer

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PS on Nova.

Oddly in Nova some widgets are ignored navigating with arrows & Tab (Works fine with the build in launcher)

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To enable sticky keys you need to be rooted, but then it is rather easy.

Go to /system/usr/local/keychars. In this folder there should be a file called Vendor_XXXX_Product_XXXX.kcm, where the XXXX are two sets of four hexadecimal digits.

Since I don't have the pro1 I don't know how they are called. If there is more than one of these, open them up and try to find if it says someting like "Built-in keyboard" at the beginning of the file.

In this file look for a line starting with the word "type" (without quotation marks). Change this line so that it reads "type ALPHA" (again, without the quotation marks).

Save the file and reboot, now shift should be sticky.

Change it to "type FULL" if you don't want sticky keys.

If you have Magisk, it would be very easy to make a Magisk module for that.

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