HALauncher - Android TV

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* Attention * Android TV of "All version" can not use this app as home app! When google's apps are updated, they change system settings automatically and stop to use other than default home app. Even it's older than Android 6.0...
[Update 2017/04/08] Following command was banned by Google's security update.
$ adb shell pm hide com.google.android.leanbacklauncher
So, if you was using HALauncher as home app by this, maybe OS would be unstable. Sorry.

* Attention * Android TV 7.1.1- has some problems. "Landscape lock" and "Blue Light Filter" are not working fine...

"HALauncher" is a launcher for displaying and opening non-Android TV applications quickly on the Nexus Player, ADT-1, Nvidia Shield and the Razor Forge, Fire TV.

Usually, Android TV's home launcher doesn't show sideloaded apps. By using the "HALauncher", you can display and run apps designed for smartphones and tablets using a 1-click operation.

This launcher is recommended for all users who sideload apps and all apps will be available in the “Apps List” section.

HALauncher was designed using Android 5.0 material Design so it fits right in with the Android TV. It is highly customizable allowing you to change the color scheme, background graphic, icon graphic, add widgets to the home screen and remove the side panel completely to facilitate a cleaner home screen appearance.

HALauncher lets you create shortcuts to applications, webpages, IPTV channels and videos stored on your harddrive by using the “Create Shortcut” feature.

If you sideload apps on any Android TV device, you need HALauncher!

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Added ads.(*)
* You can disable ads for free. Uncheck "Show ads" in [Settings]->[HALauncher Settings].
Updated on
Jul 16, 2019

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940 reviews
A Google user
February 19, 2019
I installed HAL on my android TV device and it's been working great. I feel that it can be difficult to upload images for backgrounds but was able to find a workaround. One thing is that it seems with a recent update my icons for apps have defaulted to a default android guy. Plex, pandora and Google music are some of the apps affected. I'm unable to figure out why this is. Not sure how to get HAL to check for these icons again. Overall really like the program but support and documentation is hard to come by.
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Red Arrow
September 5, 2021
Literally the best Android TV Box launcher period. Its got the design of an actual android tv ui, you just gotta learn and tinker in the seetiings to get a good results but its so worth it, the only problem is that i cant change the color of the font in the side bar? Its kinda annoying if you want a white sidebar but the font doesnt seem to change to black? Hope you add this feature.
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Sérgio Coelho Santos
January 22, 2022
Lightweight and quite usable. A good replacement for the default, bloated launcher of Google Chromecast with Android TV. However, the setting screens and controls are clunky. Also, some app icons changed for no apparent reason, and can't easily be improved.
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What's new

- Removed the function to download APK of Amazon AppStore.
HALauncher was removed from Google Play by issue report from Google Play about "Missing DPad functionality". But it's difficult to resolve because it's issue of WebView on Android TV. So, I remove the functon of it.