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Old 01-09-2012, 11:24 AM   #1
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Lightbulb Sony Home Screen has a hidden app launcher!!!

I just found out that the stock Sony Home Screen has a hidden app launcher!!!

I don't know how to access it from home menu, maybe there is a secret key combination.

But you can launch it via adb for instance:
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adb shell am start -a android.intend.action.MAIN -n com.sony.drbd.ebook.home/.activities.LauncherPageActivity
This seems to be a nice fallback if something like ADW Launcher is broken...

Note, that you cannot scroll it with page turn buttons!

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Old 01-09-2012, 03:04 PM   #2
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For anyone wishing to have a peak at said launcher/app-drawer without hooking up ADB, you can do it from ADW if you've got it installed:

Create a new ADW homescreen "Custom shortcut" and select "Activities." From there you can expand the "Home" category and select "Home(.activities.LauncherPageActivity)".

Interestingly this apps page shows up as "Page 3 of 2", and you can go back to the two standard Sony menu screens (though you can't return to the launcher once you do).
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Old 01-09-2012, 05:30 PM   #3
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cool

it would be very nice to have it (maybe a little bit organized) as a third page in the home
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Old 01-09-2012, 05:41 PM   #4
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Sounds like it's ripe for a hack to enable it, maybe replacing one of the page 2 buttons...
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Old 01-09-2012, 05:45 PM   #5
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Is this the same "third page" which has been made accessible through the modified EbookHome.apk posted on the-ebook.org?
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Old 01-09-2012, 05:49 PM   #6
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Is this the same "third page" which has been made accessible through the modified EbookHome.apk posted on the-ebook.org?
Nice find!
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Old 01-10-2012, 05:33 AM   #7
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For anyone wishing to have a peak at said launcher/app-drawer without hooking up ADB, you can do it from ADW if you've got it installed:

Create a new ADW homescreen "Custom shortcut" and select "Activities." From there you can expand the "Home" category and select "Home(.activities.LauncherPageActivity)".

Interestingly this apps page shows up as "Page 3 of 2", and you can go back to the two standard Sony menu screens (though you can't return to the launcher once you do).
This is how I discovered it actually
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Old 01-10-2012, 07:03 AM   #8
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Nice find!
+1 good catch
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Old 01-10-2012, 07:22 AM   #9
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Old 01-10-2012, 09:44 AM   #10
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I just added the information from the link I posted above to the wiki.
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For people who maintain wiki page - link which was published earlier (from the-ebook.org) for updated EbookHome.apk now points to the version of package which does not require editing of build.prop file. In the new code 3rd page will always be active and will show only applications you installed and a link to Android System Settings.
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For people who maintain wiki page - link which was published earlier (from the-ebook.org) for updated EbookHome.apk now points to the version of package which does not require editing of build.prop file. In the new code 3rd page will always be active and will show only applications you installed and a link to Android System Settings.
Please, don't be shy to edit the wiki page, it's user created content, everybody can and shall put in new stuff and updates.
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Old 01-11-2012, 04:21 PM   #13
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Thanks rupor for your work!

I clarified the instructions in the wiki and also added a link to the modified EbookHome from Morkl.
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