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On the Google Now Launcher API

There’s been a lot of discussion about this so I wanted to acknowledge it.
We’d love to have Google Now as a page in Nova Launcher. Unfortunately that’s not practical (at least not yet).
Google added an API to allow device manufactures to include Google Now in their launchers, but currently the Google app limits clients to just system apps (the launcher that comes preinstalled on your device) and potentially it’s legally licensed just to Sony.

What about the patriksletmo’s github repository?
This is simply decompiled code from the Sony Launcher. It’s not legal for anyone to distribute and it still only works for system apps. It does not change anything.

What about root?
Technically, in theory, it’d be possible for a cleanly rewritten implementation of the API to be used by a third party launchers like Nova Launcher, if root was used to install the launcher as a system app. But this is not a good idea.
1) It might bother Google. The limit in the API is intentionally done, bypassing that restriction might cause some issues on their end, and make them less interested in working with third party launchers at all.
2) Google could easily break it at any time, either intentionally or accidentally. The API is likely still in development, they might make breaking change and notify Sony but not anyone unofficially using the API. They also easily could block third party launchers in other ways if they decided the system app check was no longer sufficient.
3) It’d break other things. Installing another app as a system app breaks OTA updates, breaks Android Pay and breaks uninstalling. Additionally, most users, even root users, don’t know the implications of installing an app as a system app and don’t know how to do it. +Cliff Wade would be overrun with support requests.

What about the future?
That’s the glimmer of hope. I can’t think of any long term reason why Google would not want third party launchers to include Google Now, and if they’re supporting the API for OEMs anyway they likely will open it up. Hopefully this is a test run, and they release support for third party launchers in the future, without any root shenanigans. Unfortunately things like this don’t always move quickly and it could easily be another year or two before we’d see such a thing.

What can we do?
Plus one this post if you want Google to open the API up for Nova Launcher to use. I’ll send them a link so they can see the interest and hopefully that encourage them to prioritize opening up the API.

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+Thabo Mboneni yes, I've been using it from the first unofficial build without any major problems. I have just one that bothers me, is Netflix that doesn't work 
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Fast download for the new MM update!
I just found a fast download link for T815XXU2BPD6 MM Germany from samsung-updates.ru for those who dont want to get sammobile premium just for an update…
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Consigliate! Funzionano perfettamente su #nexus6p 
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Promo codes giveaway & Big things coming soon for Nexus & One Plus One users

First things first I'll be giving away 50 promo codes for FKUpdater as a token of appreciation for all the support you've been giving me through the years. The app's worth ~$4/3€ (un-taxed)!

Details about the app:
FKUpdaterhttps://goo.gl/v44jwx

Just share this post with all your circles and communities and I'll choose a winner in 7 days using random.org.

That said, there's some great news following some recent developments (which is why I've been quiet about Kernel updates since the last week).
I've been shipping FK for all my devices since the Nexus S using a full boot.img, which is the Kernel binary + ramdisk. For me that was always convenient since it's very straightforward, but with the increasing number of custom roms and modifications FK has been almost incompatible with all custom roms, specially the ones who build from CyanogenMod or make a lot of SELinux changes. It's been a terrible experience for my users (and I have a lot of them, thankfully). So with osm0sis's guidance (that you probably know from +xda-developers) we've been working on migrating FK to use the anyKernel2 method, which allows me to ship zips with the Kernel binary without a full ramdisk, but still applying my changes.

Our biggest challenge was adding auto-flash to FKUpdater with this new method since it's not a full boot.img that can't be written to the boot partition. After we nailed it I started shipping these zips for the Nexus 6P, 6 and 5 while getting feedback about this change and perfecting things as we go. This is why I've been delaying One Plus One FK release, I want to be able to ship the same (or relatively same Kernel binary that could work on both CM12.1 and CM13 without building different boot.img with different ramdisks.
This going forward you'll be able to enjoy FK in all your favourite roms without fearing of major breakage or bootloops during flash or the usual "does FK work with X or Y rom?". Magic.

Starting with the next FKUpdater release you'll be able to auto-flash these new things! And official release for 6P, 6, 5X, 5, 7 2013 and One Plus One FK's will also start sometime along FKUpdater's new release.

Thanks for reading and I hope you'll like these news! And throw some donations to osm0sis, not only has he been crucial for this to happen, but he helps the Android community a lot with his work. Paypal: osm0sis@outlook.com

You're f***ing welcome.
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