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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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Dann teile diesen Beitrag oder hinterlasse einfach einen Kommentar!
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Habe eine Rezension zu Firefight von Brandon Sanderson geschrieben. Spoiler für die die Band 1 nicht gelesen haben.

http://buechermitgefuehlen.blogspot.de/2015/11/rezension-firefight-von-brandon.html
[Rezension] Firefight von Brandon Sanderson
[Rezension] Firefight von Brandon Sanderson
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Was tue ich mir nur an... :D
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Screenshots mit Screener erstellen, macht richtig spaß :D
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Ich liebe London :)
Eine Ode an London
Eine Ode an London
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Passt perfekt...
Ich habe schon länger keine Root Rechte mehr...
My evolution using Android..
Get Android... 
Learn to root..
Learn to flash ROM..
become flashaholic flashing multiple ROMs per day crack flashing.
Never having the same ROM/setup for two days in a row
Want more power....
Flash a custom kernel.....
OVERCLOCK!! 
Too much battery being used
OVERCLOCK! UNDERVOLT!
Now horsepower  is not so important.. Need more battery life...
UNDERCLOCK!! 
Need to squeeze more battery life out of device
UNDERCLOCK!! UNDERVOLT!!! 
Tired of custom kernel stability(even when not OC/UC UV)
Stock kernel... custom ROM, rooted..
Tired of all the bugs and little nuisances in custom ROMS..
Stock rom, stock kernel... still rooted of course
Root?  I don't need root anymore..
Completely bone stock
The end...
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