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Amazon blacklisted the updated Launcher Manager app 1.1.8 for taking control of Firestick/Fire TV remote buttons. The original Launcher Manager for Fire TV app was previously banned but recently the developers introduced version 1.1.8 which reignited the app. The app, which was designed to customize the remote buttons on Fire TV devices, was blocked from operating properly on all Amazon Fire TV systems. When users tried to open the app they were greeted with the message, “Cannot Open App.”
The developer of the new Launcher Manager app 1.1.8 has already pushed out an update that changes the package name and modifies other blacklisting files.
Here are some quotes taken from the developer SweenWolf from the XDA Developers forum.
Since the original package is now flagged, I’ve changed the package name from “com.wolf.lm” to “com.wolf.lm1”
I’ll try to change some static codes of lm so app cloner will work, if lm survives these blocks.
Amazon can do many things to stop LM from working, and most of them cannot be stopped, but i would not like to give someone some idea.Not only that I managed to disable adepfos app which handles blacklisting according to the notifications i got whenever it gets removed from my device. Im not sure if rebooting is the reason it gets removed by this app but I’ll see if it lasts for 1 day. adb shell pm disable-user com.amazon.adep
How to Install Updated Launcher Manager 1.1.8
We have the new updated app available for quick install in our TROYPOINT Toolbox.
The TROYPOINT Toolbox allows for a quick way to install apps on Fire TV/Android TV that aren’t available through official app stores on those devices.
Launcher Manager App: What It Does
The Launcher Manager app allows users to customize the remote buttons on Fire TV devices to launch any app or function. For example, users can program the “home” button to launch a 3rd party launcher such as Wolf. 3rd party launchers are extremely popular as they get rid of the annoying ads for streaming services that most people aren’t using. The new release of Launcher Manager 1.1.8 also allows for the mapping of Netflix, Prime Video, Disney+, and Hulu buttons.
Amazon’s Reasoning for Banning the App
According to Amazon, the Launcher Manager app violates their guidelines by “interfering with the Fire TV user experience.” Amazon stated that the app takes control of the remote buttons, which could confuse users and lead to a poor experience.
What This Means for Fire TV Users
This will continue to be a cat and mouse game between Amazon and the developer of the Launcher Manager 1.1.8 app. A few weeks ago, TROYPOINT announced that it will be recommending Android TV devices due to these ongoing restrictions by the Amazon Fire TV department.
Unfortunately, we’ve seen Amazon shut down multiple “hacks” over the past few years and from what we’ve recently experienced, they aren’t letting up.
Alternatives to Launcher Manager
While Launcher Manager provides a convenient way to customize the Fire TV remote and use a 3rd party launcher, there are still other options available. Users can still use 3rd party launchers by using a method that involves an application called Launch on Boot.
Our guide on Wolf Launcher offers two methods of using a 3rd party launcher. If the new Launcher Manger 1.1.8 is somehow permanently banned, we still have another method by using Launch on Boot.
Let us know what you think about the ban of Launcher Manger 1.1.8 and the new circumvention by its developer in the comments below.
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