getLaunchIntentForPackage is null for some apps

18

I'm building a service that sends a list of installed apps from an Android TV or a Fire TV to a mobile phone. The phone then sends back the package name of the app it wants to launch and the service launches it.

This is the code that creates the list

public List<InstalledApp> GetInstalledApps(boolean isAndroid) {
    PackageManager pm = getPackageManager();
    List<ApplicationInfo> allPackages = pm.getInstalledApplications(PackageManager.GET_META_DATA);
    List<InstalledApp> userPackages = new ArrayList<InstalledApp>();

    for (ApplicationInfo packageInfo : allPackages) {

        if (isSystemPackage(packageInfo)) continue;

        InstalledApp app = new InstalledApp();
        app.setPackageName(packageInfo.packageName);
        app.setAppName(pm.getApplicationLabel(packageInfo).toString());
        if (!isAndroid) {
            app.setIcon(pm.getApplicationIcon(packageInfo));
        }
        app.setAccentColor(getAccentColor(pm.getApplicationIcon(packageInfo)));


        userPackages.add(app);
    }

    return userPackages;
}

This is how I launch the apps

public void launchApp(String packageName) {
    PackageManager pm = getPackageManager();
    Intent intent = pm.getLaunchIntentForPackage(packageName);
    startActivity(intent);
}

On the Fire TV everything works perfectly but on the Android TV the intent for many of the apps is always null. These are just a few.

  • com.haystack.android
  • com.netflix.ninja
  • tv.pluto.android
  • com.bamnetworks.mlbtv

However with the same code, these apps work just fine.

  • com.hulu.livingroomplus
  • com.sling
  • com.frogmind.badland
  • com.songza.tv

Could anyone provide any insight on what I might be doing wrong?

Thanks!

EDIT: I've also tried this and I get the exception

android.content.ActivityNotFoundException: No Activity found to handle Intent { cat=[android.intent.category.LEANBACK_LAUNCHER] flg=0x10000000 pkg=com.netflix.ninja }

public void launchApp(String packageName) {
    Intent intent = new Intent();
    intent.setPackage(packageName);
    intent.addCategory("android.intent.category.LEANBACK_LAUNCHER");
    intent.setFlags(Intent.FLAG_ACTIVITY_NEW_TASK);
    startActivity(intent);
}

EDIT 2:

This is the code that works for me:

public void launchApp(String packageName) {
    Intent intent = new Intent();
    intent.setPackage(packageName);

    PackageManager pm = getPackageManager();
    List<ResolveInfo> resolveInfos = pm.queryIntentActivities(intent, 0);
    Collections.sort(resolveInfos, new ResolveInfo.DisplayNameComparator(pm));

    if(resolveInfos.size() > 0) {
        ResolveInfo launchable = resolveInfos.get(0);
        ActivityInfo activity = launchable.activityInfo;
        ComponentName name=new ComponentName(activity.applicationInfo.packageName,
                activity.name);
        Intent i=new Intent(Intent.ACTION_MAIN);

        i.setFlags(Intent.FLAG_ACTIVITY_NEW_TASK |
                Intent.FLAG_ACTIVITY_RESET_TASK_IF_NEEDED);
        i.setComponent(name);

        startActivity(i);
    }
}
android
android-tv
amazon-fire-tv
nexus-player
asked on Stack Overflow May 25, 2015 by Jeremy Roberts • edited May 25, 2015 by Jeremy Roberts

3 Answers

19

To create a home screen-style launcher, don't look for apps and then try to get launch Intents for each. Look for launchable activities, using queryIntentActivities() on PackageManager.

For example, this activity (from this sample project) implements a home screen-style launcher using this technique:

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  From _The Busy Coder's Guide to Android Development_
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*/

package com.commonsware.android.launchalot;

import android.app.ListActivity;
import android.content.ComponentName;
import android.content.Intent;
import android.content.pm.ActivityInfo;
import android.content.pm.PackageManager;
import android.content.pm.ResolveInfo;
import android.os.Bundle;
import android.view.View;
import android.view.ViewGroup;
import android.widget.ArrayAdapter;
import android.widget.ImageView;
import android.widget.ListView;
import android.widget.TextView;
import java.util.Collections;
import java.util.List;

public class Launchalot extends ListActivity {
  AppAdapter adapter=null;

  @Override
  public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
    super.onCreate(savedInstanceState);
    setContentView(R.layout.main);

    PackageManager pm=getPackageManager();
    Intent main=new Intent(Intent.ACTION_MAIN, null);

    main.addCategory(Intent.CATEGORY_LAUNCHER);

    List<ResolveInfo> launchables=pm.queryIntentActivities(main, 0);

    Collections.sort(launchables,
                     new ResolveInfo.DisplayNameComparator(pm)); 

    adapter=new AppAdapter(pm, launchables);
    setListAdapter(adapter);
  }

  @Override
  protected void onListItemClick(ListView l, View v,
                                 int position, long id) {
    ResolveInfo launchable=adapter.getItem(position);
    ActivityInfo activity=launchable.activityInfo;
    ComponentName name=new ComponentName(activity.applicationInfo.packageName,
                                         activity.name);
    Intent i=new Intent(Intent.ACTION_MAIN);

    i.addCategory(Intent.CATEGORY_LAUNCHER);
    i.setFlags(Intent.FLAG_ACTIVITY_NEW_TASK |
                Intent.FLAG_ACTIVITY_RESET_TASK_IF_NEEDED);
    i.setComponent(name);

    startActivity(i);    
  }

  class AppAdapter extends ArrayAdapter<ResolveInfo> {
    private PackageManager pm=null;

    AppAdapter(PackageManager pm, List<ResolveInfo> apps) {
      super(Launchalot.this, R.layout.row, apps);
      this.pm=pm;
    }

    @Override
    public View getView(int position, View convertView,
                          ViewGroup parent) {
      if (convertView==null) {
        convertView=newView(parent);
      }

      bindView(position, convertView);

      return(convertView);
    }

    private View newView(ViewGroup parent) {
      return(getLayoutInflater().inflate(R.layout.row, parent, false));
    }

    private void bindView(int position, View row) {
      TextView label=(TextView)row.findViewById(R.id.label);

      label.setText(getItem(position).loadLabel(pm));

      ImageView icon=(ImageView)row.findViewById(R.id.icon);

      icon.setImageDrawable(getItem(position).loadIcon(pm));
    }
  }
}

On an Android TV device, you should also search for LEANBACK_LAUNCHER activities, as that's what Android TV uses, and TV-specific APKs might not have a regular LAUNCHER activity, or at best have one that is not necessarily ideal for use on a TV.

answered on Stack Overflow May 25, 2015 by CommonsWare
0

I got the same error when calling getLaunchIntentForPackage(packageName). It was fixed by adding this in the launcher activity's intent-filter tag in the manifest file.

<category android:name="android.intent.category.LAUNCHER" />

When creating a new TV application in Android Studio, it didn't have the above as the default, instead it has this as the default in the launcher activity's intent-filter tag in the manifest file.

<category android:name="android.intent.category.LEANBACK_LAUNCHER" />
answered on Stack Overflow Apr 10, 2019 by s-hunter
-2
    Intent launchIntent = null;

                try{
                        launchIntent = context.getPackageManager().getLeanbackLaunchIntentForPackage(pkgName);
                    } catch (java.lang.NoSuchMethodError e){
                    }

                    if (launchIntent == null) launchIntent = context.getPackageManager().getLaunchIntentForPackage(pkgName);

                if (launchIntent != null)  {
                    launchIntent.addFlags(Intent.FLAG_ACTIVITY_NEW_TASK);
                    context.startActivity(launchIntent);
                } else {
                   // failure message
                }
answered on Stack Overflow May 26, 2015 by Peter

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