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Launch Home Chooser Dialog

After long time digging in Android source code, I’ve found a way to pop-up the Home Chooser dialog.

Home Chooser Dialog

Home Chooser Dialog

Above is how it displays on my phone. Anyway, here the way how to do it:

    static final String HOME_CHOOSER_PACKAGE_NAME = "android";
    static final String HOME_CHOOSER_CLASS_NAME = "";

    private void launchHomeChooser() {
    	Intent i = new Intent(Intent.ACTION_MAIN);

If you search over Internet, there might be many other ways to create a similar Home Chooser dialog, however, it takes lots of coding and customization. Well, I prefer to call the framework one.

One more thing, it works on my device Galaxy SII, running ROM Resurrection Remix v2.5.3 (Android ICS v4.0.4); so I’m not really certain that it would work for every device, but it should work for most of devices then. It runs fine on Android 2.3.x devices, too.

Pete Houston

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Query all installed Launcher Applications

July 3, 2012 1 comment

The tip for making this happen is that all launchers register these two categories in Manifest



and this is my snippet to query ’em all.

	public static ArrayList<ApplicationInfo> getAllLaunchers(Context context) {
		// create new intent
		final Intent mainIntent = new Intent(Intent.ACTION_MAIN, null);
		// all launchers register these two categories

		// query normally
		final ArrayList<ResolveInfo> pkgAppsList = (ArrayList<ResolveInfo>)
				context.getPackageManager().queryIntentActivities( mainIntent, 0);

		// you can return 'pkgAppsList'
		// anyway, I need the following information,
		// so I just query what I need
		ArrayList<ApplicationInfo> listAppInfo = new ArrayList<ApplicationInfo>();
		for(ResolveInfo info: pkgAppsList) {

		// return
		return listAppInfo;

There you go, gotta do something with it.
Enjoy and have fun!

Pete Houston

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It’s time to try WordPress

Quite a long time that I’ve not been working on my blog. Today, I’m going to open it again and try a new domain, Android.

Let see how it works 🙂

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