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    Launch custom app when connecting to car dock?

    I have rooted and nandroid imaged my Droid and want to get my hands a little dirty hacking to suit my needs. I personally have found that I don't use the CarDock app much when in the car. I would much rather have slacker radio launch when connecting to the dock. Does anyone know what is being called when the dorid senses the magnet for the car dock?
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    This is very similar to one of my goals for the rooted Droid. I actually use the current application, but would like it to have an icon for music. Ideally that would open another similar menu with icons for slacker, local music, Pandora, and a couple other frequently used music options.
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    +1 for auto launching pandora. Its the most frequent feature when i put my phone in the doc. However, would it be possible for the home button to still direct to the GPS application?

    Just incase i need the gps for something, i want to get to it easy. i can always bring pandora back from the notification bar if i temporarily close it.
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    some people over at alldroid.org sound like they are getting close to what you guys are talking about.
    AllDroid.org - View topic - That Stupid Car Dock App.
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    I am following up here because this is where I started. It looks like the post on AllDroid is getting some traction. I have been able to make a workable solution for myself using the info below taken from AllDroid.org - View topic - That Stupid Car Dock App.

    Quote Originally Posted by speedracer79
    Quote Originally Posted by gildan27
    I was partially correct.

    I put the following in AndroidManifest.xml:

    AndroidManifest.xml
    Code:
    [snip]
                <intent-filter>
                    <action android:name="android.intent.action.MAIN" />
                    <category android:name="android.intent.category.LAUNCHER" />
                    <category android:name="android.intent.category.CAR_DOCK" />
                    <category android:name="android.intent.category.DEFAULT" /> 
                </intent-filter>
    [/snip]
    I moved the CarDock.apk and CarDock.odex into a "removed" folder and renamed them to CarDock.apk.bak and CarDock.odex.bak. Then I was able to hack this intent filter into the sample code android-launcher-for-sdk - Project Hosting on Google Code provided by Intuitit For Developers (Home++ by Intuitit) the makers of the excellent home replacement Home++ Now when I place the Droid into the car dock it launches the application and works like running an additional set of home screens that are customizable to your hearts content. I don't have any coding experience otherwise I think I would take up a replacement CarDock app project. Perhaps if we approach Intuitit they might look into forking their new simple home replacement Launcher+ into this proposed project.
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    Hee, boy are you guys going to LOVE me:

    DroidAwake - in the market.

    launches any app you want on either car or home droid docking, plus toggles bluetooth, wifi, screen timeout, you name it.

    you can thank me later :-)
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    Question ??

    are you talking about DockAwake?


    Quote Originally Posted by romeov View Post
    Hee, boy are you guys going to LOVE me:

    DroidAwake - in the market.

    launches any app you want on either car or home droid docking, plus toggles bluetooth, wifi, screen timeout, you name it.

    you can thank me later :-)
    Last edited by gehx; 12-23-2009 at 12:23 AM.
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    whoops! I meant Dockawake, and yes, I am. in the most recent update you can also launch any app of your choosing on Docking
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    I couldn't find it on the market, even scanned the QR from website and still a no go.
    DockAwake! Display Manager
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    Hmmmm, that is so strange.. mine is installed and working perfectly, I also just searched the market and found it immediatly. You're in the u.s. right?
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