Android application not starting from shortcut

My application not starting from shortcut on device screen, but start from application list. This behaviour is reported for android 4.x This problem appears after installing application update. Shortcut is created for previous one. I'm not sure who created it - OS or user.

Update: Can I add/remove shortcut from home screen during install/uninstall?


If the application update changed the launcher activity name, then the shortcut can no longer find the application. See Things That Cannot Be Done for an explanation: basically your manifest xml is public API that you should only change very carefully.

If this is the case in your application, there is a way to disable old launcher activity (which should remove all icons and shortcuts pointing to it) but I'm not sure if the disadvantages mentioned on the page still apply.

As you are well aware (but someone else who reads this may not be) this could be a problem with your manifest or launcher icon such that Android did not or could not install the new icon on the device. Android might leave the old icon there because it could not install the new one (or you did not tell it to install the new one).

If this were the case, the problem would probably affect many users and you would be able to recreate and solve the problem yourself. Moreover you have said that there has been no change to the manifest/icon.

ONE Since you opened this a year ago and have provided very little information, I'm guessing that this affects only a very small number of devices and/or users.

TWO I don't think you have been able to narrow it down to specific devices or users or I think you would have told us.

THREE So we are probably talking about a problem that affects a small number of users on different devices.

Update: you have now replied to one of my questions and said 100 out of 100,000.

If you phoned up Google and told them that your app had only successfully installed on 99.9% of devices, I'm sure they would be delighted (they might not say that to you).

Do you have any information on what percentage of those 0.1% were able to subsequently uninstall / install ?

Judging by the popularity of products such as Titanium Backup, the number of rooted Android devices is probably significantly more than 0.1%.

PackageManager, packages.xml and packages.list are well known targets for people who root their phones. PackageManager is just a jar, and there is an opensource version available. A permissions problem or an invalid entry in one of these files could easily account for the problem you see.

Even if this problem is nothing to do with rooting, earlier versions of Android Market / Package Manager running on old devices with fewer resources were far less reliable than (for example) my (non rooted) Nexus 7 running Jelly Bean. I have been unable to recreate your problem on my Nexus 7. There again, I wouldn't expect to - based on what you have told us, it is highly unlikely that this is "your problem".

Update: Can I add/remove shortcut from home screen during install/uninstall?

Well, it's not ideal, but how about this approach ?

May be for both applications package names are different plz check package names

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