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Galaxy watch 4 bringing application back to foreground (programmatically)

(Topic created: 09-20-2021 04:32 AM)
userZQCXRiJzCk
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Hi,
After porting Android application that previously ran on Wear OS to Galaxy watch 4 I came upon unexpected issue with bringing the application back to foreground after it was sent to background by pressing on the Home button.
In Wear OS it was a simple matter of starting an empty activity while in background what returned the application back to the fore.
In Galaxy watch 4 it doesn't work (probably due to new Google restrictions concerning opening activities while in background: https://developer.android.com/guide/components/activities/background-starts).

I was trying to resolve this issue by ambient mode but without success.
So I would really appreciate your kind assistance in solving this:
How can I bring application back to foreground programmatically in Galaxy watch 4. 
Thanks in advance

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userZQCXRiJzCk
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Galaxy Watch

the solution is requesting the following permission:
android.permission.SYSTEM_ALERT_WINDOW

This allows app overlay that in turn allows starting activities while app in BG

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LongHiker
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Galaxy Watch

@userZQCXRiJzCk I think that you would have much better luck posting this question in a Wear OS developers forum. 

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userZQCXRiJzCk
Astronaut
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Galaxy Watch

the solution is requesting the following permission:
android.permission.SYSTEM_ALERT_WINDOW

This allows app overlay that in turn allows starting activities while app in BG

View solution in context

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