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customizing the 2.1 soft keyboard

Discussion in 'Android Hacks and Help' started by zathus, Feb 26, 2010.

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    this might already be a well known thing but i myself discovered it yesterday. unlike 2.0.1, the 2.1 keyboard doesnt take its skin from the framework-res.apk. there is a whole nother app that feeds the looks of the keyboard called VoiceSearchWithKeyboard.apk located in the /system/app area.

    so... heres how you spice up that keyboard for 2.1! first, go in to your /system/app area and find that apk. copy it and place it on the SD card. put it on your computer and and extract the files. open it up and go in the res folder. in there you will find a few subfolders. drawable-hdpi and drawable-land-hdpi are the 2 folders that have the images that skin the keyboard. open those up to make the image changes. make sure all images are saved as PNG files. once your done, make the file a .apk again and place it in the root of your SD card. once thats done, open up TE or ADB shell and use this code

    Code:
    su
    mount -o remount,rw -t yaffs2 /dev/block/mtdblock4 /system 
    busybox cp -R /sdcard/VoiceSearchWithKeyboard.apk /system/app 
    mount -o ro,remount -t yaffs2 /dev/block/mtdblock4 /system
    sync
    reboot
    
    Heres is a SS of the one I made

    [​IMG]

    and here is my .apk if you like this one
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    Did you also remap the smiley face button to the speech to text? I assume so ...
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    Doing this breaks the search widget and the search button on the phone sadly :(.
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    Im not sure what you did but for me it didnt, the search widget and button work fine for me.

    Im not sure what your asking, there is no smiley face button. its the 2.1 keyboard, the "," button is what the search button replaced. if thats what your talking about.

    and you need to be running a 2.1 rom for this to work i would asume.
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    I have the 2.1 keyboard. The voice to text button is a pic of a mic and it is where the comma is in the above pic. The google search button on the keyboard in the above pic is where the smiley key is on the 2.1 keyboard. At least that is how it is on any 2.1 keyboard i've tried.
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    I'm sick of all the blue everyone is using.
    But I see what you did.
    Your images are a lot smaller than the original keys
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