Edit Market APK names?? (this would be great)

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    Ok, so I have learned how to edit the framework, all system apk files, and probably 70% of market apk's can be edited, resigned, and installed to work perfectly. (some have issues unfortunately).

    My next step is to try to find out where to alter the actual name of the app so that I can change for example "Handcent SMS" to just "SMS" or something like that. My point is simply that I love some apps but hate their long names. Well, that and I have an addiction of needing to change every little thing on my droid. Hah, it's true...

    Any helpers???
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    Here's one simple solution, use the app FolderOrganizer:
    FolderOrganizer by Fabio Collini - doubleTwist Android Market

    There are a lot of great features, but if you go into the 2nd tab "Apps" you can rename any app or change any icon. Then, when you want to add an app with your new custom name or icon, long press your home screen, then go Shortcuts>FolderOrganizer Item>(APP NAME)

    Not sure if that's what you were looking for, but it definitely works well.

    Edit: There is a free version of the app too. I think it's fully functional, just has ads. Not sure though. Called FolderOrganizer lite.
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    Thanks man, I have the AppOrganizer and never knew the paid version can change icons and names. Real sweet man. I hear the unreleased version of Helix Launcher can change names also, but you have to donate to get it.

    Still I am the type of guy that likes to edit the APKs themselves instead of letting another app do it. Anyone else have any friendly hacking help???
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    I believe all of that is in one of the .xml's which I have no idea how to edit, lol

    Definitely not impossible
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    It's actually different from AppOrganizer, from the same dev though. I used to use FolderOrganizer, but to rename icons I used Better Cut. It was frustrating though, because every time I changed ROMs I had to rename all my icons (couldn't backup bettercut icons). Then someone suggested that I try Folder Organizer.

    I was confused at first, because there is a free version of App Organizer in the Market, and there are free and paid versions of Folder Organizer. The descriptions for all 3 are very close though. The dev's website calls Folder Organizer the "evolution" of app organizer.

    To your point though, I'm pretty sure you can rename apps/icons in both the free and paid versions of Folder Organizer. The only difference being the free version has an ad in the app (not sure of this though, there could be other differences).

    Still, even if you don't want to rename your apps that way, if you already use App Organizer, I'd definitely recommend either version of Folder Organizer. It can do everything App Organizer does and more
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    Thanks man, Ill give this a try tongiht...

    Anyone know about editing an XML to change names?
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    this wont rename handcent SMS. i renamed it in the app, but the widget/app stays the same in the drawer and home screen. am i doin sumthin wrong?
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    Trying to use Folder Organizer?
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