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My Custom "Droid" Launcher that Changes Colors

Discussion in 'Android Hacks and Help' started by Matth3w, Mar 14, 2010.

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    It's only for looks....

    I saw Blackdroid's launcher and started a thread asking him if he could provide the launcher apk (it was closed by a mod who told me to PM him) and then PM'd him and got no response to either, so I decided to make my own.

    It looks somewhat similar to Blackdroid's launcher...I have never actually used his, so not sure if his does this or not...but when you touch the tray drawer thing on mine, the text changes from white to red. I can easily do other colors if you so desire.

    As always, if you like it, check out my blog here.

    Instructions:

    NOTES:

    - Changing out your launcher will remove all the widgets from your home screen, you'll have to re-add them.
    - You will need to be rooted to follow my instructions

    1. Download the Launcher-Color.zip file attachment from this post.

    2. Rename the Launcher-Color.zip to Launcher.apk (DO NOT ATTEMPT TO EXTRACT THE .ZIP FILE, that extension is simply so that the forums recognize it, it's not actually a zip file!!!)

    3. Download Root Explorer from the Market (yes you could do this via ADB but Root Explorer is ten times simpler)

    4. Open up Root Explorer, navigate to /system/app and find Launcher.apk. Long press and copy. Back out to / (the root of your phone) and navigate to /sdcard. Paste the original Launcher.apk to a folder on your SD card (I usually use a folder called APK to make it easy to find). Long press and rename to Launcher.bak. This backs up your original Launcher just in case you don't like mine.

    5. Place the new Launcher.apk that you downloaded from this thread on your SD card (again I use a folder called APK). You should now have Launcher.bak (your old Launcher) and Launcher.apk (the new one).

    6. Open up Root Explorer and navigate to your SD card, find the new Launcher.apk file you just put there. Long press and copy.

    7. Navigate to /system/app. In the upper right corner it will say MOUNT R/W. Hit that button. Paste using the button on the lower left. It will ask you if you want to overwrite, hit yes. It will take a few seconds to copy and then leave you where you were.

    8. Find the new Launcher.apk that you just pasted into /system/app and long press. Choose permissions. Change the permissions to the following (where X is checked and O is not) and hit ok:

    XXO
    XOO
    XOO

    9. Reboot your phone.

    10. Enjoy!


    It should be noted in the second screenshot I am dragging the tray. If you take your finger off of the tray it will revert back to the first screenshot.

    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Also, if you like my icons you can go here:

    http://www.droidforums.net/forum/droid-themes/28538-customized-ibox-icons-matth3w.html
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2010
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    It would probably help if I added the zip file.
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    Great work Matt, thanks!
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    My pleasure. Really completes my phone I think. I hope when all the ROMs start using the official 2.1 drawer I can still keep this one by overwriting.
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    thanks matt! is it possible to morph colors say red green blue yellow?
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    You mean separate launchers, or all in one or what?
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    Looks real nice man good job! Is there anyway to make it change to blue to match Chevy's SS rom
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    Yeah, I need to update my icon thread first. One weird issue though, not sure what caused it, but two of my widgets said problem loading...after I had already replaced them. I don't see why that would be, but...
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    dude, this is awesome, i love the color changes.. :) i'm going to try implementing this on an ESE53 ROM later today.. :)
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    I'm using an ESE53 ROM....
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    Thanx it looks awsome.
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    Are you using the AdamZ smoked theme and BB? I can't get round battery to install it reboots the phone.
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    It's ultimate droid 7.5
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    Just a friendly bump so people can see this :)
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    Very nice matth3w. You should do more things like this. Your now good for more than guide. :p
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    matt, seems like my phone is always the issue whenever i try something new on it lol. i installed your new launcher, followed the directions to the T, went to reboot, and now its stuck at the red eye image and its been a couple of mins..
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    It would be cool if someone used a mouth for the launcher button....the mouth opens when you launch the app drawer, and is closed when the drawer is closed.

    -Mike
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    will wiping and restoring the phone be the solution to this?
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    awaiting your instructions matt, hopefully there is another solution to this other than wiping...
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    Sorry I didn't see this I'm at work. I didn't have this issue :( mine booted right up
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