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need help editing google voice apk

« on: February 29, 2012, 08:26:01 PM »
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    Hello :) ummm.. this is my first time editing an APK so please dont criticize me too heavily. pretty much alls im trying to do is replace the icon and name of the GV app. ive succeeded in changing the icon, but the name, is a whole different story.. after i changed the icon (signed and everything) i decompiled the apk so i could get to the strings and androidmanifest .xml file. i edited the androidmanifest file, considering there was no strings file in english to edit.. but when i go to recompile the apk, i get an exception error from apk multi tool (i think it is).. if you wanna see it ill post it at request, but i was hoping maybe someone could just compile an edited androidmanifest.xml file with the name changed to Clock.. its a complicated story why im doing this, but pretty much its my gfs dad doesnt want me talking to her, so she wants to use gv on her phone, without her dad seeing it. so if someone could please help me out id love you forever xD ill add a copy of the uncompiled androidmanifest.xml file so if anyone could help me out itll be here.. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!
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    Re: need help editing google voice apk

    « Reply #1 on: February 29, 2012, 09:06:32 PM »
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    Ah, well idk where the value of the app name is.. but i can help you out in two ways. To do this I'd really recommend using apk manager not apk multitool personally. I get a lot of errors with multitool during recompiling. You need to load the apk in the drag apk you want modified folder. Open the batch script and decompile the apk. Then go into the projects folder and either find the .xml or the value in the values folder you want to edit. When you're done editing, recompile the apk (don't sign it). Just hit yes like 3 times... at the end it will ask you to delete the edited files from the keep folder. Do that and also delete the resource.arsc i think it is in the root of the folder. When it finishes the next step you'll have an unsigned apk in the original folder you put the apk in you wanted to edit. Copy the crap you edited and the resource.arsc file out, and replace the edited files in the original apk. Then adb push the apk onto the phone. Another alternative would be to just use the app "hide it pro" it can hide apps, and pictures and all kinds of crap. It disguises itself as a different app and you just click on something in the app to bring up your hidden apps. The hidden apps dont show up in the settings applications or anything. Its a much more viable option in my opinion than going through all this editing. I'd edit the apk for you but I dont have the same phone as you, so I don't want to edit it if I can't test it.

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    Re: need help editing google voice apk

    « Reply #2 on: March 01, 2012, 10:46:06 AM »
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    okay, thanks for the info :) ill definitely use it in future projects. As for the hide it pro app, i like it, but my girlfriends phone isnt rooted..  Its an Evo 3d just fyi. Sooooo i just decided that im going to replace the clock icon with the stock sound recorder icon, and just play it off as that considering its already named Voice, itll blend right in with the other Voice apps.  Her dad probably wont be able to tell the difference anyhow lol. But yeah, im going to try apk manager later see if i cant do what i originally wanted to. I really want to start modding apps (i have a crazy idea to completely rebuild the spotify app, considering it is HORRIBLE >_<) but i figured simple is the way to start.
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