Modding Launcher2.apk using apktool

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    I have downloaded and installed apktool trying to mod stock Launcher to show 5x5 icons, then I installed framework-res.apk. I was able to unpack, edit the XML files needed (at least I think so lol) and rebuild Launcher2.apk, but when I try to used it it never loads. Any tips? Thanks
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    you either need to re-sign it or use the original apk and open it using 7zip and drop in the changed files....ppcgeeks has a apk signer
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    I thought it'd be already signed since I have unpacked the original apk... I will try signing it, thanks!
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    you might want to look into Apk manager, its a script that uses apktool to decompile APKs but will also can be used to sign apks once they're compiled again
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    Thank you, guys. This did the trick. I've used ZipSigner 2 with "auto-testkey", it's the correct setting?

    I could not install it over the old one, but deleting stock and copying, killed Launcher and it worked.

    Stock Gingerbread 2.3 Launcher with 5x5 Workspace:
    Launcher2 - Minus.com
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    glad you got it
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    Anyone tested the Launcher in the stock Gingerbread theme? All icons are rotated normally when you go from landscape to portrait and vice-versa?

    This doesn't work in the HC theme Launcher: I can display as many icons as I want but as soon as I rotate the tablet, only the first 4x4 icons stay, all others vanish... Any ideas?
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    Ill give it a shot. I am on stock theme

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I897 using Tapatalk
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    so... my kyros didnt like just swapping out the Launcher2.apk like that. it locked up on me with a black screen and I had to reset it. then it would not load past the boot animation. took FOREVER!>!>!! like over 2 mins. so....

    I swapped it out in the firmware packet, and then reloaded it. also threw in some Titanium backup apk, the latest market and now...so far, it works well. I get 5 across apps both directions when I turn the screen....

    Edit.. I lied. that 5th row vanishes. also, dont put any below them either.. they vanish too....

    that said, I do like the fact that they are tighter together. looks better.. just some extra space on the backgrounds.
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    Thanks! So it doesn't work (extra icons vanish), right? Then I think it's not useful, too bad... =(
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    Nope. But it still makes them closer together....

    Sent from my rooted, baked, Gingerbread rocking Kyros MID1024

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