Loving Fab’s ROM:
Which is essentially stock (ahh, the AOSP of it all.. <3) it's rooted with a few tweaks, deodexed, etc. Some mods available, etc. for it. Good stuff.
Some items that are on people’s (including me) wishlist, that can easily (or not so easily be solved):
##–How do I get rid of the Google search box at the top of my screen?
Solution from here: http://rootzwiki.com/topic/12168-req-themerom/
–Using your favorite root file browser (mine is root explorer), or adb, or terminal, or whatever you choose:
mount /system/app RW
rename “GoogleQuickSearchBox.apk” to “GoogleQuickSearchBox.apk.GoAway (or whatever you want to rename it to).
I recommend you don’t delete it (just in case it causes other issues)… that way you can get it back! But it does remove the search box, and leave a boring empty space at the top of the screen.
Alternative method to renaming the .apk? Using a non-stock launcher like ADW. Quick, easy, simple fix.
##–WTB good Tethering app for ICS:
–Me too! Will post something when I have time to test.
##–Looking for a good widget that nativly toggles between CDMA/LTE and CDMA.
–Me too. I’ll post something when I see it avail.
Have other things that you just can’t live without from your pre-GNex phone? Post in comments, and I’ll try to keep a list.
Hiatus. a couple days quickly turns into a week… a couple weeks quickly turns into a … what was I doing again?
People probably don’t even remember me by now, but putting a few notes I find along the way regarding the Nexus on here.
Future plans. I’d really like to do the site for the nexus.. and as long as I still have the DX as a dev phone, would be really easy to update it with the non-second init ROMs, and probably wouldn’t be that much work to update it even for those.. we’ll see. (mostly dependant on time :(
For now.. nexus info. Going to post a few things here for my own sake, but maybe it’ll be helpful for others.. who knows.
Missed everyone. Sorry for fading out like that.
Hosting has been acquired, thanks to those that offered, and especially the generous offer by marcfogel for the current space the site is going to be hosted on!
Tested, and it’ll work perfectly, so the site is in the process of moving!
Sorry I haven’t had an update sooner. I had hoped to get the site to the point where testers could take a look before putting something up, but… it’s taking a bit longer than I had anticipated. :(
(If you’d like to test, send me an email with what device/ROM/Version you’d like to test with, and I’ll add you to my testers list!) – sephtin @gmail
Since I had some down-time, the engine that runs the site was completely re-written from shell/bash to Perl. The new code works great… takes a lot longer to generate a theme (due to new added features, not because of the change)… But overall.. super super happy with the update.
The next challenge, is the website.
Those of you that know me, know that I’m NOT a web guy. I’m not a native PHP/JS speaker… So there are a few challanges I’m facing with the site. Here’s what’s up and coming… I’ll try to update this post as a status update when things change:
Updates in the works:
–Remove battery icon completely from status bar
–Some new theme components
–New ROMs (Currently to be tested rubiX Blurry, stock 2.3.340 Deodexed (DX), apeX. (Note, these are subject to how testing goes.. if there’s something that holds them back, the update might go in without them, but they’ll come shortly after if that happens).
–Themers will have full control of text color in status/notification areas. Also progress bar colors can be designated by a themer.
–Remove the Clock from the status bar.
–Throttle hack (Remove VZW throttle)
–Remove Mute/Vibrate and USB Debugging icons
ToDo before the above will be ready:
–Complete move to new site.
–Fix theme issues on new site (theme is still being pulled from orig. site).
–Fix blank page issue while engine processes theme request before download page loads.
–Finish color template files (need to get hex colors for all text colors for every ROM and Theme supported, and update the template file so it can adjust text colors appropriately.
–Release to testers (especially for new ROMs.
–Finish adding the list of theme components that have been submitted that I haven’t gotten to already.
–Migrate new dev site to new prod site (copy/paste)
–Finish testing, re-set logging, release!
NOTE: DS has currently been shelved due to code differences between DS and all other themes for DroidX/2. While I think pre-theming helps sell a ROM… the fact that there’s no way to “reset it back to standard”… because the DS pre-theme IS standard, would make most of the themes on the site look like partial themes, unless the theme included all of the same pre-themed applications as the ROM.
(This was addressed for Liberty by including a GB themed liberty option there as well.. so you can pick liberty (GB) for the stock Gingerbread theme as a base to start the theme from.. which works extremely well).
I’d also like to thank everyone that has donated. I have put tons of hours into this project.. and am doing it on the site in my free time for fun. It shows me that the time spent hasn’t been wasted.
Future plans after this update:
–Allow themed applications along with themes.
–Start adding full themes, transitions, animations, etc.
–Once I get this in place, the engine is now much easier to work with, and I can more easily add other devices. (Just need more hours in the day to work on it! :)
Note: If anyone knows of free hosting that allows java to run (need it for smali/baksmali), please contact me (sephtin @gmail)
Site update with the following new features is nearly ready:
–Several additional new ROMs supported.
–Several new themes, including some with white status bar
–Much better control of text and progress bar color, selectable via theme developer.
–Code in place for user selection of text colors for nearly everything on the status bar/notification bar, etc.
–Removal of several items optional for status bar, including: Debug mode icon, clock, battery icon, etc.
–Other changes partially coded, but not yet tested due to the snag I ran into with my current web hosting provider.
Most of the above features are coded and tested as working… but nearly all of them depend on the ability to decompile services.jar using smali/baksmali… which in turn require Java on the server that’s running the site. My webserver doesn’t allow java… so I’m stuck, until I can find a hosting provider that allows it.
(I honestly considered building a box and running the site locally from it, but no one would like that kind of horrible bandwidth speed… :P
For the time being, I’m continuing development on a private server so that more features will be ready when I can work around the issue.. there are two ways to continue with the site…
1) Find a way to wrap smali/baksmali .jar files to run them as stand alone binaries on my webhost servers. I’ve actually accomplished this, and thought it was going to be the answer, but I’m getting “out of memory” errors when I try… Any assistance from someone who actually knows something about Java might be helpful here. :P
2) Webhosting that will let me run smali/baksmali with java…
My budget for a new webhost is about the same as what I pay now.. zero. Since I announced the site the donations I’ve received amount to somewhere around 1.3c per theme created…
Please pass the word that I’m looking for assistance with either wrapping a .jar as a stand alone linux binary, or webhosting with java support! Thanks for your help!
Introducing a theme cooker for the DroidX/Droid2 (hopefully soon more devices will be available).
Current in Beta. Testing has gone extremely well, but as with any modifications to your device, please PLEASE nandroid before installing a theme (any theme, mine or not)!
Wondering if a theme is compatible with your Device/ROM/ROM Version?
Not a problem anymore. The site takes the framework of your favorite ROM and themes it with your choices of themes.
Would like to add ROMs, please contact me if you’re running a ROM that isn’t currently compatible and would like to do some testing!
Themers wanted! Tired of porting themes between ROMs? This will help solve that issue…
–Choose the components you want for your theme (Battery, Notifications, DropDown text, etc.) to create your own custom theme!
–Cooks your theme, zipaligns, and wraps it up in a nice .zip package for installation from within Clockwork Recovery!
–Currently supports a few ROMs for the DroidX/Droid2 (more soon).
Coming soon/Known issues:
–Pages with info for theme devs, possibly automated addition of themes (Phase2(?))
–Pages with FAQ/Instructions/
–Adding selections for transitions (Phase2)
–Adding selections for Fonts (Phase2)
–Menu background/text color may be off for some ROM/theme combinations. Have a fix, not tested yet. Will be up as soon as it gets tested. (Phase2)
–Currently not an option to include themed apps. Have started on this, and hope to have this as an option in the near future! (Challange is many apps won’t work between ROMs… have to custom theme settings.apk, phone.apk, etc.) (Phase2)
–Hacks (data throttling, remove clock/battery from statusbar) coming soon (Phase2)
–Possibly adding Boot Animations (Phase2(?))
–Posisbly adding wallpapers (So many other sources for them… *shrug*(Phase2(??))
–Possible app to integrate with site (late Phase2/possibly Phase3)
–Selectable text colors (as in, from color wheel. Code partially in place) (Phase3)
–Selectable theme component colors, as in, notification drop down colors, etc. (Phase3)
Edit: added fonts to coming soon…
Drod announced that 1.9.7 of Focused has been released:
Kejar (of GummyJar) and JRummy (of RummRX) have announced Liberty 1.0 ROM for the DroidX and Droid2!
As I’m a huge fan of both of them and their work, I’ll be covering some of the info for their ROM on the site… :)
Check it out here:
Several people were asking for the throttling hack for Liberty. Linking to save everyone from the HORRIBLE possibility of having to click the “Search this thread” button.. O.o
Some are probably wondering where I’ve been recently… :)
So, here’s what I know. I enjoy putting out a barmod.. and very much love hearing from people that use it letting me know that they’re enjoying it! It’s cool to help people out, and provide them with something that makes them enjoy their phone that much more.. ya know?
With all of the new Gingerbread themes out.. it seems that the blackbar mod is a thing of the past. *sigh*.. I was pretty bummed when I saw that all the ROMs now include by default the black bar… So I asked for input. I got quite a bit of feedback.
Here’s what I learned from the feedback:
No two people want exactly the same things in their theme!
Now, I’m not much of a designer. I don’t do custom icons, and my Photoshop/Gimp -fu is crazy weak.
BUT, I can script and even throw around a little html when in a pinch.
Currently in Alpha, is a site that lets you select your phone, and what ROM and version you have. Then pick which battery icons, notification drop-down background you’d like, as well as customize the text on the lockscreen/notification drop-down.
Lots more to follow when time allows…
So far, what I’ve tested works fine, but I could use a few more testers.
If you’d like to test, please email me ((seph @gmail)) with the following info:
–Do you know how to .sbf, and are you comfortable doing so?
–What Android device do you have? (currently only working on DroidX, and Droid2, but will be expanding very soon!)
–What ROM and which version are you using?
–And if you have a theme, which one?
Keep an eye on the site every so often… Hope to have this thing up and running in the next couple weeks.
Thanks to all those that have given me feedback and encouragement for the work I’ve done on Android.. and especially to those who have donated. (You will be receiving an email with testing information if you haven’t already).
As always, if you enjoy my work, please consider a donation (link at bottom of page).
Current release planned for next weekend. Issues yet to resolve: Planning on having the carrier text (and possibly other text fields) set to specific color depending on the theme. Some themes require white carrier text, others black. I may even have a theme included by then that has yellow, and/or other text colors.. depends on what themers want… :)
Since the bar on Focused 1.9.5 is already black… taking input on what people would like to see in a bar-mod for 1.9.5!
From input, here’s what I have so far:
Notification bar dropdown:
–Header is too light or my taste, will darken (me)
–Footer, I prefer the darker footer from my previous bars
–Droid on bottom right (probably do a new twist on this one for the new transparent background)
–rubiX Focused text in header.. of course.
–Stay with the same white icons from my previous bar-mod
(Had a request for blue.. but there are lots of themes out there with blue icons… Like to keep it with a clean look, and blue wouldn’t go well with all the green, and I only plan on modd’ing the bar. I don’t intend on building a complete theme.. I have other projects that I’d MUCH rather be working on.
battery icons will remain green, and will have %’s on them. I like the style of the Nexus Double Digit numbers (from themes for Gummy).
Have also had a request for circular battery meter.. Think I’ll save that one for the next project I’m playing with. :)
Sorry about delays. It’s almost ready, but untested now on 1.9.5, because I’m testing 1.9.7 for drod. Framework change means another mod version.
I will likely release versions of my mod for 1.9.5 AND 1.9.7 at the same time in the next few days…
Edit2: REALLY looking for someone with some strong .php skills to help me out with something that is probably laughably simple to someone with ANY decent php experience at all.. heh
drod2169 announced the latest release of rubiX Focused 1.9.5!
2 versions, a plain, and a themed version. Screenies up tomorrow some time. :)
Edit: Lots of people interested in switching between Plain and Themed versions… here ya go!
Patch to go from Plain to Themed:
Patch to go from Themed to Plain:
Appears that the Themed version has an issue with the GB keyboard, the keys are tiny tiny. This patch will install the un-themed keyboard for anyone suffering from that issue. (The un-themed keyboard is grey keys on a black background, and still looks amazing on the theme version of the ROM… :)
As per request for wallpaper:
Several people were requesting screenshots. Putting a couple up… I apologize for not being more thorough.. :( You really need to see both of them for yourself and decide. (A new version of my BarMod is will be coming in the next week or so… looking for feedback on what you’d like to see!)…
Also, a tip that can speed up boot. There is a Swype.apk file that can be safely removed from /data/rubix/app/Swype.apk. You will need to use Astro or Root Explorer to remove it, but it should help speed up your boot time a little…
(It was meant to be installed upon first boot, but it’s in /system/app, so is unneeded. Removing it is perfectly safe as it’s not used).
–Patches updated 20101226-19:22EST – Updated patches to clear cache and dalvik-cache, as they were causing bootloops for some people.
As always, if you have any troubles with my patches (etc.), please let me know.