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[Tutorial] Customize soft key height / navigation bar resize

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By endleesss, Member on 19th April 2014, 04:39 AM
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This works on any Rooted Android device. I tried to make the guide easy for those who don't know much. Please backup before attempting this mod.

REQUIREMENTS:
1. ROOT
2. Install root browser on the device: https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...ot.browserfree
3. Install Android Multitool the computer: http://www.mediafire.com/download/7p...titool_3.3.zip


TUTORIAL:
1. Use root browser and copy /system/framework/framework-res.apk to /sdcard
2. Save framework-res.apk from /sdcard to AndroidMultiTool Files folder in your computer
2. Now we need to Decompile the apk with AndroidMultiTool. Run AndroidMultiTool.exe
3. Under Decompling, select the framework-res.apk file and click decompile. Decompiled files will show up in Decompiled_apk folder
4. go to the folder Decompiled_apk/framework-res/res/values/
5. Open dimens.xml with notepad
6. change values for:
<dimen name="navigation_bar_height">48.0dip</dimen>
<dimen name="navigation_bar_height_landscape">48.0dip</dimen>
<dimen name="navigation_bar_width">42.0dip</dimen>
Use 25 for all dip values to match status bar; or use a bigger number for all three values to make them bigger. Then save.
7. Now we need to Compile the apk with AndroidMultiTool. Under Compiling, select the folder /decomplied_apk/framework-res and click OK. Then click compile. After it's done, you can close Android Multitool
8. Go to the original framework-res.apk in the Files folder and rename it to framework-res.zip
9. Open framework-res.zip and copy AndroidManifest.xml and META-INF folder to your desktop.
10. Go to compiled_apk/framework-res folder
11. Rename framework-res.apk to framework-res.apk.zip
12. Copy and replace AndroidManifest.xml and META-INF folder from your desktop in the framework-res.apk.zip
13. Rename framework-res.zip back to framework-res.apk
14. Copy framework-res.apk into your device /sdcard.
15. Then use root browers to copy and replace framework-res.apk into /system/framework
16. Your device will reboot by itself with the new smaller soft keys

REFERENCES AND THANKS TO:
Flextrick : http://forum.xda-developers.com/nexu...eight-t2306742
Flextrick : http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2326604
Charles Chow : http://chromloop.com/2013/07/how-to-...nexus-4-guide/
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29th October 2015, 02:11 AM |#2  
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there's also a way to enable the softkeys http://forum.xda-developers.com/gala...-keys-t1960460.
the question is, after I enable the softkeys to my SGNote 3 would your instructions above work?

Update:

I tried your process, upon decompiling, the tool said that the .apk file is not found or is not readable -,-'
16th April 2016, 09:03 AM |#3  
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its not working.
Under framework-res folder no sub folder res creating, and in android multi tool log showing 7 errors relating with java. please get back to me.
4th May 2016, 03:56 PM |#4  
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Doesn't work for me
I try 3 times, always stuck on boot screen.
31st August 2016, 02:06 PM |#5  
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Not working, followed each steps with detailed.
Phone stuck in bootloop..

---------- Post added at 12:06 PM ---------- Previous post was at 12:03 PM ----------

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Originally Posted by barrugo

I try 3 times, always stuck on boot screen.

Sad
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