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Replacement SystemUI.apk v2: Permanent back and menu buttons, n as Home button

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By revcompgeek, Junior Member on 28th December 2011, 10:26 AM
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I have been tweaking the SystemUI application, changing the way a few things work.

Installation Instructions
  1. Download SystemUI.apk
  2. Make sure /system is remounted R/W. This can be done with Root Explorer or ES File Explorer. If you get a "Read-only filesystem" error this is the step you missed.
  3. Replace /system/app/SystemUI.apk with the downloaded one.
    At this point it is normal for the status bar to disappear. If it starts Force Closing repeatedly, pasting again should stop it so that you can continue to fix the permissions.
  4. Make sure the file is owned by the root user and group.
  5. Make sure the permissions of the file are 644, or read, write for user and read for group and other.
  6. Reboot and enjoy!
I plan on adding killing the current application by long-tapping the back button like CyanogenMod. I can probably add other tweaks if requested.

Changelog
Version 2:
  • No more QuickNav bar when you press the n button
  • n button acts like a standard Home button
Version 1:
  • Permanent back and menu buttons
Last edited by revcompgeek; 30th December 2011 at 08:03 AM. Reason: Adding version
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28th December 2011, 10:59 AM |#2  
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Hm.. seems to be an early beta... we're trying to work the kinks out of it... but it seems to have some problems right now. (When does anyone release anything right the first time?)

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I've got it, and it all works as advertised now. I'm rolling it into my update-package, and yay. ... I really need to find a way to get this package out there...
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28th December 2011, 11:06 AM |#3  
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Whoops, forgot Certs the first time around. Download the attachment again, this new one should work great!
Last edited by revcompgeek; 28th December 2011 at 11:24 AM. Reason: Forgot Certs.
28th December 2011, 11:06 AM |#4  
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Thanks for that. I tested it in settings and no back button! (permissions changed)

Edit: Now it works. This is great! Thanks
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28th December 2011, 12:20 PM |#5  
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Great idea! Have you though about changing the default icons for the status bar?
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That is extremely easy to do, but I don't have much artistic talent, so I'm not going to make them from scratch. What would you like to see replaced?
28th December 2011, 12:29 PM |#7  
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Originally Posted by revcompgeek

That is extremely easy to do, but I don't have much artistic talent, so I'm not going to make them from scratch. What would you like to see replaced?

I've had lots of fun in the past replacing most icons with those like the Suave HD Redone pack on my Epic 4g. I'll probably wind up doing the same on here.

Here's a link to the forum post. He originally did it for MIUI but you can rip out the icons and put them in any ROM/Launcher.

http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1330577
28th December 2011, 05:17 PM |#8  
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So far works great! If you could manage the book button as a home button, I could stop using button savior. Is that possible?

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28th December 2011, 06:46 PM |#9  
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Check the first post again. The n button acts like the Home button now.
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after using your SystemUI.apk, my n button has completely stopped working. i simply just did as you said in your post "replace the SystemUI.apk". I am now stuck with not being able to use the n button for anything. Any ideas on how to get it to work correctly? are there any permissions or anything that i need to set?
28th December 2011, 09:38 PM |#11  
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That usually happens when it's initially replaced. Have you tried rebooting? How are you replacing it?

All the apk's in that directory are chmod 644, but it works for me 666. They also should be owned by root.

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