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[MOD!] GMail Application (GB + HC + ICS!) [EXTERNAL APP ACCESS ENABLED!]

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By BULL3TPR00F, Senior Member on 9th August 2011, 03:06 AM
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UPDATE 3
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Added modified GMail v3.2.1 for HC and GMail v4.0.3 for ICS based ROMs. Make sure you download the right one for your OS (GB, HC, or ICS).
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Hey guys, for those of you who didn't know, the Gmail application now RESTRICTS access to your emails by third party apps. This basically means that any app that needs access to your email database (for example, Pure Messenger Widget) will be LOCKED OUT and therefore Gmail will be disabled in said application.

So I went ahead and modified the latest Gmail apk to ALLOW EXTERNAL ACCESS to re-enable support for apps that require it. Hope this helps anyone who needed it.


Install Instructions (YOU MUST BE ROOTED!)
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0) DOWNLOAD CORRECT VERSION FOR YOUR OS AND RENAME TO Gmail.apk

1) Open Root Explorer (or any other root file manager you like)
2) NAVIGATE to /data/app
3) DELETE com.google.android.gm-1.apk (it might say com.google.android.gm-2.apk for some people or it may not exist at all)
4) NAVIGATE to /system/app
5) Mount Read/Write
6) DELETE Gmail.apk
7) COPY new modified Gmail.apk into /system/app
8) CHANGE permissions to Owner = read/write, Group = read, Others = read.

---(The following may not be necessary but its HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!)---
9) REBOOT into Recovery
10) Wipe Cache/Dalvik-Cache/Fix Permisions
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11) REBOOT!

NOTE: Some apps may require you to uninstall and reinstall the program before it is able to see the change in Gmail (for example, Pure Messenger Widget)

DON'T FORGET TO HIT THE THANKS BUTTON!
Attached Files
File Type: apk Gmail (v2.3.5.2).apk - [Click for QR Code] (1.36 MB, 327 views)
File Type: apk Gmail (v3.2.1-203673).apk - [Click for QR Code] (2.81 MB, 136 views)
File Type: apk Gmail (v4.0.3-239410).apk - [Click for QR Code] (2.42 MB, 426 views)
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9th August 2011, 08:37 AM |#2  
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APK Re-added.

I was having issues with regards to getting the app to show up after reboot but realized it wasn't actually a problem with the modification, but it was a problem with the permissions.
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10th August 2011, 04:39 AM |#3  
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lol guess i was the only one who needed this... ah well, if anyone needs it its here, hopefully people know how to use the search :P
10th August 2011, 04:11 PM |#4  
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lol...dont worry dude.. keep up the great work..!!
10th August 2011, 10:45 PM |#5  
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Thanks for this! Google are a bunch of tight ass losers for restricting access to Gmail...

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11th August 2011, 11:13 AM |#6  
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Quote:
Originally Posted by BULL3TPR00F

lol guess i was the only one who needed this... ah well, if anyone needs it its here, hopefully people know how to use the search :P

Thanks for this, I've been looking for a way to make LED Flow change the LED color for emails from different contacts!
11th August 2011, 07:11 PM |#7  
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No problem everyone, I will keep this thread updated with newer modified versions as Google releases them.
20th August 2011, 02:26 AM |#8  
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What do you mean when you say "mount read/write" in step 5?
20th August 2011, 05:30 AM |#9  
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Nevermind, I figured it out. Explorer didnt allow me to mount r/w or change permissions so I installed Root Explorer and worked it out.....much better file system explorer btw. Thanks for the tutorial.

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11th October 2011, 10:21 PM |#10  
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Uploaded hacked version of the newest Gmail application (v2.3.5.2).
11th October 2011, 10:29 PM |#11  
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Now we can have gmail timescape for the latest app
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