I had a noob moment (actually mostly a stupid moment)
I used root explorer to move gmail.apk from zip to system apps folder but never thought I actually need to install it.
I then installed it using astro and everything seems to be working.
Is it okay to do it that way? Can you just install it like normal apk from sdcard?
2.2.1 seems nice. The biggest difference is a large reply arrow on top. When you press it reply, reply all, forward scroll in. This is a bit nicer than before.
Thanks fir the help!
then changed permissions on the file so it's rw-r--r-- for the permissions and then power off and on the [device] It won't work until you reboot the phone.
Even though I had been using Unix since 1989, Android is still new to me but I learned this when I had a problem installing Street View for Google Maps
and someone said they basically moved the file from /data/apps and renamed it to Street.apk and also moved the file and renamed to Maps.apk in /system/apps so I tried it and it worked
so then yesterday, I moved Twitter.apk, Facebook.apk as well as both the QuickSearchBox and VoiceSearch and they all worked.
The permissions should be owner (rw), group (r), world (r). x just means executable. Rebooting is needed unless there is a way to reload the .apk's without rebooting which I'm sure is possible if I knew the Android system well enough. The file permissions have three sets of permissions, the owner of the file need read and write access while the group and world (other users) only need read access.