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Boot Animation Paradise for your Android Device
The default boot animations on any device, no matter which manufacturer, are generally pretty bland and boring, which is probably why many of us dedicate an unreasonable amount of our time in our quest for the ‘perfect’ boot animation to greet us every time we turn on our device. Well, there is good news, as XDA Forum Member Vincent8111 has compiled nearly 400 boot animations into one program for our pleasure and convenience.
The BootAnimation Changer runs on Windows PCs and delivers an extensive collection of boot animations spanning a multitude of different themes. Animations can be sorted either by name or file size, and range from the opening sequence of The Simpsons, to anime, to colorful abstract patterns, and of course, our beloved Android mascot. If you would like to see the entire boot animation, you can conveniently do so with the preview button and window.
One notable feature of the BootAnimation Changer is that although each animation comes by default in its own native resolution, they can be resized to the dimensions of your device. Now, one would think that this would limit the amount of choice for users with unconventional resolution devices. However thankfully, Vincnte8111 included a homothetic option. This keeps the proportions of the animation while resizing, rather than stretching the animation to fill a larger area which will result in warping and loss of quality. However, devices with higher resolution will still be restricted in terms of choice, as there is no way of actually enlarging images while keeping the same quality and details. When resizing boot animations, you can also set the the quality of the JPEG image files of the animation on a ‘0 to 10′ scale if you would like to adjust the animation file size.
The other nifty useful function of the BootAnimation Changer is the ability to export the boot animation as a zip file, which you subsequently flash onto your device through a custom recovery. And for users who own devices with no external storage capabilities, the flexibility to flash the animation onto the device through Android Debug Bridge (ADB).
A bit of a warning though, especially for those with limited broadband usage, the program comes in at a pretty hefty 1.6 gigabytes thanks to the 400 or so boot animations that comes with it. The BootAnimation Changer comes in French, and English, and is free from the original XDA post. If you would like to know more, visit the program thread for more information and download.
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