Former Writer · May 6, 2012 at 08:00 pm

Modified APKTool for Troublesome System APKs on ICS

Users and developers alike are still getting used to Ice Cream Sandwich. And while the adaptation period has taken a little longer than with prior versions of Android, progress is being made in getting used to the new OS and its new tools. Developers and themers alike often have to compile and decompile apk files in order to apply their themes and modifications. However, many have had issues decompiling Samsung ICS system apk files.

Luckily, those working on the Samsung Galaxy S II I9100 now have a modified version of APKTool. XDA Forum Member xtremesv found and tested a modified version that is capable of editing the Galaxy S II system.apk file and similar files, which have been the bane of many themers and modders. The functionality and usability of APKTool hasn’t been changed much, but has been expanded to allow users to work with these difficult files a little bit more easily. Says xtremesv:

Some people are still having problems de/compiling system apks on Samsung ICS builds, most of the errors arising are related to “bad magic values”. I googled a little and managed to find a modded Apktool. I’ve tested it and it has worked fine so far with many apks (e.g. framework-res, TouchWiz30Launcher, etc).

That’s not all though. Some apk files require a little special attention. So if the modified APKTool doesn’t decompile an app, you may have to decompile it with the original APKTool provided by xtremesv, and then recompile using the modified APK Tool. A little complicated? Yes. Does it work? You betcha. Additionally, since the modified APKTool wasn’t designed specifically for the Galaxy S II, any users having difficulties with ICS apks may want to give it a shot as well.

If you’re having problems with ICS apk files and are looking for solutions, check out the original thread for more details.


_________
Want something on the XDA Portal? Send us a tip!

Former Writer

Former Writer is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. View Former Writer's posts and articles here.
Mario Tomás Serrafero · Jul 30, 2015 at 02:04 pm · 3 comments

What Do You Think About Fingerprint Scanners?

More and more phones are featuring fingerprint scanners, and with many promising developments and it being natively supported on Android M, we can soon expect to see them on smartphones everywhere. If done right, it is a useful feature that allows for quick unlocking and authorization. There are concerns regarding security, but nonetheless the industry seems to be embracing it with open arms. What do you think?

DISCUSS
Aamir Siddiqui · Jul 30, 2015 at 01:20 pm · no comments

What’s Next for Samsung and Its Flagships?

If we were to say that the Galaxy S6 was a leap of faith made by Samsung, we wouldn't be too wrong. After all, the device marked a definite change in how Samsung perceived the market and its own place in it, as it stood amongst the signs of decline which started with the critical reception of the Galaxy S5. To recap, the Samsung Galaxy S5 was criticized heavily for feeling more like a toy, rather than a premium flagship...

XDA NEWS
Eric Hulse · Jul 30, 2015 at 12:24 pm · 2 comments

The Ultimate Showcase of dBrand Skins

In the search for ways to protect, accessorize, and personalize; a user has many options. One could choose a case, a “skin”, “armor”, or “wraps.” In fact, the global mobile accessory market is poised to reach a high of $62 Billion in 2017. dBrand is one of the more creative and friendly vinyl skin manufacturers around. In hopes of sharing what they can offer, our friends at dBrand sent us over some skins to have a look at. They offer...

XDA NEWS