Will Verduzco · Jun 1, 2011 at 06:00 pm

Rekindle Your BIOS POST Sequence Lust with Live Dmesg and Logcat Boot Animations

Remember the BIOS POST sequences of yesteryear? No doubt, you’ve seen your fair share of boot animations geared at replicating this on Android. Well now, XDA moderator and recognized developer Chainfire has decided to bestow upon the masses a free version of his wonderful Live Dmesg and Logcat  Boot Animations.

Setting Chainfire‘s work apart from the simulations created by others is that these boot animations actually display live data. Now there’s no reason to settle for simulated data when you can can peer into your Android devices soul!

In the words of the developer:

live dmesg / logcat is the one and only boot animation replacement that shows the actual dmesg / logcat log (kernel / Android debug messages). It looks a bit similar to a BIOS boot. Handy for developers too! Unlike other similar apps, the information you see on screen is real and live, not a pre-recorded fake.

The paid version price is aimed at being “one beer” (at the bar, not the supermarket). Google does the price conversion, but if it comes out way above that in your area, let me know.

!! requires a fully rooted device !!

The application uses some (root) trickery to get itself installed and running, and it may not be compatible with all devices. It also requires writable /system in many cases (“S-OFF”). It has been tested and found working on the following devices (though it may not work on all firmwares and kernels for a specific device):

– Samsung Galaxy S
– Samsung Galaxy S II
– Samsung Galaxy Tab 7″
– Samsung Vibrant
– Samsung Captivate
– HTC/Google Nexus One
– HTC Thunderbolt
– HTC Desire
– HTC Desire Z (T-Mo G2)
– HTC Desire HD
– HTC Incredible
– HTC HD2
– HTC Evo
– HTC Hero
– Motorola Droid
– Motorola Droid X
– Motorola Cliq
– Motorola Milestone
– Motorola Atrix 4G
– MyTouch 4G
– LG Optimus 2X

It is likely to work on many more devices, if you use a non-listed device and it works, please leave a comment! Note that it will never work on ALL devices, so please don’t just rate it 1-star if it doesn’t work for you.

Be sure to continue on to the original thread to get your fix. However, as with all applications and hacks that modify your /system partition, be sure to run a Nandroid backup before proceeding.


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willverduzco is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Will Verduzco is the Portal Administrator for the XDA-Developers Portal. He has been addicted to mobile technology since the HTC Wizard. But starting with the Nexus One, his gadget love affair shifted to Google's little green robot. He is also a Johns Hopkins University graduate in neuroscience and is now currently studying to become a physician. View willverduzco's posts and articles here.
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