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App Drawer Background Color in android?

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I'm working on an android apk in which the app drawer background is changed. I have searched through the internet. I have found 2 methods to change the app drawer's black background.

First one is using apktool, which decompiles launcher.apk and builds it back to apk format. In between the programmer do the required changes ( res/values/colors , background="..." ). Then sign and move it back to system/app folder.

Second one is using another application like GO Launcher, but I have to use my own application to change the black background color programmatically. Is there a way to achieve this ( in eclipse for example ) ?

posted Sep 13, 2013 by Meenal Mishra

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Android does not have an "app drawer".

A home screen implementation usually has some means for the user to launch applications. But:

  • The home screen does not have to have such a means (e.g., kiosk devices)
  • The home screen does not have to use a "drawer" UI metaphor
  • The home screen does not have to provide any APIs for third parties to modify the home screen's app-launching behavior, such as background colors

So, for example, if we consider the AOSP home screen implementation:

  • It offers a means to allow users to launch apps
  • It does not use a "drawer" UI metaphor
  • It does not have APIs to allow third parties to modify the background color of its app launcher

However, I'd be surprised if more than 5% of Android devices actually use the AOSP home screen implementation as written. Most devices ship with a custom home screen implementation, and users are welcome to use a third-party home screen implementation.

Is there a way to achieve this ( in eclipse for example ) ?

Write your own home screen implementation.

answer Sep 13, 2013 by Bob Wise
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