Saturday, June 20, 2009

HTC Magic Android emulator skin

So I started playing with Android development, just received "Unlocking Android" and "Android Application Development" from Amazon. However before getting to do any real development, I got sidetracked in trying to create a skin for the Android Emulator that matches my new fancy HTC Magic. There actually exists one, but it's branded Vodafone, looks silvery and has the buttons all wrong so I decided this would be a good way to brush up on some Gimp skills. And here it is, I am no graphics artist so I am moderately pleased.

You may use images and skin as you please, under the creative commons license. You can download the skin by clicking here. To install, simply extract the files to {android_install_dir}/platforms/android-1.5/skins/HTCMagic/.

If you can not select the skin in Eclipse, you may have to edit the config.ini file of your virtual android device setting manually (under ~/.android/avd/), simply set the skin.path property to point to HTCMagic. You can also run the emulator manually by executing {android_install_dir}/tools/emulator and pass along the command line argument "-skin HTCMagic".

NOTE: I am aware that pressing the search button in the emulator has no effect. This appears to be because it is not implemented for the emulator at this time, since no other skin appears to have a working search button. I even read through the C and Python source code to see if I could find the proper key name, but with no success. Also note, the screen shown within the emulator in the above image, is not of the generic Android 1.5 (Cupcake) but rather a static image of HTC's Rosie/Sense UI which I find more sexy (can phone software look sexy?).

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