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How do I change the program associated with the default soft button?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by droiduzr2, Feb 5, 2011.

  1. droiduzr2

    droiduzr2 Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    How do I change the program associated with the default soft button?
    I would like to change the sms soft button to launch handcent instead of the default sms app.

    No, going into settings,applications...does not do it.

    To be clear, when I click on the soft button with the sms icon I want it to launch handcent.


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  2. twospirits

    twospirits AF's janitor
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    Ok, thread moved back into the Lounge, but in regard to the issue at hand, I believe this may be phone specific (which is why it was moved in the first place I believe).

  3. Frisco

    Frisco =Luceat Lux Vestra=

    The only things I can find on that are ROMs which address that, and a few apps that allow for soft key use in waking or putting the device to sleep.

    Knowing your device could help in a ROM search, if you're rooted or are willing to root.

    Perhaps others will chime in.
  4. droiduzr2

    droiduzr2 Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    I would just like to edit the file that links the app with the sms default icon. I am guessing it's like windows where you have the icon but can change the path of the file that will run the .exe to open that file type.
    I want the stock SMS icon to open Handcent when I click the stock sms icon.
  5. Rob.G

    Rob.G Android Enthusiast

    As was already asked, it would be much more helpful if you mention which phone you have. Most phones have different solutions to the same problem/question.

    If you use another launcher, like Launcher Pro, it lets you assign whatever app to whatever icon.
  6. droiduzr2

    droiduzr2 Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    Ok 1 phone is an LG GW620 aka LG EVE
    and the other is the HTC.

    As I said, I don't want to add a 3rd party app. I am pretty sure there has to be a way to edit the file that surfaces the icon/soft button that you press.

  7. woop

    woop novacane (OFWGKTA)

    I'm pretty sure you need root. What HTC phone is it? I am going to make a copy of the thread and move one into the Eve forum and the other into your other HTC phone forum as this is not really something that is a generic solution but rather something that is specific to the phones (root access, etc.)
  8. snapper.fishes

    snapper.fishes Android Expert

    I still think this thread should be moved back to LG.


    Different android phones have different launcher. HTC uses Sense. Samsung uses Touchwiz. The same goes for LG.

    LauncherPro allows you to set custom Icon for each app, but I doubt you can do the same with any stock launcher. The only other way would be to extract the apk file from data/app and modify the icon file (which can be found in /res/drawable). But then you will have to resign the package afterwards, and I am not sure if the entire process is legal or not.
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  9. woop

    woop novacane (OFWGKTA)

    I'm going to have to agree. OP, if you post what other HTC phone you have, I can copy it into there as well.

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The LG Eve release date was November 2009. Features and Specs include a 3.0" inch screen, 5MP camera, GB RAM, processor, and 1500mAh battery.

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