Archive for November, 2010

How To | Android Phone 7 Icons in Gimp

As you may have seen previously, the Android Phone 7 theme is a popular choice of theme for the Android operating system. The Android Phone 7 post mostly talked about using Photoshop, but not everyone has Photoshop. Gimp is a great alternative and will do everything you need and more!

Since some people have asked how I used Gimp to make my icons, I’ve decided to put together this little tutorial.

Step 1: Locate a picture to use
For this particular tutorial, I will be creating an Angry Birds icon.

Step 2: Open your new picture

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Step 3: Choose the Rectangle Select Tool


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Step 4: Change the selection size to 230×125 (2×1 Icon)


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Step 5: Move the Selection box to the desired location for the icon and Crop to Selection


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Step 6: Right click under the Background layer and create a New Layer that is 230×40 using the default Foreground Color (Black)


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Step 7: Move the new layer to the bottom of the icon and drop the Opacity to 40%


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Step 8: Select Text Tool. Size 36. Color White. Click on the opaque layer and type in the name of the App. Be sure to set the positioning correctly.


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Step 9: Save the new icon and use it


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Latest DROID Incredible OTA Update Patches ROOT Exploit

Some of you that have finally decided to take the plunge and ROOT your DInc, or wanted to wait until that new OTA Update released and then ROOT, well your in for a bit of a surprise. It seems that along with all that new bloatware and the increased battery charge speeds came a patch that closed the exploit developers use to help ROOT the DROID Incredible.

You can read a bit more about that patch over at DROID Life.

But fear not everyone. The unrEVOked team is working on an update to their highly acclaimed ROOT tool.

Via Twitter:

unrevoked unrevoked dev team
Incredible people stuck w/ new OTA: we have a fix in the pipe for you; expect a release in a day or two. EVO folks: temporary fix on XDA.

Android Phone 7

Ok. I know what you’re gonna say. Why the hell would I want my Android to look like a Windows Phone 7 interface?!

Why? Because we can do it better. 😉

Some of you may have seen the new Windows Mobile 7 interface and thought to yourself, that’s kind of a cool idea having large icons to represent the different functions of the phone. Well, there’s a way to do this, and you can even create your own icons for it.

Thanks to paulmz from for these instructions. They were created on an UNROOTED HTC DROID Incredible using LauncherPro, but they can be adapted to other Android devices.


About the images:
I created all of the icons from scratch myself using images from my personal photo collection, Google image searches, and Stock Exchange (stock.xchng – the leading free stock photography site). All images were resized by cropping in Photoshop or GIMP (This post shows the process: Image Resizing Using Photoshop). Also using Photoshop I added a 35-pixel high black rectangle with a 60% transparency and the white text with a small drop shadow (This post shows the process: Creating Image Labels in Photoshop). Save them as a .png file and copy them onto the phone (I put them in a “Widget Photos” folder in the DCIM folder).

How to get the images as a widget:
1. Make sure the .png image files are on the phone.
2. Add a new widget to the home screen (long-press empty space, select “Widgets” from pop-up).
3. Go to “Desktop Visualizer” and press the correct widget size (listed as width x height).
4. Press “Select Icon”.
5. Press “Image File”.
6. Search for and select your image (may be different depending on gallery, etc.).
7. Press “Select Action”.
8. Press either “Launch Application” and select application,
….-or- press “Other” to select a shortcut.
….NOTE: If you select “Other”, “Activities”, you can have widget trigger certain parts of
….certain apps (ie. go straight to “Alarm Clock” without having to go through “Clock”).
….ANOTHER NOTE: If you select “None”, it will be only an image widget that does nothing.
9. Press the “Label” box and delete all text in this box – leave it blank.
10. Ignore “Label Color”.
11. Adjust “Touch Effect” to your liking.
12. Press “OK”.

Also, don’t forget to make just a blank (preferably black) wallpaper to go behind the widgets.

Voila! Clickable gallery widget with a custom image.
Also… No LauncherPro widget resizing is necessary!

Click here to see what this looks like and to find the needed Apps to do this.

For those who need a little help figuring out image sizes for the Desktop Visualizer widgets, the following list is based on LauncherPro’s homescreen arrangement of 4-columns and 5-rows: (HTC DROID Incredible)

1×2: 110×260
1×3: 110×395
1×4: 110×665
2×1: 230×125
3×1: 350×125
4×1: 470×125
4×4: 470×665
Large (3×3): 350×395
Middle (2×2): 230×260
Small (1×1): 110×125

All dimensions are in pixels, width by height.


xda-developers posts for the original idea:





Hey Everyone,

Welcome to the new Android Excedio blog.  In the past I would just add my Android related posts to my Linux blog, but lately I have noticed that some of the thing s I wanted to talk about, were not related to Linux on the Desktop. So in an effort to keep things clean and organized, I’ve created Android Excedio!

Here I will talk more about Android and my experiences with Android. With any luck, there will be something interesting here for you to read about. 🙂

If there are things that relate to both Android and Ubuntu/Linux together, then I will post on both sites. Enjoy! 😀