Last week during the Big Android BBQ in Austin, Texas; our very own Simon Cowell…I mean Simon Walker had the chance to meet with a developer that goes by the name of davidjr621. David has had his hand in Rom development, theming, as well as boot animation development, and now he is working on his application development skills. Like all of us in the wonderful world of Android, David likes his phones to be custom and unique. One way to achieve this is to install a new boot animation that sets your phone apart from the person sitting next to you.
David has done a lot of searching, downloading, and re-uploading and put together this awesome application that will pretty much fulfill your boot animation needs called Boot Animation Installer.
The name sounds pretty straight forward, and it is. The application gives you access to install over 100 different boot animations, which more are being added with every update. One thing we did forget to ask David about was if the updated list will come in the form of a silent update, or if the application will need to be updated from the Android Market.
The application allows you to set the install location for the boot animations, since different ROM devs put them in different locations, for example: /system/media which is the most common, /data/local, which is used in CM, and /system/customize/resource which is used on Tablets.
Another nice feature is the application gives you the option to reboot the phone so you can see your newly installed boot animation.
With David only being 15 years old, I’m sure we can expect some great things from him in the future. Below is a “About Me” segment that he sent in to be posted with this review.
I started toying with Android in June of 2010. I got my first android phone on my 14th birthday from my Dad. I rooted it not too long afterwards and started messing with custom ROMs. Not to much longer after that (I’d say end of July, beginning of August) I started making themes. I made a whole series of themes called the midnight series. (http://droidforums.net/forum/davidjr621). I started my own ROM about mid November (which caused me to stop updating the midnight themes). The ROM had one or two releases then I didn’t have time to maintain it, along with my school work and after school activities. Around January, I started teaching myself Java, then JRummy16 came into help that. I had NO prior knowledge of any coding language. By March, I released my first 2 apps, STFU Toggle and Rebooter. About April, I released BAI (Boot Animation Installer) which has been my biggest app yet. Between April and Now, I have released a few other apps, but nothing has taken off like BAI did. In early May, I joined the OMFGB team and was the maintainer of the nightlies, and I did a little bit of coding here and there. About Mid – End of July, r2DoesInc created a buildbot which, kinda took my job (as we were starting to support so many devices). I started to have less and less to do with the ROM, and me and r2 agreed to go our separate ways. Now, here I am, an Android Developer (apps) and a themer
The Boot Animation Installer does come with a price tag of $1.00 however, and also requires the device to be rooted. This is due to the fact that it is overwriting the current boot animation on the device.
Be sure to check out some of Davidjr621′s other applications in the market.
Click or Scan the QRCode below to find out more information about the Boot Animation Installer. You can also find out info and share the application with your friends on the AndroidSPIN App Site.
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Application: Boot Animation Installer