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Android Market v2.2.7 in Black, Blue and Red Color [Guide]

UPDATE : It seems this hack isn’t working properly as we’re facing issues with installing and updating apps from the market on our Samsung Galaxy S. So until a fix is found, we don’t recommend you to try this hack.

Does the green color in the new android market seems a bit outlandish to you? How about replacing it with Red, blue or even black color? I just applied the hack on my Galaxy S to get the black android market on my phone and here is what I did. I applied it only moments ago, 10 mins or so, and it’s running fine. I’ve also put up a video below.

What my phone already had installed/running (in case you’re curious!):

  • My Galaxy S was running Android 2.2.1
  • More importantly, I had the android market version 2.2.7 running. You can get it from here, I think it helped me.

Okay, I guess that’s enough. Let’s take a view of what’s more important. (I just wrote more-than-required details, since this hack is a bit risky than other market hack I’ve seen)

Disclaimer: This work is considered very risky and that, in case anything happens (any damage or even if you brick your device) to your android device, you only will be responsible for that We have warned you.

Note from the developer:

Make sure if you have a market installed in system/app that the v in vending is capitalized or this will not delete your old market. Also
If you have been silently updated the market will be in data/app/ Com.somthinggoogle market. Not sure exactly what it says. Also check data/data. Delete anything in data/app or data/data that is google market. Do not delete market updater though you can freeze that with titanium backup premium. If you had trouble installing and then figured it out please post the steps you took.

Pay due attention here:

Case 1:

Check that there is capital V in the “Vending.apk” file in the folder: /system/app. It’s required for this hack to work.

Case 2 (If you don’t find capital V above):

If your market got updated silently by the Google. Then look a file in folder: /data/app, named something like Com.***google market. If it isn’t there, then also check out the folder: /data/data. The dev has said anything named as Google market needs to be deleted in these two folders. Take care and do not delete the market updater!!

Mine was case 1, so I had nothing to do in these folders: /data/app and /data/data.

You can download the relevant market files with different colors from here:

So, Once you’ve download the market update file of the color of your choice, rename it to update.zip and place it in root folder of sdcard. Now, boot your device in recovery mode, and apply the update.zip. That’s it. I got the black market just like this!

A die-hard Liverpool FC fan, Kapil is a big fan of Batman, Android and street Cricket. In that order, probably. Email: kapil@theandroidsoul.com