I'm trying to install a modified version of the Camera app on my rooted Samsung Galaxy S (Captivate) through copying to /system/app and through installing a zip file via ClockWorkRecovery. It doesn't seem to be working (based on the fact that the modified camera should have no geotagging).

Looking in my /system/app/ folder I have Camera.apk and com.sec.android.app.camera.apk. Are these complementary files or are they different camera app files? Camera.apk has a timestamp of August 1, 2008 (which doesn't seem right) and the other has a timestamp of August 1, 2011 (which is around the time I was playing around with this stuff).

  • Are you running a deodexed ROM? That's required for replacing system apps. Commented Aug 3, 2011 at 15:14
  • @Matthew, I believe so. It's Serendipity, and this link (addictivetips.com/mobile/…) says it is. Although I'm not sure what that means exactly. I was able to push an mms.apk app successfully in the past.
    – Chance
    Commented Aug 3, 2011 at 15:16

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The Serendipity ROM only contains Camera.apk and CameraFirmware.apk. I would think that the version you're trying to copy over is being renamed by the system on reboot and the original Camera.apk is being restored.

What I would try:

  1. Get the non-CWM version of the Camera.apk and put it on your SD card
  2. On your phone, use Root Explorer or similar to mount /system/app/ as RW
  3. Rename /system/app/Camera.apk to Camera.bak or something
  4. Copy in the new apk from the SD card
  5. Remount /system/app/ as RO, you may want to make sure /system/ is RO as well
  6. Try to use the camera. If it works, reboot and see if it still works.
  • That works, thanks. Well, it works in that I'm running the new Camera version. It's just that this Camera mod does not disable geotagging as the website claims.
    – Chance
    Commented Aug 3, 2011 at 18:28
  • @Chance I haven't read the whole thread but I saw this: forum.xda-developers.com/… Commented Aug 3, 2011 at 18:35
  • I saw that, perhaps I can't find the menu they are talking about.
    – Chance
    Commented Aug 3, 2011 at 18:43

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