Thursday, December 29, 2011

TUTORIAL: Customize Galaxy Y with UOT Kitchen

Disclaimer: SGY Love will not be responsible nor liable for any damage that might happen to your device during this process though the possibility of any damage is negligible. Try this at your own risk.. The following steps involve grabbing files from your phone’s root folder and flashing your phone with a UOT update package. Needless to say, this stuff is not recommended for beginners and the faint of heart. I believe the chances of bricking your phone is present especially if you missed a step. This process has been tested and verified working on Samsung Galaxy Y

So what is UOT Kitchen? The kitchen allows you to customize the visuals of your phone by cooking up mods online. The kitchen can be accessed here.

  • A rooted device (in this case, the Samsung Galaxy Y)
  • A root explorer app installed on your device.
  • A fully charged device (at least 90% charge left on its battery).

Preparation – Copy the required files to your PC.
1. Create a folder on your sdcard (this step is optional. I only included it so I could easily spot where I put the files I will be copying later, due to the clutter of my sdcard. I named my folder “here”).
2. Using root explorer, copy (that’s c-o-p-y, not m-o-v-e) the following files to your /sdcard:
  • /system/framework/framework-res.apk
  • /system/framework/tw-framework-res.apk
  • /system/app/SystemUI.apk

3. Connect your phone to your PC and transfer the above files from your sdcard to your desktop.
A word of caution: Ensure that the root folder (/) is mounted as read only (R/O). This way, you are assured that you will not make any accidental modifications to your device while copying the above files to your SD card.

1. Visit the UOT kitchen page. Choose the mods you like (battery, icons, status bar etc.)
2. Ensure that the mods you are choosing are compatible for ldpi(240x320) screens.

Note: For some reason, status bar transparency does not work on the SGY. Same goes for boot animations. If you are going to attempt modifying boot animations, just ensure that you direct the kitchen to place them to the system/media/ folder of your phone, and your screen size is appropriately selected as well.


3. Once you are satisfied with your mods, click File Upload.
4. Under Select flashable zip scripting, select Edify Scripting. Under update-binary, select Type Galaxy.
5. Under Flashing folders for system files, verify that the correct folders where framework-res.apk and SystemUI.apk will be placed (see item no. 1 above).
6. Leave Patch9 autofix checked.
7. Under ThemeChooser preview, tick Generate preview for ThemeChooser. Under that, select mdpi (320x480) / ldpi (240x320).
8. Under Select your rom from kitchen's list, or upload your own files, select Upload system files. Upload the 3 files above mentioned.

Once your files are uploaded proceed to the Summary page. If all your mods are in green, click Submit work to kitchen. Once your files are submitted you will be given a filename of your update package in zip format. Remember your package name and proceed to the pickup page.

Wait for your package at the pickup page. Once it becomes available download and copy it to the root folder of your sdcard. You are now ready to flash your UOT mod.


1. Reboot your phone to recovery mode (press up arrow+home+power simultaneously).
2. Wipe your cache (do not choose factory reset).
3. Apply your packaged mod as an update.
4. Reboot your phone again (you can opt to wipe your cache again, if you wish).

Important note: If you want to revert back to stock, just upload the 3 files to the kitchen without selecting any mods at all. Save it and flash it to your phone thru recovery mode. I recommend creating an unmodified UOT update first just in case something goes wrong with your mods. As always, FLASH at your own risk.

Addendum to important note: If you choose include font modifications as well and decide to revert your mods to stock by flashing your unmodified UOT package, you will find that your fonts remain modified. If you wish to revert back to the stock font as well, just create another UOT package using only “Fonts” modifications. I believe the default font is F01 Droid Sans.


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