Boot animation was truly revolutionized with the launch of Android based mobile devices. One of the first things you see when you turn the device on, a true Android fanatic will never take the boot animation part lightly. It’s like the build up in progressive trance lifting you up as the beat kicks in, or for that matter the OS boots up. Bootanimation Manager by D4rKn3sSyS over at XDA-Developers is just the app enthusiasts were looking for to manage their boot animations on an Android device, without getting into the whole ADB mess. Well, still using the ADB framework of course, the application executes all those commands through a simple and easy to use GUI. There are always the boot animations one can flash through a custom recovery to get the desired boot animation, but that’s not universal and you have to do it manually at times. We take a look at the ease and convenience Bootanimation Manager offers, after the break!
Let’s start of by saying, you need a rooted Android device to pull this off, otherwise this application will simply not work for you. After you’ve downloaded your desired boot animation, you can preview it by simply dragging the file and dropping it into the application window.
Additionally, you can also backup the current boot animation that is set up on your device, and that is something very important if you were only experimenting, and were fond of the one you failed to backup. However, the primary purpose this function can serve is to allow you to extract a few awesome boot animations from a friends device. Once you’re done backing up, drop a file into the window and hit the Push button to copy the file to all the right places – which otherwise, you’d be doing manually.
The developer plans to include a couple of new features in the future such as Buils bootanimations from PNG Sequence, Build Bootanimations from GIF, Resize bootnaimations and Get bootnaimation default size from current bootanimation on phone.
To use this tool, you will need to have Java installed, or the tool just wont run. You can download Java from here. Also, make sure USB Debugging is enabled in Settings > Applications > Development on Froyo or Gingerbread. Incase of ICS, USB Debugging can be found in Settings > Developer Options. More so, make sure your device driver is properly installed.
For downloads, updates and queries, head over to the forum thread at XDA-Developers.
You may also want to see our comprehensive guide on how to change, customize & create android boot animation.