Stage 1: If you haven’t read about Stage 1 on how to add Khmer Language support to Android OS yet click here

(it contains links to download all required tools to translate apk)

Stage 2.a how to translate an apk file.

2.b Translate Android System files into Khmer

Translate android system file and android app are pretty much the same. The differences are:

– You need to put frameworks-res.apk in the apk folder, in order to make it decompiles properly.

– There is a strict instructions that must be followed in order to replace the kernel system files, otherwise, you would brick your phone.


  1. Use apktool to decompile the android system files.
  2. modify the resources in res folders
  3. recompile them back.
  4. replace resources.arsc and other xml and images resources with the  modified one using winrar make you sure save in zip format and “store” as compression method.
  5. when replace the modified files system/framework or system/app with modified files. make sure you set the permission to all 777.

Understanding MIUI android system files and its functions (credit: MarkHUK)

in /system/app

AccountAndSyncSettings.apk (Account manager for sync contacts, pictures e.g. Google (Gmail))
AntiSpam.apk (phone filter, block unwanted number, you don’t like, delete it)
Backup.apk (MIUI Backup utility including Cloud backup and automatic backup, don’t want it, just delete it)
Contacts.apk (MIUI Contacts app)
ContactsProvider.apk (Provider for Contacts, background app)
CloudService.apk (MIUI User account management apk)
DefaultContainerService.apk (service for contact list, must keep)
DownloadProviderUi.apk (Used for Download management UI)
FileExplorer.apk (MIUI File manager)
Gallery.apk (MIUI Gallery app)
Launcher2.apk (MIUI Launcher)
MediaProvider.apk (media provider service, must keep)
MiuiCamera.apk (MIUI Camera)
MiuiMusic.apk (MIUI Music player)
Mms.apk (MIUI SMS / MMS app)
Monitor.apk (System application monitoring and firewall app)
Notes.apk (MIUI / Xiaomi notes app)
PackageInstaller.apk (apk installer service)
Phone.apk (MIUI Phone app)
Settings.apk (Common system settings)
SettingsProvider.apk (Background provider for settings app)
SideKick.apk (Search app in MIUI for global searching)
Superuser.apk (MIUI Customised superuser for application permissions management)
SoundRecorder.apk (MIUI Sound recording app)
SystemUI.apk (System user interface for status bar and toggle interactions etc)
TelephonyProvider.apk (Used for number lookup in framework etc)
TelocationProvider.apk (Used for GPS tracking)
ThemeManager.apk (mtz Theme manager from MIUI)
Torch.apk (CM Torch app customised by MIUI)
UserDictionaryProvider.apk (must keep)

in /system/framework

Frameworks-res.apk (contains icon files, lockscreen message, date time settings….)

The red colour apk files are hard core kernel files, it is a bit tricky when you replace it.

To translate non hard core kernel system file stock app, you can use the same method as translating a normal apk, example: FileExplorer, MiuiMusic, Torch,

But when you install it, you need to use RootAppDelete to delete the stock app

  1. Click  on SysApp button, disable the apk (example, deskclock.apk)
  2. play with your phone, if it stable, then to go Recycler of RootAppDelete to uninstall it
  3. install the translated apk file (signed-deskclock.apk) to replace it.

2.b.1 Translate Framworks-res.apk

Let’s work on the frameworks-res.apk

step 1: extract your Apktool to c:\apktool (note: I use the original apktool, not the ICS one)

step 2: extract frameworks-res.apk from your phone located in /system/frameworks/ using Root Explorer to copy it to your sdcard, and  transfer the file on to your desktop.

step 3: copy the frameworks-res.apk from your desktop to the same folder as apktool which is c:\apktool in this example. (now you should have 2 copies of frameworks-res.apk, one on your desktop and one in c:\apktool folder)

step 4: go to command prompt (run command prompt, if you don’t know just google it ), and type following commands (as shown in the photo above)

cd c:\apktool

apktool if frameworks-res.apk

apktool d framworks-res.apk

At this point, don’t close the command prompt windows.  Go to c:\apktool you will see framework-res folder.

Now you can start translating files in res folder of the framework-res. (Please refer to  Stage 2.a on how to translate an apk file)



Ok, now I assume that you have completed the translation. So, let’s rebuild the frameworks-res using the command below.

apktool b frameworks-res

Once it’s done. you find framework-res.apk in C:\apktool\framework-res\dist folder

Let’s resources into the original framework-res.apk

The main different between translating an apk and a kernel system file is that you can re-sign the apk, it will brick your phone. To solve this problem you need to transfer the translated resources into the orignal system file (in here, frameworks-res.apk).

Step 1:

– open the modified framework-res.apk in C:\apktool\framework-res\dist folder with winrar

– extract resources.arsc  or other resources that you modified such images from the drawable-hdpi onto desktop folder. 

Step 2:

– Open the original frameworks-res.apk that you first saved on desktop  with winrar.

– drag the modified resources.arsc that you just extracted from the modified frameworks-res.apk to replace the original resources.arsc in the original frameworks-res.apk on the desktop. make you sure save in zip format and “store” as compression method

– replace other original xml and images resources with the  modified xml and images files one using the same method as replacing resource.arsc

Step 3: make you sure save in zip format and “store” as compression method.

Step 4: install copy the frameworks-res.apk from your desktop to your phone.

WARNING!: Make sure you backup your phone first. 

This is the tricky bit.

1. First, you need to copy it into /system/ folder of your phone first. (don’t skip this step)

2. Then, change the permission to 777. Refer to below image.  (user, group, other, all read, write, execute). That’s the only permission that works for me.

3. restart your phone. If everything goes well, you can boot into you home screen. otherwise. you just bricked your phone, and need to restore it from backup. and try it again. 🙂

Translating Settings.apk

Pretty much the same as translating framework-res.apk

  1. copy settings.apk from phone to desktop. And make another copy from desktop to c:\apktool\, make you that you have frameworks-res.apk in the same folder as well.
  2. run command prompt:
       cd c:\apktool
       apktool if frameworks-res.apk
       apktool d settings.apk
       3.  find the settings folder in c:\apktool\ and start translating the resources in settings folder.
       4. Rebuild the settings.apk using command prompt: apktool b settings. Now, you should have a modified settings.apk in C:\apktool\settings\dist
       5. copy it to /system/ on your phone, change permission, then copy to /system/app (this one doesn’t need 777 permission, just user: read write, group: read, others: read)
        6. restart your phone. 

All DONE!