Give Your Notification Shade a Facelift with these Modding Guides
Modification has always been one of the strong suits of Android, due in large part to its nature as an open source operating system. What began as changing a few drawables back in the early days of Android, has now evolved into an entire subsection of the community, giving rise to multiple disciplines of modding, such as drawable editing, feature adding and enhancing, system theming, and much more.
In the spirit of modding and theming, XDA Recognized Themer SpaceCaker has written up two excellent guides for do-it-yourself modding. These guides provide simple and easy-to-follow instructions that walk you through the entire modding process, right up to compiling your work when you’re done, making them easy to follow for veterans and beginners alike. The first guide covers adding toggles to your notification shade, similar to the QuickSettings present on AOSP ROMs. Subsequently, the second guide deals with adding a tabbed layout to the shade, thus segregating the toggles from your notification, which likens it to the one seen on the Sony Xperia Z2. Both of these allow you to truly begin customizing your own device, rather than applying pre-built themes and modifications.
Head over to the Grid Toggles guide thread or the Tabbed Statusbar guide thread to get started with modding your device. While it may seem forbearing at first, modding is an engaging activity with little room for error, so don’t be afraid to experiment!