When Google released Android 4.4 KitKat back in October of last year, they changed quite a bit under the hood to improve the OS’s performance. But in addition to cleaning up various bits and pieces of code to make things more efficient as part of Project Svelte, Google also got rid of the dynamic status bar indicators that would change colors to indicate network connectivity.
In doing so, Google replaced the dynamic blue and white signal and connectivity indicators in the Android status bar with static white icons. Not only did this improve UI performance by reducing rendering overhead and UI overdraw, but it also cleaned up the overall look of Android’s UI. Unfortunately though, there are still quite a few places in Android where you can still find the Tron-esque Holo Blue. But now thanks to XDA Recognized Themer rush25, you can finish what Google started.
Rush25′s theme subtly transforms quite few common Google applications to the KitKat-friendly white UI. The themed applications include the Dialer, messaging app, Calendar, Desk Clock, Gallery, Camera, Settings, Google Ears, Gmail, and more. The theme was built following a previously covered guide by XDA Senior Member enricocid, and I installs through the popular T-Mobile/CyanogenMod Theme Engine. And those running other ROMs can get in on the action using XDA Senior Member hdbk1986‘s HKThemeManager Xposed Module.
To get started, simply head over to the original thread.
[Thanks to enricocid for the tip!]
April 13, 2014 By: eagleeyetom
Theming is an art. As such, making a beautiful theme is an extremely time consuming and challenging task. Preparing resources requires countless hours spent in a graphics editor app. Putting everything together into an application isn’t easy, but within XDA you’ll find a long list of guides and tutorials that help you understand the Android ecosystem better.
If you have some ideas regarding theming and don’t know where to start, you should read a guide written by XDA Senior Member SArnab©®. This guide explains how to create a theme in Eclipse for Xperia devices in step-by-step detail. The guide should work with Xperia phones running Android 4.3.
Every step is explained with screenshots and commentary, so you most likely won’t get lost while making your own theme. The guide author was also kind enough to provide all the necessary files and source code for the Xperia Pink Theme, which can be used for reference. And with a few relatively minor modifications, you can make a generic theme that works with every device—not just those by Sony.
This guide is a great starter for those looking to begin a journey in theming. So if you are planning to modify the look of your device, head over to the original thread and study it carefully. We wish you all good luck and no build errors!
March 23, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
In addition to rooting, modifying, and otherwise hacking our mobile devices, many take to modifying the visuals as well. This can range from installing various themes to playing around with various launchers and more.
There is an almost endless supply of available themes in our Android Themes forum, and then there’s the whole awesomeness of Themer. But not every theme that you could possibly want has been neatly packaged for ease of installation. And if you’ve ever manually installed an icon pack, you know how much of a pain this can be.
XDA Senior Member Blaze wanted to do something about this. To that end, he created a template icon pack to help themers easily package up their icon packs for easy end-user installation. Blaze’s template icon pack works with all the popular launchers (Go, Aviate, Nova, Apex, ADW, Holo, and more), and it supports Android 2-3 through 4.4.2. Blaze also shows you how to get your icons integrated into the template icon pack in just a few steps.
If you’re a themer and you want to make it easy for your users to install your icon packs, head over to the original thread and give this a try!
March 17, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
We’ve all added superfluous swag items to our home screens from time to time just because they look cool. Be it a clock widget when you have a perfectly functional clock indicator in your status bar or a battery widget, these bits of flair are the digital equivalents of large and unnecessary car spoilers. Looking at the large clock widget on my main home screen, I can admit that I’m certainly guilty of this, as I’m sure you have been at some point as well. So why not embrace it?
XDA Senior Member OlliG recently released a beta version of his upcoming Battery Wallpaper live wallpaper app. As its title states, Battery Wallpaper displays your current battery level front and center as your live wallpaper. So why is this noteworthy? Because Battery Wallpaper does this in a very aesthetically appealing way.
Battery Wallpaper allows you to select one of seven different battery styles to show in its battery gauge. And in addition to simply showing you your battery level in gauge form, Battery Wallpaper also changes its colors based on your current battery level. The colors that it uses can be customized, and the app can even use a gradient of the selected colors to show an in between state. Battery Wallpaper also allows you to define your own custom background image, if you’d rather personalize your home screen with your own images.
Yes, a battery wallpaper offers no “real” functionality over, let’s say, a status bar battery icon. But that’s not the point. Battery Wallpaper looks nice, and it puts this information smack dab in the middle of our screens. Head over to the application thread to get started.
Theming can involve a number of long and tedious activities. Applying the same theme to dozens, even hundreds of icons. even more tedious is taking those icons and putting them back into the apk files they came from.
For users of the HTC Rezound, there’s one less step from concept to completion. XDA Senior Member MrSmith317 has created a .bat script that automatically switches out the icons in the com.htc.resources.apk, framework-res.apk and SystemUI.apk for your themed ones. As with any new software, there are a few peculiarities that people who want to try it and some potential improvements that could be added in future releases. As MrSmith317 explains:
Only gotcha is that it is case sensitive providing the APK name. I’d love to hear feedback if you give it a try. I’ll revise this again in a bit after I get some feedback. If there’s interest I’ll build one that allows XML swaps as well.
The instructions are very easy to follow so there’s virtually no learning curve for those who are still new to the theming world. Just drop the icons into the appropriate folder and run the script.
For those themers out there who want to check it out, you can find the script download, the instructions and discussion about it in the tool’s thread.
Are you a WidgetLocker fan? If so, you may have noticed several themes for the popular lock screen replacement floating around XDA. However with so many themes to choose from, finding and getting a quick look at all of the available options has become quite difficult.
Luckily XDA forum member zHk3R has stepped in to create a screenshot-laden theme index! With over 100 indexed themes to choose from we recommend all WidgetLocker users head over to the original thread ASAP!
August 15, 2011 By: Ben Elliott
It goes without saying that Samsung’s Galaxy S II is a very handsome device. However, sometimes the aesthetics of available custom ROMs aren’t to everyone’s taste. To remedy this, XDA member doctorcete has released regularly updated ports of the Lucid Hyperdroid theme for the newest versions of VillainROM and Cognition for the Galaxy S II, a theme which has already become a popular alternative look amongst owners of other devices.
Using these all-in-one flashable zips means you don’t have to worry about applying any smaller aspects of the theme yourself, and gives you confidence that everything that could be themed has been – the most staple, go-to apps have been themed along with the framework and TouchWiz.
If you’d like to make your newly bought Galaxy S II look that bit more elegant, the theme ports are available in the development thread, where you’ll also find more screenshots, installation instructions and a quick guide to porting the theme to unsupported ROMs.
I don´t know about you, but I don´t quite like the new market even if the change was necessary. As soon as the new Android market arrived to our devices, an inverted black theme appeared on our forums. This was the work done by XDA member ecsnead69, which is beautiful and offers full UI views, just as the white original one. The member mentions that his inverted theme is NOT the pirate app and be sure you don´t have a vending app in \data\app. If you do, the theme will not work.
Let the member know about your experience with the theme by leaving your feedback.
Originally posted by ecsnead69
This is my inverted version of the latest market. It is NOT the pirate app!!Thanks to B-boy and a guy on here that was able to find one $*@#!@ of a smali edit!
This is the latest version, 3.0.27… Just got it today…..
First, verify that you DO NOT have a vending app in \data\app!!!!! If you do this will not install!!! You will need to uninstall updates before flashing my zip… Settings>Applications>Manage Applications>”ALL” tab>Market>Uninstall Upates
Next, download the file for your phone.. I have verified the first to work for the D1 and the Fascinate. And the Thunderbolt zip has also been verified. The others are blank zips for that particular phone.. if they work for you, PLEASE post so that I can verify that they work….
Once downloaded, move the zip to the root of your SD card and flash in recovery, Enjoy!!!!
Continue on to the theme thread to find more.
March 5, 2011 By: Will Verduzco
Ever yearned for the day that you could install a battery meter with the same feeling of speed as a Formula 1 race car? OK; maybe that’s just me. How about a more precise meter that displayed the remaining battery in 1% increments? Whichever the case, XDA-Developers community member and XDA member CondemnedSoul has you covered. He has created a new battery gauge mod that can be installed through the T-Mobile / CyanogenMod Theme Chooser theming engine.
So, if your battery gauge is feeling the need for speed or just wants to be a little more precise, feel free to continue on to the original thread.
September 28, 2010 By: ElCondor
One special feature of the Droid X’s software keyboard is the multi touch function. This really helps a lot when it comes to fast typing. However, you might be bored with the standard white ”old-fashioned” keyboard. Personally, I like white very much – as most of you probably know – but you might just prefer a black keyboard. XDA member yourfriendwayned created a skin for the keyboard of your Droid X to fit other dark themes. One nice addition is the red Droid eye functioning as the voice level meter.
Originally posted by yourfriendwayned
Alright, so I was bored and feeling productive… as you see that is a good thing! I have redone the original Droid X multi touch keyboard to a better black version with a special Droid Eye style voice level meter (that works so well!) This version only has been tested on the Droid X 2.2 Deodexed Rom so feel free to test it for your own device – I will go ahead and tell you how to load this on your device below….
So, make sure you have a Deodexed ROM with Froyo running on your Droid X before trying this out. The thread contains a step-to-step guide to install the skin, so check it out!
Android themes are starting to come almost as frequent as we see them on WM platform. This time XDA member chancellorr presents this nice theme for your Android device with Metamorph, and as it´s name says is a very simple and clean theme. New icons can be found on the version 1.1 update that also fixes some bugs present on version one.
For those of you who don´t know about MetaMorph, it allows you to apply themes, patches, and mods to your phone by adding or changing files in an apk/jar file and by replacing files in any Directory.
MetaMorph doesn’t work with market apps, working only if you have a rooted phone, and BusyBox needs to be installed as well.
Originally posted by chancellorr
[METAMORPH] Simplistic V 1.1 (8/04/10)
Here is my new MetaMorph theme Simplistic. The font is not included because it isn’t a free font.
It includes the framework and icons, not weather theme!
ALWAYS BACK UP YOUR PHONE BEFORE MORPHING! I’m NOT RESPONSABLE FOR YOU MESSING SOMETHING UP!
Changes to the framework and phone apks
Screenshots show most changes
Popups taken from ElegentSteel by Hund. Let me know if you want them removed.
You can find more information in the theme thread.
If you are using ADW, for some the best and fastest launcher, XDA member JAguirre1231 presents this nice collection of themes to personalize your Android device. All themes are presented in two versions, one using Sense icons and the second one using Slide icons.
You can find seven themes to choose from, all very colorful and well designed, taken from HTC images and adapted by the developer to work with ADW.
This is the first release and some bugs must be present, so please report back so future versions can be fixed.
Originally posted by JAguirre1231
[ADW.Themes] Stock Slide Themes
I want to stress that these themes are [MDPI] Only .
A .zip is linked at the bottom which holds all of the themes. Each theme has two separate versions, one using the Sense application icons, the other using the slide application icons.
The themes are of the stock Slide themes (Nest, Hoops, LightShow, Wildflower, Surf, Nature, and Palazzo) made from images by HTC (I only made them compatible with ADW).
You can find more information in the theme’s thread.
As we all know, the GTX UI is very popular and many applications have been skinned to fit on the same style. Now, XDA Member Mr. Makk presents a nice skin for swipe keyboard.
Despite this being the first release and as developer says “there is room for a lot of improvement but it will be done one by one”, this nice skin is worth to try, and if you like it please leave feedback so future versions can be improved.
Originally posted by Makk
|SKIN|04/08| Swype 3.9 GTX Style – Download NOW!!
SWYPE 3.9 GTX SKIN
Have been admiring GTX Style for long and waiting someone to make similar skin for Swype. I came across Lycox’s GTX Skin for EzInput so i started doing it myself with his help. Project is almost complete.
change qwerty y and z in normal mode Done
fixed button location issue Done
New high resolution graphics thankx to.. Done
Fixed caps button in portrait Done
Although there is room for alot of improvement but it will be done one by one.
….A BIG THANKS TO LYCOX FOR HIS GTX RESOURCES….
You can find more information in the skin thread.