POSTS TAGGED: theme
Posted October 27, 2014 at 06:00 pm by GermainZ
Most Android launchers are extremely customizable, and many users like to experiment with different launcher themes and icon packs to get the perfect look. Some launchers also allow you to pick icons on a per activity basis, which comes in handy when trying to give each page its own style, or if you just want to style the home screen without changing the app drawer’s icons.
While most launchers agree on a basic set of rules for themes and icon packs, originally made popular by ADW Launcher, some aren’t fully compatible with these standards or require themers to use their own methods for certain features (e.g. GO Launcher and icon masks). Similarly, some themes and icon packs are exclusive to certain . . . READ ON »
Posted August 17, 2014 at 02:30 pm by Will Verduzco
Much of the joy of owning an Android device comes from being able to customize and modify the OS as we see fit. While the most impactful device modifications undoubtedly involve changing elements of the Android OS such as the kernel, ROM, and so on, a large part of the user experience can be improved by simply adding a theme. Because of this, Android theming has become quite common in the forums.
Although there are thousands of themes available for various devices in the XDA forums, there are many reasons why one would wish to create his or her own theme. After all, everyone’s own personal taste is different. If you’re a theming newbie with a Sony Xperia Device running either Android 4. . . READ ON »
Posted August 3, 2014 at 01:30 am by Tomek Kondrat
Seeing a theme covered here on XDA portal isn’t too common. We don’t often like to play favorites and feature a particular piece of creative work, as creating a good theme requires lots of time and skills. But sometimes we make exceptions, especially when the project that we want to present to you is different from most available on XDA.
For a few years now, the XDA-Developers forum has offered a default color scheme that has come to represent “home” to many users. This is of course the chocolate-like brown that we see in the forums and here on the XDA Portal. Using this as inspiration, XDA Recognized Contributor EnricoD created a theme that changes the look of your OS into… X. . . READ ON »
Posted July 28, 2014 at 03:30 pm by Tomek Kondrat
In addition the obvious proficiency with graphics, creating a good Android theme requires certain knowledge about exactly one must do. Even the default theme engine used many ROMs requires theme files to have a compatible structure, otherwise your newly created themes will not work or will be incomplete.
Sony devices have a quite unique UI, which many people fancy. Unfortunately, like most of stock ROMs, it’s bloated and full of commercial content. Because of this, quite a few XDA folks decide to venture over to AOSP-derived ROMs in their many flavors. If you ever wondered how to make an AOSP ROM to look like an Xperia device, XDA Senior Member gamzekal has the answer to this que. . . READ ON »
Posted July 3, 2014 at 11:30 am by Tomek Kondrat
Unquestionably, many have grown to like Android L since its official unveiling. Since then, we’ve seen users come up with random application ports, ringtones, and other goodies from Google’s latest work in progress OS. We are all waiting for the official release, so why not give our current OS builds some of L’s graphical style?
Not too long ago, we talked about a theme that changes your UI to look like that in Android L. Unfortunately, however, this only works on ROMs with CyanogenMod’s new theme engine installed. Now, everyone can try Android L’s look on their devices.
Posted June 29, 2014 at 05:30 pm by Faiz Malkani
This past week was quite a frenzy for Android fans, with Google I/O bringing a number of announcements regarding Android and its expansion to our wrists, cars, and living rooms. Perhaps the most significant was Google’s unveiling of Android L. The L release is slated to bring a rather significant departure in the Android UI, taking us from transitioning from Holo (first seen in Android 3.0 Honeycomb) to the new Material Design.
The Android L Developer Preview was launched for the Nexus 5 or a Nexus 7 (2013) last week. But while the rest of us twiddle our thumbs in anticipation of its launch in the Fall, there are some things we can do to give our device the L look, such as installing the apps ex. . . READ ON »
Posted May 30, 2014 at 04:00 am by Conan Troutman
Team Win Recovery Project, or TWRP for short, is one of the most popular custom recovery options available. It offers support for a wide variety of devices both new and old. It has all the features that you would expect to find in a recovery, as well as a whole lot more. One such not necessarily essential, but nonetheless welcome feature is support for custom themes. While a recovery might not be the first thing on everyone’s list of things to theme, I suspect that a few of you out there spend just as much time looking at recovery as you do actually using your device.
Posted April 19, 2014 at 04:00 pm by Will Verduzco
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 stil. . . READ ON »
Posted April 13, 2014 at 11:00 pm by Tomek Kondrat
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 screens. . . READ ON »