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.
The HTC Evo is one of the best devices ever made, so it seems fair to have one of the best themes for it. Originally created by XDA member cubanaso and ported by XDA member Konikub, it manages to give the Evo a very clean white look for people who want something more simplistic.
This is a theme I found over in the Nexus forum. It originally came from a collection of Desire themes…and was ported to the Nexus. Now it is blessed to be sported on the HTC EVO! I haven’t made many changes from the original theme, aside from a few app “taskbar” icons…and a few other taskbar icons.
THIS IS BUILT FOR THE LATEST DAMAGE CONTROL 3.2.3 – AND WILL WORK ON THE NEW BETA VERSION OF FRESH THAT IS OUT!!!
I would love having something like this on my white Evo, but I do not have one. So, if you do, give this new look a try.
GTX seems to be one of many hit mods that have been developed in our forums this year. In a very recent post by XDA member fjompa , the dev asks to begin development on GTX Icons. Now, while some people not familiar with the whole concept of GTX this might seem weird, but this famous theme has extensions in just about everything from lock screens to sms packages. The original poster only has one icon, but I am sure with our big community we can get many more icons by the end of the week.
If you want to help him out, head over to the thread and contribute to the development.
July 13, 2010 By: ElCondor
Isn’t it just easier to have the battery percentage in the top bar instead of having to estimate how full your battery is? Even if you have a battery indicator with bars, it will not be as accurate as a percentage indicator. That’s why XDA member kubino99 made a How-To guide to install the above mentioned indicator, which includes a direct download from the XDA server for both Eclair (2.1) and Froyo (2.2). There are some additional notes which are revelant to know whether your device and ROM are supported:
Originally posted by kubin099
You need to have rooted device and MCR r1 and R3 ROM.
Froyo version tested on DEFROST 2.0 Rom (for froyo I’ve updated just the code (services.jar) not the framework, but I’m sure some of the devs will take care of that )
If you have odexed /system/app this mod won’t work for you. Look for *.odex files in the /system/app folder.
For advanced users only. Check out the application thread for installation instructions and download.
June 9, 2010 By: ElCondor
If you like the color blue and have an Android Cyanogenmod powered device, this new themed ROM might be something for you. XDA member jeagoss created an ‘Extremely Blue’ themed ROM for the Nexus One, the Motorola Droid, and the HTC Dream (G1).
Originally posted by jeagoss
Well, after some work and learning, I give to you a theme that is loaded with blue. Blue is EVERYWHERE!!
I really didn’t change icons or too many images. I mainly just made all orange / yellow hints blue, and added blue hints to everything. My aim is to make a completely unified blue theme on the base cyanogenmod rom. The theme also has glossy blue bars on the launcher.
TheDude came up with an overlay to theme components of cyanogenmod at build time. After working with him on the overlay, this theme has been built with it. That means this theme is a complete rom, with my theme all happily integrated.
The ROM is basically a stock (Cyanogenmod) ROM, so no extra applications or tweaks are added to it.
Even the typical Nexus One live wallpaper has been turned blue, which I think is a nice addition.
Make sure you read the instructions very carefully before proceeding, also note that your phone needs to be rooted!
You can find more information in the theme thread.