Last month, we saw a new tool that made it painless to edit the contents of Classes.dex. If you were drawn in by that prospect but couldn’t quite get the pieces to work, I think you’ll appreciate following the example that XDA Recognized Themer/Contributor Rizal Lovins put together. He takes one step back to look at the bigger picture, giving a start-to-finish walkthrough for decompiling, editing, recompiling, and signing an APK file. The necessary tools are pretty much the same (Windows, Java, Android SDK, Apktool, and a text editor) so that you may pick up where you left off with your smali and Baksmali editing experiments.
To use Apktool to decompile an APK, you need to also have the support packages it uses (ie: framework-res.apk). After issuing a few commands, Apktool will spit out the files hidden within and it’s time to start editing. Rizal then goes on to show how to package everything back up and resign the edited app. Check out the original thread for full details.
The biggest benefit of publishing guides like this one is that the community can learn and improve upon them. XDA Recognized Themer Ibanez7 did just that. His thread, which mentions Rizal’s work as a reference, demonstrates how to use the same techniques to change the font color and edit the activity title bar of an app.
August 12, 2012 By: Conan Troutman
It’s not a crazy thought to think that most of us spend a fair amount of time looking at either the status bar or notification drawer. It goes without saying then that you probably want to tweak these areas to suit the way you use your device. While some custom ROMs contain features to do this, you may not wish to run a different ROM for a simple tweak or that tweak simply may not be available. This app might just be what you’ve been looking for.
Omega Status Bar by XDA Forum Member A Dev@Calstro is a complete alternative to the stock status bar boasting a wide array of features from simply tweaking the clock to blacklisting specific notifications. It also supports custom themes from a third party or even your own. Some of the apps main features include;
The app should work on Android 2.1 through 4.1, so if you are looking for a replacement status bar, this is definitely something worth looking into. Head on over to the original forum thread for a full run down of the features and download links.
February 16, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
Custom ROMs are hard work. Developers spend days, weeks and even months ironing out bugs, getting the theme just right and otherwise perfecting their work. However, not everyone likes the same things or like the work but wish they could change just one thing about it.
For most users, these little changes can be easily overlooked and they can enjoy their experience with any ROM. For some, though, they like their tweaks and themes exactly how they want. It is with this in mind that XDA Senior Member dully79 has come up with a tutorial that will give users who are carrying the Samsung Galaxy S II the ability to give those ROMs those little tweaks they’ve been wanting.
The tutorial is pretty extensive and teaches users how to do things such as change the battery icon and color by using the standard theming tools, such as Gimp. dully79 is also kind enough to link users to more in depth theming tutorials that covers things his tutorial doesn’t cover and adds a warning:
DO NOT ADJUST .9.PNG’S UNLESS YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING
For those who have been wanting to change just a little bit of their ROM, but otherwise like it, you can find all the information, the full tutorial and links in the original thread. Be sure to create a backup before installing anything, just in case something goes wrong.
Long time contributor XDA´er the0ne shows this vast and colorful collection of wallpapers for your Windows Phone all made in WVGA resolution.
This time you will find two sets, one with eight transparent wallpapers, and the second one with five no-transparent images; themes vary from superheroes to happy faces, for sure you´ll find some of your liking and get that special touch to your shinny device.
Originally posted by the0ne
NEW *** Wallpapers for WP7 .. also avilable via the Windows Phone App
New Series are out Game of Thrones
Keep an eye on 1800pocketpc.com for the latest , you can also download them using the windows phone app
Wallpapers without Transparent Effect : : Forza 4 , Superman , Minimalist Superhero Wallpapers for Windows Phone , pokemon Wallpaper windows phone, Emoticon Series , GlenNZ Funny Wallz, vladstudio wallpaper, Minimalist StarWars Wallpapers
Transparent Wallpapers ( will NOT work on MANGO ) : Transparent Wallpaper Collection with Batman Arkham City Wallpaper , Cartoon Transformers Wallpapers , Transparent WP7 Transformers Wallpapers, True Blood Wallpapers , Harry Potter Wallpapers for Windows Phone
Continue on to the collection thread to see more
December 29, 2011 By: Joseph Hindy
Soon, compiling CyanogenMod for your phone will be as easy as opening a user interface and adding a little information. Or at least that’s the plan from CyanogenMod team member, and XDA Recognized Developer, lithid-cm, who has released an alpha version of this powerful new software which will, as the name implies, compile CyanogenMod for you.
As stated, it is an alpha release, so if you’re expecting to download it and start porting CM to every phone on XDA, then you should probably pull the brakes a little bit. The features as it is right now include:
Check for repo installation on startup / or create a repo
Add and remove devices quickly and easily.
Remove all non english languages.
Remove live wallpapers
Remove cm wallpapers
Check if adb is running or not.
Update the repo
Built in color themes. > http://goo.gl/cED8t
Plugin support. (More information on this to come)
Odex plugin built into the package. This will take your connected cyanogemod installed phone and odex the rom on the phone.
And, as expected, there’s still a few problems as well:
There is nothing under the menu option 99. This is a placeholder for information about me and the compiler. If you select it it will just exit you out of the script.
There is no checking for installed software. You will need to install the needed packages on your own to compile. Check post 2 for needed software.
I have only tested this with ubuntu 11.04.
Removing the CM wallpapers from the build only works with gingerbread for now. Everything else is working as expected for me.
I don’t check for open ports on your network, so there might be issues connecting to the repos and syncing. I have not built error checking for that.
With a plethora of features still to be included and some bugs to work out, this beautiful, wonderful and purely awesome piece of software is definitely something the aspiring developer should be checking out. You can find more details, the features to come list, download links and installation instructions in the original thread .
It´s been some time since you changed your UI style. Perhaps you are no longer an ORD addict, but in case you still are and if you have Cyanogen Mod 7 on your Android, here’s something new for your theme chooser. XDA member DaRk_dOg presents Crystal theme, a blend of cyan/transparent and carbon colors where the member has reworked every single image.
The theme works for HDPI and MDPI devices and you can also find an add-ons package, which includes wallpapers and some morphs.
Please leave your feedback.
Originally posted by DaRk_dOg
“Crystal is a mix of cyan/transparent and carbon-like textures and colors. Every single image inside has been redesigned and not just retouched, in order to fit to the rest parts. This is my personal theme and since it has reached a nice level, i’ve decided to share it with all of you..
Also please.. Be unique! It’s easier than you think!”
Continue to the theme’s original thread.
Here’s a good thread containing great themes for the Galaxy S II. XDA member rixsta presents NeonGT themes, an interesting design that can be used with Lite’ning 4.2, Villain 2.3 and KG3 ROMs. You can get them on red, green, and blue. The best part is that this theme also applies to the dialer! I personally would like to see more development on dialers as the Android default can be rather boring, don´t you agree?. Certainly, a great choice if you want to try something different for your device.
As always, we encourage you to leave your feedback as a way to let the developer know about bugs so future version can be improved.
Originally posted by rixsta
By Rixsta , Mod85, geko95gek and nitrozk
New Cognition 1.31 , lite’ning , villain 2.3 ……Villain rom is odexed right now so the villain port theme may work on stock KG3 ???
Please consider a donation..its hard work and takes up alot of free time…Be nice
This has been a love, hate relationship as Im still very new to theming and its been a battle thats for sure, hope you enjoy the theme…..
Massive thanks to Mod85 for his work and support with this theme
Continue on to the original theme thread.
It has been a while since we have seen an original skin design work. This time, XDA member scar45 presents PCB Sense for our Android devices. This skin will completely change your home screen by giving it a PCB look, showing in the center a processor with the Android logo.
This series of skins can be found in five different colors: purple, pink, green, blue, and orange and they will work with all Sense 2.x ROMs. Hopefully, we can convince dev to make future versions supporting Sense 3.0.
Please leave your feedback for the developer.
Originally posted by scar45
I have recently been playing around with the Sense 2.1 + Gingerbread (aka GingerSense) ROMs, and had to of course port (and improve) my original PCB Sense Theme from days ago. I have been testing it myself for quite a few days, and I’m finally happy with how it turned out, so I wanted to offer it up to all GingerSense XDA users.
Couple of things to note:
This design was meant to be close to stock for those who actually dig the Sense scheme, but want something unique
The file is a 7.7mb signed .APK created using apk-manager 4.9 for Sense 2.1…I may make a Sense 3.0 port if there is enough demand (need to play with .m10 editing still)
It is installable by simply copying to your device and running, and is uninstallable by Titanium Backup, or applying another Skin in Sense, and highlighting PCB Sense, then MENU –> DELETE…it doesn’t appear in “Settings –> Applications”, but why would you want to uninstall it anyways?
Continue to the original thread to find more.
Since all this G+ madness started, some have already gotten their invitations and some have not. Judging from it, Google+ could be a good contender for Facebook as the king of social media. However, this is yet to be seen.
In the meantime, XDA member Alankrut posted a way to have your profile picture -avatar- in Google style. The developer created this template using Paint, which all Windows using members will be familiar with. A photoshop compatible version will be added later on.
Instructions to get your own profile picture template are easy, just follow the 8 steps indicated by the developer and voilà!
Please don´t forget to leave some feedback.
Originally posted by Alankrut
Profile Picture Template Google+ Style
Hey Guys, I made a template for profile pictures in general. This one i have made with a Google + theme since it is the biggest thing these days.
This Template is made using “Paint.net”, for those of you that don’t know what that is, Think Photoshop but a freeware. I will make a Photoshop compatible version later.
I have attached some samples.
I will update this to allow changing of placement of the Google+ icon and Photoshop support later in the future, if you guys want it.
Follow me on Twitter to get up-to-date on when i update this or you can send me suggestions.
Continue to the template thread.