POSTS TAGGED: theming
Posted August 25, 2014 at 10:00 pm by Tomek Kondrat
Nothing tastes better than the product of your own hard work. This applies everywhere, from cooking to Android, where you can modify almost every element of the UI either by editing smali code or by using an Xposed Framework modules. XDA is your source for a limitless supply of guides explaining what needs to be done in order to achieve the desired effect on your device.
One such guide was recently published by XDA Senior Member DanielFlorin who showed what could be done with the Sony Xperia phones to make their UI more beautiful. DanielFlorin’s guide contains instructions about how to make the status bar semi-transparent, how to move the toggles under the clock, and how to change . . . READ ON »
Posted July 29, 2014 at 09:00 am by Jimmy McGee
Listen, we love innovative applications and modules that expand the functionality of your device. We cover those modules often. However, sometimes you are fine with the functionality you have, and you just want it too look different. So today, we celebrate that desire.
In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that lets you blur your system UI. XDA Recognized Developer serajr created the Blurred System UI module. TK shows off the modules and gives his thoughts, so check out this Xposed Tuesday video.. . . READ ON »
Posted June 12, 2014 at 10:00 am by Jimmy McGee
If you spend any amount of time on XDA, you probably also spend a lot of time in your recovery. Perhaps you hate blue, or perhaps you just want to change things up a little. And since we like changing things, wouldn’t it be great if you could apply themes to your TWRP Recovery more easily?
XDA Senior Member ScumpinatoS offers up an application that allows you apply themes to your TWRP Recovery very easily. In this video, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews TWRP Theme Manager. TK shows off the application, its uses, and functionality, and then he gives his thoughts on the application. Check out this app review.. . . READ ON »
Posted April 29, 2014 at 04:00 am by Tomek Kondrat
GIMP is a popular image editor for various operating systems. It’s free, easy to use, and can perform many complex operations on various file types including PNGs, which are widely used in Android. It’s the primary image editor on Linux, and it has no real alternative (except perhaps Pinta). This makes GIMP’s user base quite large and devoted.
GIMP can be used to create an Android theme. But thanks to XDA Senior Member Kdio, theming is now quite a bit easier for GIMP users. Kool Android Transmutation Kit is a set of tools that create a ready-to-flash ZIP file with newly themed files and XMLs. These tools work both on Linux and Windows, and can theme every variant of Android to d. . . READ ON »
Posted February 9, 2014 at 08:30 am by Tomek Kondrat
Every new version of Android offers a tweaked graphical style. KitKat’s UI differs a bit from the more prominent Holo blue from Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean, as that blue color was replaced by aesthetically appealing white. Unfortunately, some elements still appear to be taken directly from Jelly Bean, which is most likely true.
If you’ve ever wondered how “proper” KitKat should look, you should take a look at the guide presented by XDA Senior Member enricocid, who made a KitKat look more KitKat-like. Enricocid used some values from the SlimROMs repositories and shared the smali code, which can be used to complete the look of KitKat. Many elements were changed, such as the bu. . . READ ON »
Posted January 31, 2014 at 11:30 am by Tomek Kondrat
Android is extremely popular largely due to the fact that users can easily modify its look, which applications to use, and basically anything else. Changing your look is not only a wallpaper, launcher, or new icons. Rather, some deep changes can be done with custom themes that are not so hard to create.
With elementary knowledge of photo editing and a willingness to learn, you can create your own theme. XDA Senior Member Ayush Singh wrote a thorough guide on understanding the process of making a theme. The guide initially was aimed at the Sony Xperia Z1, but it can be used with almost every device, as themes don’t differ much in their structure. Ayush Singh presents the process with text and some screenshots. . . READ ON »
Posted December 28, 2013 at 02:00 pm by Tomek Kondrat
Theming has become an art on Android. Changing the look of your device is a complicated process, as sometimes very small elements need to be modified. To accomplish this, many themers often use really advanced graphical tools like Photoshop. But editing elements one-by-one is a time consuming task, so an automated process would be handy.
PNG files used in Android are saved as a NinePatch PNGs, which are a bit different than regular PNGs. The border has to be transparent and use a black one pixel width. In short, they differ. That’s why the batch tool presented by XDA Forum Member F4bioo might be useful.
This Windows-only tool gives themers the ability to work on several .9.png files simultaneously. F4b. . . READ ON »
Posted December 26, 2013 at 10:00 pm by Tomek Kondrat
Changing the look of open source apps is relatively easy. All you need to do is to download the source, add new images, and compile. Things get more complicated when the application’s author does not provide the source code and the app needs to be decompiled and recompiled using something like APKtool.
Aware of this situation, the XDA Forum Member Ankush menat created a tool to ease the process of changing the look of your favorite apps. This Windows-only tool allows you to modify application contents by extracting them to a specified output folder. Then, you can use popular applications like Gimp or Photoshop to edit the PNG files. After you’re done editing, you recompile the application and push . . . READ ON »
Posted December 23, 2013 at 05:00 am by Tomek Kondrat
Theming is one of the most interesting aspects of Android. Modifying the look of various UI elements often leads to as noticeable of an impact as getting new features. There are lots of ways to modify the look of your screen, but what to do when you want to modify only one element?
There is an app in the Play Store called ZipThemer. Basically this tool allows you to add some custom UI elements to your favorite custom ROM’s update.zip file. XDA Recognized Contributor matthew0776 gathered tons of interesting mods together and called it a Candy Shop, and it is indeed full of sweetness. The current set is intended for use with the Nexus 4. But with a little modification, it can be used with almost any device. Current. . . READ ON »