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Tomek Kondrat · Aug 25, 2014

Change Your Sony Xperia Device’s UI

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...

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Jimmy McGee · Jul 29, 2014

XDA Xposed Tuesday: Blur Your System Notification Panel – XDA Developer TV

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...

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Jimmy McGee · Jun 12, 2014

Android App Review: Customize Your TWRP Recovery with This Theme Manager – XDA Developer TV

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...

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Tomek Kondrat · Apr 29, 2014

Easily Theme Your Android OS with “KatKit”

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...

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Tomek Kondrat · Feb 9, 2014

Make Your KitKat ROM Look Like a Proper KitKat ROM

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...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jan 31, 2014

Learn About Theming and Create Your Own Theme Easily

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...

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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 28, 2013

9Compile Helps You Modify NinePatch Files in Batch

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...

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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 26, 2013

Newbie-Friendly Tool Lets You Change the Look of Your Favorite Apps

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...

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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 23, 2013

Candy Shop Helps You Change the Look of Many Screen Elements with ZipThemer

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...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 6, 2013

Create Your Own Themes for Xperia Devices with XThemer

One of the main reasons why many of us choose to use Android rather than a more locked down mobile OS is customization. Simply stated, Android allows us to tailor our devices to our own needs and tastes, in order to make them truly our own. By virtue of its supremely modular nature and fantastic intent system, Android allows you to select default apps for pretty much anything. But what if instead of changing your default applications, you'd rather change...

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Samantha · Jul 1, 2013

Start to Finish Guide on APK Modding and Theming

So much of our Android experience is dependent on modifying various APKs. Modding, theming, ROM and app developing in one way or another often require some sort of tweaking, modifying, or refashioning of an APK. So XDA Senior Member XperienceD has decided to create a 'Definite APK Modding and Theming' thread intended for everything to do with modding and theming. XperienceD starts this thread off with a thorough, 'all-in-one' guide on APK decompiling and recompiling, signing and zipaligning, .9PNGs, and flashable CWM...

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Samantha · Jun 23, 2013

Beginner’s Guide to Changing App Icons on Xperia Devices

One of the first steps to theming brilliance for any aspiring themer is the changing of application icons, a skill that any experienced themer will undoubtedly need in their endeavors. And the great thing is, the process of doing so is not that difficult. Because of this, any novice can have a crack at it without the risks of the more complex activities. Written by XDA Senior Member Rajeev, this simple and straight forward guide breaks down the process of...

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Conan Troutman · Jun 19, 2013

Expand Your Choice of Icons with Icon Themer

Icons are some of the most commonly themed elements of the Android UI, and there is certainly no shortage of great looking icon packs available for download. The downside, however, is that some of these packs are designed to be used with specific launchers. And if you are anything like I am, quite attached to your launcher of choice and unwilling to switch, this can be frustrating. While there are ways of making use of any icons on any launcher,...

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Samantha · Jun 18, 2013

Get the Android 4.2.2 Status Bar on Your Gingerbread-Based Samsung

There are still quite a few of folks who run Gingerbread on their devices---either because their devices have started to age a little bit, or the stability of ports of later versions is just not cutting it. However this doesn't mean that they should be left out in the cold in terms of new functions and features, as XDA Recognized Themer and Contributor SpaceCaker has created a guide to get the Samsung Android 4.2.2 status bar and toggles on your Samsung device...

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Samantha · May 7, 2013

Easily Change App Icons and Names with TouchWiz

Just recently, we featured a guide on how to decompile, recompile and sign APKs that has been of appreciable help to many Android users. However, if you're stuck and don't know how to put this into practice, and you've always wanted to either change the icons or names of apps on your Samsung's TouchWiz UI, look no further than XDA Recognized Developer M_J_Nazari's guide on how to do such simple modifications. What M_J_Nazari has written is a straightforward, step-by-step guide on how to...

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