egzthunder1 · Apr 25, 2013 at 11:00 pm

Theme ALL the (Rooted) Phones with XThemeEngine

You may or may not recall sometime last year, when a member by the name of XDA Recognized Developer rovo89 introduced a brand new concept to this world, named Xposed Framework. This essentially enables the user to hack any ROM and change virtually anything without coding, cracking the ROM open with a kitchen, or even flashing a zip through recovery. Possibilities with such a tool are virtually endless, and it is nearly risk free. Some people have released a few things here and there, but as with most novel concepts, things take time to take a foothold in people’s minds. The good news is that more and more people are beginning to see the wonders of this framework and have begun using it to add functionality that would otherwise require a brand new ROM (as what you want may not be available for your favorite ROM). XDA Forum Member ruqqq is among those people, and he has released something quite interesting based on Xposed.

XThemeEngine is similar to TMobile theme engine found in CyanogenMod and derivatives. Essentially, choose a theme, download it, and apply it via the engine. There’s no flashing, and there’s no mess. The only difference is that the CM engine is only available for AOSP ROMs (there are some engines analogous to this like VR Theme Engine, but this one is completely built on Xposed as the platform). The dev states that this will work if two conditions are met: The device needs to be rooted, AND Xposed framework needs to be installed. It has been tested on a wide range of devices already without issues. The dev also states that it is possible (and in fact quite simple) to make new themes from scratch (template provided as well), so you can literally let your imagination fly. If your imagination pool is somewhat dried up and you feel like using an existing theme,  porting can also be easily accomplished by following a few steps.

Please take it for a spin and share your creations with the rest of the world. Do keep in mind that this is still under beta phase and as such, there are some bugs. So, please read the entire opening post for all the details.

XThemeEngine allows you to theme your device similar to how T-Mobile/CM10 Theme Engine. Install theme apk, activate theme from XThemeEngine app. Voila!

You can find more information in the original thread and you can read more about Xposed Framework in this thread.

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egzthunder1 is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. I have been an active member of xda-developers since 2005 and have gone through various roles in my time here. I am Former Portal Administrator, and currently part of the administrator team while maintaining my writer status for the portal. In real life, I am a Chemical Engineer turned Realtor in the Miami area. View egzthunder1's posts and articles here.
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