Will Verduzco · Jun 15, 2014 at 07:30 am

Tinted and Translucent Status and Navigation Bars in Any App

A few days ago, we talked about the rumored future of Android’s UI. Dubbed “Quantum Paper,” this initiative aims to deliver a much more consistent user experience across all Google products when accessed through Android, the Web, and even iOS.

One of the expected UI tweaks that we may see if and when Quantum Paper comes to fruition is the widespread use of tinted and translucent status bars. This, along with app-specific action bar colors, will lead to a highly unified user interface in Google’s core applications. But luckily, we don’t have to wait in order to enjoy a taste of some of the UI stylings that may make their way into the next version of Android.

Inspired by the previously covered Tinted Status Bar Xposed Module and by the rumored Quantum Paper UI, XDA Forum Member Woalk created Tinted Translucent StatusBar. This module allows you to make your status and navigation bars translucent, with a predefined color. The module also lets you to define how to handle applications with and without built-in action bars, and you are able to set this for every activity in every app.

If you’ve been looking for a way to clean up and unify your Android UI a tad and you have Xposed Framework installed, you may want to give this module a shot. You can get started by heading over to the module thread. And if you want to build off of this module to create something similar, head over to the project’s Github.


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willverduzco is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Will Verduzco is the Portal Administrator for the XDA-Developers Portal. He has been addicted to mobile technology since the HTC Wizard. But starting with the Nexus One, his gadget love affair shifted to Google's little green robot. He is also a Johns Hopkins University graduate in neuroscience and is now currently studying to become a physician. View willverduzco's posts and articles here.
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