Will Verduzco · Sep 30, 2013 at 10:30 am

Tinted Status Bar Brings App-Specific Color Changes

If you’ve been following the rumor mill surrounding Android 4.4 KitKat, you’ve surely seen the unverified leaked images of the new status bar. Rather than being a static shade, many think that the next revision of the OS will feature a dynamically colored status bar that changes depending on the app currently in view. This isn’t a new feature, however.

We’ve seen options to allow for this implemented by the Paranoid Android team for quite some time. However, it would be nice to see this in first party form, as well as being made accessible to all users on the latest OS. Until then, XDA Senior Member MohammadAG has us covered with an Xposed module aimed at doing exactly that.

Naturally since this is an Xposed module, you’ll need XDA Recognized Developer rovo89‘s powerful Xposed Framework (thread) to get started. After that, it’s largely a plug and play affair.

Since this module uses app-specific colors and naturally not every app has been added to the database, there will be a bit of tweaking required for less common applications. So far, there are 9 apps added with default colors across 13 activities, but if you’d like to see more, you can add them in through the developer’s Google Drive. However, future apps can be written to make use of MohammadAG’s status bar module by using a special intent that allows status bar and icon color to be specified.

Make your way over to the module thread to get started.


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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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