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Why App Updates Sometimes Break Substratum Themes

It's a common occurrence: users apply Substratum themes to their phones then later update Slack, WhatsApp, Instagram, or any number of other apps from the Play Store. Suddenly they can't even open those apps until their theme overlays are disabled. Plenty of newer Substratum users have voiced their experiences with this issue ever since the...

LineageOS Starts Removing Theme Engine Related Code, Basically Confirming CMTE’s Demise

Before the rise of Substratum, there was the CyanogenMod Theme Engine (CMTE). Introduced all the way back with CyanogenMod 9 (based on Android Ice Cream Sandwich), it added system-wide theme capabilities to CyanogenMod builds. With the release of CyanogenMod 14 (which later became LineageOS), CMTE was nowhere to be found. Meanwhile many other popular custom...

The Google Pixel 2 has a Hidden, but Disabled, Dark Theme

Did you hear? Verizon opened up their stores yesterday to live demos of the new Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL. While most people were spending their times getting a feel for the phone (because that's what you're supposed to do with these kinds of promotions), we at XDA have been digging into...

How to get a Minimal Lock Screen, Rounded Recent App Thumbnails, and More Quick Setting Columns on Android Oreo

One of the biggest reasons people keep coming to the XDA forums is to find new ways to theme their device. Many of us also like to live on the bleeding edge of Android software updates, so it's no surprise to see so much interest in unofficial ports of Android Oreo. Now is an especially...

How to Customize the Navigation Bar Icons on Android Oreo

Ever since Google ditched hardware capacitive buttons and moved to software navigation keys with the release of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, people have been looking for ways to customize the navigation bar. Without root access or a custom ROM, customization of the nav bar was fairly limited until it was discovered that Android Nougat's hidden...

How to get Blob Emojis in Whatsapp and Telegram on Android Oreo

Not every new feature in Android Oreo has been met with fanfare. The decision to include a blinding bright light theme earned the ire of many, but luckily there's an app for that. Another polarizing change to Google's latest tasty dessert-themed OS is the emoji redesign. Emojis are a fun way to express your emotions over...

How to Install a Dark Theme on Android Oreo without Root

Some of you might remember the days of Android Gingerbread's green-colored system theme. That was later supplanted by the much beloved Holo UI when Matias Duarte joined Google. The dark, almost futuristic look of Android during the Ice Cream Sandwich, KitKat, and Jellybean was comfortable on the eyes, although the design is dated when paired...

How to Install Custom Themes on Android Oreo with Substratum

After a lot of teasing, Team Substratum and XDA-Developers are proud to announce the release of the Andromeda add-on for Substratum which brings full custom theme support for any Android 8.0 Oreo device without root. We realize that many people are excited by this project, but there are many people who feel that this news has...

Andromeda Add-on for Substratum Brings Custom Themes to Android Oreo

One of the most commonly requested feature additions to Google's Android operating system is theme support. Custom theme support is available on Android devices from Sony, Huawei, and Samsung among others. However, fans of stock Android on the Google Nexus and Pixel series of devices have not been able to theme their devices, at least...

Demo of Rootless Substratum Theme Engine on Android Oreo, and Addressing Misconceptions

Yesterday, we published an exclusive article detailing something that many Android enthusiasts have been longing for: full, system-wide theme support without root. This theme support comes to us courtesy of Team Substratum, but yesterday, the team was not yet ready to show off their work. That has changed, however, as Nicholas Chum has put together a...

Exclusive: Android Oreo Will Receive Rootless, System-Wide Theme Support Within 1 Week

With every new release of Google's Android OS, there are fewer reasons for most users to root their devices. However, among the remaining users who still choose to root their devices, one of the most commonly cited reasons is to enable system-wide theme support. Typically, this is managed via the Substratum theme framework ever since the...

Custom Status Bar, Nav Bar, and Quick Setting Icons on any Samsung Nougat Device

With the ability to use Substratum on Samsung devices (called Sungstratum) without it requiring root access, we're starting to see more new themes crop up that are specifically for these devices running Android 7.0 Nougat. A new and open source theme from XDA Senior Member OhayouBaka called StatusBar Icons should work on any Samsung Nougat device. With it...