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Get a dark theme for Sony devices running Nougat with Substratum

Substratum is the current go-to theme engine of choice for the majority of the Android enthusiasts within the community. It offers a robust platform for designers who want use their talents to customize the look and feel of both the Android operating system as well as individual applications. Different smartphone OEMs implement certain features that...

Team Substratum is petitioning Google to allow custom overlays on Android P, and they need your help

The first developer preview of Android P, the next major version of Android, has arrived, and the biggest change in tow is a complete user interface overhaul, possibly the biggest since the introduction of Material Design with Android 5.0 Lollipop. A predominantly white interface with rounded corners and round icons are present as Google officially...

[Update: Issue Tracker] Android P Blocks Custom Overlays (Substratum Themes) From Being Installed

The first Android P Developer Preview has been released today for the Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL, Google Pixel 2, and Google Pixel 2 XL. There's a massive amount of user interface and quality of life changes we've documented here, but there's one under-the-hood change that will not make you happy: custom overlays can no...

Andromeda, the Substratum Theme Customization Add-on for Android Oreo, is 50% Off Until February 19

Before the folks behind Substratum made headlines with Andromeda, the team released Sungstratum. Sungstratum is similar to Andromeda in that it's a paid add-on for Substratum that doesn't require root access. However, it's different in that it's the first modularized external OEM-based theming system for Samsung devices running Android Nougat. Now that a number of...

Substratum 953 adds support for Sony Xperia phones running Nougat, new showcase tabs, and more

The Substratum Theme Engine was updated yesterday to version 953, bringing support for Sony Xperia phones running Nougat and revamping the design for the Theme Showcase among other things. Perhaps the most welcome change for Sony Xperia owners still on Nougat is the ability to apply Substratum themes in “legacy mode.” As a reminder, it...

How to Fix the Lock Screen Swipe Gesture Issue on Android 8.1 Oreo

Android 8.1, the first maintenance release of Android's long-awaited Android Oreo update, has now been released for some time, at least for Google Pixel and Nexus devices. However, some Google Pixel and Nexus owners running Android 8.1 (either the official build or a custom ROM) have noticed that swipe gestures on the lock screen, like...

Tweak the Always On Display, Status Bar, and Nav Bar on the Samsung Galaxy S8 with Substratum

Theming your Android device is one of the primary reasons why people still root their devices, though recently several rootless theme solutions have cropped up. OEMs have started to implement Sony's RRO implementation, and Google officially incorporated RRO's successor, called OMS, into the source code for Android Oreo. Samsung's smartphones have a theme manager powered...

Substratum Theme Manager Gets a UI Revamp & Performance Improvements

Substratum, a mainstay in Android system theming since the Marshmallow days, received a major design revamp this week along with some security improvements and a new default theme compiler to improve performance. The new design, first teased last month, has been long-anticipated and has finally arrived. The improvements to the user interface (UI) are designed to...

Andromeda Lets You Theme Oreo Without Root, and It’s on Sale

One of the reasons people root their Android phones is to get system-wide theming support. In the past, it was built into CyanogenMod's popular Theme Engine (CMTE), but CMTE was retired in LineageOS, and the baton of system-wide theming support has been passed to Substratum. Substratum required custom ROM support initially, but that changed with the release...

[Update: Deal Over] Celebrate Christmas with a Few Temporarily Free Substratum Themes

Merry Christmas and happy holidays to our readers at XDA! I hope you're enjoying the time spent with your family today. Christmas is a great time for gift-giving, and to that end, a few Substratum themers have come together to offer their themes for free, at least temporarily. You can grab the following Substratum themes for...

Substratum Boot Animation Collection for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

Substratum is capable of doing so much more than applying color themes to app shortcuts and custom backgrounds to lockscreens. It can also change a devices' fonts, boot animations, and almost every other user interface in Android. XDA Senior Member anandmore used it to its fullest potential recently, putting together a ctOSv5  boot animation for the Redmi Note 4 (the preview...

Substratum App is getting Redesigned – Here’s a Sneak Peek

There are some applications for Android that are just a pleasure to use thanks to their user interface, smooth animations, and great layout.  Substratum is one of those applications, but the team has been working on a new redesign to make it even better. This week we got a sneak peak at the big UI...