THEMING Posts on XDA

Exploring Andromeda: A Look at the Challenges Awaiting Google’s Next Voyage

With the release of the Pixel and Pixel XL phones coming up, rumors abound that Google will be announcing a new platform based on Android enhanced by Chrome OS features, called Andromeda. Google has already started bringing features from one to the other (Android apps in Chrome OS, seamless updates in Android, etc.), but questions remain...

Theming 101 – Kickstart Your RRO Layers Development Streak

What is RRO Layers? Runtime Resource Overlay was a solution developed internally at Sony for the functioning of Xperia Themes and for quick prototyping, in the wake of Android Lollipop’s limited theming abilities. Given its excessive potential, a few developers from the community built upon Sony's base, bringing forth the RRO Layers Framework that worked effortlessly with...

Meet Substratum, the Future of Theming That’ll Take over Layers

Layers has seen a gradual rise to power, becoming a feasible and potent replacement for the CyanogenMod Theme Engine. Layers builds up on the RRO framework developed by Sony as it allows more complex resource switching and the possibility to theme more elements than RRO originally did. To further its own work on the RRO, Sony worked...

From the Community to AOSP: Root-Only Features that Made the Cut

Android is by far one of the most widely loved mobile operating systems, owing its disruptive growth not only to the Open Handset Alliance, but also to the host of useful features that the system packs, features that are actually productive rather than just bells and whistles. However, it was not always so, and in the early...

A Brief History of Theming: From OEM Themes to RRO Layers

The root of Android's charm as a platform lies in its satisfyingly freeing open-source nature, which gives manufacturers, third-party firmware developers, and even end users a free rein over their device. While the intricacies of open source code will undoubtedly come off as gibberish to the end user, the most obvious and subsequently most appealing manifestation of open...

CyanogenMod 12 Theme Options – XDA TV

Be together, not the same. That is the current phrase that Google is using for Android. This is really wise, the strength of Android is that I have a choice in what phone I get and what it looks like. I get more choices than black or white and 16, 64 or 128 GB. One...

Change Your Sony Xperia Device’s UI

Nothing tastes better than the product of your own hard work. This applies everywhere, from cooking to Android, where you can modify almost every element of the UI either by editing smali code or by using an Xposed Framework modules. XDA is your source for a limitless supply of guides explaining what needs to be done in order to achieve...

XDA Xposed Tuesday: Blur Your System Notification Panel – XDA Developer TV

Listen, we love innovative applications and modules that expand the functionality of your device. We cover those modules often. However, sometimes you are fine with the functionality you have, and you just want it too look different. So today, we celebrate that desire. In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews...

Android App Review: Customize Your TWRP Recovery with This Theme Manager – XDA Developer TV

If you spend any amount of time on XDA, you probably also spend a lot of time in your recovery. Perhaps you hate blue, or perhaps you just want to change things up a little. And since we like changing things, wouldn't it be great if you could apply themes to your TWRP Recovery more...

Easily Theme Your Android OS with “KatKit”

GIMP is a popular image editor for various operating systems. It's free, easy to use, and can perform many complex operations on various file types including PNGs, which are widely used in Android. It's the primary image editor on Linux, and it has no real alternative (except perhaps Pinta). This makes GIMP's user base quite large and devoted. GIMP can be...

Make Your KitKat ROM Look Like a Proper KitKat ROM

Every new version of Android offers a tweaked graphical style. KitKat's UI differs a bit from the more prominent Holo blue from Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean, as that blue color was replaced by aesthetically appealing white. Unfortunately, some elements still appear to be taken directly from Jelly Bean, which is most likely true. If...

Learn About Theming and Create Your Own Theme Easily

Android is extremely popular largely due to the fact that users can easily modify its look, which applications to use, and basically anything else. Changing your look is not only a wallpaper, launcher, or new icons. Rather, some deep changes can be done with custom themes that are not so hard to create. With elementary knowledge...
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