Android Oreo gains support for custom themes via Andromeda add-on for Substratum, no root needed

A while ago, we reported that custom themes may be coming to Android 8.0 Oreo without the need for rooting your device. We are happy to report back that this seems to be the case, although the ability to do so is not quite “native”, in that it requires a third-party app and a PC connection.

Last month, the folks over at XDA discovered, while tinkering with preview builds of Oreo, that the new version of Android has support for Sony’s Runtime Resource Overlay (RRO) theme engine baked-in. This spurned the developers behind the popular custom theming …


Android Oreo may soon get support for custom themes without rooting

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One of the biggest drawing forces for Android has always been customization. From custom launchers and icon packs to the much more in-depth and involved theming engines of OEMs like Samsung, OnePlus, and Sony, customization options have traditionally been abundant on Android. However, many enthusiasts were still not content with what was offered by stock Android and the variety of skins by different OEMs, so they opted to root their devices and make use of custom themes.

Developers tinkering with the developer …

Android O will let you hear your own custom ringtone through your Bluetooth device

When it comes to technology, people often don’t realize just how much work goes into the details — but they sure do once something’s just a little off. And this has long been the case when it comes to Android’s support for Bluetooth, which lacks several seemingly minor features which actually turn out to be quite useful.

Case in point: what happens when you’ve paired your wireless headset to your smartphone, and someone calls you? Right now, you can only hear the (often terrible) default ringing your Bluetooth device provides, while whatever custom …

Custom processors may come to Pixel as Google hires ex-Apple chip designer

Google has been slowly expanding its hardware division, most notably with the new line of Pixel phones. Now, it appears as though Google has interest in designing its own custom silicon chips with the new hire of an Apple alumn who worked as a processor designer at Apple for eight years. 

Manu Gulati announced on LinkedIn that he had been hired by Google to be the “lead SoC architect” for the company. Gulati has a long work history in processors, having previously been employed by AMD and Broadcom before spending eight years with Apple. According to reports, Google is looking …

Snapchat update adds new “Custom Stories” feature on Android and iOS

Snapchat recently pushed a new update for both its Android and iOS apps. The update brings a single new feature that allows users to create custom Stories and share them with their friends.

To start a new Story, you’ll have to tap the “Create Story” icon in the top right corner of the Stories page. The Story can be about anything and can include any of your friends. It can even be about a particular location.

The catch is that your friends can add to the Story whenever they want as long as you give them access to it. You can also decide who can view the Story, …

Android O may get support for custom themes in the final release

The final release of Android O may bring about a feature that’s long been a staple of custom ROMs and a favorite among modders – support for custom themes. Seeing as how this has been one of the major incentives to get your phone rooted in the past, it only makes sense that Google finally implements this functionality into Android. Nothing is set in stone at this point, so don’t get your hopes too high, but we noticed an interesting new option in the “Display” settings page in Android O Developer Preview 2 on the Pixel, which wasn’t there before. It’s called “Device …

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ (Exynos) get TWRP custom recovery

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ officially hit the shelves only a few days ago, yet the global versions of the two flagships have already received TWRP support. The open-source software custom recovery image now allows Galaxy S8/S8+ users to flash custom ROMs and backup their current system with just a tap of a button.
We’re actually a bit surprised to see TWRP released for the Exynos versions first. Although the former are more widely spread than their Snapdragon 835 counterparts in the US, Exynos typically does not release its kernel source which …

Best of the Best! Ultimate custom Android home screen Battle Royale

Hi everyone and welcome to the Best of the Best edition of our “Amazing custom Android home screen” series! Over the last 10 weeks, we’ve received hundreds of beautiful home page layouts, and we did our best to sort out and display the finest entries for your viewing pleasure. 

You’ve elected 10 champions who will now battle for your vote one last time. After the virtual dust settles, we will find out who is the ultimate Android customizer among our readers! As this is the last post for our first season, the voting will close at 01:00 AM CDT on …

Android O makes adding custom ringtones a piece of cake

We have Android 7 Nougat running on less than 3% of Android devices, but Google has already officially announced the next version of its operating system: Android O.
We only have a general outline of the major focus of this Android update: it will be mostly about battery life, but some other neat improvements are also coming. And while it will probably be a year or more until it arrives to a meaningful number of phones, here is one welcome new feature in Android O: it will allow you to easily set a custom ringtone for calls, notifications …

10 beautiful custom Android home screen layouts #8

Hi everyone and welcome to the latest post in our special series for custom Android home screens, made by some of our most inventive users!

It looks like our reader 5urv1v0r managed to impress you the most with his great multi-color design, as he managed to grab first place with 18.24% of the total vote.  You can see his beautiful sporty layout displayed to the right, and if his step count has also encouraged you to be more active, make sure to check our pick with 5 great fitness and exercise apps for Android and iOS!

Please note that if your own personalized …