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 …

Skype for Android update adds two new themes, activity indicators, more

One day after announcing its partnership with PayPal, the fine folks behind Skype released a new version of their Android app, which brings a few improvements and tweaks into the mix.

Among the highlights of the update is the addition of two new themes, as per user request. Those who use Skype on Android devices will now be able to choose between light and dark themes, assuming they update to the latest version of the app.

Furthermore, the developers included new activity indicators, which will allow Skype users to see who is currently active in their Chats list. Another nifty tweak …

SwiftKey for iOS updated with emoji prediction, new themes and languages

SwiftKey, the popular keyboard app, is getting new features in the most recent update released on App Store. If you own an iPhone, iPad or an iPod touch, you’ll benefit from all the improvements added to SwiftKey today.

The newest SwiftKey app comes with several new themes, 8 to be more precise, 15 new languages, as well as a couple of improvements to 3D Touch. On top of that, the app should now allow users to find the emoji they want faster than ever.

Apparently, there’s a new emoji prediction panel available in SwiftKey for iOS, which shows up when you tap on the regular emoji key. …

OnePlus 5 may get UI themes and a blue light filter, new teasers suggest

Another day, another teaser for the OnePlus 5 has come out ahead of the phone’s official announcement. In fact, two new posts have appeared on the OnePlus Twitter page in the last 24 hours, both giving us hints about changes we can expect.

Te first clue comes in the form of the picture above, captioned “Software designed with style and refinement”, and is obviously pointing to updates in the OxygenOS interface. To be more precise, the various motifs in the background may be a hint at support for UI themes. Currently, OnePlus’s UI only lets you change the color …

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 …

SwiftKey gets complete design overhaul on iOS, 68 new languages and 6 themes added

Less than a week ago SwiftKey was launching a small update for its Android app which added keypress sounds. Today, iOS users are the beneficiaries of a much more significant update that completely changes the way the keyboard looks and adds a ton of new languages.

The update introduces a new icon, two new animated themes (Zig Zag and Cogs), as well as two re-designed default themes Nickel Light and Nickel Dark.

Also, support for 68 additional languages has been added, upping the number of languages supported by SwiftKey for iOS to 106. The new language models and the themes …

Results: Do you use themes on your smartphone?

Themes are a pretty popular things nowadays — no longer for the edgy ROM-flashing, root-a-holic, or limited to custom launchers only, plenty of manufacturers officially have and support a theme store for their devices. The best thing about them is that they are open to 3rd party artists and developers, so they grow fast and have a huge collection of wallpapers, icons, and color swaps.

But then again, having too much choice is sometimes a burden, isn’t it? “This theme looks better than the last one, but lacks this and that”; “This theme would’ve been perfect if only it had x”, so on and so …

Do you use themes on your smartphone?

Nowadays, most popular manufacturers put a theme store on their upper-class handsets. And, for those who don’t, there are always custom launchers that support 3rd party icon packs and some crazy customization options.

But then again, having too much choice is sometimes a burden, isn’t it? “This theme looks better than the last one, but lacks this and that”; “This theme would’ve been perfect if only it had x”, so on and so forth. Unless the stock UI skin is abysmal, we can see why many people choose to forgo the whole theme shenanigans overall.

Where do you stand? Do you pick a new …

The emperor does have clothes: here are 23 of the best themes for the Galaxy S8 that you can download today!

Customization has been a major thing about Android since forever now. And while in the earlier days, users had to go to custom ROMs or specific launchers in order to change the way the app icons or specific UI elements look throughout, in recent years, a lot of manufacturers have launched their own theme stores and support for third-party themes.

Samsung has been on this bandwagon since the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge and, as can be expected, its theme store has slowly amassed quite a lot of items. You can download wallpapers, icon packs, background pictures for the Always-On …