MIUI is one of the few complete UI changes you can make to your Android device. It’s a ROM that once installed, switches up the entire OS, making it mostly look like iOS in our opinion, but one that has been incredibly popular. It made its first big splash back in September 2010, so we’re excited to see the improvements that the MIUI team will unveil next week to this already clean and completely smooth/working ROM. (more…)
Animated notification pulldown menus…could this be the next big thing to obsess over in ROM and theme development? We’re not 100% sure on that, but after seeing just a couple of them already in action, the ideas are starting to float through our brains. DF forum member Alastrionia deserves credit for figuring this out by tweaking the systemui.apk, but now we look to our favorite themers (@bgill55 and @jsinlegacy) and ROM developers (@jrummy16 and @bigxie) to find creative ways to make this look extra hot.
What do you guys think – is this hokey or could it be brilliant?
We’ve featured WidgetLocker on DL a couple of times now, but had yet to really dive into the theming side of this lock screen replacement app. Then today happened and we stumbled onto an XDA thread that has been compiling beautiful lock screen themes for almost 2 months now. I’ve featured 3 of them above, but trust me when I say that this doesn’t even touch on the 70+ variations of custom sliders that you can sample from. For those of you into the minimalistic lifestyle, this would be your goldmine.
*Themes created by qwerty160, dbrits, and zHk3R.
1. To install these, simply download the file to your phone and move it into:
2. Then from your WidgetLocker lock screen, add a new custom slider.
3. Choose from the Theme pull down menu.
Our boy Fede released a new skinning engine for LauncherPro today that will allow some of our favorite themers to attack widgets and make them beautiful without requiring you to install a whole new version of the app. The hope is to launch the full version in the market Monday (or so), but themers can get to work now so that we can enjoy some fabulous skins ahead of time.
I should also point out that this will allow you to set different skins for each of your LP widgets, so you are not just stuck with one particular theme. Nice, right? +1 Fede.
Here are the dirty details of this new engine:
- (Almost) All of the graphics you see on the widgets will be skinnable. That includes header background, the shadow below the header, the widget body background, the footer background, refresh icon, buttons (for example, the Timeline/Mentions/DM buttons on the Twitter widget), etc.
- Most backgrounds should be 9-patch images
- Most clickable images, like buttons and the footer (refresh bar) should have two states; normal and pressed. When the user presses the button/image, it will change to the pressed graphic.
- You’ll be able to change the color of any text elements on the widgets.
- Changing text sizes might not make it into the first SDK, but will definitely come in future updates.
- More fine-tuning options like changing element positions and dimensions will also come in future updates. This first release should provide enough customization to create some cool skins.
All of the instructions for skinning can be found at this thread.
And here is a sample skin that someone already created.
Not a fan of the new blue MotorBlur that was introduced in the leaked Gingerbread? How does having the stock black and green theme from real Android 2.3 sound? We’re talking black menus, black menu bar, GB keyboard, etc.; the way it was supposed to look. Thanks to brenneisec over at MDW, we have just that.
1. You have to be rooted and running Gingerbread on your DROIDX.
2. Download the file from above and drop it on your SD card.
3. Boot into recovery and MAKE A BACKUP.
4. Mount System, then flash the file.
If you want to revert back to the blue theme, you really need to make a backup.
Via: My Droid World
Been a while since we took a day to let everyone show off the beauty that is their personalized home screen. And since a lot of you are rockin’ out with a new HTC Thunderbolt, we figured that you’ve probably had to change up that look a little. We also have a variety of new themes in the wild for the DX/D2 and OG, so let’s show them off!
If you missed out the last time we did this, here are the basic guidelines:
- Take screenshots of as many of your screens as you’d like using apps like drocap2 or ShootMe if you are rooted. Follow these instructions to take them using the Android SDK if not rooted.
- Upload your screenshots to an image hosting site like dropbox, Imgur or Tinypic. Paste the URLs to the images in the comments to allow everyone to see the images as click-able thumbnails.
- Comment on and “like” your favorites.
With your shots, list out some, all or more of the following info:
- Device (D1, D2, Incredible, DX, etc.)
- Current launcher
- Special wallpapers, widgets, icons
- Custom ROM if you are running one.
Earlier today we brought you a new pink Droid Life-inspired theme, but since we know that not everyone is the biggest salmon fan, how about another option? Theming gurus droidzforlife and bassdj has created something that might be a true masterpiece called OreoSlice. And while they are claiming that it’s not quite finished, I don’t care and neither should you. This theme is insanely good and anyone out there running Liberty 1.5 on their DROID X or DROID 2, might want to grab this one.
The download seems huge, but that’s because he tossed in a ton of black and white wallpapers for you to choose from. Seriously, applaud these two.
Note: The transparent market is ridiculous… (more…)
For those of you running the official 2.3.340 update for the Droid X and want to have a theme to get you as far away from that awful Blur skin as possible, then this is the post for you. XDA member waremike32 released 3 themes to fit over top of a stock rooted DX and one of them will take you into the wonderful world of Gingerbread. The instructions are fairly simple, but we’ll lay them out for those of you new to the game after the break. (more…)