While we’ve known that the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones will allow users to customize the handsets thanks to the Themes option first seen in the Galaxy A series of phones, it hasn’t been clear exactly how 3rd party theme makers would be able to distribute their offerings for the S6. Until now, thanks to Reddit member, gedankenreich, receiving a reply from Samsung on the matter.
Developer Chris Lacy has announced the release of Action Launcher 3.3. This latest update adds a new open source API that developers can use to match theme colors to live wallpaper automatically. The color theme carries over to things like the search box.
Cyanogen has posted some new information about some upcoming theme related features that will be included in the upcoming Cyanogen OS 12 release. One of these new features is a new tool called App Themer that will let users customize the theme of specific apps. This capability will be useful if a user has installed a theme that for some reason does not play well with a given app. As an example, Cyanogen describes a theme that uses white text which does not work with an email client with a white background for the message body. The new App Themer will enable users to fix that one app by changing its theme without abandoning the overall theme.
Today, Sony announced a new project that will allow Xperia device owners to create their own themes. The project, which is currently available in beta form, is called Theme Creator and hands users control of over three-hundred graphical system assets. These items include icons, buttons, colors, and assets.
When HTC released the HTC One M9 at MWC 2015, one of the benefits they touted was their new Sense 7 user interface layer. HTC’s version of a launcher now includes support for themes like many third-party launchers and HTC decided to include some “stock” themes to help people get start with the customization of their devices.
Pokemon has released an app that will let users re-skin or theme their Android devices with Pokemon themes. The app functions much like a launcher replacement, but is limited to loading themes that let you replace the wallpaper, icons and some other features with goodies from the world of Pokemon.
Last week we got a glimpse of Samsung’s new theme capabilities that are likely coming with the next version of TouchWiz. More images surfaced giving us a better idea of what Samsung is cooking up.
To get to the Theme options, users will need to long press on a home screen or go to the Display and Wallpaper section in the Settings menu. You can also see that five Themes are offered: Samsung Basic, Natural, Craft, Sweet, and another that we can’t see the name of.
The concept of themes applied to the interface of an Android device is nothing new as many third-party launchers have supported themes for a long time now. The ability to quickly change the look of a device is a feature that many people enjoy as witnessed by the popularity of third-party launchers along with the host of theme and icon packs available through the Play Store. Based on some new images that surfaced it appears Samsung may have realized they can keep people using their own TouchWiz UI if they add in the ability to load themes.
The software experience provided by Cyanogen is about to become much more tailored to each and every user. The company is well-known for its deep customization capability, but the new Themes app takes things further. Themes for Cyanogen OS devices gives control to what the user experience is like. It is effectively a way to fully personalize a device. What kind of things can be personalized? Everything from the font to status bar and more.
Stay tuned for when the Themes app is available. As for pricing, Cyanogen has yet to say if all themes will be free or premium options carry a price tag.
To kick off Black Friday and the shopping holiday season, SwiftKey has started a sale on keyboard themes in their theme store. The individual themes aren’t marked down, but you can pick up entire theme packs up to 66% off, which is a great deal.
These theme packs are only available on Android, so be sure to pick up a few to show your iOS friends that some Android apps still have some pretty cool exclusive stuff.