No More Having to Install a Custom ROM for Theming – XThemeEngine Now Available (Download)
There are plenty of reasons for people choosing to install a custom ROM over the manufacturer provided one. For one users can get rid of all the customized interface and anything related to it, clearing RAM and making the experience a little more snappy. And the other part is related to theming.
CyanogenMod and other related ROMs all have in common a heavily customized version of the T-Mobile theming engine. That means that by simply accessing the appropriate menu in the device settings you can apply a theme and change just about the look of the entire system. And that while keeping in mind the number of themes has grown a lot on the Play Store, in both paid and free form.
What the XThemeEngine plans on offering is a way for rooted devices running the stock ROM to be able to use themes that apply to the whole system. The app is available only for 4.0+ devices and currently in testing form, though it has been reported it works on a number of the most popular devices. There are also some limitations to it, including:
- Does not support ringtones/wallpapers
- Avoid res/layout at the moment (despite supported)
- res/values/styles.xml is NOT supported and may never be
- XThemeEngine and Themes cannot be stored on external storage or /mnt/asec