No More Having to Install a Custom ROM for Theming – XThemeEngine Now Available (Download)

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  • 20 Apr 2013
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  • 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

    The latest beta 4 of the app can be downloaded from here, courtesy of the XDA Developers dedicated thread.

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