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Stock Android should score native theme support! Here are some gorgeous themes that support this

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Stock Android should score native theme support! Here are some gorgeous themes that support this

The looks of stock Android Marshmallow and Lollipop arguably look way better than their previous iterations, but still, there might be people who are not quite liking it. What if you hate teal, or, God forbid, the dominating white backgrounds? If this is the case and you're aching to change certain aspects of the Material Design interface of your device, well, you can't do much if you're running vanilla Android.

Delve into the land of custom ROMs, though, and the things will be quite different. Provided that you opt for one of the more popular and widespread aftermarket Android distributions - CyanogenMod, for example - then your theming endeavors will be crowned with success. The latest iterations of the third-party Android ROM come with a built-in Theme Engine that allows you to easily change the looks of the interface. Thanks to this, you can change the looks of your Marshmallow or Lollipop device as easy as abc - just download one of the available themes on Google Play, select what elements of the UI you want transformed and... well, that's pretty much it!

Check out some of our favorite themes for CyanogenMod and see what you're sadly missing on! 

Blue Tint

Download ($1.50)

It doesn't take a genius to notice that Blue Tint is, well, gorgeous on all fronts. It comes with the full package - deep dark backgrounds, a stunning font, and stock icons to die for. Apart from the interface, Blue Tint paints over more that 25 other apps. Really, if you only need one theme for the rest of your life, Blue Tint should be a prime candidate for the job.



Swift Dark

Download ($1.60)

This theme doesn't aim to alter the looks of stock Android much - it mostly darkens the backgrounds and transforms a few colors here or there, but for the most part, it is looks quite stock. The themed apps on board are many, most importantly most stock Google apps, as well as Skype, Viber, WhatsApp, Kindle (!), and others.


Deep Darkness

Download (free)

If you really dig darker shades, Deep Darkness will undoubtedly float your boat from day one. This theme really puts emphasis on dark teal and black hues, which warrants for a rather good experience for all dark theme lovers. Deep Darkness also paints over a multitude of stock Google apps, just as you'd expect it.


LunarUI

Download (free)

This one is also dark, but with a twist - LunarUI also shows a lot of love to vivid colors, which are gently intertwined with the predominantly dark hues. That's rather cool, as it employs best of both worlds. Don't miss this one, it's free!


Volt

Download ($1.59)

We like minimalist interface icons and we won't lie, Volt looks stunning! Starting from the font, the icons, and the selected colors, the theme is the posterchild of what we'd like Android to look like.  

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posted on 31 Jan 2016, 02:33

1. maxha97 (Posts: 82; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


As a lite user of nexus 5x, i patiently waiting for official android n. To me just pure android is fine.
those feature which can be permitted through rooting is interesting though...

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 05:31 2

6. vincelongman (Posts: 3991; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Stock Android 6.0 already supports the RRO theme engine
First committed by Sony back in 2014, I think it was first in their 4.3 or 4.4 skin
Some 5.0 custom ROMs and 5.0 OEM skins have it too

But there's no stock theme manager
If you have root you can use Layers Manager (Rebel linked it below)

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 04:15 2

2. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 2647; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


For users who don't want to install a custom rom, but do have root and Android M, there is layers manager (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com​.lovejoy777.rroandlayersmanager&hl=nl)

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 07:48 2

7. chocowii (Posts: 432; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


Does this applies to vanilla only or can be to Xperias, Galaxys or such?

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 09:55

12. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 2647; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Not sure, I only know it can't be used on Cyanogen based roms

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 15:17 2

15. gustavoace (Posts: 173; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


It works on my rooted N5 running 6.0.1 stock.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 09:35

23. Nexus4Matic (Posts: 35; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


Thank you!

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 04:41

3. shield (Posts: 200; Member since: 12 Sep 2015)


Theme for AMOLED

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 05:00

4. Norris (Posts: 121; Member since: 26 Jun 2015)


Deep Darkness and blue tint are among the best themes out there...

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 05:14 5

5. uchihakurtz (Posts: 358; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


Google will probably introduce it on Android 9.0, like how late they implemented "Battery Saver" 2-3 years after OEM has them.

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 08:49

11. nodes (Posts: 681; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)


and how late they implement multi-window.
oh..wait..doesn't even exist yet.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 05:23 1

19. EcoCare (Posts: 357; Member since: 30 Jul 2014)


Google's Battery Saver is more useful compared to others though; they're mostly automatic toggle switch with a threshold. I've never seen one that limits background sync activity, except Sony's.

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 08:01 4

8. FrankUnderwood2 (Posts: 209; Member since: 01 Oct 2015)


Since Android Lollipop, Samsung has implemented the "Themes" feature really well. All the Themes are really good and you definitely a Theme according to your liking. It not only changes the widgets and icons, but the whole Ui, including dialer and messages and even Notification and Menu. Its rather a sigh of relief who hate custom Touchwiz Ui. I really hope LG too gives this option in thier G-5 and other smartphones starting 2016. Have't used HTC, can't comment on that.
Also, Themes in both Lenovo and Huawei aren't bad either. Only sore point is lack of App Drawer. Yes I know that can be done with Nova or other launcher, but I personaly prefer features supplied by the OEM itself rather than implementing a launcher over custom ROM. Waiting for LG's take on theming against Samsung.

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 12:47

14. natypes (Posts: 1051; Member since: 02 Feb 2015)


Yeah it is good. I have used a few different launchers and themer, but themer lags badly and the redraws get ridiculous. Themer has more dynamic themes, but Samsungs work better.

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 17:15

16. Furbal (Posts: 894; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


Htcs theme engine is very nice.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 06:04

20. celinedion (Posts: 44; Member since: 19 Jan 2016)


Lg had done theme manager since lg optomus 4x, long long long time so before Samsung did it. In fact, Sony and lg are the pioneer of theme manager, alright the implementation is different back then and now

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 06:04

21. celinedion (Posts: 44; Member since: 19 Jan 2016)


Lg had done theme manager since lg optomus 4x, long long long time so before Samsung did it. In fact, Sony and lg are the pioneer of theme manager, alright the implementation is different back then and now

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 08:45 2

9. Zylam (Posts: 649; Member since: 20 Oct 2010)


When the hell will Google and Apple add proper theme support to their Oses, it's getting ridiculous.

Yea I know most of you hate apple, save the pointless hate reply for someone else.

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 08:47 1

10. nodes (Posts: 681; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)


Stock Android is just an iOS that can change launcher.
of course we are not talking about root/custom rom/mods.

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 12:18 1

13. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 1924; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


One of the reasons why I want Cyanogen OS to become the stock Android. Clean yet very advanced. This has been a sub-part of my OnePlus One since KitKat, which it came with.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 02:51

17. Emacs244 (Posts: 6; Member since: 29 Oct 2015)


> but still, there might be people

who has no taste if they like that black crap

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 03:23

18. giannisgx89 (Posts: 1; Member since: 01 Feb 2016)


@PhoneArena check out those themes! ;)
Flux, Flux White, Liv, Liv Dark!

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 08:26

22. KidAndroid (Posts: 28; Member since: 04 Nov 2014)


Just use a Launcher that supports icon packs, there's not need to use an entire new ROM . Nova is undeniably the best. It will give the ability to change the entire look other than the settings menu and notification shade which are already as good as it gets on stock android.

posted on 06 Feb 2016, 12:34

24. aleant36 (Posts: 62; Member since: 03 Feb 2015)


I wish this came stock on android.

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