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Android Oreo gains support for custom themes via Andromeda add-on for Substratum, no root needed

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Android Oreo gains support for custom themes via Andromeda add-on for Substratum, no root needed

A while ago, we reported that custom themes may be coming to Android 8.0 Oreo without the need for rooting your device. We are happy to report back that this seems to be the case, although the ability to do so is not quite "native", in that it requires a third-party app and a PC connection.

Last month, the folks over at XDA discovered, while tinkering with preview builds of Oreo, that the new version of Android has support for Sony's Runtime Resource Overlay (RRO) theme engine baked-in. This spurned the developers behind the popular custom theming engine Substratum to begin work on bringing their framework—which is otherwise limited to custom Android ROMs—to all devices running Oreo. This means that all users running Oreo on their phones, including ones running unofficial ports of the OS, can enjoy the benefits of custom themes on their devices.

The Substratum Android app is currently up on Google Play for free, while the Andromeda backend add-on is up for the low price of $2.49. Custom themes can be found a plenty on Google Play by searching for "Substratum."

To learn more about the process of installing custom themes on your device, head over to the XDA forum thread linked below.

Download:


Substratum Theme Engine  |  Andromeda add-on


source: XDA

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posted on 12 Sep 2017, 05:06 1

1. Jesseclark (banned) (Posts: 28; Member since: 10 Jun 2017)


Already enjoying millions of themes via Samsung theme store since S6 edge time.

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 07:43 4

7. nodes (Posts: 763; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)


Substratum is a different beast.

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 14:06

11. Finalflash (Posts: 3578; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Actually it operates about the same as the Samsung theme engine. The Sungstratum App from the Substratum team works on the Nougat and higher to bring Substratum themes to Samsung phones.

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 10:40

9. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 3693; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


While the Samsung theme engine is nice, it's not even close to substratum. Samsung's theme engine can only theme the Samsung Experience (Touchwiz) and some Samsung apps. Substratum (depending on the theme developer) can theme a s**tload of apps (most Google apps, Whatsapp, Adaway, Nova, etc)

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 05:09

3. AronWunarso (Posts: 75; Member since: 21 Feb 2016)


I just notice something different on PA. Now, you can see the writer profile picture beside its name!

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 07:08 1

5. peter.k (Posts: 11; Member since: 05 Jul 2017)


Yes, time to hold a beauty pageant in the office!

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 10:41

10. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 3693; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


The most beautiful nerd of Phonearena... let us know who won ;)

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 06:42 6

4. abdoualgeria (Posts: 846; Member since: 27 Jul 2015)


This is X-rated for iOS fanatics ;)

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 07:17

6. joey_sfb (Posts: 6763; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


I currently happy with Google wallpaper app. You could set it to change your wallpaper on a daily basis to avoid boredom.

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 10:31

8. Rocket (Posts: 470; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


After cyanogenmod dead, this is good news :)

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