Android P lifts the Flux White visuals, all the while it locks rootless theming

Android has been playing catch-up with features that phone maker overlays already have for a while now, but at least it was visually different, with the flat, colorful Material Design guidelines that appealed to many. Up until today, that is, when Google outed the Android P Developer Preview, and said it will block access to custom overlays. Read: awesome rootless Substratum theming will no longer be possible with P. Bummer.

The irony? The new Android P visuals, heavily leaning to the white and OLED unfriendly variety, have been criticized for being a mixture of Xiaomi's MIUI (the circle switches in the shade) and Samsung's Experience UI (the colorful settings icons), but we need to look no further than some custom Substratum themes available in the Play Store to see where Google got its 9th inspiration from. 

Like Flux White, for instance, which, as you can see above, has toggle and settings icons very similar to what Google demos, and on a blindingly white background to boot. To each their own.

source: Google Play



1. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Not really liking so far what direction Google is heading GUI wise. I hope substratum will keep on working when rooted (since I always root anyway).

2. josephnero

Posts: 783; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Haven't liked the direction Google going since Pichai took over

4. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

At least android now looks a lot better than ugly unresponsive andriod.

3. Panzer

Posts: 282; Member since: May 13, 2016

We really need a third option. Google bought Nest and closed its ecosystem I see them doing the same with Android.

6. bucknassty

Posts: 1353; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

They are slowly making exclusives for android. a google only android will become more feature rich... i wonder if another operating system will rise, I imagine thats why samsung keeps its interface so different so i can change to tizen without a shock to users.

5. Rager722 unregistered

The white background is blinding for night time use. That is horrible, I hope Google will not make this permanent..

7. middlehead

Posts: 458; Member since: May 12, 2014

There's likely a night-mode that'll switch everything to black or dark-gray, but it's s**tty that that's the only option instead of letting themes do it.

10. Rager722 unregistered

It's rumoured but not confirmed.

12. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Are you referring to night mode? If so they've had that for awhile now, since I believe Nougat.

8. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

U block something when it poses a security threat! Seriously blocking rootless substratum. A big F u Google This is a big display of disgrace from Google. Pichai & Alphabet are the worst things that happened to Google

9. speedingcheetah

Posts: 87; Member since: Jul 22, 2017

White is ugly and hurts my eyes. Give me a Black/dark theme! If this is where Pure Google Android is next phone may not be a Pixel...but back to OEM brand device that has a decent looking skin.

11. Cyberchum

Posts: 1095; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

White UI? Not for me! How difficult could it possibly be for Google to offer a black/dark theme? Substratum makes it easily possible but Google couldn't. They simply don't want to, instead forcing white backgrounds on people and denying simple options. It's a no-brainer at this stage. . Never used an unrooted android, doubt I would in the future, at this pace!

13. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

I don’t think it looks that bad. It’s not like I spend that much time in the quick settings or settings after initial setup.

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