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.
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13 Comments

1. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5469; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

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: 773; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

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

4. Trex95

Posts: 2314; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

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

3. Panzer

Posts: 269; 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: 1209; 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

Posts: 584; Member since: Jan 30, 2013

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

7. middlehead

Posts: 409; 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

Posts: 584; Member since: Jan 30, 2013

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: 620; 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: 75; 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 headed...my next phone may not be a Pixel...but back to OEM brand device that has a decent looking skin.

11. Cyberchum

Posts: 1009; 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: 1541; 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.