Sony intros Xperia Themes for smartphones running Android 4.3 or later

Sony today introduced Xperia Themes, a “native feature” that allows owners of any Xperia smartphone running Android 4.3 or later to customize their handset’s UI. According to Sony, with Xperia Themes you can “skin up to 280 assets” on your device, including the lock screen, navigation bar, icons, folders, sliders, and even checkboxes. The number of customizable elements will be even higher in the future. 

Xperia Themes uses themes that are already available via Google Play. To find and install new themes, go to the Themes menu on your Xperia handset and press the + button in the upper right corner. After that, you’ll be able to see all the available themes and download them. All in all, this seems like a pretty cool way to make your Xperia UI look just the way you want.

A video presenting Xperia Themes can be watched below:



source: Sony

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38 Comments

1. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Better than TouchWiz and SenseUI but still nothing beats vanilla.

11. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Looks better, but still isn't enough. Touchwiz/Sense > Sony UI > LG UI

17. GTR722

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 20, 2012

Touchwiz, the UI for your inner 5 year old

23. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Try this. The UI to get work done with S-Pen.

26. THE_Hulk

Posts: 55; Member since: Feb 09, 2014

hey papa... did you know with sony UI you can use any pen/pencil as stylus?! ya the functionalities arr not as vast or as cool as S pen... but any pen/pencil stylus is cool too.

28. hurrycanger

Posts: 1764; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Fair enough. It's pretty cool, but handwriting and overall functionalities cannot compare to the S-pen. That feature was one of the reasons I wanted to get myself the Z Ultra though, but I ended up getting the Mega for other reasons. :P

37. Charlie_boy

Posts: 71; Member since: Jan 04, 2013

late news.. been available for sometime. some themes are not well made. one theme makes the onscreen volume slider (sort-of) disappear/non-viewable.

31. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

S Pen > everything else

32. ahomad

Posts: 175; Member since: May 15, 2012

Don't you know that s-pen is different from UI, its like saying your car looks better because it has a bluetooth functionality

36. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Features of the S-Pen are implemented throughout the UI, so comment invalidated. Thanks.

38. ahomad

Posts: 175; Member since: May 15, 2012

Well, all features are implemented in the UI in one way or the other, but that doesn't make them part of it. You don' t get feature only accessed through the karnel for example, do you?

12. maherk

Posts: 6933; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I don't get it how touchwiz is considered cartoonish and this isn't. The only UI that isn't cartoonish is SenseUI.

25. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

have seen lg's ui ?

29. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

That isn't cartoonish. Its plain ugly

20. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

This is better than original. Great work Sony, and I'm gonna try it. Looks very very nice.

27. THE_Hulk

Posts: 55; Member since: Feb 09, 2014

Sony UI is the closest to vanilla

34. Shubham412302

Posts: 580; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

android should have had theming support for even vanilla android nokia phones had them a long ago

35. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

I forget to add the Live Tiles UI. Better than Xperia and TouchWiz. *bashes by a WP fan*

2. buggerrer

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

The Xperia UI is the best UI of any android phone. The most gorgeous piece of software I've ever seen. The Xperia line is the best smartphone line ever.

3. buggerrer

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

Way better than vannila.

4. buggerrer

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

10 times more sexy, and functional than vanilla.

5. AtheK

Posts: 51; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Been using this on my Xperia Z from a month now, not sure how is this a new feature...

6. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Reminds me of WP UI, swiping up to unlock, the Tiled vertically scrolling, the mimimalistic themes.

9. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

What? Putting WP and this in the same sentence is an insult to Xperia.

21. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Care to elaborate?, I think if anything Sony is flattered by Windows Phone UI, you can see elements of WP in its design, also look at the music hub in Xperia its a near identical knockoff of WP music hub. Everybody is using WP flat UI, its the most imitated OS since iOS in 2007.

24. tahnik

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 17, 2011

They are not using WP Flat UI. It is a Metro UI. Futuristic UI and everyone eventually is going to use this.

7. Adrian38

Posts: 142; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

Sony's Timescape UI is by far the best UI out there. Looks nice and isn't overdone with useless features. Looks nicer than stock Android and works better. It has just enough features to make it much more functional and useful than stock Android. Now with the addition of these themes, it's just gonna be that much better :)

8. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

I will go as far to say Sony's Android is the best out of all..especially in the design aspect. With this feature they are really picking the right direction to strengthen and widen this position. I wish TouchWiz had at least some kind of theme support since I hate the look of stock settings and notification menus. Sony's are just gorgeous in comparison

10. Fluxman

Posts: 51; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

"Sony today launched Xperia Themes, a “native feature” that allows owners of any Xperia smartphone running Android 4.3 or later to customize their handset’s UI." This has been in there ever since the 4.3 update. It's not new. Try and keep up, phone arena. I still want to see more themes on the play store, so I hope more developers get on board.

18. Florin.T

Posts: 318; Member since: Dec 16, 2013

It may have been "in there" for a while, but it's only today that Sony announced it.

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