One of the primary reasons users love Android is that they can customize their device in the way they want. Users can give a full makeover to their phone, from changing the look of icons to applying different themes. Well, with the latest version of Android, the customization is reaching a new level. You can now change themes in Android Oreo without root.
Till now, if you want to customize themes on your smartphone, you either need to root and use custom ROM permissions or need a phone that already has the functionality built-in. But now, the folks behind the Substratum theme engine have announced a way to change themes in Android Oreo without root.
Developers have introduced a new Andromeda add-on to take advantage of Oreo’s newest hidden feature. Although the add-on costs you more than a dollar, it might well be worth the price considering that it allows you to almost completely theme your Oreo device without rooting it first.
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Android might not be the most popular smartphone brand, but Sony’s contributions have certainly made it possible. Its Overlay Manager Service (OMS) a.k.a. Runtime Resource Overlay (RRO) evolved out as Sony’s theme engine, which has been collaborated with Android since the introduction of Marshmallow. All thanks to OMS, you can now easily change themes in Android Oreo with no root.
Here’s a list of things you can customize on your unrooted phone running Oreo:
- Full system dark theme: You can personalize Settings, notifications, Quick Settings tiles, alerts, toast windows, dialogs, etc.
- Per-app themes: With Oreo, you can dark your Play Store, Twitter, Messages, or even change the green theme of Hangouts to blue without rooting your Android phone
- Custom navigation bar icons: You can select from a plethora of available nav bar icons for your device
- WhatsApp chat bubble theme: Oreo allows you to customize even small aspects of individual apps including WhatsApp
- WhatsApp/Telegram blob emojis: It provides you with the ability to change fonts or emojis on a per-app basis
- Minimal lock screen: You can hide the status bar as well as all shortcut icons to show off your phone’s beautiful screen wallpaper
- Rounded recent apps: Oreo lets you round the corners of the recent app screen thumbnails
- Change the number of Quick Settings tile columns: Instead of only 3 columns, you can change them to have less or more than that
In order to change themes in Android O without root, you need to plug your phone into your PC, download an application on your system, and get Substratum for your phone from the Play Store. However, when you switch off your phone and turn it on again, all changes you have made will be disappeared.
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