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[Q] Android themes question (very basic questions)

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22nd April 2012, 06:48 PM   |  #1  
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Hello I'm new to android. This is my first smartphone.

I had an ipod touch before , but that wasn't as confusing and complex as android is to jailbrake or install themes. Android overall is a very confusing system. It was very easy to theme and jailbrake my ipod touch.
I have been googling this question for some time and im still confused

My questions are:

How do install android theme?

Do all themes work for all phones?

Do you need a program to install themes (go launcher ex? what is that?)

And lastly are themes made for specific roms/phones.

Thanks.
22nd April 2012, 08:07 PM   |  #2  
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Originally Posted by anobi98

Hello I'm new to android. This is my first smartphone.

I had an ipod touch before , but that wasn't as confusing and complex as android is to jailbrake or install themes. Android overall is a very confusing system. It was very easy to theme and jailbrake my ipod touch.
I have been googling this question for some time and im still confused

My questions are:

How do install android theme?

Do all themes work for all phones?

Do you need a program to install themes (go launcher ex? what is that?)

And lastly are themes made for specific roms/phones.

Thanks.

Themes will be in a cwm flashable zip that you put on your sdcarx and flash in recovery.

Themes are very specific to the phone and rom that you are using. Sometimes I theme designed for one rom can work on another rom but that's certainly not guaranteed. Themes from a different phone will never work.

As I mentioned above, you don't need a specific program to install themes you just need to be rooted, which will install cwm on your phone.

You can find themes in the themes and apps section of this forum.
22nd April 2012, 09:44 PM   |  #3  
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Themes will be in a cwm flashable zip that you put on your sdcarx and flash in recovery.

Themes are very specific to the phone and rom that you are using. Sometimes I theme designed for one rom can work on another rom but that's certainly not guaranteed. Themes from a different phone will never work.

As I mentioned above, you don't need a specific program to install themes you just need to be rooted, which will install cwm on your phone.

You can find themes in the themes and apps section of this forum.


I just installed this amazing and fast rom :cm7 http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1569895

And installed the Mate theme for ADW, so your saying that i don't need any launcher like ADWlauncher to install a theme? What the difference?


By the way the themes that come in .zip are complete?
23rd April 2012, 12:39 AM   |  #4  
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Okay there's themes for the whole rom and themes for just the launcher. Themes for the launcher are found in the market and are only compatible with that launcher. Those will only affect your icons and app drawer. Themes for the rom affect your menus, status bar, etc. Now cm7 handles themes a bit differently. Cm7 themes are also found in the market (search for cyanogenmod themes). Once you download and install a theme you want, go to your app drawer and open theme chooser then pick the theme you downloaded and then reboot. No need to use recovery for cm7 themes.
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Okay there's themes for the whole rom and themes for just the launcher. Themes for the launcher are found in the market and are only compatible with that launcher. Those will only affect your icons and app drawer. Themes for the rom affect your menus, status bar, etc. Now cm7 handles themes a bit differently. Cm7 themes are also found in the market (search for cyanogenmod themes). Once you download and install a theme you want, go to your app drawer and open theme chooser then pick the theme you downloaded and then reboot. No need to use recovery for cm7 themes.

Thanks that makes a lot of sense now
24th April 2012, 12:54 AM   |  #6  
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1 more question:

Do the zip themes that you need to flash in recovery don't use extra ram?

Example go launcher or adw launcher run on top of the system, while zip themes patch the system files so there is no extra service running. Is this true?
24th April 2012, 12:58 AM   |  #7  
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1 more question:

Do the zip themes that you need to flash in recovery don't use extra ram?

Example go launcher or adw launcher run on top of the system, while zip themes patch the system files so there is no extra service running. Is this true?

That is correct. All they do is replace the images with new themed images. No extra services running.

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