EMUI 8.1 custom Themes issues (partially incompatible with EMUI 8.0 themes)

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mr.mrcn

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Hi,

This thread is to report custom themes issues - as I noticed currently available themes (working fine on EMUI 8.0 phones) are partially incompatible with EMUI 8.1 on our P20 phones.

Known issues (EMUI 8.1 vs EMUI 8.0):
- sms app is no longer supported (there is no longer Huawei sms app - Google Messages instead, completly inconsistent with EMUI design...)
- some (not all) custom screen locks are not working
- custom settings menu icons are not visible (only default ones)
- general issue with non-system app icons - most of them are not changing with theme (even if there is custom icon inside theme)
- custom status bar and notifications are not working

I received my P20 today, so i'll update above list during my tests. If you notice any not listed issue - let me know, i will add it.

I'll try to find a solutions for that issues - but of course any help is appreciated :)
 
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mushtafa

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Life saver!

I've been playing around with the themes and noticed my notifications had disappeared from the lock screen. I had assumed it was another setting I'd changed by mistake, but couldn't find what I'd done.

Found this thread last night, stuck the theme back to Romance, and the notifications are back!
 

mr.mrcn

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Life saver!

I've been playing around with the themes and noticed my notifications had disappeared from the lock screen. I had assumed it was another setting I'd changed by mistake, but couldn't find what I'd done.

Found this thread last night, stuck the theme back to Romance, and the notifications are back!

But you can use custom theme with standard lock screen - and notifcations should appear :)
 
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Any custom lockscreens that work with notifications? I tried a few but none display spotify lockscreen controls. I ask because I'd prefer a lockscreen with the clock at the top instead of the bottom like the magazine theme.
 

mr.mrcn

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Any custom lockscreens that work with notifications? I tried a few but none display spotify lockscreen controls. I ask because I'd prefer a lockscreen with the clock at the top instead of the bottom like the magazine theme.

Try lockscreen from my SimpleP theme - there is a clock in the top and spotify controls work :)
 

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I have the same problem. I tried some custom themes and now, no matter what theme I choose, notifications won't expand, I can only read notification first line. And yes, with some custom themes, notifications won't show at all.
@mr.mrcn I can't find SimpleP theme :(
 
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mr.mrcn

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I have the same problem. I tried some custom themes and now, no matter what theme I choose, notifications won't extend, I can only read notification first line. And yes, with some custom themes, notifications won't show at all.
@mr.mrcn I can't find SimpleP theme :(

It is in my app (link is in the signature). But notifications in this lock screen don't expand either.
 
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- general issue with non-system app icons - most of them are not changing with theme (even if there is custom icon inside theme)


Not quite true, in my theme are all icons changed, and some other stuff too. I don't have much time to look around, but some paths of icons are different from previous versions. Will try with png's and new folder paths. ???
 

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mr.mrcn

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Not quite true, in my theme are all icons changed, and some other stuff too. I don't have much time to look around, but some paths of icons are different from previous versions. Will try with png's and new folder paths.

Because all icons are round and there is no special mask in this icon pack :) Look at my screenshot - there is a mask, but for unknown reason is not applied to some icons (like gmail, slack, whatsapp..), but for other it is (facebook, telegram..).
 

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Because all icons are round and there is no special mask in this icon pack :) Look at my screenshot - there is a mask, but for unknown reason is not applied to some icons (like gmail, slack, whatsapp..), but for other it is (facebook, telegram..).

If you like it that way..... :cowboy:
 
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vinci_giordi__

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I think not..they would not include a theme engine if they do not want customers to change the look of it..but that is my opinion
You can still change UI colors and drawer icons... Maybe they just want you to do it/they want developers to optimize their themes for the p20/p20 pro before allowing them to change navbar icons/notification tab icons and stuff, at least imo
 

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    Hi,

    This thread is to report custom themes issues - as I noticed currently available themes (working fine on EMUI 8.0 phones) are partially incompatible with EMUI 8.1 on our P20 phones.

    Known issues (EMUI 8.1 vs EMUI 8.0):
    - sms app is no longer supported (there is no longer Huawei sms app - Google Messages instead, completly inconsistent with EMUI design...)
    - some (not all) custom screen locks are not working
    - custom settings menu icons are not visible (only default ones)
    - general issue with non-system app icons - most of them are not changing with theme (even if there is custom icon inside theme)
    - custom status bar and notifications are not working

    I received my P20 today, so i'll update above list during my tests. If you notice any not listed issue - let me know, i will add it.

    I'll try to find a solutions for that issues - but of course any help is appreciated :)
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    EMUI 8.1 ignores all xml images in custom themes, they are displayed by default.
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    Can you please share this theme? I love these icons!

    Here you go.

    https://kn3v2.app.goo.gl/He7z8SFKZHptdhcu2
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    Life saver!

    I've been playing around with the themes and noticed my notifications had disappeared from the lock screen. I had assumed it was another setting I'd changed by mistake, but couldn't find what I'd done.

    Found this thread last night, stuck the theme back to Romance, and the notifications are back!

    But you can use custom theme with standard lock screen - and notifcations should appear :)
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    I have the same problem. I tried some custom themes and now, no matter what theme I choose, notifications won't extend, I can only read notification first line. And yes, with some custom themes, notifications won't show at all.
    @mr.mrcn I can't find SimpleP theme :(

    It is in my app (link is in the signature). But notifications in this lock screen don't expand either.