[THEME][SUBSTRATUM] Wallpapers for AA - Change background of Android Auto

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Ever thought the new Android Auto background wallpaper is very ugly? You hate anything that is stock and commonly adopted? Ever asked why Android Auto developers won't let the user choose between different backgrounds and just put an horrendous wallpaper?



If yes is the answer to any of the questions above, you are in the right place!



Introducing my first Substratum Theme, and it's all about Android Auto!





Pre-Requisite:

In order to use Wallpapers For AA you'll need to have Substratum installed on your phone.



Don't know what the heck is substratum? Here's the official starting guide

Lost? Here are some video tutorials



English


Italian


Spanish







Here's a preview of the themes available:


f3HqIe4l.png

Batman

2nipYmll.png

Van Gogh

Lcu1bkIl.png

Google Now - Mountains by night

8CytGInl.png

Simple grey background

fGaqnGel.png



mqfrxz9m.jpg
dgRxghEm.jpg

EzJicASm.jpg
C3kqwpum.jpg

Wallpapers For AA - Vehicles samples

All the other backgrounds preview are available on Flickr





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IMPORTANT

Starting from Wallpapers For AA version 3.0, the theme will rely ONLY on the new implementation of Wallpapers bundled inside Android Auto. This will mean that Wallpapers For AA will stay on top of the new feature of Android Auto 5.8+ that will allow every user to swap wallpaper with some included ones.
This feature is not active yet (as of 2020/01/25) and it needs further setup.
Please, read the
release notes to learn more.


Wallpapers For Android Auto is available in 3 different versions:

Wallpapers For Android Auto - Vehicles
Includes all the wallpapers regarding vehicles (badges, logos, etc.)
Previews link

Wallpapers For Android Auto - Sport
Includes all the wallpapers regarding Sport (NFL,NBA,Soccer,F1 etc.)
Previews link

Wallpapers For Android Auto - General
Everything that does not fall in the other categories
Previews Link


All the downloads are hosted on GitHub


Wallpapers For AA + Extras For AA = ❤

Have you checked out my second substratum theme that completely changes Android Auto's look? What are you waiting for? Check out Extras For AA right now and start tweaking Android Auto even more!


Do you want to stay up to date with my themes, as well as receive previews? Be sure to join the update channel on Telegram!

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Is this supported in Android 10?

Hi there,

I'm not actually aware of Substratum being compatible with Android 10. Since there are no themes for Android 10 yet, no one has really something to test it. My theme should work with no issues, since it's just theming an app and not system things. If errors happen, 9 out of 10 they are Substratum-related.

You may want to try out Substratum Lite and see if it applies themes.
 

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Heya! Version 1.2 is live!

Changelog:
  • The themes now contains 80 wallpapers, hurray!
  • Added 5 new solid colours backgrounds
  • Added a solid black background
  • Added 3 new colour gradients backgrounds
  • Added 7 new wallpaper backgrounds

Download link in the OP
 
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Just a FYI I did as Instructed to uninstall previous version and now the new one won't install

Bummer. Is the installation error occurring within substratum or as you try to install the package?

And if it is within substratum, is there a specific background you are trying to install? Are you getting any logchat?

Also, what is your phone, substratum and Android version?
 

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Bravo, with Substratum Lite seems to work also on MIUI 10.5 and Android Auto 4.6.5933, next step please add custom wallpaper ;)
 

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Bravo, with Substratum Lite seems to work also on MIUI 10.5 and Android Auto 4.6.5933, next step please add custom wallpaper ;)

Happy that this works.

Unfortunately, with Substratum you can't let the user choose a wallpaper from the storage to be applied.

That could be achieved with a dedicated app. The thing is that for changing wallpaper in Android Auto, you have to modify a resource (an image) in the package of AA. So it would require de-compiling the APK and compiling it back again. And you can't just jerry rig a wallpaper inside and build it back because of signatures (that would break the connection between phone and headunit).

So, I think that it could be achieved via Xposed module, since with Xposed you can modify resources at runtime, but:

A) Xposed fell out of interested lately
B) I don't currently have the know-how to make it so

BTW you are free to suggest more wallpapers, and in the next releases I'll include them :)
 
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Edit--- I got it working! Disregard.


Does this only display on the new layout of Android auto? I'm updated to the latest version but for some reason I don't have the option to try the new layout. I am new to substratum but I have root. Device is 1plus6T. I am assuming I just go into the app select the wallpaper and click build and install? It says it's applied successfully but I still have the default background. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I have been waiting for a mod like this forever so I'm anxious to get it working!!
 
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Anyway you could add this wallpaper? Or anything similar. I wasn't sure the resolution you needed but here is the source page. Any of the focus ST logos I would really appreciate!!

https://wallpaper-gallery.net/gallery/ford-focus-st-wallpaper.html

I also added a picture of my car too not sure if that's taking it too far :D

Thank you so much for building this!! I have always wanted a mod like this!
 

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Great job! That's a long time waited... Android Auto personalization. Amazing!

It works very well.

One question... Is it possible to modify the bottom bar?

And an issue that I have with the 16-bit skyline theme. I can't activate it :(

Thanks so much!
 

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    Ever thought the new Android Auto background wallpaper is very ugly? You hate anything that is stock and commonly adopted? Ever asked why Android Auto developers won't let the user choose between different backgrounds and just put an horrendous wallpaper?



    If yes is the answer to any of the questions above, you are in the right place!



    Introducing my first Substratum Theme, and it's all about Android Auto!





    Pre-Requisite:

    In order to use Wallpapers For AA you'll need to have Substratum installed on your phone.



    Don't know what the heck is substratum? Here's the official starting guide

    Lost? Here are some video tutorials



    English


    Italian


    Spanish







    Here's a preview of the themes available:


    f3HqIe4l.png

    Batman

    2nipYmll.png

    Van Gogh

    Lcu1bkIl.png

    Google Now - Mountains by night

    8CytGInl.png

    Simple grey background

    fGaqnGel.png



    mqfrxz9m.jpg
    dgRxghEm.jpg

    EzJicASm.jpg
    C3kqwpum.jpg

    Wallpapers For AA - Vehicles samples

    All the other backgrounds preview are available on Flickr





    21u6CMgh.jpg


    IMPORTANT

    Starting from Wallpapers For AA version 3.0, the theme will rely ONLY on the new implementation of Wallpapers bundled inside Android Auto. This will mean that Wallpapers For AA will stay on top of the new feature of Android Auto 5.8+ that will allow every user to swap wallpaper with some included ones.
    This feature is not active yet (as of 2020/01/25) and it needs further setup.
    Please, read the
    release notes to learn more.


    Wallpapers For Android Auto is available in 3 different versions:

    Wallpapers For Android Auto - Vehicles
    Includes all the wallpapers regarding vehicles (badges, logos, etc.)
    Previews link

    Wallpapers For Android Auto - Sport
    Includes all the wallpapers regarding Sport (NFL,NBA,Soccer,F1 etc.)
    Previews link

    Wallpapers For Android Auto - General
    Everything that does not fall in the other categories
    Previews Link


    All the downloads are hosted on GitHub


    Wallpapers For AA + Extras For AA = ❤

    Have you checked out my second substratum theme that completely changes Android Auto's look? What are you waiting for? Check out Extras For AA right now and start tweaking Android Auto even more!


    Do you want to stay up to date with my themes, as well as receive previews? Be sure to join the update channel on Telegram!

    Like my work? Consider a donation! Even a small amount will be appreciated :)

    Donate to me via PayPal
    Or via cryptos

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    Heya! Version 1.12 - Pixel Wallpapers update is live!

    Thanks to @R1zzy_ for the awesome recreations of Pixel Wallpapers. Now on Android Auto!

    Here's what changed:
    • The theme reached 303 backgrounds
    • Added 11 wallpapers from Google Pixel
    • Added Hulk Wallpaper (as suggested by @bradhoschar )
    • Added 2 casual wallpapers (thanks @alderon666 )
    • Revamped the welcome dialog

    Download link in the OP

    And don't forget that all the themes previews are available on Google Photos
    4
    Heya!

    The app has made it to the XDA feed!!! https://www.xda-developers.com/android-auto-background-substratum-theme-wallpaper/

    Quite a big achievement for a Substratum Theme that I've developed almost randomly. In fact, I was looking to a post in a Facebook group. A guy was asking "Can I change the new horrible Android Auto background?". Everyone in the comments was like "No way dude" but I was like "Hey wait a minute... What if..." And then I came out with this Substratum Theme, which is the a pretty sime way to go. Not the perfect solution, not so powerful, but functional.

    Since the beginning, I've thought that the theme should be fully open to suggestion of new Backgrounds, because giving the user the choice is the best way, in my opinion, to make the user happy.

    Sorry for being radio silent in the last few days but I've been out on a vacation, and I'll probably fully resume the development of the theme on Thursday as I'll have more spare time.

    In the meantime the app is just a step away from reaching 2k downloads on the XDA labs, and so far the reviews (though some old reviews mysteriously disappeared :( ) are all 5 stars, which means you have to really like the theme and I really have to thank you! Be sure to leave a review so I know if there are any problems or something I can work on or improve!

    I honestly did not expect to make it to the news feed of XDA, and I've noticed it from outta nowhere, and really thank you.

    From now on I'm planning to have weekly updates. I'm not really sure I can keep up each and every week, since I basically develop the theme in my spare time, but I'm pretty confident I can.

    So... Can you guess the subject of the next background for AA?
    4
    Heya! Version 1.13 - is live!

    Here's what changed:
    • The theme reached 320 backgrounds
    • Cadillac background is a little less shiny
    • Added 16 casual wallpapers. Mostly synthwave/retrowave wallpapers and wallpapers from MKBHD's collection.

    Download link in the OP

    And don't forget that all the themes previews are available on Google Photos
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    Not everything turns out as it should

    Version 1.8.1 is live

    Apologies for two updates in a short time.

    When I was uploading photos to the Google Photos gallery, I figured out that some logos were not looking so good (my bad I didn't have a second look into them). So, in order to assure the best quality, these logos have been updated:

    • Renault (black version)
    • Vauxhall (black version)
    • Acura (black version)
    • Genesis (black version)
    • Abarth (black version)
    • KIA (both versions)
    • SKODA (black version)
    • KARMA (black version)
    • Fiat (black version)
    • Opel (black version)
    • Chevrolet (black version)
    • Tata Motors now have the proper logo (both versions)

    Download link, as always, in the OP

    Wallpapers will be shortly updated on Google Photos