[Best customization app] Substratum Theme Engine (Root Required)

By | March 29, 2017

Customization has been one of the greatest features of Android. And if you’ve ever used a custom ROM like CyanogenMod, you’d know how much refreshing your Android devices can be with a powerful theme engine like CM theme engine. But if we told you, you can take benefits of a more robust theme engine than of CM and that too without a custom ROM? Yes, we’re talking the Substratum theme engine.

 Developed upon Sony’s own theme engine, Substratum allows you to theme any Android device running on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and above Android versions (Yes, Nougat is supported).
What is Substratum?
Substratum is an application, downloadable from the Play Store, that utilizes all of Sony’s Overlay Manager Service (OMS), found on the official AOSP code review. This is similar to Layers in terms of stability and customization as it runs off an upgraded version of the Resource Runtime Overlay system, with the added benefit of running up-to-date Sony code on a customized ROM.

Why is this better than Layers?

  • No longer require soft or hard reboots when applying themes
  • We can apply fonts without rebooting
  • We can apply System sounds from a theme, such as lock/unlock/effect_tick sounds, to make your unlock sounds match your theme
  • Does not use the vendor/overlays partition/folder anymore, to limit down possible security vulnerabilities and reflashing vendors constantly
  • Active and consistent development based on upstream Sony code, as well as team code. Relying on the old system meant bringing up legacy code to newer versions of Android, even when we know the RRO2 system is being superseded already.

Pre-reqirements before installing substratum-

  • Device should be rooted
  • Full backup of your device
  • A good brain …:-p

How to use substratum theme engine –

1.Download Substratum from Play Store clickhere,

2.Open it and grant it root access.

3.Open Play Store , search for “Substratum themes” , and download a few themes on your device.I am giving some links of free themes-

4.Touch the toggle button to select all overlays included in the theme at once OR select each overlay manually (if you don’t want to apply all overlays).

5.Scroll down a little, you’ll see a floating button (with Paintbrush icon), tap on it and select Install Selected.

6.If your custom ROM has support for Substratum, then all overlays will be applied without a reboot. If not, then the app will ask you to reboot the device to apply selected overlays/theme.

Some Screenshots of substratum theme-

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