Friday, 3 January 2014

Improvised FAQ on Android 4.4 KitKat / CM11 / etc.

"So, Hooolm, are you going to update your Theme Chooser themes for KitKat ROMs ?"

Yes and/or Maybe.

"What's keeping you?"

It depends what direction the major players like CyanogenMod and AOKP take with KitKat. As it stands, most of my Theme Chooser themes are useless with CM11 et al, because the KitKat battery icon isn't composed of images, but generated via code. That code is unreachable via the Theme Chooser, and so are the /layout XML files that might allow me to change the references back to what it was before.

I flash CM11 nightlies on my HTC One to keep track of what's happening, but until at least that changes, I see no point in trying to adapt something like Freehand or LEDed to KitKat.

" about the kanglings in Romania who..."

Yes, I understand that some of the "fringe players" have tried making the battery icon themeable, but I'd need a significant user base (like CM) to target. If I push a version to Google Play saying "Updated for KitKat" , I'm going to have a thousand 1-star ratings from CM11 and AOKP KK users saying, "Heeeey - the battery still looks stock. I can't believe I paid for this ******* **** !!!1!eleven..,,,!"


Nah, but it's beyond my control, and my current focus is on making and maintaining sweet icon packs - primarily because they are fun and because they challenge my creativity rather than my book-keeping abilities :-)


  1. I really hope you work on updating LEDed for CM11/AOKP/Carbon. Everything was pretty much fine for the most part besides the battery icon..but now, with the recent power menu toggles CM11 added.. Your theme, and everyone else's pretty much, is JACKED. Everything is out of place/icons all mis-matched and it makes using LEDed impossible now. So basically, I'm stuck on the Carbon 4/18 nightly until something is done to remedy this as I can not go without the LEDed theme. LEDed is the best theme I've ever used and can not go without it.

    Please reconsider your stance on updating just because of the battery icon. Simply explain that the battery icon can not be themed in KitKat in the update notes so people understand. I just use whatever battery mod is in the ROM now and just want to be able to use your theme...please please please lol. Thanks for listening.

  2. Hack it to death. Someone has got to stand up to Google. Their UI idiocy needs to stop. My notification bar is colorful, and the icons animated. Google be damned. If I wanted to make using my Android device like driving through fog or use it to emulate color blindness and low vision, I might have a use for their UI that makes it actually more difficult to discriminate one screen element from another by removing chromatic cues and reducing contrast.

    Don't let them win. Please.