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Any possibility of making our own custom theme?

Ian R-P 2 years ago • updated 2 years ago 4

The current themes are nice for portrait and landscape mode on smaller devices, once you get onto larger tablets they don't work out so well or rather space could be used much more efficiently.


For example, I personally hate seeing album art as I find it a complete waste of screen space. With the Classic Light theme selected on my Nexus 7, I would personally much rather have the right sidebar (search/favorites/player/settings..etc) always open OR on the left side I would add bar listing my favorites for easy selection rather than having to constantly go back to the Favorites area. As well I would expand the current playback bar to the entire width, moving the play/stop/next buttons up and add full width volume slider, very large prev/play/stop/next buttons above the volume...etc.


Actually after writing that out, I'm after a theme that is much more car user friendly. I have a customized device in my dash and the current themes don't look good or operate well in landscape.

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Thanks for the post about this topic. So yeah the app design was never optimized for larger devices. For sure we want to optimize it but we just don't have enough time.


We are open to suggestions and if any designer wants to create a skin for the app we are open to talk about it! We would mainly want to see previous work before tipping our hats... :)

This is just a quick mockup of what I had in mind. Easy access to most commonly used items. The title/artist/radio station information is not as big as I would make it, I just forgot to expand it when doing up the image.


That will require more programming skills to make the app ability to read the xml file outside the app. Making themes can only be done in xml coding and it is not easy to make a theme.

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Thanks for the post about this topic. So yeah the app design was never optimized for larger devices. For sure we want to optimize it but we just don't have enough time.


We are open to suggestions and if any designer wants to create a skin for the app we are open to talk about it! We would mainly want to see previous work before tipping our hats... :)

I don't know enough about themes in Android but as Evildog mentioned they are xml based? Wouldn't it be possible to just watch a folder for .xml files and load from there?