As far as carrier support for rooted Androids goes, it’s virtually non-existant. Until recently, carriers have been relatively quiet regarding the force behind the Android community. There is one carrier, however, working to change that. T-Mobile has recently begun making an a effort to show public support for the Android community by doing things like promoting Cyanogen on Twitter and even releasing some open-source coding for themes to be used with CyanogenMod. In today’s edition of Root Reviews, we’re going to be taking a look at how that coding has been implemented into the latest CyangenMod nightlies as the Theme Chooser app.
The way Theme Chooser works is incredibly simple. As of build 13 (being used on the HTC Glacier), the app contains three themes that change several different aspects of the ROM. The themes are titled Androdian, Cyanbread, and the default System. Each theme changes the colors and wallpapers of the ROM to green, cyan, and orange, respectively. Applying themes is as easy as opening Theme Chooser, scrolling to the theme you want to use, and selecting apply. To get an idea on how the colors looks in action, check out the video demo below.
As things progress we can expect to see many more themes with different colors added, but the three we already have to choose from certainly make for a good start. To see a carrier come forward and embrace the hacking and modding community like T-Mobile has is impressive to say the least. Hopefully, we can expect to see more support like this from T-Mobile and other carriers in the future.
For now, T-Mobile’s Theme Chooser is only available by flashing one of the CyanogenMod 7 nightlies. There may be other distribution methods available someday, but for now this is it. As always, if you have any questions or comments, hit me up on Twitter – @du57in – or in the comments below.