Themes have been a fun part of CyanogenMod and related ROMs for quite some time now. It’s interesting to see what people come up with in terms of modding their devices. Themes can be applied to the device to change up fonts, colors and the overall color scheme of the operating system.
I’m currently running CM11 on my Nexus 5. This week we’re going to be taking a look at the Battered theme by Darryl Dillon. First things first, if you’re a fan of cyan, then you’ll love this theme. Dillon has put quite a bit of work into this theme. He has themed pretty much all of the stock apps, he has themed the boot animation, widgets, and he has even managed to black out quite a few apps. The theme was published on July 8th and currently has nothing but 5-star reviews.
In the gallery below, you’ll notice a few screenshots that I have taken during my time using this theme. All of the Google apps have been themed with a cyan and dark metallic color, as well as the system apps. You’ll also see the notification bar is themed, and there is a skull icon in the pulldown menu as well. There are some skull icons throughout the theme, so if you like skulls, then this might be the theme for you. The dialer is one of my favorite themed apps in Battered. It features an extremely beautiful black and cyan-themed application with themed icons. It’s not too abrasive and it’s not a simple recoloring of the stock dialer.
Another nice feature that this theme offers is the Android L-style navigation bar. They are also themed cyan (to match the rest of the UI). It’s a nice touch and gives the ROM an updated and fresh look. The theme also comes with a pretty cool blue/cyan wallpaper that features graffiti art and a lonely street. It looks cool with the teal/cyan icon colorings, and really makes the navigation buttons pop. I’m a huge fan of the icon pack that Dillon has used for this theme. The shadowed metallic look is really cool, and the cyan complements it nicely. For those who were wondering, the icon pack is included and it’s called “BlackChrome Cyan”. The boot animation was pretty cool, although it appeared a bit choppy on my device.
It’s obvious that Darryl Dillon has worked hard on this theme. If you’d like to check it out, Battered by Darryl Dillon will only set you back $1.75. Be sure you check out his screenshots and read up on what he includes in the theme in his Play Store listing.