If you’re an avid Android user or, like many of us here at AddictiveTips, a power-user with ORD (Obsessive ROM-updating Disorder), then you’re probably aware of the CyanogenMod series of custom ROMs for select Android devices. The ROM is, after all, among the most feature-rich, fast and flexible ones out there. It may not have been even close to as cosmetically flexible as, say, MIUI up until the sixth version in the series (CM6), but that changed with the addition of the T-Mobile Theme Chooser application in CyanogenMod 7. Now, instead of flashing ZIP files through recovery, you can simply install themes that come in APK format and apply them from within Theme Chooser. For CM7 fans who love everything about the ROM but its stock Android look, following are 12 of the best CyanogenMod 7 themes out there (as of this writing). All of the following themes are free and can be applied from within Theme Chooser (no flashing required).
Installing a CyanogenMod 7 Theme Using Theme Chooser
The following themes are in APK format. To install and apply a theme:
- Download / transfer its APK to the SD card and install. You will, of course, need to enable installation of non-Market applications (check the Unknown Sources option within Settings > Applications).
- Launch Theme Chooser.
- Swipe left or right across the screen to select the theme you just installed.
- Tap apply and reboot (reboot is required to be able to view the changes to the notification power widget).
If you would rather not reboot after applying a theme:
- Download Notification Restart from the Android Market. The app is free.
- After applying a theme, launch the app and tap the button on its home screen to restart the notification bar.
If you have any problems downloading or applying any of the following themes, feel free to leave a query in the comment section below.
Honeybread (Honeycomb Theme)
Dev: GFX Android
NTSense (HTC Sense Theme)
Download NTSense (XDA-Developers Forum Thread)
Download GingerBlur (XDA-Developers Forum Thread)
TouchWizzed (Samsung TouchWiz Theme)
Download TouchWizzed (XDA-Developers Forum Thread)
Download Xperia Arc (XDA-Developers Forum Thread)
Download MotoBlur (XDA-Developers Forum Thread)
Download BuuF (XDA-Developers Forum Thread)
Dev: Team Carbon
Download Steel Blue (XDA-Developers Forum Thread)
Rover’s Themes (Mix, Blue & Cyan)
Download Rover’s Themes (XDA-Developers Forum Thread)
If you liked this post, you might also want to check out our collection of 10 awesome MIUI themes.