Android Oreo may soon get support for custom themes without rooting

Nichole Vega
August 26, 2017

Now, Google's latest Android 8.0 Oreo brings even more to the table.

Android Oreo brings several new features to the table including the "picture-in-picture mode", which allows users to multitask by using several apps at the same time. A lead developer of the Substratum theming engine has now confirmed that he is actively using Substratum themes on Android Oreo without a root access or a custom ROM.

By downloading these things, you can give your device a new look but you can't the features of the Android O on your device without actually updating it to Android Oreo. But for now, the number of devices running Android 8.0 is minuscule, as only Google-backed devices are presently the only ones that have received the update. However, a smartphone has to be registered to the Android Beta Program to be able to participate in the testing stage.

When launching the ZenFone 4 and ZenFone 4 Pro, Asus announced it will release Android Oreo update for the smartphones in this year's ZenFone 4 series as well as last year's ZenFone 3 series. The app will be available for the Google Pixel/XL, the Nexus 5X, and the Nexus 6P, with the only prerequisite being that the device is running Android O.

HTC has confirmed to upgrade at least three of its top of the line handsets - HTC U 11, HTC U Ultra and HTC 10 to Android 8.0 Oreo OTA. The company posted the news via a tweet that reads, "We're excited to bring Android 8.0 to the HTC U11, U Ultra, & 10, beginning with U11 in Q4". According to its tweet, HTC will start working on the Oreo update in the fourth quarter of 2017.

While launching its flagship Cool Play 6 smartphone, Chinese brand Coolpad announced that the phone will be getting Android Oreo update by the end of the year. Autofill framework allows automatic log-in for apps where users have granted permission in Android Oreo.

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