Update: The theme is set to launch two weeks from now.
Deep Darkness needs no introduction. With 500,000 – 1,000,000 installs on the PlayStore, it can be easily tagged as one of the most popular themes out there. Manuel Möllmann, the creator of Deep Darkness, is one of the many themers who’ve decided to switch over to Substratum after waiting for the CyanogenMod Theme Engine in vain. This post is a review of the almost-complete Deep Darkness for Substratum. As the theme isn’t available for the public yet, we will be featuring two of the many accents available, on two of the many backgrounds. Things to keep an eye out for will be the AOSP Keyboard which changes colours acoording to the app you’re using, the minimalistic QS tiles, the custom animations and the beautiful boot animations.
The statubar of Deep Darkness is rather unique, with the unique WiFi and the horizontal line of dots to indicate the signal. It looks absolutely minimal. With the transition to Substratum, you get to decide whether you want white statusbar icons, accent coloured and coloured statusbar icons. Below is a screenshot of Deep Darkness with the gold accent, Pitch Black background and accent coloured statusbars applied.
The Quick Settings
The Quick Settings look strikingly beautiful especiall with 4 coloumns enabled. With the transition to Substratum, you get to choose whether you want any text beneath each and every tile, or not. You also get to choose whether you want the quick tiles with circle shapes around them (which was what you got with the CMTE variant) or you want the quick tiles minimal and without cicle shapes around them. We’ve applied the gold accent with the Material Dark background and the minimal QS tiles ( without text ) option has been enabled.
The notifications are flat and absolutely minimal. The icons for every app in the notifications follow the accent colour, just like the reply text does. DD makes scrolling through dozens of notifications enjoyable. Below is a screenshot with the gold accent and material dark background enabled. You can also see the minimalistic QS tiles in the screenshot below.
The settings are absolutely flat and each and every icon follows the accent colour. There is not much to explain here, posting a screenshot would say it all. In the screenshot below, you’ll see the gold accent on the Material Dark background enabled.
Although I have a device that supports hardware keys, I wanted the navigation bar from Deep Darknedd (CMTE variant) so bad that I enabled the soft keys. As I headed over to Substratum to apply the overlay, I noticed that moelle added the Pixel Navigation bar as an option too. He’s full of surprises. As you’re already familiar with the DD navbar from CMTE, here’s the Pixel navbar with DD in action.
Everyone knows Moelle because of the contributions he made with his theme for the CyanogenMod Theme Engine. That’s honestly how I knew moelle, that is, through Deep Darkness. Little did I know that he’s as good with animations as he is with themes. The animations are absolutely fantastic. These can be set as your boot animation too!
Concluding, here’s a small gallery for you DeepDarkness fans out there.