Users have been waiting for months for CMTE to make its debut with Nougat, but the response from its developers has been minimal. Something seemed off, as CMTE was usually given high priority by the development team. Little did we know that the very project itself, CyanogenMod, would eventually cease to exist.
Fortunately, Substratum, a theme engine based on Sony’s Overlay Manager Service (OMS), lead by XDA Recognized Developers Nicholas Chum and Sykopompos, was already making waves as an increasingly popular alternative to CMTE. At first even I, like many addicted to the CyanogenMod Theme Engine, was skeptical of Substratum and its theming capabilities, but as soon as I used it I realized it felt completely different than what all the critics and reviews said.
Hello, Nicholas and Mike! It’s good to have you with us. Can you please give our readers a brief introduction of who you are and what you’ve accomplished?
What made you feel that there was a need to introduce substratum with something like CMTE already present. I’m sure CMTE was still considered to make its way to N when you first started your development.
There are a lot of debates with regards to CMTE versus Substratum as the agenda, and the topic most commonly seen is the lack of free themes for Substratum. Can you both, for once, please explain the #reason?
How do you think Lineage OS Theme Engine (LOSTE) (if it comes out) will affect Substratum? All the themers and ROMs have evidently made their choice to go with Substratum by merging in OMS. What if LOSTE comes out in near future?
What’s the story behind the name?
How does Substratum work in the background?
What are you planning to implement into your application in the future against piracy?
There are certain general misconceptions and confusions the users have regarding RRO, OMS and the whole shift from Layers to Substratum. I request both of you to explain OMS, RRO and the shift from Layers to Substratum to the layman.
How easy is it for Roms to merge OMS if they wish to do so?
What are you planning to do with this project in the upcoming months or years?
When can we expect your personal theme to transition over to Substratum?
Who would you like to thank in the project?
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