It’s unique, it’s new and it’s something on the edge of normality when it comes to the standard theme. Let’s start with something very basic- the Quetzal hero image. Although hero images are something most people would inherently ignore, they’re what are supposed to capture the essence of the theme in one picture.

Quetzal | Dark on the Play Store

The hero image for Quetzal displays the name of the theme in italics, while maintaining a glassy look to the letter. The name of the theme is backed by what the designer terms as a “mystical green curtain.”

The hero image conveys the clear message encompassing the fact that the theme’s going to be something “not your standard dark theme.”

The one place every Android gets their eyeballs to is the status-bar, which hence happens to be one of the most important facets of the theme. The WiFi icon is elongated, with the base “dot” sporting a single-ring circle. The network bars are fairly standard, yet elongated as well.

The battery icon is lean, with the same single-ring circle at top and haphazard lines inside indicating the battery percentage. Most, if not all of the notification icons for the status-bar have been crafted from scratch.

The theme ships with a custom sound pack named after the theme, three font variants, a ton of dark tones, 53 colour accents and 12 different background colour variations. In addition, a “glitch-y” boot-animation has been added to the theme as well.

The other part of the theme that stays with the user universally, i.e, across all applications is the navigation bar. The nav-bar sports a neat little triangle pointing to the left for the “back” function, a half-hash shape ( # without the second horizontal line, that is) for the “home” function and a segment-seperated (square and/or rectangle divided in half by a verticle line) icon for the “recents” function.

The Quick Settings blends well into the notifications, with the notification cards being a shade darker than the Quick Settings panel. The brightness bar on the QS panel has a certain “hue” or “gradiant” to it that makes it catchy.

Most applications like YouTube, Google+, substratum, Facebook and Instagram have been themed. The one interesting aspect to most of the icons and/or themed elements in applications is that almost all of them are created by putting lines and curves together.

Although the icons and elements crafted by Alejandro Ivan Ponce Trujillo (“just call me Alejandro Ponce or Alex,” he says) aren’t very complex sets, they’ve been formed using lines and curves in such a way that they end up garnering a “catchy” vibe to the theme. With a price tag of about $1.99, the theme is available on the Google Play Store through both the button at the beginning of this review and this link.

At this point, the theme has gone straight-up unnoticed. Let’s help change that.


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