Windows Phone theme customizer now available

Modifying the Windows Phone 7 interface could appeal to some people and not in the slightest to others. The Metro UI is certainly divisive, but now, it can be changed to a previously unknown extent, as WPCentral reports.

Being able to change the phone theme may not have been something Microsoft envisioned with their mobile operating system but thanks to the coders and owners of the WP7 handsets, you can do just that. It may not be the most simple thing to do though, since a developer unlocked handset is required to modify it.

Beyond this, it takes some patience and willingness to learn how to get the best themes running. Apart from that, it seems like a fun way to differentiate your handset interface from the normal options. The application runs on Windows PCs only, but allows you to tweak every inch of the tile interface to look different. The below screenshot exemplifies the possibilities.

As the image shows, you can change each tile individually, including third-party application tiles. Images can be used as backgrounds to tiles instead of solid colors and themes can be imported and exported, meaning that they could potentially be shared around the internet in the near future. If a directory of Windows Phone 7 themes is not yet available, it will only be a matter of time until such a thing exists.

The program can be downloaded from its original source, at Windows Phone Hacker. The WPH wiki explains how to get a developer device unlock so you can enjoy the custom themes available.

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That......looks...........HORRIFYING!! Who in their right mind would want a screen to look like that? And why go through all that trouble? I'm sorry, but I think this is just stupid. You people need to move to Fandroid---the ugliest interface on the planet.

Actually which device do u guys think is better? The Nokia Lumia 800 or the Samsung OMNIA W? I saw the specs they seem quite similar, except that Lumia 800 has Gorilla Glass.

it_freakDude said,
Actually which device do u guys think is better? The Nokia Lumia 800 or the Samsung OMNIA W? I saw the specs they seem quite similar, except that Lumia 800 has Gorilla Glass.

Once you have owned and personally seen Gorilla Glass survive some scary falls and potentially horrid scratches without a flaw, it would be your deciding factor if the devices are similar in base features.

(I can still remember my first experiences with a ZuneHD and dropping it out of my car on concrete and kicking it face down 30ft, only to find it was flawless. And unlike the 'scratch proof' technology Apple uses, Gorilla Glass has flexibility that keeps it from shattering under pressure.)

it_freakDude said,
Actually which device do u guys think is better? The Nokia Lumia 800 or the Samsung OMNIA W? I saw the specs they seem quite similar, except that Lumia 800 has Gorilla Glass.

Cost is the factor,, Lumia 800 more costlier than OMNIA W.

Nice!! WP7 might actually be usable now!! I've hated WP7 with a passion because the default theme is one of the ugliest things I've ever seen, but if some skilled themers can make some slick looking themes, that would make WP7 worth looking into (at least, once they get their hardware specs up to date with the rest of the industry).

I was hoping themes would be more customizable with the mango update. Was disappointed when it didn't happen, but this will make a fine substitute.

That's awesome that they are already doing this, however I wonder if there's any side effects, otherwise might give it a try.

medium_pimpin said,
Looks awesome, but kills live tiles. I just want to be able to make the tiles darker blue. Nothing fancy.

Me to. I think the colour blue they choose is ick looking

Pretty cool...I think this kind of customisation will arrive as an intrinsic part of the wp8 os - just as i think windows 8 metro ui will end up with this kind of possibility.

I think wp7 is beautiful the way it is, no need to screw it up. Its nice for those who dont like the clean look however.

micro said,
I think wp7 is beautiful the way it is, no need to screw it up. Its nice for those who dont like the clean look however.

Exactly. I love the simple sold color.

micro said,
I think wp7 is beautiful the way it is, no need to screw it up. Its nice for those who dont like the clean look however.
Monochrome tiles FTW! That looks amazingly cleaner than the solid color IMO.

tsupersonic said,
Monochrome tiles FTW! That looks amazingly cleaner than the solid color IMO.

yeah agreed - looks VERY cool

micro said,
I think wp7 is beautiful the way it is, no need to screw it up. Its nice for those who dont like the clean look however.
true, its very crisp. however most of the colors are very feminine.