Android 4.0 ‘Holo’ native theme required for Android Market access, says Google

Paul Fang - Jan 4, 2012, 12:52am CST
Android 4.0 ‘Holo’ native theme required for Android Market access, says Google

Google has just announced that Android 4.0, or Ice Cream Sandwich’s native theme, dubbed ‘Holo’, will be required for any Android 4.0 device in order to have access to Google’s plethora of apps, including, well, the Android Market. Well, we knew that Ice Cream Sandwich’s native UI theme would be seated right into the OS level of the platform, but, to be mandatory for access to the Android Market? That’s quite a step further than previously thought to be.

Although this is a clear step forward for user interface and thematic consistency across devices, those who aren’t in the mood to skin their Android devices shouldn’t quite brandish their smartphones in victory just yet. Google’s default ‘Holo’ theme is essentially a set of UI widgets and design elements that developers can utilize in developing apps. Though this may mean that Google has opened the option to 3rd-party developers to design widgets and apps with the native theme, it does not at all mean that Google is mandating the usage of the theme on anybody, especially not manufacturers.

The ‘Holo’ theme will come as the default theme for any app that doesn’t request specifically the device’s default skin, which basically means that the look and feel of 3rd-party Android skins, such as Samsung’s TouchWiz, HTC’s Sense UI, and others, won’t integrate as deep into 3rd-party apps unless developers design them to do so.


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12 Responses to Android 4.0 ‘Holo’ native theme required for Android Market access, says Google

  1. OK. So does that mean that the default 4.0 keyboard will be on every GAPPS enabled phone? 

    If so good. That keyboard is bloody magnificent. 

  2. When it comes to Carrier IQ they say they it wasn’t us and now this. Google can do anything they like everybody loves them.

  3. Oh well clearly HTC and SAMSUNG need to step their game up. I am extremely happy with my Ics Galaxy Nexus…

  4. Is Holographic included in the ICS update? I have the Motorola XOOM and wonder if its comparable. Im sorry I am new to this Android system. Thanks!

  5. Anyone know if this means the owner of the phone will be able easily switch from the manufacter custom skin/them/UI to stock android? That would be very nice.

  6. This is a very smart move on Googles part. Those who want the extra functionality of a touchwiz like skin can still have it but this will limit how much change an OEM can make to ICS, in particular, the look of it. Hopefully with this faster updates will come.

  7. This is a very smart move on Googles part. Those who want the extra functionality of a touchwiz like skin can still have it but this will limit how much change an OEM can make to ICS, in particular, the look of it. Hopefully with this faster updates will come.

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