A new kind of status bar for Android has just arrived, one that offers highly customized notifications and prompts the user to action whenever something of notice is announced. Besides the standard work done by the official Android notification bar, Omega StatusBar comes with an official suite of themes that offer countless possibilities and even lets users create their own versions, with a few minutes of work.

Omega StatusBar

Omega StatusBar works with any device powered by Android 2.1 or above and has been successfully tested even on the latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Once installed on the smartphone, it will replace the stock bar with a fully customized one, which integrates various themes, styles and layouts to choose from. Also, the application offers many built-in settings that owners will surely find useful, alongside a hand-full of great features.

Omega StatusBar features

Although Omega has plenty of features, with some of them only being available under a certain theme, here’s the short list of what the customized status bar has to offer:

  • Auto-detection for a hidden status bar mode
  •  A toggle button for deactivating all notifications
  •  Integration of a digital clock
  •  Automated switch depending on the screen orientation
  •  Auto-reboots whenever the task killer kills the app
  •  Option to start whenever the device powers on
  •  Various system sensors for notifying when something is wrong with the handset
  •  Alerts the user when the battery is low
  •  High temperature sensor that indicates a hot device
  •  Integrated gesture smooth for pull down actions
  •  Customizable content settings to give control of what notifications are being advertised
  •  Excludes unwanted apps from the notification area
  •  Repeated notifications are now counted

Besides all of these, this status bar also comes under a stylish package, offering animations for the background of the application and for the battery status, just like the custom package we’ve presented for Mountain Lion. Another advantage is the fact that it won’t consume many resources and as developers describe, it requires less than 20 MB of RAM.

Omega StatusBar will surely spark the interest of creative minds, as besides introducing various helpful features, it also lets users create their own themes. This support was so easily implemented that almost anyone can make their own version and once your work is finished, a Theme Manager will help you make a selection.

How to create an Omega StatusBar compatible theme

Omega themes are created from a standard layout, otherwise known as a theme template. This can be edited with a standard text reader or even advanced tools, as Eclipse. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Download the template from here.
  2. Open the “Res” folder and choose values for various parameters.
  3. Now open the “Strings.xml” file and edit the information found, such as the theme name.
  4. From the Values folder open “config_values.xml” and follow the given direction to edit information related to the aspect of the theme.
  5. Now open the “color.xml” file from the same Values folder and edit the color codes.
  6. Replace the images found in all the drawable folders with your own, while making sure to rename and scale them accordingly. The size used should be the same one found when replacing a file.
  7. Open “statusbar_background_animation.xml” to edit the animation for the battery charger status, by altering the timing sequence and changing the names of each picture found in there. This should be modified just like in a motion picture, with times given to each pic and all the images being arranged in order.
  8. Test the thing.

Omega StatusBar can be found right on Google Play.

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Alex holds an engineering degree in Telecommunications and has been covering technology as a writer since 2009. Customization is his middle name and he doesn’t like to own stock model gadgets. When he’s away from the keyboard, simpler things like hiking, mountain climbing and having a cold drink make his day.