Android P's new UI looks eerily similar to the Flux White Substratum theme

Android P's first developer preview was released on March 7, and so far it's been met with a mixed bag of reactions. While there's a lot of helpful new features, not everyone is onboard with the design changes found with the quick settings panel and main settings page.

Android P

These two areas have seen a visual update with brighter colors and circular icons, and shortly after the developer preview had been out in the wild for a few hours, some Redditors were quick to point out that this updated design looks an awful lot like a Substratum theme in the Play Store.

The theme in question is Flux White (opens in new tab) from developer giannisgx89, and the similarities between it and Android P are hard to ignore. There are many elements of Flux White not found in Android P, such as its nav-bar style, multiple color accents, and custom boot screen, but the quick settings and settings page, in particular, look a lot alike.

Flux White

I'm not insinuating that Google flat-out copied giannisgx89, but it really is remarkable just how much alike Android P and Flux White are.

I personally like the aesthetic Google's shooting for, and seeing as how Substratum themes won't work with Android P, at least one of its best ones is now included out of the box ¯_(ツ)_/¯.

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Joe Maring

Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.

  • Meh
  • I second your "meh", and will go as far as to say, bleh, if there's no system-wide AMOLED black theme as an option.
  • Dark theme please
  • Too hard for Google
  • Google knows what's best for you. You only *think* you know what you need. Papa Duarte has spoken Welcome to the new Apple.
  • KitKat for Life! (i kid, but really Marshmallow for life!)
  • You may be joking, but Sony's approach to 4.3 (Jelly Bean) is still one of the best looks of Android. Especially when tweaked with Xposed a bit.
    But you're right, I think that the design of Android peaked between Lollipop and Nougat. Those three are aesthetically pleasing and unobtrusive. Can't say that about Oreo anymore. And this one is going in the completely wrong direction. I wish they just gave us the choice.
  • I have three android phones stuck on Marshmallow, so yeah Marshmallow for life it is.
  • I hate all the different colors. Looks to much like old Samsung. Please keep Oreo version. Some will say dull and boring, I say looks adult and sophisticated.
  • Isn't it obvious by now how, in Google's infinite STUPIDITY, they're trying their damnedest to be as much like Apple and Samsung as possible, be it aesthetically or price? This, all the while maintaining their stingy ways, in terms of design, materials, and functionality/feature set? Once half-assed, always half-assed. *What some will undoubtedly call, "bitterness" as a current Nexus 6P owner, I call being a discerning consumer, that expects to get the most value for my dollar, and unwilling to compromise by cutting corners.* Don't try and be like Apple and Samsung, all the while operating like you're still peddling Nexus. If you think your way is "the GOLD standard", justify your sh*t first, before you try and play with the big boys.
  • That theme looks like a previous version of TouchWiz.
  • It looks like a backward iteration compared to Oreo and nougat. Not a fan. Hope they change the design in future build.
  • I'm good with the dark notification header, I just want a full page notification sheet and not this squircle partition mess that I hated so much in Marshmallow when Nougat came in and showed how beautiful a notification panel could be.
  • My eyes! It burns!
  • I mean, I don't think anyone here is an expert, but maybe try some artificial tears/eye drops
  • Yup, definitely think I'll stick with Oreo. I don't like not having updates and especially security patches, but if what's true of this preview is true of the release software, I don't want it.
  • Looks fine to me
  • Well they copied Metro too, but no one seems to want to admit to that.
  • Why is it such a hard thing to include a universal dark theme Google? Why?
  • They can’t all be winners lol
  • IIRC, they said developers weren't ready for it.
  • Laat year was the year of the glitchy flagships. This is the year of the copycats. Oh well it looks ok to me.
  • I'd like to see the record set strait on Android OS development... Joe Maring, I doubt Android consumers understand the history, or relationship, between android OS and market leading hardware manufacturers like Samsung. Samsung & others build on Android to optimize their hardware and add features. The best features of Touchwiz, now called Samsung Experience, eventually get added to stock Android OS in future releases. Here is a good quote from Mathew Miller, and a link to his entire article. "Samsung provides functionality in current versions of Android that are commonly brought to the rest of the Android community with an OS update months later. For example, Samsung has had dual app capability for years, while its still rather new on stock Android devices. Samsung's implementation has also evolved to be better than the stock experience." The significant increases in RAM & CPU speed at the very highest end of the Android smartphone market handle the expansion of OS features with ease... But that ease now witnessed has only existed , I'd concede, since the Samsung Galaxy S8. The most critical risk to the Android brand is security. I think it is critical for OS Security Patch Update Levels to be uniform for all Android devices. An example is my Samsung Note 8. The monthly security patch gets released through my carrier one month after it is released by Android. Ie. When Android released the March patch, the February patch arrived to my phone. Fragmentation of Android OS is a secondary concern. Android 7.1, 8.0, 8.1... that doesn't really matter. Stable Android 7.1 optimized for my phone is positively better than having a buggy, or flawed Oreo 8.0 released some time over the last six months. Apple continues to make a mess of rushed iOS updates to meet artificial, self imposed deadlines to align with their latest iPhone releases. Mobile operating system updates are not being driven by screaming public demand..... There are always a few minor improvements, an occasional big one... But... No... The truth is Mobile operating updates like Oreo, and now P... Are used as marketing tools to support hardware refresh sales. Android OS & Apple iOS are both pretty robust and mature in 2018. Apple & Android survived... Long defeated are Blackberry & Windows in the Mobile space.
  • The history of Samsung Touchwiz &, now, Samsung Experience, for the longest time was to compete with Apple. Samsung was not going to count on Google to improve Android OS. Google branded hardware is a much more recent threat. Is Samsung hardware running on a typically older version of Android better than Google hardware running on the latest Android version? Yes...
  • Sigh! More eyeball scorching, battery hogging, revolting white themes... Yay...
    Google is obviously not interested in what people want...
  • Thanks post help me to get the knowledge about the Android P.
  • I'm still not used to the way they reorganized the settings menu in Oreo. I was so accustomed to the previous layout, which had persisted since KitKat times (possibly even earlier?). I hope they don't change it again - what a way to confuse people.
  • I'm not completely adapted to the new settings page as well, but I'll admit that is WAAAY better and more organized than before. For me, it always was a pain in the ass to find some options. Oreo is way more consistent.
  • This happens every year when google is introducing their new OS for Android. Folks bash, dislike and prefer the previous os. How about we just wait and experience what it is offering before we get all bend out of shape.
  • I always liked the changes after Lollipop. I defended the white theme in Oreo, even missing a dark one (seems like Google doesn't give a crap about this). 8.1 looks like a refined version of Android. It's simple, sophisticated and beautiful. And I think that since the beginning. Android P looks like a beta version of TouchWizz years ago. It's the first time I don't like a UI change on Android. It's like Samsung, Apple and Asus had a premature child. It's just ugly.
  • I wouldn't say it's downright ugly, but it could really use some refinement. This still looks miles better than current ASUS and Samsung themes, and iOS, while not my most favorite design, is at least cohesive and clean enough(I really like the bold fonts, this is what Google needs to bring in Android P)
  • Is anyone surprised? 90% of the "new" features in each new version of Android are copied from phone manufacturers (Samsung, htc, LG...) or from 3rd party custom ROMs. Google hardly knows how to innovate anymore.
  • It's not that Google doesn't know how to innovate(I can say innovation in smartphones in general is pretty stagnant nowadays compared to before), it's different when they integrate these features since it's natively on the OS, and not feature from a skin that bogs down the overall user experience instead of improving on it.