Omega StatusBar: Customizing the status bar to your liking

August 30, 2012
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Who says that customization was just limited to the external appearance of your phone? Android users can enjoy tweaking almost every aspect of their mobile device. Today, we’re going to look at customizing something that a lot of people overlook: the status bar.

It’s not exactly in the limelight, but we’d all be lost without it. It lets us know the strength of our carrier signal, our Wi-Fi signal, battery level, time, date and a whole lot more. Because a lot of apps also take up space on your status bar with their own icons, it doesn’t take very long for a status bar to start looking cluttered and dirty. A developer team by the name of Team Syndicate stepped up to the challenge of making the status bar part of the attractive package.

When I switched on the Omega StatusBar, I certainly noticed that the default statusbar for HTC Sense became a lot cleaner. Compare how the Omega StatusBar gets rid of all the pesky colors on the default status bar and replaces them with minimalist black and white. If you don’t find the default status bar attractive, you can download more status bar themes from the Google Play Store. You can choose themes that can give your status bar an iPhone, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, or an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich touch. 

Though Omega StatusBar only affects a very small portion of your screen, there’s a lot you can do to it. Bring up the Settings menu and you tweak it to your liking. You can set Omega StatusBar to start when you turn on your device or remove some of the icons that appear on it such as your Wi-Fi and Network indicators, notification counters, and a whole lot more. Don’t want to clutter up your status bar? No problem. Omega StatusBar lets you keep an Ignore List for apps that you don’t want to receive notifications from.

When you upgrade to Omega StatusBar Pro, you can enjoy features such as an animated background, a warning for device over voltage, whether the battery is currently charging, and unspecified errors.

Though Omega StatusBar is available for free, it’s not ad-supported. Don’t worry about getting pesky push notifications or ads that will distract you when you browse your phone. You can enjoy the free version without any annoyances.

Omega StatusBar, however, is not flawless. Right after I take a screenshot, the statusbar briefly flickers and shows me the default one for the HTC Sense. When moving app icons on my homescreen towards the trashcan, the Omega StatusBar also reverts to HTC Sense. It also doesn’t seem to support third-party applications such as Dropbox. Right after I uploaded some images to Dropbox, there was no icon notification on my status bar. It’s not particularly troublesome, but I do miss seeing a confirmation there.

Treat yourself to a sleek and attractive status bar by downloading Omega Statusbar to your Android device today.

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