Apr 10th, 2013

Many of you expressed distaste for the Google Play Store redesign yesterday. The user interface itself was quite nice, but the color scheme had many of us feeling like Google took a step back to the Froyo and Gingerbread days. Everyone has their own tastes, of course, so this isn’t the forum to criticize those thoughts. If you’re of the opinion that Google needs to include an option for a dark theme, we don’t have that quite yet, but this inverted Play Store APK should hold you over.

The APK will give you a nice, dark, sleek theme that might win over those who didn’t even have a problem with the original color scheme. I can’t say I’m not itching to give it a try even though the new Play Store doesn’t absolutely bother me. So how can you get this on your phone?

To get it, you’ll need to be able to flash .zip files in a custom recovery. Download this file and do just that, and you should reboot into blacked-out goodness. If it doesn’t work, you may want to try uninstalling Play Store updates via the App Info page, or head to /system/apps using a root file explorer and rename your Vending.apk to Phonesky.apk, then flash and reboot.

The deed, done by @B_boytm, doesn’t extend to just the Google Play Store app. All sorts of GAPPS, like Gmail and Google Play Music, have gotten the same treatment. You can give all of those a look at this RootzWiki thread, where you’ll also find the appropriate download links and instructions.