Cydia creator Saurik releases Substrate, Winterboard for Android

substrate logo 1Cydia creator Jay Freeman, a.k.a saurik, has today released a version of his popular Mobile Substrate framework for Android. Mobile Substrate, in case you’re not aware, is the powerful framework that powers most tweaks on your jailbroken iOS devices.

On a more technical level, here’s how the project is described:

Substrate makes it easy to modify software, even without the source code, and in a way that allows users to easily choose which changes they want.

While Android is much more liberal in letting apps run in the background, Substrate still requires rooting (the equivalent of jailbreaking on Android). Remarkably, though, it is available on the Google Play Store.

Here’s what chpwn, developer of popular jailbreak tweaks such as Zephyr, Gridlock had to say about Substrate:

Saurik has also ported Winterboard over to Android, as a demo of Substrate on Android. Just like its iOS counterpart, Winterboard on Android lets users install themes to change the look of the OS.

Saurik also reveals that now that Substrate for Android has been released, he might resume development on Substrate for OS X, which was stalled due to lack of interest a few years back. He says that interest has increased after Apple released newer versions of OS X that adds iOS-like Sandboxing to Mac apps.

For more information on Substrate, head over to the official website.

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  • Steve FC Bernal

    Does this mean that android users are gonna talk more smack saying they can do everything we can now -_-

    • shrug

      already could. many tweaks and customizations could be even done without root (jailbreak). the good thing about a framework like this, is that instead of requiring to install custom roms every time you wish to make a change, you can install a module (like winterboard) to make the appropriate changes.

      there’s already a framework called “xposed framework” on android which does this, but having another alternative – especially one from someone like Jay Saurik is a good thing, hopefully entice more devs to make modules and tweaks since they’re already used to working with cydia substrate’s api’s and stuff.

  • ifonix

    i have private JB iphone, and work android phone. there r so many free or small pay tweakes for android that winterboard not gonna make big impact on the android as it made on the iphone. BUT thanx to freeman and other jbérs iphone world is richer and fun.

  • xero14

    Android really needs a Cydia though its Andoids one big downside for now.