As a longtime user of jailbreak texting app biteSMS, one of my few complaints about the app has always been that the graphics were not all they could be. I rarely ran Bite without using a third party theme that replaced the default images with something a bit less clunky.
It seems the developers behind Bite agreed, as recent releases of the app have included a built-in method of theming images—allowing independent developers an easy, fully supported way to publish graphical additions for the app.
biteLiquid, released in v2.0 today, is one of those themes, and one of the most elegant yet. A dark theme developed by Devin Dickson, it’s marked most noticeably by the use of transparency in the Quick Compose and Quick Reply popups, a small change that immediately gives Bite a glassier, more iOS-like look.
Open the full Bite app, and the dark theme continues, although without the transparency effect of the QR/QC popups. Additionally, the standard iOS conversation bubbles are themed not just in color but in shape—gone are the comic book speech balloons, replaced by more streamlined balloons that sit flush with the conversation window. It’s a clean, modern, look that fits the sleek lines of Apple’s devices—even as it replaces Apple’s own balloon design. (It also makes opening your SMS app in a dark room much less obtrusive, since you’re not blinding people with stark white light.) If you use biteSMS, biteLiquid is worth a look—it’s out now on the Zodttd repo for just 99¢.