[Updated] Theme It App Launches, Competition for Cydia Theme Center

Update 1: There is some controversy over Theme It; a clash with Cydia founder “Saurik”, as reported by TNW:

Note to all iDevice Jailbreakers and people interested in Theme it:
Well as it was to be expected Saurik/Jay Freeman (maker of Cydia) doesn’t seem to appreciate our venue in “his” community. He wrote me an email, asking us to ‘back-down’ and stop our much awaited project hiding behind the fact that competition is bad… Sure competition isn’t good to someone trying to keep his monopoly and have the ability to decide how everything should or should not evolve. But we’re all aware that competition is a great thing for the end user and everyone else for that matter, it forces the different parties to do better all the time for the real good of the community. Funny enough, he suddenly seems to have become very “available” since the announcement of Theme it went public ; ) getting in contact with the different repositories, theme creators, etc.

But “back-stabbing” is the main intention here, making sure all the people getting involved with us will turn their backs on us (I’m forced to admit that they don’t really have much choice since he’s currently the only one pulling all the strings) For instance we “mysteriously lost” our partner repository (that had signed a partnership agreement with us) and i’ve heard that he’s even “taking the time” to contact different theme creators directly as well to try and make sure they don’t follow us in this adventure… how low is that !? This clearly shows one thing; he feels quite threatened of what we’re coming out with, he doesn’t want to loose money and potentially more… his monopoly.

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For jailbroken iPhone users, customizing the look of your device has never been easier now that Cydia’s Theme Center has launched.

An alternative theme store has launched to give Theme Center some competition. Theme It is an app that you download onto your iPhone, and allows for easy purchase of themes.

How to Install Theme It App on your iPhone

1 – Launch Cydia and go to the “Manage” tab in the menu
2 – Click on “Sources” then “Edit” and “Add”
3 – Insert our repo url : http://www.themeitapp.com/repo (currently their repo is getting hammered with requests, so keep trying it if doesn’t work)

In Cydia, go to Sections–>Themeit–>

Install Theme it. Once installed, you’ll see the Theme It app on your homescreen.

The Theme It app is extremely well laid out and easy to use. It’s beautiful. There are tabs along the bottom for Home, Themes, Options, and Account. Under the Themes tab, you can see the latest themes available for purchase. Free themes are ‘coming soon’.

Tapping on a theme shows you relevant info such as theme description, screenshots, price, version history, and most importantly compatibility info with your device. Most themes will require the installation of Winterboard on your device.

If you’re heavy into themes and customization, definitely check out Theme It on your iPhone. Let us know what you think about it in the comments.

[Theme It App]