Custom Splash Screen

Last edit: 2023.08.07

Using this recipe you will replace the stock system UI splash screen.

The splash screen stays on the screen until all Frontends become ready; see Frontend.isReady for more details. It can be customized to show, for example, a car brand logo or other visuals.

out of box

Out of the box

What the splash screen looks like by default.



The splash screen can be replaced with any custom Android view.


You will need an image to replace the stock splash screen image with. For the purpose of this guide you can use the one we provided here.

Creating a layout file for the custom splash screen

Create a custom_splash_screen.xml layout file.

1<FrameLayout xmlns:android=""
2 android:layout_width="match_parent"
3 android:layout_height="match_parent">
5 <View
6 android:layout_width="match_parent"
7 android:layout_height="match_parent"
8 android:background="@color/splash_screen_background_color" />
10 <View
11 android:layout_width="match_parent"
12 android:layout_height="match_parent"
13 android:background="@drawable/splash_screen_glow" />
15 <ImageView
16 android:layout_width="@dimen/splash_screen_width"
17 android:layout_height="@dimen/splash_screen_height"
18 android:layout_gravity="center"
19 android:src="@drawable/splash_screen_logo" />

Creating a custom activity

Create a SplashScreenActivity. Override the function getSplashScreenProvider() to return a custom SplashScreenProvider that inflates the layout of the custom splash screen.

1class SplashScreenActivity : DefaultActivity() {
3 override fun getSplashScreenProvider(): SplashScreenProvider {
4 return object : SplashScreenProvider {
5 override fun createSplashScreenView(splashScreenContainer: ViewGroup): View {
6 return LayoutInflater
7 .from(splashScreenContainer.context)
8 .inflate(
9 R.layout.custom_splash_screen,
10 splashScreenContainer,
11 false
12 )
13 }
14 }
15 }

Using the custom activity as a main activity in the manifest file

Add the new SplashScreenActivity to the AndroidManifest.xml file.

2 <activity
3 android:name="com.tomtom.ivi.platform.framework.api.product.debugpermissions.SetupActivity">
4 <meta-data
5 android:name="com.tomtom.ivi.platform.debugpermissions.META_DATA_KEY_MAIN_ACTIVITY_CLASS_NAME"
6 android:value="com.example.ivi.splashscreen.SplashScreenActivity"
7 tools:replace="android:value" />
8 </activity>
10 <activity
11 android:name="com.example.ivi.splashscreen.SplashScreenActivity"
12 android:exported="false">
13 </activity>

Build and deploy your app to your target device.

Next steps

Since you have learned how to create a custom splash screen, here are some recommendations for next steps:

Theming and Customization, for an overview of all theming and customization options.

Custom Fragments, to find out how to replace the Fragments inside the system UI panels.

Using the Configuration Framework, for more fine grained customization settings.