You can still achieve this task using the StatusBar custom plugin. Download it from here
(the latest version still seems compatible with Cordova 3.0.0 according to the plugin.xml). Unpack the archive, and zip the contents of the package folder (so that plugin.xml is in the root of the archive). Then, import
the custom plugin in your project. Call the methods that let you control the font and the background color in your onDeviceReady (e.g. StatusBar.backgroundColorByName and StatusBar.styleLightContent). (Note that you might need to set StatusBar.overlaysWebView to false). This will not work in the device simulator and in the companion app. To test your app, you will need to deploy it on a real device.
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