Rumor: Samsung may soon launch TouchWiz themes for its Android phones

Rumor: Samsung may soon launch TouchWiz themes for its Android phones
Most of Samsung’s Android handsets are easily recognizable thanks to TouchWiz - Samsung’s own UI that makes its devices look quite different from smartphones made by other companies. While some users like TouchWiz, and other aren’t that crazy about it, there’s one thing that everyone would probably want from Samsung: customizable themes (like the Xperia Themes offered by Sony).

According to Italian website HDblog, Samsung could soon bring themes to some of its devices. The website revealed an image showing an unknown Samsung handset (possibly a Galaxy A5 or Galaxy A3) with some of the rumored themes on display. Assuming that the image is not fake, these themes might allow users to customize various aspects of the UI (color schemes, icons, backgrounds etc). Another image shows a slightly modified TouchWiz notifications area - with the S Finder icon placed on the upper left corner.

We have to note that, for now, we can’t vouch for the authenticity of either image. But we’ll bring more on this as soon as new details are available. Until then, you could drop us a comment to let us now if you’d like to have customizable themes on your Samsung smartphone.

source: HDblog (translated) via SamMobile



1. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

That's... not a bad idea per se... They could even launch individual themes on the Play Store. Neat concept overall.

22. cheeseycheeser

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 24, 2011

It's a wonderful idea! I'm really getting sick of this nasty turquoise theme they have on the S5.

26. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

I'm not sure that this haven't been sone before, I know WP lets you choose from over 20 themes, each theme changes colors, font, icons throughout the entire OS. Guess we will wait and see what this does differently.

28. cheeseycheeser

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 24, 2011

I doubt it's going to be any different than options offered by LG or Sony, in that it'll probably change colors, icons, etc. But as far as I know WP themes JUST change the color of all the accents in the OS, which is cool in itself. It doesn't need to be a unique feature, it'll still be appreciated!

2. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

Yay! Now I can go get the Note 4.


Posts: 146; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

I give touch wiz two thumbs down

4. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 2013

I actually like TW, i just want to change the dominating blue color. so this is going to be a very very important feature..

5. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

Because they know that TW is terribly awful. They should also let users delete bloatware.

7. wilsong17 unregistered

You can disable most of all of them.. I have disable 225 app that the note 3 don't need and boy does it save battery life

21. Rager722 unregistered

So you're telling me they you have 225 apps that are just bloatware and are not deletable?

23. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

The Note 3 I got from ATT was originally running at about 1.25-1.50GB of used RAM without me even loading any of the apps I wanted to run. It's got loads and loads of bloatwares... I dunno if it was 225 apps/services, but it was a lot. I will never buy another locked down POS from ATT/Samsung again. I hope Samsung mobile sales go into the toilet until they remember to stop screwing their customers.

30. dimas

Posts: 3394; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Disabling is different from deletion. Even if you disabled your apps, chances are that google playstore will keep annoying you to update them. Just like in PCs, phone users should have the freedom to uninstall apps that are useless and storage hogging.

31. tenho1982

Posts: 68; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

Disabled apps are still updated by google playstore? Really?

6. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

This would be an excellent idea. Basically a CM theme engine. People can maybe choose a stock lollipop theme. I would pay money for a stock looking Note 4 and when I get tired of it I could switch it up again.

8. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Stock Android theme, anyone?...

9. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Only if provide useful feature like multi windows and smart stay. Then it's revelant.

11. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 2013

This is only theme option, so the implicit touchwiz feat will still stay..

10. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

How about we can disable TouchWhiz.... yah that sounds good. Disable and re-enable at will..

19. vikingsfootball09

Posts: 112; Member since: Oct 02, 2013

i like this idea...only enable whenever you need to use a feature that is touchwizable

12. Awalker

Posts: 1986; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Touchwiz should have been a optional launcher from the start. I like a clean slate that I can mold to my personal liking, not the kitchen sink approach Samsung uses.

13. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

Trying to breathe life into Touchwiz in the only way they know

14. amansingal14

Posts: 309; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Better implement it at least as good as Sony did... I am fed up of both the UI. And please give an optional stock UI, or revamp yours besides the theme option. It is welcomed though...

15. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 2013

Accdg to some respondents in Sammobile, this is fake :( but I am still hoping -.-

16. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Great news, if they implement it as well as Cyanogenmod theme engine, I won't b*tch about touchwiz ugliness.

17. Darkerm

Posts: 322; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

so far I'm enjoying oneplus one theme engine and its awesome. i can make my Opo whatever I want to

18. jojon

Posts: 435; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

..maybe just get 'live tiles"

20. Bondurant

Posts: 785; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

The chinese UI's were offering themes for years. Samsung needs to catch up a lot faster and a simple icon and wallpaper change is still ages behind compared to what theme customizations other UI's allow.

24. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Nice, I was actually thinking about this a long time ago, and it turned out to be news on a site. Interesting~~ Hope to see this feature actually implemented.

25. sswain

Posts: 56; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Hi, photos about TouchWiz themes from hdblog are a fake. Real Galaxy A5 and A3 don’t have S Finder on the upper left corner. Look at here

27. Virtanen

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 21, 2014

Oh man, first you make a comparison of OIS's between the Note 4 and iPhone 6 Plus and completely ignore the fact that the iPhone 6 Plus is not using the OIS when taking videos. Now you write about "rumors" of new Samsung devices using different themes. How about you go and check out the official press material for the A3 and A5? Samsung already said both devices have four additional themes besides the "classic" Samsung TouchWiz. Quite the experts.

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