Samsung Galaxy Note 7 themes get support for third-party icon packs


In a move that Android customization fans are surely going to appreciate, Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 will come with support for third-party icon packs out of the box.

Starting with the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge, Samsung adopted support for third-party themes, and, in the months that have followed, theme support has extended to all of the company's subsequent flagship smartphones. Later in 2016, Samsung allowed users to mix and match themes and live wallpapers, enhancing the customization options on its premium phones. 

With the recently-unveiled Galaxy Note 7, Samsung added a third element that can be used to tweak the appearance of their phones: third-party icon packs.

The themes section in the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 consists out of three main sections: themes, wallpapers, and icons. Using these three tabs, users can select the theme of their liking and then customize/improve it by adding third-party wallpapers and icon packs. All of this can be done without rooting or tinkering with the software in any way.

If you've been experimenting with themes on any of the 2016 or 2017 Galaxy flagships, you probably came to realize that while some of the themes are visually pleasing, the included icons could use some refinement. By allowing themes to play nice with third-party icon packs, Samsung is opening up the door to a more detailed way of customizing the appearance of the TouchWiz UI.

The question many of you might be wondering at this point is when will third-party support trickle down to older Samsung flagships such as the Galaxy S7, the S7 edge, or the year-old Galaxy Note 5. Unfortunately, we can't provide an answer at this point, but we're keeping a close eye on the matter and we'll get back to you as soon as new info surfaces.

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Galaxy Note 7
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh

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8 Comments

1. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

They will trickle down to the S6/S7/note 5 series phones since all the new Samsung phones use the same theme store now, which gets updated with every new release. So there will be an update to the theme store which will allow older phones to use this. If not, someone at XDA will post the apk.

6. phonearenarocks

Posts: 607; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

No longer is anybody going to install launchers like Nova anymore, the only thing that Sammy's UI now lacks is gesture based control, now seems that even that could be making its way.

2. AgentZero

Posts: 314; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

now this is good news

3. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

This device got many software improvements. I think samsung should release note with s series or 6 months apart. If note was released later it could have had improved hardware and may be latest android 7.0. If there were no hardware improvement they just could have build it earlier.

4. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 728; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

Omg. 2 weeks just got longer.

5. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

It's a shame Samsung doesn't have an easy way for anyone to make their own theme. Instead, they have these absurd admission rules if you want to create themes for Samsung devices.

7. JC557

Posts: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

I wonder how many peole would use the theme functions on their phones. It was a meh affair on my HTC One M8 and don't miss it on my Moto Z Force... Save for changeable fonts.

8. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I don't think that many people. If I look in the Samsung theme store and the grading, the top themes only have a few hundred ratings.

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