Starting with Android Pie, Samsung will limit how long you can use free Galaxy themes

Starting with Android Pie, Samsung will limit how long you can use free Galaxy themes
Samsung is enforcing a new policy for its own Theme Store that will potentially anger lots and lots of Galaxy users, as they will be able to enjoy any given free theme for fourteen days only. 

After this period expires, the Galaxy device will automatically revert to the default theme. Right before the device's theme reverts to the stock one, users will receive a couple of notifications informing them one day and 10 minutes before the pending change takes effect. Alongside those notifications, Samsung will also highlight similar themes that might strike the user's fancy, though it's uncertain if the suggested ones will be free or paid ones.

The policy change will arrive alongside the Android Pie update for the respective device. 

Samsung says that this need for this change is due to the company's desire to reimburse the talented theme designers for their hard work, and that's a mighty valiant reason. However, the exact change that Samsung is undertaking could be rather polarizing - the vast majority of themes in the store are free ones. Looking at the top charts, they are unsurprisingly dominated by the free themes. Only time will show if this change will force users to change their usage habits.

For now, the only upside is that Samsung's software updates take their sweet time to hit the company's wares, so you will have a couple more months to enjoy your free dark themes.




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37 Comments

1. libra89

Posts: 2271; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Eh, no. This sounds kind of petty but mostly silly.

26. lyndon420

Posts: 6723; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

This will give iOS users something less to complain about..."No one makes money with Android" - that phrase was always tiring. I don't see a problem with developers making more money on Android...this is a good thing provided the prices are reasonable. Most of us Android users aren't poor.

2. maherk

Posts: 6768; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Who's the genius behind this ridiculously stupid idea? Stop dictating how people want to use their phones, first the stupid bixby button and now this?

27. Fred3

Posts: 494; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

Google

4. Chris_ABN

Posts: 191; Member since: May 16, 2018

Wtf Samsung? This sounds like some BS Apple would force ppl to do.

10. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

Apple’s doesn’t charge their wallpapers. Its free idiot. Apple had a lot cash to give to their talents. Samsung now need money to pay for them is just pathetic as you.

13. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Samsung doesnt charge for the wallpapers included in their phones either. So what's your point. You do have to pay for wallpapers on IIs made byberd parties, just like on Android. Sonia fail to see how iOS is different? Oh wair... its not. Your Iohone comes with free wallpapers made by Apple. My Samsung comes with free ones made by Samsung. Apple doesn't offer a y otyer wallpapers outside the preinstalled ones. Samsung doesnt offer wallpapers outside the preinstalled ones. You're such a tool dude. And just always and completely

14. cmdacos

Posts: 4094; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Wallpapers... Who TF cares about wallpapers here. It's free for anyone.

19. maherk

Posts: 6768; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

1- Samsung charges you ZERO dollars for their own themes and wallpapers, it's the designers and developers who charges you for their work. It's like bragging about Apple not charging you for using their calculator app, that's dumb you sound. And still, Apple gives you a dozen of wallpapers to choose from, where you can literally find thousands of free wallpapers, themes, and icon packs in the theme store. 2- You're fanboyism is obviously killing your brain cells, like seriously dude, you don't even make sense with your incoherent sentences and you're getting worse at it with each day that passes by. 3- Why were you hiding in cave and didn't comment on the iPhone XS exploding article?

21. sissy246

Posts: 7065; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

How F-ing old are you. I would hope they don't charge for preinstalled themes. Samsung doesn't charge for the preinstalled themes either.

34. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Apple doesn’t have any type of a theme store, just that boring preloaded crap. Having to 3D Touch to move the good ones sucks, and those old ass dynamics need to go. They’re even designed to hide the notch, and I actually like the notch.

35. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

He bro....sorry for messing up about Maherk. I hope we are cool. Wanted to say this since you weren't replying and I thought you were still angry.

37. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

All good man.

5. mlbyanks19

Posts: 13; Member since: Nov 15, 2018

If that's the case then I won't even use their themes. OR when time comes to upgrade I will by a different manufacturer. Why would they be dumb enough to do this? I understand paying for some themes is feasible but the prices like 4 bucks is absurd. I've bought a theme or 2 because I liked them. But this is just stupid. People are not dumb they will find a way around this by using other customizations or find a way to side load. Not worth paying for.

6. sissy246

Posts: 7065; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Dont use them so don't care. For the people that do use them, its chicken s**t Samsung. Still free themes in play store.

7. baldilocks

Posts: 1494; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Yeah, because no one should have to pay for someone's work...........

8. mlbyanks19

Posts: 13; Member since: Nov 15, 2018

That's not what was said. But every single free theme is going to have a 14 day limit after not having it for so long? Don't you find that ridiculous? People aren't going to spend money every single time they want to apply a theme. That's just ridiculous. Sure I've paid for themes but some of them are 3-4 bucks a pop which is a lot as is.

23. libra89

Posts: 2271; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

+1 The point went way over their head.

9. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

They should make paid themes available in all regions then. Anyways custom modded Samsung themes are better & theme more things & u can always donate their devs

11. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

I though android is free.

16. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

What does themes have to do with Andeoid. Again a stupid thoughtless post by a troll. Get a life dude. Samsung owns their own theme store. This has zero to do with Android. And the great thing about it, we ca apply themes from anywhere. So Samsung is only hurting themselves. Because now no.kne will buy themes from their store and they will get even less money. On iOS you cant change the theme at all. So yea you should just be quiet.

12. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

That's some BS. I'd the theme maker was ts to get paid, then charge for the theme. But most of the free ones suck and arent worth downloading anyways. But no worries. All.gou have to do is install.package disabler and disable the theme store and tou can use all the themes on the stire foe free. Even the trial ones, because with the app frozen, itcsnt revert back. But this is some BS. Samsung if you do this, I personally will never purchase another theme. If the dev who makes themes wants to be paid, then sell them. The ones that are free are not worth paying for to begin with. The maker knows this, which is why it's free in the first place. Samsung you will be stupid do this. You better not make this retroactive to free themes I already have. In fact I will simply block the Pie update permanently. My phone works perfect with Android 8. I dont have to have 9. If I want 9 I will buy a device with it.

24. libra89

Posts: 2271; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Yeah, I'm disappointed in them for making this choice. Good thing my phone never was on the list to get Pie.

15. cmdacos

Posts: 4094; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Don't care. I use themes to get dark mode across the UI and One UI will have it natively.

17. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1035; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

That's exactly what I do too, look for Dark themes to reduce battery consumption. So long as One UI offers it, I won't need a theme.

32. Blazers

Posts: 733; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

As long as it’s AMOLED black, not Google’s idea of a dark theme.

18. talon95

Posts: 992; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Wow, that would be crazy. They will promptly change that policy because users will murder them in online reviews. I'll uninstall and block every aspect of their store if that's the case.

22. mr.joosue

Posts: 52; Member since: Nov 06, 2017

Ii sounds stupid but I get where they're coming from. It's not like I use their themes on my Galaxy anyway.

25. Rager722 unregistered

Would be more concerned if One UI didn't have dark mode but it does so I'm not that mad. Also HTC had a better theme store anyway, where you can create your own themes.

28. OneLove123

Posts: 966; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Fine by me. I put in a new theme everyday

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