Samsung might have backtracked on a controversial recent policy

Samsung might have backtracked on a controversial recent policy
More than a month ago, Samsung fans using the Galaxy Theme store were greeted with a rather alarming and somewhat disappointing message, informing them that once their devices receives the Android Pie update, they will only be able to use the free themes for up to fourteen days. The reason behind this change was cited as being Samsung's desire to reimburse theme developers for their hard work by urging users to buy similar-looking premium themes. 

As SamMobile is speculating, Samsung might be backtracking on this controversial policy as all traces of the message notice are now missing from the Samsung Theme platform and store. Additionally, when users apply a free theme, they are no longer informed of the future 14-day trial period. The only trials that persists are the regular 10-minute ones for paid themes.

While it's easy to see how this could be viewed as Sasmung backtracking on such a controversial policy, it should be heavily noted that we are all speculating here. For all there is to know, the policy could go into effect once large swaths of Samsung devices start receiving Android Pie sometime next year. Hopefully, Samsung will find another way to promote theme designers' hard work instead of penalizing end users. 

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7 Comments

1. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1549; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

I use themes on several Samsung devices and was never giving this alert or warning. I've seen it talked about on tech sites, but it feels like a big joke. No one has even been able to provide a screen shot of the message.

5. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Because that policy did not apply to themes you downloaded before the change. And I saw the message right away when I opened the theme store. Maybe you just clicked past it without reading.

2. izobr

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 29, 2018

Maybe they also will add support of animated wallpapers to the Galaxy Note 9?

3. warrenellis93

Posts: 542; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

There shouldnt be paid themes or wallpapers

6. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

I disagree. There should be for people who have taken time to design and create the needed art fo them. You are wrong and crazy. But there is enough free wallpapers to never have to buy those. But a whole theme is a different thing because it takes time to create them.

4. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Am sure lots of customers complained. On Samsung Mobile on FB, lots were. I certainly did. If the makers of the themes wanna get paid, then charge for all your themes. But free is free and limiting free is stupid and wrong. When I posted on their Facebook page, I included in my post and explained to others how they can download the themes and use freezing apps to make them stay active permanently including trial you download. All you have to do is freeze the them in ng service and the theme will not close until you unfreeze the service. Am sure Samung didnt like it and I could care less. I've bought lots of themes and I have more bough ones than free ones. But free is free and free doesn't have limitations.

7. Krjal

Posts: 425; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

I hope they backtrack on it. It's a pretty bad thing to do for your customers. "Backtracking" in response to customer feedback should be a good thing.

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