Samsung opens access to its new Theme store to designers, urges them to apply for a partnership

Samsung opens access to its new Theme store to designers, urges them to apply for a partnership
Judging by Samsung's and HTC's latest flagship devices, themes are the new fad with Android manufacturers. Indeed, both the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, and the HTC One M9, come with a theme engine (and store) built into their respective proprietary spins on Android 5.0 Lollipop. But while neither camp is launching empty-handed, it is fair to say that they'll need to enlist the support of third-party developers in order for such a feature to really make sense and ensure that we end up being sorry for using the word fad at all.

Samsung is doing just that, at least judging by a new GalaxyThemeStore.com web page, which invites designers to submit their ideas, along with a portfolio, in order to be considered for the company's partner program. We're in the dark as far as the specifics of the program go, though it should be safe to suggest that enrolled parties stand to gain from eventual sales of their creations, and we, the customers, can only benefit form having access to more themes. If all this theme talk doesn't mean squat to you, check out the video walk-through below.

In conclusion, it's only a matter of time until we get to download a stock Android Lollipop-based skin, and we honestly can't wait to try and see what that would be like on a Samsung device. Any takers?



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16 Comments

1. vincelongman

Posts: 5724; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Can't wait to see some Material Design themes! I wonder if Samsung will allow themes based on other OEMs, e.g. iOS or Sense

12. epdm2be

Posts: 824; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

"Can't wait to see some Material Design themes!" Oh please that ugly pile of s**te! Give me true skeuomorphism themes with beautiful crafted and detailed icons and real blacks to save battery-power (on AMOLed screens) instead of these simple flat ugly icons and ridiculous playstation iconology with all those white infested panels and girly pastels. And PLEASE put a bloody (soft) shadow under these icons so they stand out from these backgrounds, stupid morons! Oh wait... I see Samshit did put those shadows back on the S6... why don't we have these on our S5 and S4? Or themes for that matter? I bloody hate you, Samsung!!!! >:->

14. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Aesthetics are subjective. Look for a dictionary, since you clearly don't know what opinion means.

15. vincelongman

Posts: 5724; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

What are you talking about? Sony's Playstation iconology has nothing to do with Material Design Sony even dropped their Playstation icons in their Lollipop update Material Design themes don't have to be mostly whites There are dark Material Design themes with no white too e.g.http://forum.xda-developers.com/android/themes/cm12-dark-material-cm12-theme-engine-wip-t3005868 Holo was flat Skeuomorphism is about emulating real life things Material Design is about emulating paper So Material Design is skeuomorphism Seems like you don't know anything about design

2. maherk

Posts: 6965; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I just checked the Theme Store and there are already new themes getting added to the store, there is one that it is called Retro that looks nice. Still, nothing beats the Avengers theme, dark and looks awesome on this QHD Amoled screen.

3. TyrionLannister unregistered

Retro looks better than the avengers IMO. Still waiting for a dark TW or stock lollipop theme.

7. maherk

Posts: 6965; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Well i was about to get a heart stroke because of the Retro theme. I applied it, went out to take a video of my car's exhaust to upload it and while i am filming it started raining. 10 minutes ago, i was checking the file manager app and i did notice lots of dirt stains when i am on a white screen and i freaked out, i thought that rain drops managed to squeeze in to my S6 Edge, turned off the phone and wiped the crap out of the front glass, then i realized it was the theme!! I might sound naive, but anyone who owns an S6/S6 Edge should try this theme out and check what i was talking about.

9. TyrionLannister unregistered

I own the S6 and that doesn't look like dirt. It looks like textured retro theme.

10. Dmitry

Posts: 20; Member since: Apr 16, 2013

Congratulations with the new... toy!

11. Seattletech

Posts: 54; Member since: May 14, 2014

Space then nova prime with coconut icon pack. You're welcome

4. tokuzumi

Posts: 1929; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Google Now Launcher. Stock android theme done, except for settings menu, and notification shade.

5. drunkenjay

Posts: 1697; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

I wish I could make themes :(

6. Mfa901

Posts: 291; Member since: Jul 14, 2012

ios theme will look cool...

13. epdm2be

Posts: 824; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

If you mean IOS6 .. then yes. If you mean IOS7 then NO!

8. tonyv

Posts: 54; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

I'm all over this! Thanks for posting, Chris.

16. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Samsung is going the right way with themes.

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