Samsung is one of the few OEMs to still offer themes. They are not available in stock on Android and may be one of the best reasons to still have OEM customizations. In any case, Samsung's theme store is quite simple. Icons and wallpapers. There are even still active display themes.
It's a great way, simple and inexpensive, to personalize your Samsung device, which is one of the most effective attempts at theming by an Android OEM manufacturer. Let's take a look at the Samsung Theme Store and what you can do with it.
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Fortunately, the Samsung Theme Store is not a complicated software. The user interface of the application has four main elements:
At the bottom, there are four sections: backgrounds, themes, icons and themes always displayed. Click on it to see this particular section.
At the top you will find navigation options for each section: featured, up and new. These allow you to surf content and are consistent in the four main sections.
If you scroll up, you can see all previously downloaded content for this section. For example, if you click Wallpapers and scroll up, you will see all the wallpapers you have downloaded. This makes it easier to reapply a theme or a screen background.
At the very top of the screen are other options: (from left to right) a category, a search, a profile and some parameters. All of these things are pretty self-explanatory. The category icon allows you to sort the different sections of each section, such as the primary color and the subject. You can see these four icons in the selected image at the very top of the article.
That's about it With the tools above, you access all the themes store.
The wallpaper section of the Samsung Theme Store is actually quite good. Wallpapers are specially designed for Samsung devices and some even play well with curved screens. The cover page of the section has many discovery options, such as team selections, popular categories, and random choices that may be of interest. At the time of writing this article, Samsung is offering Dragon Wallpapers, Clash Royale Wallpapers and Mountain Wallpapers.
Wallpapers are free or paid, and range from $ 0.79 to $ 1. There are many free and premium options in all categories and color options.
Unfortunately, you can not sort the wallpapers according to the devices for which they were designed. This is especially important since many Samsung devices have different image formats. A perfectly designed wallpaper for the Galaxy S9 Plus does not fit properly on the Galaxy Note 9 because the screens have different shapes. Fortunately, this problem only occurs for a specific type of wallpaper. Otherwise, they are fine and can be very beautiful.
This is the most important part of the Themes Store. Themes affect many OS and user interfaces, including settings, quick settings, the Contacts application, the Dialer application, the Stock Messages application, the lock screen and the keyboard Stock. Samsung has done a great job with the variety here, offering themes that vary a lot in color and style. Many also come with display themes always displayed, as well as icons and wallpapers.
As in the wallpapers, the themes are offered in free and premium versions, and prices range from less than a dollar to 3 dollars. There is not much difference between quality and free and premium content, but premium content is usually provided with extras like permanent display themes. Some theme creators only want a few dollars for their work, which is quite understandable.
Early 2019, Samsung announced a potential time limit of 14 days on free themes . However, we imagine that you can simply reapply the free theme at the end of the time limit. We will update this article in more detail as they become available.
We have no problems with the themes section of the Samsung Theme Store. There are a ton of themes with a bunch of colors and some good blacks if you want something AMOLED friendly. Those looking for a theme compatible with AMOLED should try Gabriel Santana's Black Onyx. It's pretty good.
The icons section is intended as an important part of the themed experiment. Unfortunately, Samsung still has work to do here. The packs of icons are numerous and follow the same price structures as all the rest. There are free options and premium packs rarely cost more than $ 2.00. Most themes also come with icon packs.
To be honest, we are a little uncertain. Unlike the Google Play Store, the icon packs of the Samsung Theme Store do not thematize all the icons of a phone. This is pretty visible (see image above). This depreciates a little experience and makes everything uneven. It does not bother others and it's good, but the icon packs on Google Play cost about the same price and do a much better job.
Always-On Display Themes
Finally, we come to display themes always present. These change what appears on your screen when it is off, provided the feature is enabled on your phone. Here's how to do that:
Open the settings.
Click Lock Screen.
Activate the permanent display function.
You can click the name to display more granular controls, including the display time of the screen always displayed, the type of content to display, and the battery saving settings.
The themes consist mainly of small, funny images that appear instead (or next to) the clock and the battery meter. Some of them include animations. The still animated displays look super cool, but we are sure there is a battery discharge element somewhere in this area.
The themes come in premium and free varieties. Most animated movies are top quality and prices are around $ 1.00. This is obviously only useful if you are actually using the permanent display, although this may be a good reason to try it. In any case, those who do not really use it will rarely end up in this part of the theme store.
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The Samsung Theme Store is one of the best theme stores of all OEMs. It has some flaws here and there, namely with wallpaper sizes and icons packs. However, it still offers an above-average experience, comparatively speaking.
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