Exclusive: More information about the themes feature on the Galaxy S6

The Galaxy S6 will bring about a major change in Samsung’s software, something we have been repeatedly proving with many of our exclusives. The phone will come with only two Samsung apps pre-installed, and as we revealed late last year, the S6 will also come with the themes feature that debuted on the Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5. Our insiders have now provided us with more info on how the themes feature will work, or to be specific, the things that will be customized when a theme is selected.

According to the information we have received, users will be able to change “icons, color bar, voice tones, background image and background color in menus.” All of these are understandable except “color bar” – this is likely the color of the status bar, which on Android 4.4 and above changes according to the app that is running. Changing this setting will possibly change the status bar color for various Samsung apps; this is something that the themes feature on HTC phones allows, and it’s probably what we will see on the Galaxy S6 as well.

As we mentioned in our earlier report, changing themes will also change things like system sounds, fonts, and something that is termed Events. Themes should be downloadable from the Theme Center, though it’s still not clear if third-party themes will be supported. It won’t be long before the Galaxy S6 will be officially announced, and we should get all the details on the themes feature in due time.

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geops
1 year 6 months ago

i agree too.dialer top icons are ugly …will note3 or s5 gain the ability to change themes through future software updates??

emieltess
1 year 6 months ago

That’s like saying windows XP looks better than windows 7.

psydex
1 year 6 months ago

I bet it’ll only change the wallpaper and the icons. It won’t be even close the CM’s theme engine! Mark my words

alastairgreen_Nexus
1 year 6 months ago

You are right on the case of the Note 4 but not on the S6 as it can be updated to expand its theming capabilities but i’am not sure

galaxynote22
1 year 6 months ago

Just like themes in Tizen OS were you can change the colors of the headers (aka ActionBar in Holo language) or the accent of that color.
Something like this for sure:?key=zqy4He_1oghdA4cOiqkD3g&ts=1425001863
(Note 4 N910C, Lollipop)

galaxynote22
1 year 6 months ago

Link’s gone, look at the attached image of this comment:
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=59110036&postcount=98

Nate B.
1 year 6 months ago

Every time I login on this site I have to hit refresh for it to know I’m actually signed in. Otherwise it won’t know.

Nate B.
1 year 6 months ago

Does Material Design suck to you, or does Samsung’s implementation of it suck? Personally, I think with every version of Android, Sammy has done a NOT so good job with UI changes. It always look like different design teams took it on.

RichardDav3
1 year 6 months ago

Actually, I love TouchWiz. I also love their take on Material Design. I find stock Android to be hideous. It looks like something designed by a toddler. TouchWiz, especially Lollipop, looks much cleaner and more modern. Now, old TouchWiz (GS3) is certainly hideous. TouchWiz had come a long way, and the negative stereotypes irritate me.

taz89
1 year 6 months ago

So does this mean those who don’t like the all white backgrounds introduced in tw lollipop can be changed to black again. Also can you please confirm if the s6 has micro sd card slot. I can accept losing receivable battery but I would hate it if they removed sd card support just as lollipop added support for it again. Imo could be a no buy for this reason alone also is the bigger home button definitely a touch based finger print sensor.

RichardDav3
1 year 6 months ago

No, you’re stuck with the white background. However, white on AMOLED only uses 10% more power than Black.

emieltess
1 year 6 months ago

You don’t seem to understand how AMOLED works. Black: subpixels in pixel are off, White: subpixels in pixel are all on. Displaying white uses most energy and black takes no energy.

 
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