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Android Pie to introduce time limit to using free themes on Galaxy phones!

Samsung is set to introduce a major change to its theme store policies with Android Pie. It’s a change you won’t like if you use free themes on your Galaxy smartphone. A notice in the Samsung Themes store says that starting with Android Pie, free themes will only be usable for fourteen days after they are applied. The device will then revert to Samsung’s default theme.

Free Samsung Galaxy themes to have time limit on Pie

Samsung isn’t offering a clear explanation for why this change has been introduced. The notice states that the company has “changed the policy in order to help our designers continue to create high quality products and also to provide stable and satisfactory services for you.” That suggests Samsung wants theme makers to be able to make money by limiting free theme usage. Users will get a pop-up notification a day before the 14-day usage period for the applied theme is about to end and also 10 minutes before the device reverts to the default theme. Suggestions for other themes users can try out will also be included in this notification.

Again, it’s unclear why this policy has been introduced. Perhaps Samsung believes that the incentive to earn through themes will ensure theme designers do a higher-quality job that matches the new user interface (One UI) that Android Pie will introduce to Galaxy smartphones. The company will hopefully make things clearer in the coming days once the Android Pie beta program has started for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus.

What’s your take on Samsung’s new policy for free themes?

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erizzle22
erizzle22

free is supposed to be free, they should instead label all free themes Demo because honestly thats what it is

BorrowedTime
BorrowedTime

So let me get this straight. Developer X makes the X-Light theme. He post it for FREE and Samsung only let us use it for 14 days? Are you kidding us Samsung? You make it really hard to support you

Biransahin
Biransahin

Why is this notice calling it a TouchWiz theme? It’s weird.. Funny decision too. Is it possible to just reinstall the same theme again? If it’s free, it should be possible..

utvic99
utvic99

Such a bad move, but I understand that there is a need to make better themes. The only free theme that I like right now is the High Contrast one, and I’m using it to save at least some battery. But after seeing this… i just hope the policy doesn’t affect us Lollipop-Oreo users as well…

aristyo31
aristyo31

Does this affect to the free themes are download before we update to the android pie ?

antonmassoud
antonmassoud

I don’t use themes, but feel sorry for those who do

siaho
siaho

The f?

krakajap
krakajap

D%*# move but I kind of get it. So many of the free themes out there are horrible and cause issues. Users are forced to search through all that garbage. Samsung probably wants to curb this problem and force better quality paid themes as well as promoting their own customization capabilities. This could enforce a little more liability on the developers to be more mindful of their themes. Personally I don’t use them anymore because the real world battery savings (in my case of wanting darker themes) was pretty negligible: maybe 30m more sot at best by the end of… Read more »

GS7edge
GS7edge

This is just nonsense! No point of using Samsung themes if the policies are like this.

strazzi
strazzi

Firs they make one ux ugley as f***, then they want to charge for useing free teams. WTF??? BAD move Samsung, BAAADDD move !!!

m2geek
m2geek

Seriously stupid change.

djcbs
djcbs

Well, this solves it then. I’m definitely blocking the update on the S9.
What the f*ck are they thinking?!

tswfootball
tswfootball

This is stupid on so many levels.
They talk about usability so much with One UI, then they implement this which will just be confusing for so many users.

The message itself is just so poorly written as well

TNTMkIII
TNTMkIII

Nova Launcher it is then.

djcbs
djcbs

The themes apply to the system UI which Nova can’t touch. So even those of us who use Nova Launcher will be affected by this dumb move.

fcaroll
fcaroll

My take on Samsung’s new policy for free themes is that I’m glad my phone won’t receive Pie

locarno
locarno

And what happens after 14 days ? I need to pay ?

Landon A
Landon A

The layout reverts back to stock.

aliamjadx
aliamjadx

No issue. Will use theme service stopper like I am using now.

krjal
krjal

Would you mind sharing which service stopper you’re using? Sounds like it’s worth looking into, thanks!

duboisbrian
duboisbrian

there is no such thing, hence why he hasnt replied, theme stopper is old news only works on old firmware

simple google cant fact check that

Remotiv
Remotiv

99% of all Themes are trash. my opinion

aliamjadx
aliamjadx

True but with this app called ThemeGalaxy you can make your own themes which is cool

Blood Wolfe
Blood Wolfe

Just looked this app up now, looks interesting!

Blood Wolfe
Blood Wolfe

I agree but it’s more like 99.99% are trash, don’t even give them 1% lol.

I’ve only paid for 1 theme and even that one isn’t completely satisfying my desire for a theme away from stock so I’m not happy with what’s on the theme store anyway.

This change though is beyond stupid! I’ll definitely look elsewhere for themes to use and deliberately boycot the theme store more so once Pie is released to my Note 8.

edtech
edtech

True Robbery on Action…:(

ssking
ssking

Touchwiz?

x M a L i K x
x M a L i K x

Good spot

krzysiekb86
krzysiekb86

what a b**hit…