Samsung is one of some OEM companies still offering themes. They are not available in stock Android, and may be one of the best reasons to still have OEM customizations. Samsung's theme store is, in any case, quite simple, accommodation themes as well as icons and wallpapers. There are also themes that are always on the screen.
It is an excellent, easy and inexpensive way to customize your Samsung device and among the more skilled attempts at them by an OEM on Android. Let's take a quick look at the Samsung Theme Store and what you can do about it.
Basics  Thankfully, Samsung Theme Store is not a complicated program. There are four main elements to the app user interface:
- At the bottom are four sections: background images, themes, icons and themes that are always displayed. Click on these to view the current section.
- At the top are the navigation options for each section: equipped, top and new. These allow you to browse content and are consistent across all four main sections.
- If you scroll up, you can see all your previously downloaded content for that section. For example, if you click on background images and scroll up, you will see all the background images you downloaded. This allows you to easily apply a theme or background image.
- At the top of the screen are a few more options: (from left to right) category, search, profile and settings. All these things are quite self-explanatory. The category icon allows you to sort through the different in each section, as primary color and subject. You can see these four icons in the selected image at the top of the article.
It's about it. With the above tools you get access to everything in the theme store.
The background image in Samsung Theme Store is actually pretty good. Background images are specially made for Samsung devices and some also play well with curved screens. The front cover contains a number of discovery options, such as staff picks, popular categories, and random selections that can trigger your curiosity. At the time of writing, Samsung has dragon table mats, Clash Royale wallpapers and wallpapers with mountains.
Wallpapers are either free or money, ranging from about 0.79 to $ 1. There are plenty of free and premium options in all categories and color options.
Unfortunately, you cannot sort background images of the devices for which they are made. This is especially important, given that many Samsung devices have different aspect ratios. A perfectly crafted wallpaper for the Galaxy S9 Plus will not fit properly on the Galaxy Note 9 because the screens have different shapes. Thankfully, this problem only happens for a certain type of wallpaper. Otherwise they are good and can look pretty good.
This is the most important part of the theme store. Themes greatly affect the operating system and user interface, including the settings, quick settings, app contacts, dialerapp, the app for the storage messages, the lock screen, and the stock keyboard. Samsung did a great job with variation here, and offering themes vary widely in color and style. Many also come with themes that are always displayed, as well as icons and wallpapers.
As wallpapers, themes come in both free and premium variants and prices range from under one dollar up to $ 3. There is not much of the difference between free and premium quality content, but the premium content is usually delivered with extras such as themes that are always displayed. Some of the temp manufacturers just want a couple of money for their work, which is quite understandable.
In early 2019, Samsung announced a potential 14-day time limit on free themes. However, we imagine that you can only apply the free theme at the end of the time limit. We update this paragraph with more information when they become available.
We have no real complaints with the theme section of the Samsung Theme Store. There are lots of themes with a lot of colors and some decent blacks if you want something AMOLED-friendly. Those looking for an AMOLED-friendly theme should try Black Onyx by Gabriel Santana. It is quite good.
Icon section wants to be an important part of themed experience. Unfortunately, Samsung still has some work to do here. Icon packages are abundant and follow the same pricing as anything else. There are free options and premium packages rarely cost more than $ 2.00. Most themes also come with icon packages.
We are a little uncertain about these, to be honest. Unlike those from the Google game store, icon packs from Samsung's theme park do not symbolize all phone icons and it is quite noticeable (see picture above). This shortens the experience a little, and makes everything look uneven. Some may not mind it and it's okay, but Google Play icon packages cost about the same and do a much better job.
Finally, we always come to themes. These change what is displayed on the screen when it is off, as long as the phone has activated the feature. Here's how to do this:
- Open settings.
- Click Lock Screen.
- Switch to the function forever display.
- You can click on the name to see more granular controls, including the time always – the display shows the type of content to be displayed and battery saving settings.
Themes consist mostly of funny little pictures that are displayed instead of (or next to) the clock and the battery meter. Some of them include animations. The animated always-on screens look super cool, but we are sure there is a battery drain element in there somewhere.
Themes come in both premium and free varieties. Most animated items are premium and prices range up to about $ 1.00. This is of course only useful if you are actually using it on the screen, but it can be a good reason to try it out. In any case, those who definitely do not use it rarely find themselves in this part of the theme store.
Samsung Theme Store is among the best theme stores of any OEM out there. It has some flaws here and there, namely with tape sizes and icon packs. However, it still provides an above average experience, relatively speaking.
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