People aren’t too pleased about this new policy change.
On November 16, word broke out that Samsung is changing the way it handles free device themes. Starting with its Android 9 Pie update, free themes will be limited to just 14-day trials. After that time, the theme you applied will go away and you’ll be reverted back to Samsung’s default UI.
It’s a pretty strange move, and unsurprisingly, one that a lot of people aren’t very pleased with.
Here’s what the Android Central forum community has to say about it.
gendo66711-15-2018 10:26 AM“
Since the Oreo update, I’ve been thrilled with the S8. If you’re into theming and constantly changing your look, it’s a dream. This news would push me away from Samsung.
BlackZeppelin11-16-2018 08:59 AM“
I can think a ton of reasons to jump OEM ship. But loss of free themes? I do say this using a free one myself. But you know, I’ll fork out a dollar or two to keep this one if I have to. Only because I spent heaps of time finding this particular one. Not necessarily because it’s free, just because I liked it and it wasn’t resource heavy.
Fit2411-15-2018 07:08 PM“
I downloaded a few themes but didn’t use them, so I deleted them. I guess I’ll stay with the default theme.
ansa8211-15-2018 07:42 PM“
Really stinks, I’ve been enjoying the free themes
What about you? What’s your take on Samsung crippling free themes like this?
November 21, 2018 at 03:34AM