Galaxy Apps

Though Samsung claimed the change would come several days ago, the Samsung Apps store has just rebranded itself to Galaxy Apps with an update to the application. Coming with the rebrand to the "Galaxy" name is a slight change in visual styling of the app to darker shades of blue and a few new animations, though the app overall performs much the same as it did before. There's also a new app icon that comes in the shape of a slightly different shopping bag, of course.

While the move back to a Galaxy brand from Samsung is a little puzzling after Samsung spent so much time working to bring everything under one roof, from the consumer standpoint this helps with some potential confusion now that it offers both Android and Tizen devices. Since Samsung only associates the Galaxy brand with Android devices, Galaxy Apps will be the go-to place for apps on that platform.

If your device hasn't updated to replace Samsung Apps with Galaxy Apps, go ahead and open Samsung Apps and check for updates. You'll likely be prompted to download the update, then agree to some new terms of service and you'll be on your way.

 
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bobdude5 says:

I wish Samsung would just create a category in the play store and set it to only be seen by Samsung devices only. The api's are there so I understand why they insist on confusing people with two app stores

kelayz says:

Google play store? Google owns that. I doubt they would be able to do that. But I believe other manufacturers do it already but. I'm not sure

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Carriers and manufacturers can already restrict how things show up in the Play Store based on the device thats accessing the store. They even have their own sections for manufacturers and carriers. This is totally within the realm of what's allowed on Google Play.

jimbo says:

Exactly.
HTC releases Sense features and updates for specific devices in Google Play.

I think what Samsung is doing will be as confusing to users as their current Bloatwiz UI.

This is also further evidence Samsung is going to fork Android into Samsung's proprietary ecosystem.

NoNexus says:

Two days I leave you alone. Just two. Now the whole site is dumber for it.

Exactly point out a part of sense, that is in the play store. No an app, but sense itself.

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goldfndr says:

LOL, you completely missed the word "apps" in the title and URL! Fail!

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TurboFool says:

I can read. I missed nothing. Sense is made up now of a variety of apps. Sense, and its overall user experience, is updated via the Play Store. Some core framework elements might still not be, but the overall Sense experience as it relates to the users is handled via Play Store updates.

D13H4RD2L1V3 says:

Don't want to sound like an ass, but there are Sense features on the Play Store.

Like Blinkfeed, or the service pack.

Call them apps, but I consider them features.

Ratnok says:

Don't bother responding to NoNexus he's a troll

NoNexus says:

yeah thats it

jimbo says:

The arrogant weasel who believes he's more than entitled to command and control these forums must be occasionally exposed for what he is.

He's actually far more misleading than a fanboy troll. Yet, people are aware of his self agrandizing agenda.

And with that, he can't avoid stepping in his own poo.

NoNexus says:

Aw... I am sorry little girl. Is you dolly broken? I contribute more here in a day than you can even think to in a year.

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jimbo says:

Oh, butt of course
----case in point----

NoNexus says:

Blinkfeed is flipboard with some panache. Sense, TW, EmotionUI, and others are not in the playstore

D13H4RD2L1V3 says:

If you're talking about major skin updates, then they can only be done through OTA*.

The system apps can be updated through the Play Store, though.

* Correct me if I'm wrong.

(Also, for some reason, you have Dobie's avatar on FireFox)

ahmedxking says:

I agree with you, but there is some apps that available for free on the Samsung Apps but paid on the Play Store. Also, Samsung Apps accepts pay via carrie's credit, this is useful especially in the developing markets.

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sassca129 says:

This needs to follow suit with Samsung's hub for books, movies, games, music. As in go away.

Great change and move this app store has come a very long way since 2011.

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D13H4RD2L1V3 says:

Are you even the real Richard?

You're less obnoxious than the other Yarrell.

rgao007 says:

He probably got banned lol

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You guys pretty comical definitely... This is the real and ONLY Richard...

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D13H4RD2L1V3 says:

Well, there's Richard Hammond, Richard Carstone......

rgao007 says:

Richard Hammond is definitely better than this "real Richard" lol

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squiddy20 says:

Hmmm... The same Richard who was banned from AC under the username "rockingmyevo3d"? The same Richard who was banned from the AC forums over a year ago, and then AC in its entirety a few months ago under the username "richardyarrell"? The same Richard who banned from Phandroid, Android Police, and probably countless other similar websites? Man, I wouldn't want to be THAT Richard.
What a retard. You think you'd get the hint after being told off countless times...

clarinetjwd says:

Whew, finally.

sforsyth01 says:

Not updating on my note 3.

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Billylikes says:

Download manually http://apps.samsung.com/mars/mw/apk_en.as?COUNTRY_CODE=USA

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Hunter Petit says:

NEXT IS TO GET RID OF THEM!

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IP IHI II IL says:

And STILL 0 development for Tizen... Grrrrrrrr...

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Mighty_Red says:

Whilst I (and most others) would prefer to just use a single app store (i.e. Google Play),I actually think this is a bad move from Samsung. I would've thought that the whole point of a Samsung app store was to get people buying into the Samsung ecosystem for software and thus giving them an additional revenue stream.

What they should be doing is using the app store to bring closer integration with all of their devices across all OSs - phones, tablets, watches, smart tvs etc. If you have one account, you can access all your apps under one roof.

By making a hard split you are saying to the customer than you can have a small app store for your galaxy devices, or one big app store for all your android devices. I wonder which one people will choose?