Watch Face Design Review
If you are a first-time watch face designer or developer, before you can upload your first watch face into Seller Portal, your initial design must be evaluated and approved by the Galaxy Watch Review Team. Only approved sellers can upload watch faces to Seller Portal
All designs must be validated by Seller Portal before they can be published in Galaxy Store. This validation is not related to the watch face design review.
How to request a design review
We’ve updated our policy and pledge for watch face distributors in order to protect intellectual property rights, including, but not limited to, copyright, trademark, patent, and design of brands/creators, and to offer the best curated experience for consumers.
If you are a new developer, you can use Galaxy Watch Studio or Tizen Studio to create watch faces for your own personal enjoyment. All new watch face sellers must submit an application and be approved to sell or distribute watch faces in Galaxy Store. Temporarily, the window to submit an application is closed. If you need an exception, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
You only need to submit one request for a design review. Once your first design has been approved, you no longer need to request a design review to upload additional designs to Seller Portal.
Go to Watch Face Designs Review RequestThe design review request window is closed :
As a result of our policy update to watch face distribution, we are currently reassessing the watch face seller approval process. The next design review request window will open in August.
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Select the response to the question: Does your design include copyrighted content? Selecting an inappropriate response to this question can cause a delay in approving your design.
- Yes – Your design includes content such as, but not limited to, brand identifiers, public institutions, sports clubs/teams, media, products, landmarks, or images of people. This includes content you modified or created (for example, a caricature of a celebrity, a hand-drawn logo, or a colorized version of a logo.
You MUST submit a copy of a license or document showing permission for you to use this content.
- No – Your design is your own creation and does not contain anything that includes or resembles brand identifiers, public institutions, sports clubs/teams, media, products, landmarks, or images of people.
In the Comments field, enter, in English, information about your design that is not apparent in the provided images. You are limited to 200 characters.
For each design, attach the following files (place all files in a single directory before submitting):
(Required) One image of your design (native resolution of at least 360 x 360px and 96 PPI [pixels per inch])
(Required) One image of your design applied to a watch
(Required if you are submitting copyrighted material) a copy of the license or document showing permission to use the material
(Optional) Any additional images that demonstrate the features of your watch not shown in the first image (for example, animation)
Do NOT include binary files (such as the .tpk or .gwd file).
For example, submit the following image files for a watch that does not contain any copyrighted content (images were generated using Galaxy Watch Studio):
It can take up to five business days before the Galaxy Watch Review Team approves or rejects your design (or longer, if there is a large volume of applications).
Resources for generating images
Resources you can use to generate the images for your request include:
If you used Galaxy Watch Studio, from the Run window you can view and capture images of your watch face and your watch face applied to a Galaxy Watch (these images are 512 x 512px at 96 PPI)
If you tested your design on a watch, capture a screenshot (these images are 360 x 360px at 96 PPI)
Use of these resources is optional.
Common reasons for watch face rejection
The following are common reasons why a watch face is rejected:
Includes copyright-protected content (and does not include a copy of a license or document showing permission to use)
Too simple, not original, not unique, or not creative
Poor appearance or arrangement
Images are low quality
Request does not include the required images
Watch faces that include any copyright-protected content, including but not limited to brand identifiers, public institutions, sports clubs/teams, media, products, landmarks, or images of people, are rejected unless a license or other document showing permission to use the content is submitted with the designs. This includes any original or artistic renderings of copyright-protected content.
Simple, original, and unique designs
Some watch faces may be too basic or the Galaxy Watch Review Team has seen (and may have approved) the same or similar designs. Here are examples of watch faces that are too simple or are not original. The watch faces use only the components provided with Galaxy Watch Studio or use a format or concept already used in many other watch faces.
Examples of watch faces that are too simple or are not original
A watch face should be unique and stand out from the crowd. Here are some watch faces that display similar information in a similar manner but use an original design. These watch faces were accepted.
Examples of simple, original, and unique watch faces that were accepted
There are thousands of designs available for download from the Galaxy Store. How will you make your design stand out from the rest? For example, if you want to design a watch face that shows battery usage and health content, using the default components provided by Galaxy Watch Studio is not enough. Create your own icons or develop a motif for your design. Add some sophistication or panache. Give your design its own personality.
The following watch faces are examples of rejected designs that show battery usage and health content. These designs don’t grab your attention or are not very sophisticated. Note that the last two designs are similar even though they were created by different developers.
Examples of rejected watch faces presenting the same information and are not creative nor unique
The following watch faces are examples of accepted designs that show battery usage and health content. They all present the same data, but look completely different.
Examples of accepted watch faces presenting the same information but in a unique and creative manner
Content appearance and arrangement
Are you providing enough information? Are you providing too much information? Are your components easy to read and understand in a glance? For example, the color or opacity of a background image or component may make the watch face difficult to read. Or, there may be too much content or it is poorly organized such that you have to stare at the watch face to try and understand even the basic information provided.
The following watch faces are examples that were rejected. The information provided in the watch face is not easy to read.
Examples of rejected watch faces that are difficult to read
The following watch faces are examples of accepted designs that display a lot of information but you can quickly determine important information quickly.
Examples of accepted watch faces that display a lot of content but are quick and easy to understand
Another common issue with rejected designs is that the submitted image or images embedded in the design are a low quality. All images should be well-defined and sharp. Images generated from a Galaxy Watch screen capture or Galaxy Watch Studio (provided that embedded images used in the design are also high quality) are acceptable. The native (original and unmodified) resolution of a screen capture from a Galaxy Watch is 360 x 360px at 96 PPI (pixels per inch). The native resolution of a screen capture from Galaxy Watch Studio is 512 x 512px at 96 PPI. Note that if you generate your image differently, just because an image matches one of these resolutions, it does not mean the image is high quality. A blurry image in high resolution is still just a blurry image.
Overall designs or embedded images that are pixelated or blurry will be rejected. If your design purposely contains pixelated or blurry images, please provide an explanation in the comments section of the review request.
A minimum of two images of your design must be submitted with your design review request. One of the images must show how the design is displayed in a watch. For example, if the following image is submitted, the Galaxy Watch Review Team would not know what the design would look like in an actual watch. Would the watch face be centered inside the image, would the entire image fill the watch face, or would the image need to be cropped? The Galaxy Watch Review Team cannot determine this based on this image.
Example of an image that does not meet submission criteria