Watch Face Design Review
In order to offer the best experience for consumers in Galaxy Store, we are only approving watch face sellers who can demonstrate the ability to create exceptional, unique, high-quality watch faces and who understand and abide by copyright laws.
If you want to publish your watch faces to Galaxy Store and you are a first-time or returning watch face designer or developer, before you can upload your first watch face into Seller Portal, your initial designs must be evaluated and approved by the Galaxy Watch Review Team. Only approved sellers can upload watch faces to Seller Portal.
While you can submit an application for design evaluation during the next application cycle, only a limited number of designers are approved.
|2020 Watch Face Application Window*||Decision Communicated by|
|August 12 - August 25||Beginning of September, 2020|
|October 14 - October 27||Beginning of November, 2020|
|December 9 - December 22||Beginning of January, 2021|
*Dates are subject to change.
Application Window Status
All designs must be reviewed by Seller Portal before they can be published in Galaxy Store. The certification team tests the functionality and the user interface. This certification process is not related to the watch face design review that permits you to upload your designs to Seller Portal.
You must submit the following files when you request a design review:
- Include up to five designs in a single PDF file for review
- For each watch face design, include:
- One image of the main screen of your watch face design (native resolution of at least 360 x 360px and 96 PPI [pixels per inch])
- One image of your watch face applied to a watch
- If you are submitting copyrighted content, a copy of the license or document showing permission to use the content
- A cover letter (in English, saved as a PDF) that contains the following information:
- A brief paragraph saying who you are, why you want to sell watch faces, and how your designs will enhance a Galaxy smart watch owner’s experience
- If a business, a copy of DBA or articles of association or organization
- Experiences that qualify you to design and sell watch faces such as: certificates or diplomas from design schools or universities, design awards you have received, or other experiences
- Links to your design portfolio (website, Instagram, Facebook page or other social media sites)
- List unique features or design elements that set your designs apart from others
- Understanding of Intellectual Property rights, specifically section 3.2 of the App Distribution Guide, regarding Intellectual Property. State in a few sentences what Intellectual Property rights are and who is responsible
If your design request is missing one or more of the above files, your request will be rejected.
Optionally, provide any additional images that demonstrate the features of your watch that are not shown in the main screen image (for example, animation).
Do NOT include binary files (such as the .tpk or .gwd files).
The following are example image files for a watch design that does not contain any copyrighted content (all images were generated using Galaxy Watch Studio):
How to request a design review
You only need to submit one request for a design review. Once your first designs have been approved, you no longer need to request a design review to upload additional designs to Seller Portal.
- Go to Watch Face Designs Review Request.
Log in using your Samsung account.
Provide the required information (explained in the Requirements section above).
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.
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
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
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
Examples of well-designed watch faces
The following are examples of high-quality watch faces that meet or exceed the expectations of the Galaxy Watch Review Team.