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Samsung Developer Program

Validation Overview

After registering your app and its in-app items (when offered), submit them for validation evaluation to determine whether they are to be distributed through Galaxy Apps store.

After registering your apps (Android, Gear, or Theme applications, services, widgets, or fonts) through Seller Office, submit them and their in-app items (when offered) for evaluation by the Samsung Validation Team. The team will evaluate the functions and content of your app and its in-app items to determine whether they meet the appropriate Samsung validation policy requirements, including the applicable laws for all countries to which you specify the app is to be distributed.  

Validation testing is performed in two phases. The purpose and processing details vary depending on the type of app (see below). Samsung, at its sole discretion and without the consent of any other parties, reserves the right to distribute in, withhold distribution from, and remove from distribution in the appropriate Samsung apps store those apps submitted for distribution validation and those apps being distributed.

To be validated for distribution, apps and their in-app items (when offered) must:

  • Meet all requirements in the Samsung app validation policy (policy).
  • Not have controversial content or features.
  • Comply with all local laws of the countries to which apps are to be distributed.
  • Run well on the selected devices.
     

At any time, you can review the validation status of your app (and its in-app items) in the Seller Office UI by going to the Applications > My Applications webpage.

 

Android App Validation

Validation testing for Android apps and their in-app items (when offered), Edge Panel apps, and specialty apps (such as services, widgets, and fonts):

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  • Initial phase testing is typically completed in one business day, but it may take longer.
    • Testing confirms the app meets Samsung App Validation Policy requirements for content (including age rating, sexual, violence, gambling, and copyright) and basic app functions  (such as installation, operation, uninstallation, and security).
    • After passing  the initial phase and a start date in the future has not been set, your app is provisionally distributed in the Galaxy Apps store and the sale of its in-app items (when offered) is supported. Both are subject to passing the final phase testing.
       
  • Final phase testing is typically completed within five business days.
    • Testing confirms the app meets the Samsung App Validation Policy requirements for functions other than the basic functions (such as forced closure, app freezing, key malfunctions, and resolution errors).
    • After passing the final phase, your app is normally distributed in the Galaxy Apps, and the sale of its in-app items continue to be supported.
       
  • During initial or final phase testing:
    • The validation team can post comments in My Applications. You can review the comments by clicking its message icon.
    • If an app does not meet the requirements of a country or platform device to which the app is to be distributed (specified in Seller Office app registration), then those countries or devices are removed from distribution, but other distribution countries and devices are not affected.
       
  • You can stop validation testing by clicking 'Cancel' in My Applications.
    You can then change and resubmit for validation.


 

Gear App Validation

Validation testing for Gear apps (watch face apps and general apps) and their in-app items (when offered):

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  • Testing in both phases is sequential and is typically completed within five business days, but may take longer.
  • Initial phase testing confirms the app and its in-app items meet Samsung App Validation Policy requirements for basic app functions  (such as installation, operation, and uninstallation) and advanced functions (such as forced closure, app freezing, key malfunctions, and resolution errors).
  • Final phase testing confirms the app meets Samsung App Validation Policy requirements for content (including age rating, sexual, violence, gambling, and copyright).
  • During testing:
    • The validation team can post comments in My Applications. You can review the comments by clicking its message icon.
    • If an app does not meet the requirements of a country or platform device to which the app is to be distributed (specified in Seller Office app registration), then those countries or devices are removed from distribution, but other distribution countries and devices are not affected.
       
  • You can stop validation testing by clicking 'Cancel' in My Applications.
    You can then change and resubmit for validation.

 

Theme App Validation

Validation testing for Samsung Themes apps (wallpapers, themes, icon packs, and AODs):

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  • Testing is typically completed within five business days, but may take longer.
  • Testing confirms the app meets Samsung App Validation Policy requirements for content (including age rating, sexual, violence, gambling, and copyright).
  • During testing:
    • The validation team can post comments in My Applications. You can review the comments by clicking its message icon.
    • If an app does not meet the requirements of a country or platform device to which the app is to be distributed (specified in Seller Office app registration), then those countries or devices are removed from distribution, but other distribution countries and devices are not affected.
       
  • You can stop validation testing by clicking 'Cancel' in My Applications.
    You can then change and resubmit for validation.

 

After Validation Testing

Passing or failing depends on both the app and all of its in-app items (when offered). After passing or failing, what results depends on the type of app.

After passing validation testing:
  • You will be notified by email.
  • In My Applications, the 'Sale' status of the app changes to 'For Sale'.
  • For Android apps that were being provisionally distributed, they continue to be distributed and in-app item support continues in normal distribution.
  • For Gear and Theme apps when a 'Release' button is displayed, you can click it to immediately begin normal distribution of the app, and  start in-app item support.
  • For Android, Gear, and Theme apps with a '!' icon, distribution and item support does not immediately start because either:
    • A start date has been set for the future.
    • Multiple binaries have been registered to the app and one or more binaries have not passed validation.
       
  • You can manage and update your app and in-app items and your finances
    (App and Financial Management through Seller Office).
  • During app distribution, if app or in-app item content or functions are found to be objectionable to users, no longer comply with local laws of distribution countries, or no longer comply with Samsung policy, Samsung can stop app distribution, disable app and in-app item sales, and remove the app and in-app items from the Samsung app store.
     

If an app or any of its in-app items fail testing:

  • You will be notified by email.
  • Android app final phase test failure results in:
    • The suspension of app distribution and in-app item support.
    • The 'Sale' status of the app changes to 'Suspended'.
       
  • Testing failure of all other types results in:
    • The app not being distributed and no support of in-app items.
    • The 'Validation' status of the app changes to 'Test Confirmation Rejected'.
       
  • You can review the reason for failure by  clicking the app's 'Check The Reason' in My Applications.
  • You can ask the validation team questions by clicking Go to Support in the message popup.
  • You  can modify app and in-app item content and/or functions that failed to meet requirements (Update Your App), and then re-submit them.
  • You can permanently remove a rejected app by clicking its 'Delete' in My Applications.

 

 

 

 

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