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    Default Note 3: Best Buy model had black SMS app.... where is it in settings?!!

    I just purchased the at&t version yesterday. So far I am liking it however, one of the selling points for me was the black sms app I played with at my local best buy! To be clear I am not referring to the black background you can set once you are in the native sms messaging app, I am referring to the black view with white fonts on the main sms screen that lists out all of your messages. Anyone else's model missing this? That really looked nice in the store demo model IMO. I think its something the carrier opted not to do. Too bad... I may be missing where the setting is to enable this so if anyone has info on this please post your how-to.
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    Default Re: Best Buy model had black SMS app.... where is it in settings?!!

    Do you know what carrier the model you played with was? On both the at&t S4 and Note 3 they have gone with white and like you I'd prefer the black.

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    Are you referring to this option?

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    Default Re: Best Buy model had black SMS app.... where is it in settings?!!

    Quote Originally Posted by jschu22 View Post
    Do you know what carrier the model you played with was? On both the at&t S4 and Note 3 they have gone with white and like you I'd prefer the black.

    Well, good question. I went back by the BB this evening. The demo model they have on display has NO carrier branding on it. Seems to me this is the way it comes from Samsung yet the carrier has the choice the customize how they wish. Why!!!!?? How about giving the customer the option to choose which theme they want?!! No, that makes too much sense I guess. bleh!

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    Default Re: Best Buy model had black SMS app.... where is it in settings?!!

    I don't have the same menu as that video but I can get to that change but it doesn't switch it to a black background on SMS. It's kind of brown
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    Default Re: Best Buy model had black SMS app.... where is it in settings?!!

    Quote Originally Posted by TXGTOU View Post
    Are you referring to this option?

    No, I found this option in my note 3. The one I looked at at BB has a black theme when you pull up the sms app. It looks really nice. I dont think the at&t variant has this option exposed to the user to choose. really sucks, IMO.
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    Default Re: Best Buy model had black SMS app.... where is it in settings?!!

    Not what I was referring to, maybe that's what occurred to the one the op was using though. I have my doubts though.

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    Default Re: Best Buy model had black SMS app.... where is it in settings?!!

    I bet the dialer app was black as well. This is how earlier Galaxies had it done before the S4. Maybe unbranded ones maintain that as well.

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    Default Re: Best Buy model had black SMS app.... where is it in settings?!!

    Quote Originally Posted by jschu22 View Post
    I bet the dialer app was black as well. This is how earlier Galaxies had it done before the S4. Maybe unbranded ones maintain that as well.

    Exactly!

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    Default Re: Best Buy model had black SMS app.... where is it in settings?!!

    I haven't found any setting that jumps out at me. Maybe if you go to BB and try to take a picture of the mode you're referring to or some video?
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    Default Re: Best Buy model had black SMS app.... where is it in settings?!!

    If you go into the stock messaging app, and hit the menu key, a menu will come up, then click settings. Scroll down to display and select background style, then click on the black background. Then you will have a black background for your text messages.
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    Default Re: Best Buy model had black SMS app.... where is it in settings?!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Harlemknight View Post
    If you go into the stock messaging app, and hit the menu key, a menu will come up, then click settings. Scroll down to display and select background style, then click on the black background. Then you will have a black background for your text messages.
    Yeah, I mentioned in my post this is not what I meant. :-) Check out this link Scroll down to the messaging app, it has black theme. This is what I saw at the local best buy on the display model. It must be stock black themed but the carriers can change if they so desire.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rattso2005 View Post
    Yeah, I mentioned in my post this is not what I meant. :-) Check out this link Scroll down to the messaging app, it has black theme. This is what I saw at the local best buy on the display model. It must be stock black themed but the carriers can change if they so desire.
    I REALLY wished I had the option for a black theme...

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    Why don't you use the Chomp app for texts? That will give you pretty much every color option you could imagine.

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    Default Re: Best Buy model had black SMS app.... where is it in settings?!!

    I've used 3rd party sms apps but now that I have the Galaxy Gear, I have to stick with the native sms app. It's the only one that allows for notifications on the watch.

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    Default Re: Best Buy model had black SMS app.... where is it in settings?!!

    Quote Originally Posted by ZarathustraHead View Post
    Why don't you use the Chomp app for texts? That will give you pretty much every color option you could imagine.

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    Yeah that is an option. My experience with non native SMS apps is there always seems to be some hiccup with them. Just my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rattso2005 View Post
    Yeah that is an option. My experience with non native SMS apps is there always seems to be some hiccup with them. Just my opinion.

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    The only hiccup I've found with Chomp is that group conversations are a bit messy. I switch back to stock app for group texting. Other than that, it's much better.

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    Default Re: Best Buy model had black SMS app.... where is it in settings?!!

    The best buy model I seen was black screen also, I was happy to see they went back to black screen, then I get mine and it's white. So the op is not imagining things.

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    Default Re: Best Buy model had black SMS app.... where is it in settings?!!

    Quote Originally Posted by trucksmoveamerica#AC View Post
    The best buy model I seen was black screen also, I was happy to see they went back to black screen, then I get mine and it's white. So the op is not imagining things.

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    That drives me nuts knowing that. I asked here a few days back and couldn't find an answer to change it. I hate the white background in the main Messaging area and on the dialer menu.

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    I agree. I really wish I could get black themes for both apps.
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    I asked the guy in Best Buy's Samsung Experience Store about that, too. My Sprint Note 3 has the white sms screen and phone dialer; I wanted the black and blue versions like the Galaxy S3. He told me that those display models are the international versions. I told him that they should display the actual versions that customers on respective carriers will buy. He responded that carriers have to pay to have their actual unit displayed and most opted not to pay. However, he said the version displayed for Verizon is the version that Verizon customers will get. All of the other carriers opted to settle for displaying the standard (international) version.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rattso2005 View Post
    I just purchased the at&t version yesterday. So far I am liking it however, one of the selling points for me was the black sms app I played with at my local best buy! To be clear I am not referring to the black background you can set once you are in the native sms messaging app, I am referring to the black view with white fonts on the main sms screen that lists out all of your messages. Anyone else's model missing this? That really looked nice in the store demo model IMO. I think its something the carrier opted not to do. Too bad... I may be missing where the setting is to enable this so if anyone has info on this please post your how-to.
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    Default Re: Best Buy model had black SMS app.... where is it in settings?!!

    Is this something that could be determined by examining the Best Buy model? I have one right down the road if so. I would prefer the black as well.
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    We are all better off forgetting those international models even exist, since without rooting we are stuck with the white backgrounds. Now if you do root, there's hope. I was able to switch the dialer of my S4 to the black version.

    Another note about the international version: Even the battery cover is better. Says Samsung instead of the carrier logo and it's an inlay not printed.

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    The model was using the last version of Samsung keyboard before they updated it. It had a dark theme as stock read the reviews in the play store others want it back to.

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    Now I didn't look at the background on the best buys display phone for ATT I do remember it had ATT on the back cover so I don't think it was an international version. Unless they changed the back out
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