Ahead of the eagerly anticipated unveiling of the Galaxy S6 at next week’s Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona, it has been revealed Samsung’s new flagship smartphone will include significantly less pre-installed apps or ‘bloatware’ than on previous devices.
According to SamMobile, the Galaxy S6 will ship with only two Samsung apps and a small selection of other apps.
The apps which will be preinstalled on the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are S Health, S Voice, Microsoft One Drive, Microsoft One Note, Facebook, Skype and WhatsApp, as well as all Google apps and Galaxy apps.
This means that S Voice and S Health are the only Samsung apps which will be pre-installed on the devices, although other Samsung and Galaxy apps can be downloaded separately if needed.
It is also notable that Samsung has decided to install more apps from Google and Microsoft, which are essentially two of its competitors, and that it includes Facebook and WhatsApp, two hugely popular apps, rather than adding more of its own apps.
SamMobile also reports that Samsung’s TouchWiz interface will be faster, cleaner and should offer a better user experience. It will, however, look a lot like the version of TouchWiz with Android Lollipop which is currently available on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4.
The move to include less pre-installed apps or bloatware on the Galaxy S6 could be in response to Samsung’s dwindling mobile sales, as bloatware is often a bugbear for Samsung users and has been known to put some users off buying Samsung devices.
Check back in next week for more information on the unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy S6 at MWC 2015.
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