It always represents an extremely exciting period of time whenever one of the big hitters in the mobile industry introduces, and subsequently launches, a new smartphone. It’s now time for Samsung to swim in the warm glow of recognition, thanks to the imminent launch of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. As exciting as these two new devices are, the pre-launch enthusiasm could be dampened slightly by a report suggesting that the two new devices will come preinstalled with a staggering 56 – fifty six – first-party applications.
Positivity had been swirling around the mobile industry leading up to this report after it had been speculated that Samsung had learned its lesson and decided to launch the Galaxy S6 with significantly less bloatware forced onto the user. Turns out that is not true, meaning that lovers of the Galaxy S series will need to once again prepare themselves for a bloated device experience.
When the Galaxy S6 ships, it will actually contain 6 more preinstalled apps than what is found on the Galaxy Note 4. It seems that Samsung has gone in the opposite direction to what the majority of consumers would actually want. Apps like Play Newstand, WhatsApp, Instagram, Microsoft OneDrive, S Voice and S Health will all be part of the native bundle that ships with the device. Of course, some of them will actually be of great use to end-users, such as OneDrive, included due to the exclusion of a microSD slot for expandable memory, but you could argue that users would actually want to choose their own cloud based storage solution rather than having one forced onto them.
A historical statement from Samsung claimed that the Korean company had put measures in place to allow “users to remove the pre-installed applications on the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge,” but that doesn’t seem to be the case at all. According to the same report, the most that will be possible is the ability to disable the apps from functioning or interfering rather than actually removing them from entirely.
Samsung, when will you learn?