A well-known source for mobile leaks has posted an image that lists 276 APKs reportedly found on the Galaxy Note 3, although it’s not clear where he got the picture from.
High bloatware levels?
@evleaks, which has been mostly accurate with previous leaks, has posted two images on its Twitter account, one showing a partial lists containing 50 APKs for the Galaxy Note 3 and the second one listing 276 APKs for the handset.
Does that mean the Galaxy Note 3 will come packed with a lot of bloatware? Not necessarily.
It’s likely that Samsung will introduce plenty of apps made for the Galaxy Note 3 once the phone is official, and it’s also likely that carriers will have their own apps preloaded on the Galaxy Note 3 units they’ll sell.
For what it’s worth, the list contains plenty of Samsung apps, including S Pen-related APKs and even KNOX APKs.
But we can’t confirm how many such apps will be pre-installed. The screenshot can’t be confirmed at this time, and while it’s likely it comes from a Galaxy Note 3, we’ll remind you that the handset has been in testing so far, and the source doesn’t mention more details about the device that had all these APKs on it.
As you can see in the list above, there’s a FingerprintService.apk in there that seems to suggest the handset will pack some sort of fingerprint-reading support. Is that a hidden Galaxy Note 3 feature that existing leaks missed, or is it just an app installed on the handset?
Sam Mobile’s insider says that the handset will not have fingerprint-reading support, and we’ll note that the publication has been pretty accurate when it comes to revealing details about unannounced Samsung devices.
The Galaxy Note 3 will become official tomorrow, and Android Authority will be there to offer you a hands-on experience of the new flagship handset, at which point we’ll be able to tell you more about pre-loaded apps, storage and fingerprint scanners.