Over the past few weeks it has been reported multiple times that Samsung has clamped down on bloatware for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. That doesn’t seem to be the case though. A new report points out that the upcoming smartphones have 50 apps pre-installed, that’s actually six more than the 50 you’ll find on a Galaxy Note 4.
Some of Samsung’s own apps come pre-installed on the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, like S-Voice and S-Health. Since the devices run on Android the plethora of Google apps you’ll find on any Android device are present here as well.
Google’s pre-installed apps include Gmail, YouTube, Google+, Google Drive, Play Newsstand, Play Movies, Play Games, Play Music and many others.
Some social apps like Instagram and WhatsApp come pre-installed as well. Then there are carrier specific apps to consider, T-Mobile will load six of them on its units, and this brings the total number of pre-installed apps to 56.
Granted that Samsung will allow users to “disable” pre-installed apps, that will just take them out of the app drawer and the homescreen, they won’t be able delete to them to get more space on a device that doesn’t have a micrSD card slot.
That said, Samsung has made significant improvements to TouchWiz which now feels much lighter than before, and this reflects on performance. However it is clear as day now that Samsung’s new flagships don’t really put an end to the bloatware problem as previously expected.