Bloatware is a loosely defined term that’s thrown around quite liberally on Android forums, but it’s not often you hear a company using it, and much less in relation with its own products.
That’s why it’s surprising to see Samsung effectively bragging about how it removed “cumbersome bloatware” from the Galaxy S6 in this post from its official blog.
Samsung explains how it refined the software on the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge with a focus on simplicity. Steps like replacing icons with text, reducing the number of features by 40%, and cutting down the aforementioned “bloatware” create, according to Samsung, a “simple and powerful structure” designed with the user in mind.
Another thorny issue that Samsung touches on is lag. The company tacitly admits that its previous phones suffered from sluggishness, but the simplified UI and the “powerful processors” inside the S6 should “eliminate lag in responsiveness.”
Our Josh Vergara highlighted the Galaxy S6’ newfound smoothness in his review. One aspect that Josh particularly appreciated is the removal of the many popups and tutorial screens that Samsung previously used, which is enough to make the Galaxy S6 feel much nimbler.
As for bloatware, it looks that indeed, Samsung is serious about leaving its bad reputation behind. Many of the apps pre-installed on the Galaxy S6 are removable, allowing users to further streamline what is already the lightest implementation of TouchWiz in years.
Other software features that Samsung highlights are the powerful theming system and the edge features of the Galaxy S6 Edge.
For more on the Galaxy S6 software, make sure to check out our in-depth review. From what you’ve seen so far, are you happy with what Samsung did with TouchWiz?