The Galaxy S6 is due to be officially revealed on March 1st at MWC in Barcelona, after a steady drip feed of leaks and rumours. The pressure is on Samsung to deliver, and deliver big this year after the Galaxy S5 failed to meet expectations in 2014, both in terms of sales and in terms of what the mainstream consumer wanted. This time round though, it seems that Samsung has indeed listened to what its fans want by producing the Galaxy S6 (and Edge) out of metal, optimising TouchWiz as well as toning down the bloatware. Yes, you heard it right, according to Sammobile, Samsung is apparently only pre-installing two of their own apps, along with the other apps in the list below.
List of pre-installed apps
WhatsApp (Download Link)
Microsoft One Drive
Microsoft one Note
Google App suite
As you can see from the list above, the bloatware has been significantly trimmed down, I can only really point an accusing finger at the S-Voice and S-Health apps. The rest of the missing ‘bloatware’ can be downloaded from the Galaxy Apps portal. Most of us tend to use Google’s suite of apps while Facebook, WhatsApp and Skype are quite popular, and probably installed on the majority of handsets anyway. I would be tempted to say that the Microsoft One Note and one Drive apps are bloatware as well, but that’s possibly because I’m not invested in Microsoft’s ecosystem. At least they’ll be confined to one single folder called ‘Microsoft Apps’.
Last, but not least, Samsung has apparently also updated the design of its essential apps (Music/Video/Gallery) to fit in better with Android Lollipop’s Material Design. If so, this is yet another complaint that Samsung can tick off. It almost seems like the Korean manufacturer has actually listened to its fans. If so, that might well be bad news for HTC, I guess we’ll all find out on March 1st when both HTC and Samsung will make their announcements.