Galaxy S6, S6 Edge will let you get rid of most of the bloatware, says report

galaxys6 mwc 8142
Credit: Florence Ion

Not only has Samsung seriously dialed back the bloatware on the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, but you may finally be able to get rid of many of the unwanted apps that come preinstalled.

A post on the XDA Developer forums indicates you can delete any of the Samsung apps loaded on one of the new devices, such as S Voice, S Health, or Calculator. The same applies to the preinstalled additions of Microsoft’s OneNote, OneDrive, and Skype. Even some of Google’s stock apps can be dispensed with.

The screenshots show a delete button above many of the apps, matching the process for how Samsung devices permanently eliminate an app. Some of these might give you a pop-up asking to "disable" instead of "delete" the app; disabled apps still exist on your phone, but they don't run and are never seen or heard from.

galaxy s6 app uninstalls XDA Developers

You can finally get rid of those pesky Samsung apps.

It’s a nice change from previous iterations of Samsung’s galaxy line, which were notorious for a resource-heavy TouchWiz interface and an overflow of preinstalled apps you couldn’t delete.

While Samsung still customizes Android Lollipop with TouchWiz on the new phones, our hands-on with the Galaxy S6 found it to be much less intrusive. The phones were zippy and responsive, indicating those extra apps and software features weren’t dragging down Android’s performance.

Why this matters: Samsung threw out a lot of its staple features with its newest phones, ditching removable batteries, a plastic build, and an oppressive amount of pre-installed software. Samsung is hoping that the Galaxy S6 and curved-screen S6 Edge’s focus on build quality will put it back atop the Android world. The preorder numbers have been impressive, which is an early sign this could be the hit that Samsung needs.

View Comments
Join the discussion
Be the first to comment on this article. Our Commenting Policies