You’ve just unwrapped the latest Samsung Galaxy phone only to find scores of unwanted and unremovable “bloatware” — the term for all those Android apps that come preinstalled.
Both the new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge come with significant bloatware installed with apps from Google, Samsung, and Microsoft.
But media reports indicate that apps like OneDrive, OneNote and Skype can be deleted from the new Samsung devices.
Samsung reportedly even allows its own apps like S Voice and S Health to be deleted. The Google apps on the smartphones also can be removed.
Deleting bloatware apps allows the user to free up space on their smartphones to create their own array of favorite apps.
If the user later regrets removing the bloatware, the apps can be redownloaded from either the Play Store or Samsung’s Galaxy Apps marketplace.
While Samsung is moving in the direction of allowing users to remove apps, Apple seems to be increasingly moving in the other direction, providing undeletable apps such as Newsstand and the Apple Watch app.
Earlie this month, Samsung reported that pre-orders for the two new Galaxy phones, the S6 and S6 Edge are “huge.”
Samsung analysts expect the company to ship 46 million Galaxy S6 handsets this year, up from a previous estimate of 38 million.