With the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, Samsung is finally taking a different approach to preloaded bloatware that many Android fans will certainly appreciate: both devices will be significantly lighter on preloaded apps than their predecessors, though Samsung will offer them access to Samsung apps and Galaxy Gifts packages through a special app.
But, as an xda-developers forum user has learned while testing pre-release software for the Galaxy S6 edge, there’s an even better bloatware-related feature coming to Galaxy S6 an Galaxy S6 edge buyers, one that other Android devices have yet to offer.
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Not only can buyers choose not to install apps from Samsung and its partners on their devices, but it looks like many of the preloaded apps on the phone can be deleted, including any of Google apps (such as Search, Gmail, Google+, Play Store and others), Samsung’s apps (S Health, S Voice and others) and Microsoft’s apps (OneDrive, OneNote and Skype).
It’s not entirely clear whether Samsung is finally really listening to customers with this initiative, or whether it’s simply complying to a local law in South Korea, which says that smartphone makers must let customers uninstall most apps found on a device, including some the ones mentioned before.
Whatever the case, Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge buyers will apparently be able to choose exactly what kind of apps to have installed on their devices.
Screenshots showing that built-in apps, including Google’s mandatory apps on Android, can be deleted on a Galaxy S6 version follow below.