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The best Galaxy S6 news yet might have just been confirmed

Published Feb 12th, 2015 2:55PM EST
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As we inch closer and closer to Samsung’s UNPACKED event on March 1st, the Galaxy S6 rumors are reaching a fever pitch. We have a pretty good idea of what the phone’s specifications will look like, and we think that it might have a few tricks up its sleeve that even the iPhone 6 can’t compete with, but what could the best news yet has nothing to do with hardware.

FROM EARLIER: This may be the best news about the Galaxy S6 we’ve heard yet

Following up on a previous report, SamMobile has received information from its insider sources which suggests that the phone maker will remove all of the preinstalled Samsung apps from the Galaxy S6. If the source is correct, this could mean that bloatware has finally been eliminated from Samsung’s flagship devices once and for all.

That doesn’t mean that your S6 will feature a clean install of Android 5.0 upon activation. As SamMobile points out, Microsoft OneNote, OneDrive, Office Mobile and Skype are all expected to come preloaded on the phone, as part of an agreement between the two companies.

But the software isn’t just going to be cleaner — it’s going to be faster too. The source says that TouchWiz on the S6 is notably faster than current-gen devices, including the Lollipop-equipped Galaxy Note 4.

There are plenty of significant UI changes worth nothing as well:

  • Samsung’s default keyboard app supposedly looks more like a mix between the keyboard on the Galaxy Tab S and the iOS keyboard.
  • More theming options are available
  • All Samsung’s apps are more colorful
  • You can select between 4×4, 4×5 and 5×5 icon layouts for the app drawer
  • The app drawer no longer supports endless cycling through the list of apps (meaning you can’t go back from the last page to the first without going back through the previous pages).
  • The music app still runs in full-screen mode at all times
  • The dialer app looks “green as grass”, or that’s what we were told.


Jacob Siegal
Jacob Siegal Associate Editor

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.