Exclusive: Samsung removing bloat from TouchWiz, making most of it downloadable

The fact that Samsung’s phones and tablets come with a lot of software features is both an advantage and a curse. These features certainly come handy, but on the flip side, they have resulted in Samsung’s software becoming extremely bloated and heavy. With the Galaxy S5, the company started removing some unneeded apps and features, and made some of them downloadable so that they wouldn’t get in the way but still be accessible if someone wanted them.

It has been reported that Samsung is working on optimizing its software for the Galaxy S6 to near-Nexus levels, and we now have exclusive info that the company is removing every add-on feature that can be downloaded as an application, and slimming down the software by a wide margin in the process. We’re unsure which features and apps will be affected by this – Samsung builds in both standard apps and integrates some functions in the settings menu (like Smart Stay). The latter are less likely to be removed, but we’re guessing that apps like Story Album, S Translator, or even S Voice will become downloadable apps instead of being pre-loaded on devices.

S Health and other such selling points will most probably stay on as pre-loaded apps, but the removal of stuff that most people never/rarely use would still be a huge move. Of course, simply removing features won’t do anything to speed up Samsung’s software, but combined with an optimization of code – as Samsung is said to be doing – it is easy to see just the Korean manufacturer is moving toward the goal of making its next flagship (and future devices) as fast as possible.

Phones 17
Related newsLatest news
17 Comments

Leave a Reply


sudhakar35
1 year 3 months ago

S6 is a waste, flop phone because :
> it does not have user replaceable battery

> it does not have memory card slot

> it does not have FM radio.

LG G3 is far more better.

webergti
1 year 5 months ago

so funny how they lot of people think is the samsung only one who puts lot of bloatware when google does too what i mean is a lot of people will say that’s why i prefer stock android and they automatic think the google is android stock and lets put that to the test sense google almost has close up AOSP

stock android is

camera – file browser – messenger – web browser – calendar – download manager – email – calculator – clock alarm – phone dial – contacts – gallery – music player – launcher – aosp keyboard – voice record -settings

google’s bloat version

google camera – messenger – chrome browser – google calendar – download manager – gmail – calculator – clock alarm – phone dial – contacts – photos – play music – google launcher – google play store google maps – google keyboard
settings
bloat and repeat apps

hangouts bloatware if you use it download from play store – google drive – youtube not every one is a youtuber and it does not need to be a system app – play movies & tv who use it -play magazine ver 1 news & magazines ver 2 – play books – play games – docs – keep – shits -slides wallet – google + – google earth – google fit- this apps do not need to be system apps and if need it can be download from play store

a pico-nano or micro modular are a must a may be mini but full and google stock apps package are just to much bloatware

on the other hand samsung and the rest of the oem use a mix of mini and full package witch is not as bad it becomes bad when they combine the extra google apps and theres like amazon – milk -samsung hub- samsung widgets- expidia app and widgets facebook as system app -pen.up-watch on- yahoo widgets- instagram as system app wtf -flipboard -s health – the list can be more ugly base on older samsung devices but i made this base on note 4 for tmobile witch it add some of there own like visual vm- tmobile tv -t mobile id – t mobile account – witch is not bad compare to at&t with like 10 bloatware apps of there own and whats worse is the are system apps sprint other the puts like 10 of there own wtf i dont know about verizon and the other like cricket metro boost but there are just as bad

so when a debloat touchwiz it looks like this camera -gallery -video player -clock-contact- messenger -phone – galaxy store – calendar – voice recorder -play store – email – gmail – music player – calculator- google now – settings – web browser -file browser -chrome – s voice – maps – superSU – root file browser- accuweather widget and under developer options disable window animation / transition animation / animation duration / and force gpu rendering and is fast smoth and lag free and lots of ram to spare

so the perfect android is like a windows pc is the pure windows the you install in your hard drive pure and clean

the perfect android is aosp with play store – google launcher – and may be google maps if so any thing else do not need to be a system app if you need it install from play store.

kachrukamble
1 year 5 months ago

Thanks SamMobile, you also agreed those apps “bloat”

talvigi
1 year 5 months ago

Hy, guys we are waiting for the BIG LOOOOOLIPOP on our lazy Verizon i545. Indeed that’s another matter that i us a Verizon i545 here in Pakistan. i actually bought it from the imported items market in Dubai and am using it in Pakistan it works good and i have updated it to VRUFNK1 but LOOOOOOOLIPOP is LOLIPOP. Just waiting for it.

sucksunggalaxys2
1 year 5 months ago

Do we even care? Is Samsung even relevant anymore? They’re still releasing a gazillion different models and variations, delaying updates until enough time has passed so they can claim support has ended. It happened on the Galaxy S2. And the Galaxy S3. It’s lucky that the S2 was popular enough to have reasonably stable cyanogen builds or I would have gone postal. Not making the same mistake twice though. With companies like OnePlus not to mention project Ara on the horizon, companies like Samsung will hopefully go out of business. Looking forward to phone manufacturers going the way of the dinosaurs and me ordering Ara modules on AliExpress in unmarked little brown bags, tax free and outside the system.

arrykam
1 year 5 months ago

sammy is going NOKIA way,soon it will die..

VIRGIN KLM
1 year 5 months ago

My first thought reading this:
“Good, now bring KitKat update on S3 International Version (i9300)”
Right?

pizzaman
1 year 5 months ago

This is good news. I hope samsung also dares to optimise the S5 and Note 4 this way. Technically people could complain that they remove features. But they add a much more important feature: a fluid ui experience. If they also do this for the S5 and Note 4, they will get a huge boost in consumer confidence and the S6 will sell in record numbers.

albertocapo
1 year 5 months ago

Great news !!! Finally

Suo.Eno
1 year 5 months ago

A step in the right direction. Also if Samsung can do this; developer.sonymobile.com/knowledge-base/open-source/open-devices/ too that’d be awesome.

Millenium3
1 year 5 months ago

That is an amazing news…

This would solve a problem such as ending a support for a service (ex. Samsung Hub) because of low customer usage, but users not being able to remove the app (without root). Memory eater.

realisy
1 year 5 months ago

Long overdue… should have gone this route like moto did.. reason I use my note 3 with aosp roms is that i dont really miss any of the bloat and function that tw brings..

q8peace
1 year 5 months ago

it will be great if samsung isolate there bloat to samsung apps ex: you get touchwiz without chaton or watch on or evernote or and other useless features you want them go make samsung account tray them liked than its good – hatting them just delete them but if they stat and lagging the phone and i have to root my phone to debloat than its really sucks

ProdByEchelon
1 year 5 months ago

I hope this isn’t the reason the Note 4 update is so delayed because of that’s the case, we’ll only get Lollipop in March or April

AquilaSol
1 year 5 months ago

The reason, which you would’ve known if you spend more than 3 seconds looking at this website, is that the Note 4 is going straight to 5.0.1.

lcmazza
1 year 5 months ago

The reason is Samsung has three hundred and forty versions of the Galaxy Note 4 to update to Lollipop. Not that it is going straight to… whatever. There’s never a “straight to something” with Samsung.

Emmepi
1 year 5 months ago

Probably the greatest news of the day ! Thx

 
Top
Special offer for SamMobile members Special offer for SamMobile members X