A majority of Galaxy S users do not like Samsung’s exclusive apps

A study discovered that a majority of Galaxy S users do not appreciate Samsung’s exclusive suite of apps. Samsung has been oft-criticised in the past for bundling a lot of unnecessary and gimmicky features in its handsets, most of which did not work as advertised or were too complex to use. To make things worse, these apps cannot be deleted on nonrooted handsets. Marketing firm Strategy Analytics undertook a survey which tracked usage of 200 Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S3 devices in the US. The survey found that social networking clients like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram were some of the most widely used apps, followed by Google Search and YouTube. Facebook commanded 664 minutes of monthly use, while Instagram came in second at 151 minutes.

Meanwhile, the highest app usage of any Samsung exclusive app was for ChatOn, which commanded a six second usage monthly on the 200 devices that were tracked. In all fairness though, ChatOn is used much more frequently in emerging markets like India and China, but the fact that other Samsung utilities haven’t fared any better shows that users do not take well to these apps. Samsung has decided to dial down on the number of such utilities it offers on the Galaxy S5, which sees a new version of S Health and ChatOn. The Galaxy S5 also features a redesigned TouchWiz user interface that is much better looking to the older variant.



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3 years 1 day ago

Anything Samsung can do to reduce the memory footprint of what’s on the device out of the box would be a good thing. Getting rid of non-core apps, or pushing them to the Play Store for those who wish to install them. Quite honestly, I would like to see them dump the bulk of Touchwiz bloat, and go with more a stock experience. Include some useful features that truly improve upon the stock Android experience, but leave the rest of the junk out.

One can always hope.

3 years 6 days ago

i agree with the article. Samsung applications are HORRIBLE. USELESS and are active on the memory using resources. Really they must be deleted.

3 years 6 days ago

Some of Samsung apps are just replica of Google`s version, so offer no advantage. Why then would you use it?

3 years 6 days ago

The worst about these apps is

“To make things worse, these apps cannot be deleted on nonrooted handsets”

I bougt the damn thing the least I expect is I can remove the apps I do not want.

The bigger Samsung gets the suckier its becoming.
On the original Galaxy S they kinda supported rom flashing, customization, modding, with every new Galaxy S phone they bring worse restrictions and bloatware (S5 excluded, haven’t tried it yet-its said to be a little less bloated…)

2 years 5 months ago

As soon as I get my phone rooted, the Samsung Hub and all those apps are the second thing to go, right after T-Mobiles bloatware. No one I know actuallyu uses those apps.

2 years 5 months ago

At least on the S5 they let you uninstall most of it, well disable it at least, and then you don’t have to look at it. My friend has the S5.

3 years 6 days ago

Difference should be made between “don’t like” and “don’t see any interest in using these apps”.
I feel like Samsung apps are somehow overkilling unfinished apps.
Too bad because this might be yet another differentiating factor.

3 years 5 days ago

Yes you’re right. No point having such apps on your device, they’re pretty much useless as they’re copycats of others……… Bollocks.