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

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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.

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sudhakar35
2 years 7 months ago
sudhakar35

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.

2 years 9 months ago
webergti
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… Read more »
kachrukamble
2 years 9 months ago
kachrukamble

Thanks SamMobile, you also agreed those apps “bloat”

talvigi
2 years 9 months ago
talvigi

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
2 years 9 months ago
sucksunggalaxys2
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… Read more »
arrykam
2 years 9 months ago
arrykam

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

VIRGIN KLM
2 years 9 months ago
VIRGIN KLM

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

pizzaman
2 years 9 months ago
pizzaman

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
2 years 9 months ago
albertocapo

Great news !!! Finally

Suo.Eno
2 years 9 months ago
Suo.Eno

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
2 years 9 months ago
Millenium3

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
2 years 9 months ago
realisy

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
2 years 9 months ago
q8peace

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
2 years 9 months ago
ProdByEchelon

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
2 years 9 months ago
AquilaSol

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
2 years 9 months ago
lcmazza

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
2 years 9 months ago
Emmepi

Probably the greatest news of the day ! Thx

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