Galaxy S6 has more bloatware than previous Samsung devices

TouchWiz bloat is sticking around. Photo: Samsung

TouchWiz bloat is sticking around. Photo: Samsung

Samsung made many big changes for the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge — not only to deliver brand new designs made from premium materials, but also to give adopters a better user experience. But has Samsung really scaled back its bloatware in TouchWiz?

According to the reports it has, but in reality, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge come with just as much bloatware as the Samsung devices that came before them. In fact, they have more pre-installed apps than the Galaxy Note 4.

“At first glance, the new S6 and S6 Edge appear to be less cluttered, but you’ll actually find some 56 applications pre-installed,” Gizmodo reports. In comparison, the Galaxy Note 4 ships with 50 apps pre-installed.

In addition to the usual catalog of Google apps you get pre-installed on any Android device, the Galaxy S6 also comes with plenty of Samsung apps (obviously), plus Microsoft apps like OneDrive and Office, carrier apps, and even social apps like WhatsApp and Instagram.

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While some of the apps can be uninstalled, Gizmodo says many can only be “disabled,” which means you can block them and prevent them from doing anything, but you cannot delete them, so they’ll continue to take up storage space on your device.

“This is, for the most part, the same old bloat despite all our wild hopes,” Gizmodo adds.

But Samsung maintains that TouchWiz has been streamlined to improve the user experience.

“Simplicity is critical for usability and functionality, so Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge offer a refined and optimized user experience and the offering of core and preloaded apps has been streamlined,” the company said in a statement.

“Some apps can be uninstalled while some can be disabled, and this varies by region and carrier. Further, 40% of the features and steps have been deleted compared to previous models.”

There are some things to look forward to, however. The new TouchWiz is said to be snappier than previous versions, and the extras Samsung has baked in are less intrusive than they were in the past. Some even make the experience greater.

It’s not quite the all-new TouchWiz we were all hoping for, then, and certainly not the near-pure Android experience Samsung was reportedly hoping to deliver. But at least it’s somewhat better than previous TouchWiz releases.