Good news for those planning to get the Samsung Galaxy S6 or its curve-edged sibling, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. Apparently, you will be able to remove any app that has been preinstalled in these devices.
Late last week, there were screenshots that surfaced in the XDA Developers forum that suggested that users can indeed deactivate and even completely uninstall apps that have been preinstalled in the Samsung Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge smartphones. In past Galaxy devices, users would not have been able to get rid of these apps easily.
As shown on the uploaded images on the XDA Developers forum, several apps are shown to be uninstalled, with other Samsung apps such as S Health and S Voice and various Google apps like YouTube, Gmail, Google+, and Google Play Store displaying deletion symbols.
If this holds true, buyers have another good reason to purchase the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge devices, which are expected to hit stores around the world on April 10th. For several years, Samsung's mobile devices have gotten flak from tech reviewers and casual users alike for having too much bloatware -- software and apps that are preinstalled but can not be easily disabled or removed from the phone's system. In recent phone releases, the South Korean phone maker did try to minimize the number of apps that come preinstalled in their devices, especially with its flagship device, the Galaxy S5, released last year, as well as in its newer Galaxy S6 devices. But the fact remained that many users still found themselves dealing with a number of unwanted software on their devices.
And Samsung is not the only one who was criticized for bloatware. Even Google, which developed the Android mobile operating system, also met antitrust issues over its practice of forcing Android users to accept its usual lineup of apps that include Google Search, Google Play, and YouTube. As a matter of fact, a lawsuit was filed last year against the tech giant for purportedly having secret agreements with Android phone makers to make sure that its own apps are preinstalled on their handsets.
But with a new app deletion capability, Samsung and Google might find favor with users. Moving forward, the ability to disable and delete apps could be standard on all of Samsung's devices, not only on its Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge handsets.
As mentioned in the XDA Developers post, users can either disable the apps or completely delete them. Disabling the app means that the app is deactivated, but not deleted from the mobile device's system. As for deletion, it will remove the app completely from the smartphone.
But what about those who accidentally deleted an app, or those who want the apps they deleted back into their devices? Well, they will have to re-download those apps either from the Google Play store or from Samsung's official app store.
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