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Samsung’s inescapable S6 app bloat fuels the microSD fire

Samsung’s inescapable S6 app bloat fuels the microSD fire

Samsung may have a potential smartphone hit on its hands with the Galaxy S6, but the specter of inescapable apps still casts a pall over TouchWiz. The new flagship - and its curved Galaxy S6 edge sibling - see Samsung's Android skin brought more in line with Google's Material Design than ever before, but there's still a headache involved, especially if you've opted for the smallest memory variant. That's because, while Samsung has apparently done its best to pre-populate the S6 with the sort of apps the company believes most users will want, there's not much room to be rid of them if you don't agree.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 tipped to ship with Microsoft apps

Samsung Galaxy S6 tipped to ship with Microsoft apps

While Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphone are often seen as one of the flagship Android devices, the manufacturer's default apps that come with the TouchWiz interface leave a lot to be desired. Mostly the ability to delete them. The apps do little more than take up storage space and slow the operating system down; in other words, bloatware. However, that trend may finally change with the S6, as an insider report from SamMobile is saying Samsung will drop its own apps in favor of shipping the smartphone with Microsoft offerings.

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Samsung may finally be ditching TouchWiz

Samsung may finally be ditching TouchWiz

If you ask a Samsung fan, they might say TouchWiz is awesome. If you ask anyone else (the majority, as it were), TouchWiz is terrible, dated, and bloated. Samsung’s Android overlay is possibly the last true ‘skin’ produced by any Android OEM, and a new report once again suggests Samsung is ditching most of it. We’ve heard before that Samsung was moving away from TouchWiz, and their mysterious ‘Project Zero’ is still thought as the internal project to get them there, so we’re holding out hope it’s finally happening.

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Samsung Tizen smarpthone interface leaked

Samsung Tizen smarpthone interface leaked

You have to hand it to Samsung. It is not giving up on Tizen. In fact, after numerous attempts, and failures, at launching a high-end Tizen smartphone, it is now setting its gaze lower on the opposite end of the spectrum. Codenamed KIRAN, the SM-Z130H has been repeatedly leaked to run Tizen on very modest specs. Now thanks to a leaked system dump of the phone's software, we are able to see what Samsung has planned for Tizen on the smartphone. At least its brand of Tizen.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Review: Phablet Refocused

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Review: Phablet Refocused

Samsung can’t afford to stumble with the Galaxy Note 4. The fourth-gen phablet arrives as Samsung wakes up to a new, and not especially rewarding, phase in its mobile life: the discovery that throwing a hundred designs at the market and hoping at least some of them stick no longer has the same sales success as it once did. At a time so fiercely competitive, Samsung can’t count on simply having originally created the Note 4’s segment to commend this latest model. It needs to deliver as much in the hand as its specifications promise to on the page.

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Samsung will create special ‘services’ for Android Wear

Samsung will create special ‘services’ for Android Wear

Android Wear has three devices right now: The Moto 360, the LG G Watch, and Samsung Gear Live. Two of those, the G Watch and Moto 360, have been working with Android Wear as reference devices. The Gear Live is a “late” comer to Android Wear, and Samsung will duplicate their Android smartphone and tablet efforts on the wearable, it seems.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Review

Samsung Galaxy S5 Review

Samsung cannot be ignored, and the importance of the Galaxy S5 cannot be overlooked. New bearer of the crown of “best-known Android smartphone” it’s a chance not only for Samsung to make money, but to demonstrate what cleverness it can bake into a flagship device. Samsung’s approach to innovation has been more scattershot than focused, however, and with each generation of Galaxy there’s been equally as many needless bells & whistles as there have been legitimately useful additions. The Galaxy S5, Samsung insists, has been built with deliberation, but has the company spent its time on the right enhancements? Read on for the SlashGear review.

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HTC One’s MoDaCo.SWITCH coming to Galaxy S 4 as well: change-up!

HTC One’s MoDaCo.SWITCH coming to Galaxy S 4 as well: change-up!

The original HTC One works with HTC's own "Sense" user interface, while the Google Play edition works with Googles' - MoDaCo.SWITCH allows you to choose which of the two you like better at any given time. This system is a hack, at heart, requiring that you root your device before you allow yourself the freedom to choose either the HTC Sense or Android Jelly Bean Vanilla iteration at the tap of a button (and a few seconds' wait). What you get, though, is a completely unique set of controls.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 Review

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 Review

Each new release of the Samsung Galaxy Tab proves the company's willingness to stick with the brand name - and power. Samsung has the power to release a new wave of tablets each year without specific specification boosts bit-by-bit. Keep that in mind when you have a peek at this machine's top-to-bottom, especially when it comes to the final product.

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Samsung’s Summer: Galaxy Note III, Galaxy Camera II, GALAXY S 4 LTE-Advanced

Samsung’s Summer: Galaxy Note III, Galaxy Camera II, GALAXY S 4 LTE-Advanced

The clues continue to appear for the summer 2013 generation of Samsung devices, each of them riding in on the herald that was the smartphone GALAXY S 4. As this hero device brings in this generation's aesthetic style and software features, each of the following will come up: Samsung Galaxy Note III, Galaxy Camera II, and GALAXY S 4 LTE-Advanced. Then there's the Samsung Galaxy Zoom, another new camera/phone balance we've not yet seen.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 processor confirmed as Clover Trail+ with LTE abilities

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 processor confirmed as Clover Trail+ with LTE abilities

This week the folks at Samsung delivered news of two new Galaxy Tab 3 devices, each of them bringing with them the next generation of GALAXY S 4 aesthetics and wireless abilities. The 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 3 was delivered with a note that it'd be bringing a dual-core Intel processor inside, but only in a very general way - certainly not what Android addicts were looking for in their detail journals. Today though, Intel has come to the rescue with specifics.

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