Samsung Galaxy S6 tipped to ship with Microsoft apps

Adam Westlake - Feb 14, 2015, 10:00am CST
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.

The apps from Microsoft are said to allow the Galaxy S6 to focus on user productivity right from the first startup. That means we can expect Office, OneNote, OneDrive, and Skype. But don’t worry if there are one or two of Samsung’s native apps that you’re fond of, they’ll still be available and can be downloaded separately.

As of now this still belongs squarely in the rumor category, but with Samsung’s Unpacked event quickly approaching on March 1st, the company is no doubt planning to debut its latest version of TouchWiz. If this new arrangement with Microsoft is true, there will be no better time to announce it.

Of course, there is one tidbit that lends credibility to this report, and that’s how Samsung and Microsoft abruptly ended their dispute over patent royalty payments last week. While terms of the deal weren’t released, the agreement ended what was working up to be another U.S. court battle between tech giants.

SOURCE SamMobile


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