Samsung's new flagship Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge smartphones launch on Friday, but they will include some pre-installed apps that can't be removed. Future Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge owners can hide these apps though, but they will still chew up that precious storage.
The news is coming from reports on the XDA Developers Forum, with users questioning whether these pre-installed apps can be "removed", so that the storage space they did consume, would be freed up. A Samsung spokeswoman has talked with Computerworld, confirming that the pre-installed apps on the S6 and S6 edge cannot be uninstalled, but that the apps could be "hidden from view" but not completely removed from the handset.
The pre-installed apps that users can disable or hide will reduce the used space on the NAND flash by a decent amount, but it's unfortunate that these apps can't be fully uninstalled. This is something that iPhone users have to put up with, but a growing number of Android devices from companies like Samsung are using bloatware on their devices, that users can't remove.