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Samsung Galaxy S6 comes with pre-installed apps you can't remove

Both the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge include pre-installed apps you can't remove, but you can hide them

By Anthony Garreffa on Apr 8, 2015 06:15 pm CDT - 0 mins, 54 secs reading time

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.

Anthony Garreffa

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Anthony Garreffa

Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games to be built around consoles. With FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with high-end, custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU technology is unwavering, and with next-gen NVIDIA GPUs about to launch alongside 4K 144Hz HDR G-Sync gaming monitors and BFGDs (65-inch 4K 120Hz HDR G-Sync TVs) there has never been a time to be more excited about technology.


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