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Samsung says pre-installed apps on Galaxy S6, Edge can't be uninstalled, just hidden

Matt Hamblen | April 8, 2015
Samsung's Galaxy S6 and Edge smartphones, which arrive in stores Friday, have received mostly positive reviews from critics, largely for superior styling and their metal and glass construction.

There are, of course, workarounds published on the Web to uninstall apps, but using them could void a device warranty.

The concern about bloatware is especially acute for developers and smartphone aficionados who want a pure Nexus-like experience. Apps don't just take up storage space, they also can potentially sap resources. For example, over-the-air updates can take up part of a monthly data allowance.

For average users, bloatware might be just an inconvenience that clutters an on-screen display of apps. In some cases, Samsung or a carrier will double up on similar apps that Google provides with Android.

A carrier's incentive to provide custom and carrier-branded apps is to sell additional in-app services, provide advertising revenue and to increase revenues for data that is carried wirelessly. Carriers defend these apps as a way to build customer loyalty and to answer customer requests for specific services.

Sprint's version of the Edge has a number of pre-loaded apps, some that cannot be uninstalled and others that can be. In addition to Sprint TV & Movies and Nascar Mobile, Sprint has pre-loaded these 10 additional apps that can be uninstalled: 1Weather, Messaging +, NBA Game Time, Sprint Music Plus, Scout, FamilyWall for Sprint, Sprint Music Plus, Sprint Family Locator, Sprint Fun & Games and Sprint Worldwide.

Sprint has also installed these six apps than cannot be removed: Connections Optimizer, Lookout, Sprint ID, Sprint Zone (for tracking a user's wireless account), Visual Voicemail and Wi-Fi Calling.

Separately, Samsung has installed OneNote and OneDrive from Microsoft in the Edge and Galaxy S6, which can both be "disabled" but not uninstalled. There is, however, an option to uninstall any updates to these apps.


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