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The Best Unmentioned Feature of the Galaxy S5? Less Bloatware

February 24, 2014 - Written By Alexander Maxham

When the Galaxy S5 specs were revealed earlier today, I was actually surprised to hear that it will be available in a 16GB variant. As last year we learned that Samsung was doing away with 16GB variants starting with the Note 3. Simply because the Galaxy S4 came with about half of its storage gone. Because that’s just how much bloatware was on the Galaxy S4.

There were reports coming out of CES last month, that when Google saw Samsung’s new Galaxy TabPRO and Galaxy NotePRO lineup of tablets, they did not like what they saw. And informed Samsung to tone it down. Which it appears that they did just that. During today’s announcement, we didn’t hear much about new features in the software on the Galaxy S5. Which is quite surprising, because last year that’s about all we heard. So it looks like Google was able to get a lot of the bloat off of the Galaxy S5, which is nice to see.

Samsung has added a few new features like the Kids Mode, the fingerprint reader, and the Ultra Power Saving mode. Aside from all the health and fitness features in the Galaxy S5 to go along with the Gear Fit and Gear 2. Samsung has also added the Download Booster, where Samsung promises significantly improved download speeds by combining LTE and WiFi 802.11 ac connections. Which are all great things to have.

Then there’s the camera, where Samsung has gone over-board before. It appears that even with adding some new features, Samsung didn’t go too crazy. They added Phase Detection Auto Focus, real-time HDR, and Selective Focus. Samsung also reworked Touchwiz with a flatter and simpler UI. The icons are now round, which is a nice change of pace. Samsung has left some components of the old Touchwiz though. However we do not know how much storage it will ship with, but it will ship with 16GB of storage, we aren’t sure how much of that will actually be usable.