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Samsung’s Galaxy S6 might Feature Less S Apps and More Microsoft Apps

February 14, 2015 - Written By Phil Bourget

The Galaxy S6 is the topic of many a discussion nowadays, and especially as of late, given that we’ve seen various cases and their accompanying renders show off both the thinness and camera arrangement, but also the form factor that Samsung is possibly moving towards.  And courtesy of SamMobile, we may know something that is even more surprising that Samsung is redoing Touchwiz to allow more of the AOSP ‘Nexus-like’ Android 5.0 Lollipop features to shine through and be used.

We’ve heard that Samsung might and likely will be cutting out features of Touchwiz to allow for the less-used ones optional to download, install, and take up storage with.  We’ve also know that Samsung has been asked explicitly by Google to knock off the copycat routine with its various ‘S apps and services’, which happened around a year ago around this time.  And we also now have an idea that Samsung may be opting to include a small suite of Microsoft apps and services in lieu of its own, but alongside the requisite Google ones.

This may sound preposterous, especially given that Google’s services, or some of them at last, are direct competitors and alternatives to Microsoft’s.  Listen to the reasoning and reasons before you consider this as Samsung’s first move to directly undermine Google’s office suite offerings.  first off, Samsung doesn’t have any office applications to offer, except if you consider S Note.  Samsung and Microsoft also recently settled a royalties dispute in court, so this could be a way for Samsung to make it up to Microsoft, given we never hear all that’s said in agreeing to let something settle and be done between companies.

Perhaps the biggest reason is that Microsoft is in need of success, and Samsung’s constantly best-selling Android flagship is the best way to get their products (namely OneNote, OneDrive, and Skype), as well as a reportedly free subscription to Microsoft’s Office 365 program(s), into the hands, pockets, and productive modes of consumers’ lives.  what does this mean for us as consumers though?  We get to not deal with, at least aren’t forced to deal with, Samsung’s storage-hogging novelties like s Voice, S memo, S Note, and S Health, but are offered some much more likely to be used and useful office applications, which will likely synchronize your files with our desktops or allow them to at least.  What’s the benefit if you still have the same less-than-maximum amount of storage?  That’s completely subjective and based on what you do and want to do on your smartphone.  And maybe that’s the point:g giving us a better chance of having useful applications by default.  Regardless, the Galaxy S6 will have Touchwiz slimmed down with Material Design mixed with greens and blue-greens everywhere, and paired with Samsung’s best hardware to date, as usual, will be definitely worth the upgrade to most users.  As of now, with what we know the top flagships, do you think that Samsung’s offering has what it takes to get itself back to the days of the Galaxy S III, outselling the other by millions?  Is it a device you’d pick up knowing what we do now?  If not, which device do you think will garner the most attention and sales instead?  Let us know down below.