Since its debut back at the start of March, the new twin flagship Samsung devices, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge have attracted a good deal of attention. And rightly so. The pair represent a significant step up in terms of quality and workmanship and especially when compared to their predecessor the Galaxy S5. That said, there seems to be some debate arising as to whether the software on the twin S6 devices will be as clean as once rumored.
The debate started back in the rumors days when reports began to emerge that Samsung were planning on toning down TouchWiz on the S6 and S6 Edge and looking to provide users with a much more stock-like feel. This included the abandoning of most of the preinstalled Galaxy software in favor of a lighter end user experience. This was in spite of other reports which were suggesting that the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will come preinstalled with a number of Microsoft apps. On a slightly separate note, this was also recently confirmed to be the case for certain Samsung tablets landing later this year. More recently (yesterday, in fact), reports emerged suggesting that apps which do come preinstalled on both devices will actually be able to be manually removed. It was thought that these apps (including stock apps) could be completely removed from the system and deleted, resulting in a lighter experience and more free space on the device.
Well, the latest on this front now suggests that this is not actually the case. The folks over at Tech Maniacs (source link below) had a Galaxy S6 Edge in-hand and decided to test the current rumors and theory. Unfortunately, it would seem that the removal of bloatware was not quite correct. According to the report, you can disable the apps but this disabling is not quite the rumored removal. Apps remain on your system and instead are simply disabled from appearing in your App Drawer. Not to mention, they can be disabled from running in the background. However, the apps do remain hidden on your system. As such, no disabling occurs and no additional free space is offered by the action. On a positive note, the source does still comment on how fast the device is. It just seems it might not be as bloat-free as once hoped.