I mentioned in 5 ways to save Samsung that the South Koreans should really can the bloatware nonsense and focus their resources on more important stuff.
It sounds like I might get my wish, as a report out of South Korea suggests TouchWiz will be cut down to a bare minimum, to the same level as the Google Nexus 6.
Samsung’s bloatware (that’s their endless array of unique software bells and whistles that no one really wants or needs) have actually caused countless problems over the years.
Back in 2013, Watchdog’s Anne Robinson was absolutely furious that the supposed “16GB” Samsung Galaxy S4 left users with a mere 9GB to play with – almost half the advertised amount.
More recently, the unashamedly basic Motorola Moto E was shown to outperform the bloat-laden Samsung Galaxy S5, the latter costing around five times the price of the entry-level E.
And only now is the UK Samsung Galaxy S5 starting to see the Lollipop Android 5.0 update, several months after its release.
As such, we’re pretty ecstatic when an “industry source” tells Business Korea: “We are aiming to get rid of unnecessary functions and simplify our UI at the level of Google's Nexus 6.”
That’d mean Samsung would add very little to stock Android, yielding more user-accessible storage, smoother performance, and speedier software updates. I’VE ONLY BEEN SAYING THIS FOR, LIKE, FOUR YEARS.