How Samsung might dial-down bloat on TouchWiz for the Galaxy S6
So much of our discussion of the Galaxy S6 has focused on hardware – whether that’s choice of SoC, external design, or support for accessories – that’s its tempting to gloss over the software that will ultimately run on the upcoming Samsung flagship. After all, shouldn’t it be pretty predictable by now: recent Android build, spruced-up version of TouchWiz, and you’re done? Well, maybe not, and a recent report suggested that Samsung could be trying something radical for TouchWiz on the GS6, seriously trimming the fat in an effort to approach Nexus-like levels of low UI overhead. Now a new source is singing the same tune, and sharing a little about how Samsung might pull such a thing off.
The key to this, according to a new source, is Samsung taking a knife to TouchWiz as we know it and moving nearly every feature it can to new, separate apps. Users who want all that functionality will be able to easily download and install these TouchWiz add-ons, while those preferring a bare-bones closer-to-stock experience will be free to leave the minimalist TouchWiz as-is.
That said, Samsung wouldn’t make the GS6 as it ships a totally blank slate, and high-profile software and services that Samsung’s invested heavily in like S Health are likely to remain on the pre-install list. So while bloat may not be gone for good, it sounds like we could be looking at a sea change in the level of excess software Samsung’s next flagship will start its life encumbered by.