Samsung’s next big flagship phone, presumably the Galaxy S6, is almost certainly going to be announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in March. And, according to new rumours, it’s looking more likely than ever that it will be running something close to stock Android. Be still, my heart.
Past rumours have suggested that the new Galaxy S6 would have a better, more minimal version of TouchWiz, the Samsung specific software that sits on top of Android, adding features but also mucking it up with crap. That would be fantastic, because it would pair cleaner, simpler software with the increasingly fantastic hardware that Samsung’s been putting out recently. The Note 4, specifically, is a wonderful device, and its software was already headed in the right direction. The Galaxy Alpha, pictured above, has lovely hardware too.
Now, reports from Sammobile suggest not only that the bloat-y crapness of Samsung’s TouchWiz will be slimmed down, but that some of Samsung’s more useless and/or niche apps might be totally optional. Instead of getting a phone with stuff like Samsung’s Google Now competitor “S Voice” and extra shit like “S Translator” pre-installed, S6 owners would just go and get those apps if they want them. And, really, who does?
It’s still possible these rumours are baseless, but it seems more likely than ever that they might be true. And man I sure hope so. Samsung’s got Gear VR (maybe coming to the S6?!), fantastic screens, and ever improving design. Crumby Touchwiz software (which has already gotten way way better) is the most irritating wrinkle that could hold the S6 back. Samsung couldn’t make a smarter move than to put it out of its misery. [Sammobile]