276 Galaxy Note 3 APKs apparently spotted: Fingerprint Service one of them

by: Chris SmithSeptember 3, 2013

Galaxy Note 3 vs Galaxy Note 2 Concept

A well-known source for mobile leaks has posted an image that lists 276 APKs reportedly found on the Galaxy Note 3, although it’s not clear where he got the picture from.

High bloatware levels?

@evleaks, which has been mostly accurate with previous leaks, has posted two images on its Twitter account, one showing a partial lists containing 50 APKs for the Galaxy Note 3 and the second one listing 276 APKs for the handset.

Does that mean the Galaxy Note 3 will come packed with a lot of bloatware? Not necessarily.

It’s likely that Samsung will introduce plenty of apps made for the Galaxy Note 3 once the phone is official, and it’s also likely that carriers will have their own apps preloaded on the Galaxy Note 3 units they’ll sell.

For what it’s worth, the list contains plenty of Samsung apps, including S Pen-related APKs and even KNOX APKs.

But we can’t confirm how many such apps will be pre-installed. The screenshot can’t be confirmed at this time, and while it’s likely it comes from a Galaxy Note 3, we’ll remind you that the handset has been in testing so far, and the source doesn’t mention more details about the device that had all these APKs on it.

At this time, it’s not known how much storage the base Galaxy Note 3 will have to offer – some rumors say that there won’t be a 16GB version at all, as Samsung may move to 32GB memory for the cheapest Galaxy Note 3 versions.

Galaxy Note 3

Rumored: 276 APKs on the Galaxy Note 3 (click for bigger image) | Image credit: @evleaks

We’ll remind you that Galaxy S4 buyers didn’t appreciate the memory storage available to the user on the handset, and Samsung may be interested in preventing such issues with future flagship devices including the Galaxy Note 3.

What about fingerprint-reading support?

As you can see in the list above, there’s a FingerprintService.apk in there that seems to suggest the handset will pack some sort of fingerprint-reading support. Is that a hidden Galaxy Note 3 feature that existing leaks missed, or is it just an app installed on the handset?

Sam Mobile’s insider says that the handset will not have fingerprint-reading support, and we’ll note that the publication has been pretty accurate when it comes to revealing details about unannounced Samsung devices.

However, Samsung was rumored a few times to consider adding fingerprint-related features to future handsets – something some of its rivals (including Apple) are already working on.

The Galaxy Note 3 will become official tomorrow, and Android Authority will be there to offer you a hands-on experience of the new flagship handset, at which point we’ll be able to tell you more about pre-loaded apps, storage and fingerprint scanners.

  • Lee

    No conformed leaks so far unlike Z1.Samsung has done a nice job keeping it under wraps.Kudos

    • K.

      I think that most leaks about devices are done by purpose from the companies.

    • Mike Reid

      It’s been in some peoples’ hands for a week or 2.

      Someone sent a debug log from my app from a Note 3 LTE about 1 week ago, so I’ve been chuckling a bit about each article leaking some new bit of info.

  • MasterMuffin

    In the end Touchwiz isn’t any more bloated than Optimus UI, G2 has 32Gb of storage, but only 24Gb is available for user

    • Vardan Nazaretyan

      Seems LG is doing the job “better” than Samsung lol.
      They copy Samsung in everything, and bloatware, isn’t any exception.

    • Pradeep Viswanathan R

      Your 32 GB does not come in full, there is only 29.xx. So that leaves G2 29-24 = 5.xx which is much better than Samsung 7/8/9 GB bloat.

      • MasterMuffin

        S4 has 16Gb of storage and a little over 8Gb of that is available. G2 has 32Gb of storage and a little over 24Gb is available…

        • Pradeep Viswanathan R

          When storage manufactures says 750 GB you don’t actually get 750 GB and get only 698 GB. if you understand that then you would probably understand that it is actually not 32 GB / 16 GB and since you are talking about bloat calculating do the math and you will know that LG is less bloated.

  • Chris

    Will we be able to watch the unveil tomorrow?

  • Downtoearth2

    Apple should sue Samsung for copying fingerprint technology.

    • simpleas

    • asd

      Why should they when they are not the first to have have finger print technology on their phones when it was Motorola…. Unless you were being sarcastic know your facts

    • truthseeker

      The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has sanctioned a patent for Samsung which involves the integration of a fingerprint sensor that may be seen in the Home buttons of upcoming Galaxy smartphones.
      Nice try Apple fanboy

    • Allritch Tessono

      Obviously you’re just saying this to get a rise out of bloggers. I hope it does have fingerprint tech in it. More reason for me to gloat over Crapple and there pathetic phone.

    • Simon Craddock

      Motorola used it first in a phone, just deal with the fact Apple didn’t do it first again!

  • simpleas

    The mother of all phones…