Study: Samsung’s apps aren’t appreciated by majority of Galaxy S owners

April 22, 2014

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Samsung’s Galaxy branded devices might run Android, but it’s no secret that the company has worked hard to differentiate its software experience from the competition by adding its own custom touches. Beyond just providing a unique ‘look and feel’ through TouchWiz, Samsung has went so far as to create its own ecosystem of apps that often rival services offered by Google and by popular 3rd party app developers.

Although some of Samsung’s apps are well-appreciated by Galaxy fans, others feel that Samsung’s continued push towards bundled apps adds up to nothing more than a bloated smartphone experience — especially since many of these included apps can’t be deleted without root access.

it’s no secret that the company has worked hard to differentiate its software experience from the competition by adding its own custom touches

The big question is whether or not the average user actually utilizes the bundled apps that Samsung includes. With this in mind, research firm Strategy Analytics recently conducted a study that tracked more than 250 U.S.-based users of the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4 to get a better feel for what apps Samsung owners use the most. Although 250 users isn’t a large number, it’s enough for the research firm to form a rough picture.

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The results? Strategy Analytics noted that some of the most popular apps among these users included Facebook, Instragram, Youtube and Twitter. Facebook commanded roughly 664 minutes of monthly use, 151 minutes for Instagram, 146.7 minutes for Youtube and 47.4 minutes for Twitter. To likely no one’s surprise, Google Play and Google Search were also high up on the list.

As for Samsung’s apps? ChatOn only commanded six seconds of use per month on average, and apps like Hub, Link, S Memo and S Voice didn’t fare much better. Other apps like S Health weren’t even specifically mentioned, though were apparently included in the broader “Samsung apps” category found within the chart above.

If Strategy Anayltics study is correct, it makes it rather clear that, despite Samsung’s best attempts, Samsung’s ecosystem takes a backseat position to Google’s own apps and to popular 3rd party apps and services found on Google Play.

What’s your own take? Based on your own experience, do you find Samsung’s included apps to be welcome additions that further enhance your Android experience? Vote in the poll and tell us what you think in the comments below.

Do you enjoy Samsung's ecosystem of apps that are included with Galaxy devices?

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Comments

  • DarrenSaw

    The poll appears to lack the option of Samsung bloatware “sucks the big one”

    • The-Sailor-Man

      The poll appears to lack the option- ONLY SAMSUNG OWNERS TO VOTE.
      We know that the iboys are allover here , protecting their religion and few stock shares. LOL

      • Tanner Hoyt

        Or maybe they are Android fans that realize Samsung’s apps suck compared to the Google alternatives.

        • The-Sailor-Man

          I already said that some S-apps that are with same functions as the great Google apps,
          like S-Voice, S-Translate…..must be Uninstall-able so ppl to decide.

          But to bash ToucWiz is only iboy’s activities.

          • Tanner Hoyt

            Really? I’ve seen a lot of Android fans bash TouchWIz. Samsung is basically the Apple of the Android world. People bash the hell out of them.

          • The-Sailor-Man

            No! At least not many in the real life.
            In the comment sections ? They just fooled you pretending to be Android fans. Like on this poll , too.

          • hohopig

            OR they may be android user who uses Mac as well. Or rabid iSheeps who migrated to Nexus and HTC platform or in some case they may be true android fans with true concerns, but these usually makes the more knowledgeable and less jingoistic post (unless provoked) and can actually address actual concerns. (for let’s face it, no one, not HTC, LG, Sony and Samsung, are perfect .. although they are all closer to perfection than anything from iFruity :P)

          • The-Sailor-Man

            The point here is:
            Should Samsung listen those iboys here(and this article, and iPoll) and ditch TW.

            Or should listen the real (millions) user, that only want apps like S-Translate, S-Voice, ….and such , to be un-install-able

          • number29

            Samsung should do whatever they feel is going to make them the most money. Asking consumers what they want is a really bad way to do business.

          • Anthony Castanza

            They’re already installed side-by-side, people chose not to use them, they don’t need to be uninstallable for this data to be meaningful. It clearly shows that people (who own Samsung devices) aren’t interested in Samsung’s shitty implementation.

          • Konstantinos Pap

            S-Apps NEED TO be uninstallable. Why? S5 comes with ~8GB free storage. I believe 80+% of Samsung phone owners would like to uninstall them. The 16GB version of the S5 needs to be renamed to 8GB.

          • hohopig

            Ain’t you basing it on OLD data? The S5 should have around 10GB free, similar to LG and HTC One (which is closer to 11GB).

            On the other hand, if you say that 32 GB needs to be the baseline model for ALL vendors, then I agree.

          • Rauel Crespo

            In 2014 16GB as the standard for a flagship device (be it Smart Phone or Tablet) is moronic. Consider that the 16GB OnePlus One. It only costs an extra $50 to get the 64GB version. Pretty sure if Samsung, Sony, HTC wanted to, they could make 32GB the standard model. With Google making SD cards more and more pointless every day(the latest Google Camera App will NOT save Pictures to SD-Cards) with each release of Android, 16GB really should be banished from use for flagship devices. I could see it work for something like the Moto-G or that rumored $100 Nexus, but for a flagship device to ship with less than 32GB of storage and a relatively useless SD-Card slot is just plain obnoxious.

          • https://plus.google.com/+TroyLeonard Troy Leonard

            Touchwiz sucks ballz . First thing to do on a Sammy phone is load a rom or at least Nova launcher.

          • The-Sailor-Man

            Who are you???? How many are you?
            Should Samsung listen to you ???? (to bankrupt)

          • DAVID DOUILLET

            Same here every Samsung Smartphone that I bought have some kind of 3rd party launcher installed since DAY 1.

          • T.J.

            Here is why Touchwiz sucks. The S5 has a newer/faster CPU but it still can’t keep up with the older/slower one in the Nexus 5.
            http://youtu.be/V0ijg7in0K8
            Also, it’s ugly.

    • Bryan Z

      I was just thinking the same thing… matter of fact its like Android Authority likes kissing sammy’s ass in these articles if I wanted to see that I’d visit SamMobile

  • Greg Cardall

    If you own a Note device (which I do – Note 2 and now 3), some of the Touchwiz functionality and Samsung apps, such as SNote, are very much appreciated. However, all the others are copies of stock Android apps and therefor useless. I’ve also found the Samsung Music app to be fairly decent, otherwise I steer clear of all that other bloat-ware.

    • Aaron Savona

      Papyrus is a decent SNote alternative for those running AOSP based ROMs. I’ve run Slim, CM (mostly), and AOKP and haven’t missed Touchwiz at all.

    • jjordan

      I agree with u 100 percent. I have flashed cyan before and ran it for a few days and always go back to a touchwiz ROM because I miss things like snote or multiwindow. I have found that installing the Google now launcher on top of touchwiz suits my needs the most

  • DarxideGarrison

    The very reason I traded in my S3 for the Nexus 5! When I had my S3, I did use some of the motion features. But I didn’t care for the Touchwiz launcher and started using Nova Launcher Prime. Eventually I flashed Cyanogenmod ROM and didn’t look back!

  • Anonymousfella

    I enjoy Samsung’s hardware, but would prefer a more stock-like experience on the software end. Spot on.

    • The-Sailor-Man

      Why don’t you buy GPEdition?
      5-6 ppl already did it.

      • MasterMuffin

        Because, you know, it isn’t available anywhere and only 1 of their phones has GPE

        • The-Sailor-Man

          Samsung have two high-end devices . S and Note.
          You suggest Note without S-Pen and multi-view? Right?
          If this GE sell good Samsung will make it everywhare. But it’s total flop even where is available

          • MasterMuffin

            No I don’t, I was answering your question

    • Andrew White

      Agreed. Touchwiz, HTC’s Sense 6 and other preinstalled software should be available to owners as an option.
      Every maker wants to be seen to be different, particularly in-store where many of the sales actually take place. Although I would like to view some actual hard data….on-line vs in-store.
      Where would Android today, if every smartphone looked the same (on-screen)?
      Was the Samsung S3 the all time top selling smartphone because of its hardware alone? I doubt it.

  • The-Sailor-Man

    Could you please, stop with those nonsense polls?
    How do you know, you get the votes only from samsung users?????
    Or you just wanna use the FAKE “result” for further manipulations , referring to the “result”?

  • Anthony Castanza

    Other: I refuse to use Samsung products because of their insistence on unnecessary customizations of the Android UX.

    • The-Sailor-Man

      You just made the Samsung market share , shrinking. LOL
      Hundreds of millions of ppl will follow you now. Right?

      • Anthony Castanza

        I don’t even know what you’re trying to say. Based on your other comments, I’m going to guess you’re a Samsung shill. TouchWiz is vastly inferior to the “Google Experience” package that is present on the Nexus 5.

        • The-Sailor-Man

          TouchWiz is the best thing that happen to Android and millions of ppl know it already. Even the all 5-6 ppl that bought Samsung Google Edition , will not write what you wrote, iboy.

          • Anthony Castanza

            First off, no, I’ve used Apple devices, I didn’t care for it. How about you come up with an original thought rather than claiming everyone is an Apple fanboy and parroting back your responses to other posters like its the only thing you know how to say?
            Second, no, TouchWiz is not “the best thing to happen to Android” Samsung just has an excellent marketing department and was in the right place at the right time to capitalize on it and have been riding the momentum ever since, compared to products like the Moto X which take the stock experience and add beneficial features that actually fit with the design guidelines, or the Nexus 5 which adds Google’s own touches that have now been rolled out to the entire GPE and Nexus line. The Samsung user experience is so bad, and more importantly so far off the Android reference that Google had to step in, play hardball, and get them to knock it off with patent threats. If TouchWiz is so good that wouldn’t have been necessary.

            Maybe Samsung should just switch to Tizen and take you and the rest of the the insane Samsung fanboys with them.

          • The-Sailor-Man

            1, iBS

            2, “Samsung just has an excellent marketing department” – Without good product and features to “marketing”, marketing is NOTHING. See your lovely Apple with THE BEST marketing in the world, owning all the media and millions of zombies- gives way to Samsung.

            3. “that Google had to step in, play hardball, and get them to knock it off with patent threats.”
            Tell me more about it iboy, please(but not iRumors)

            4,”How about you come up with an original thought rather than claiming everyone is an Apple fanboy”

            I did made may point, iboy. Play honest if you can.

          • Anthony Castanza

            1) You realize that in order to be an apple fanboy one actually has to like Apple products right? Or in your sad delusional world is that not a requirement? If anything I’m a google fanboy, if you care to notice, we’re on AndroidAuthority not Macrumors. I think your trolling on this thread with inane pro-samsung drivel might in fact be an indication that you’re an (to use your term) iBoy and just trying to poison this community.

            2) WIthout *good* features marketing is EVERYTHING. Samsung has a remarkable ability to polish turds into brass, hence HTC hiring the person responsible for the Samsung Galaxy line, which with the Galaxy Nexus is really what launched Samsung into the spotlight, a device that, for your information, was Samsung-bloat free.

            3) Did you read anything about Google’s patent licensing deal with Samsung and what their restrictions were? Anything at all? I’m guessing no. How about you go do some research before commenting here again.

          • The-Sailor-Man

            “Did you read anything about Google’s patent licensing deal with Samsung”
            Exactly what I wanted to refer. After this licensing deal, real Android users( I don’t call them “fans ” in the way as you are zombies), will see some great TouchWiz features in the stock Android.
            2.) Let HTC sell ALUMINUM and do not involve them here when we are talking tech. They have partnership contract with Apple, and let Apple take care of them. (as apple’s propaganda do)

          • Anthony Castanza

            That literally has nothing to do with the patent deal, it was all about giving Samsung access to Google’s patents in exchange for them knocking off their crap.
            Did you even read anything about the deal at all? Try this excerpt from the analysis that I already posted:
            “At the end of the talks, Samsung made the following concessions: It will either drop or change the Magazione UX, it will incorporate Google’s suite of apps on all of its devices and it will limit the promotion of its own app, movie and music stores. Essentially, Samsung agreed to eliminate nearly every important step it has taken to distinguish itself as a serious leader in the mobile industry.”

            HTC has literally nothing to do with Apple, I only brought up HTC in reference to them hiring away SAmsung’s marketing people, not in reference to their technology at all, although to do so would be perfectly legitimate as they are just as much an Android manufacturer as anyone else. Their use of high grade aluminium makes for some really nice devices, although I don’t think the signal quality tradeoffs are worth it. In fact, what company supplies a huge number of parts to crApple? THATS RIGHT! Samsung! So quit frigging bringing up Apple.

          • The-Sailor-Man

            You didn’t dare to give me link. But I google some of your BS, and there was written the -SPECULATIONS- the magic of the iPropaganda . But there was something for you iboy:

            “Google and Samsung recently announced a groundbreaking 10-year patent
            deal, which allows both companies to use each other’s patents within
            reason without penalty.”

          • Anthony Castanza

            I did give you a link, four posts up. http://www.techtimes.com/articles/3063/20140130/google-pressures-samsung-to-limit-android-customization.htm

            Seriously fuck off with calling people “i” anything, it is meaningless, apple is a bit player that make niche hardware that no one serious about tech gives a fuck about anymore.
            Until you actually start using your brain, you can scream into the wind about iBoy’s being out to get you and your shitty Android implementation all you want. The rest of us will be using Nexus and GPE devices with Android the way it is meant to be, and ignoring you.

          • The-Sailor-Man

            This is the only real thing from your link:
            “Google and Samsung recently announced a groundbreaking 10-year patent
            deal, which allows both companies to use each other’s patents within
            reason without penalty.”
            (just like HTC and Apple did it)

            The rest is : “According to Re/code’s sources,…….blah,… bs …iBS….” Just like the iPropaganda do.

            And not to forget your: “Their use of high grade aluminium makes for some really nice devices, ” LOL . Got you.

            And this your:
            “In fact, what company supplies a huge number of parts to crApple? THATS RIGHT! Samsung! So quit frigging bringing up Apple”
            Samsung do not make favors, but sell high end technology to anyone who pays good.

          • Anthony Castanza

            You’ve literally missed every single point in this entire comment thread.
            Come back when you learn how to formulate an argument without taking statements entirely out of context, and crying Apple at everyone who disagrees with you. You’ve literally added nothing of substance here, at all.

          • The-Sailor-Man

            “You’ve literally missed every single point in this entire comment thread.”

            Do I ??

            :) Get the life iboy

          • Anthony Castanza

            Your statement just now proves that you missed every point. You’re an iTroll, or maybe thats s-Troll, they’re both Samsung on the inside so what does that little distinction matter anyway.

  • The-Sailor-Man

    TouchWiz is the best thing that happen to Android. TouchWiz functionality is one of the best selling points of the Samsung’s high-end devices(See how “great” sale the “pure Android Google Edition”. LOL)

    Agree , that some S-apps that are with same functions as the great Google apps, like S-Voice, S-Translate…..must be Uninstall-able so ppl to deside.

    • Dave Weinstein

      Don’t be foolish. The Google Edition phones are not subsidized. I ONLY want Google Editions, yet for the money, I’d rather download and flash the Google Edition ROM image onto the phone myself.

      You’re attributing to Touchwiz’s popularity is really just an artificial price incentive. Nothing more.

      • The-Sailor-Man

        Don’t be foolish. (or you are just regular manipulator?)

        Let’s then count only non-subsidized sold phones, iboy. :)
        Shall we???

        And do not convince me that you are not iboy.

    • Sam D.

      There are 2 reasons that the Touchwiz version outsells the Google editions – 1) the majority of consumers don’t even know the Google version exists & 2) they’re not compatible with all networks, so some have no choice in which one to get.

      • Anthony Castanza

        3rd reason, Samsung and other manufactures make deals with carriers to subsidize their bloatware laden version in exchange for throwing on more carrier bloat rather than allowing people to actually pay a subsidized price up front for stock without having to go elsewhere. Even though we end up paying for the hardware in full (or more!) over the term of the contract anyway. Seriously, what the hell is up with that anyway?

        • The-Sailor-Man

          Stop writing same nonsense, please.
          Samsung original S4 outsell the GPE of S4 even only in non-subsidized market. Hundreds of times,

          • Anthony Castanza

            Maybe the fact that Samsung only offers the GPE through Google’s store rather than actually allowing people to buy it at-will, and waited until significantly after the S4 was already on sale to do so, AND put zero (literally zero) marketing money into letting people know that it even existed as an option had something to do with that? But I see that you don’t worry about facts anyway.

          • The-Sailor-Man

            Samsung could make new version every month and you know that.

            Why shouldn’t they do something, if there is market for that???? But I see that you don’t worry about logic anyway.

          • Anthony Castanza

            Because there is a greater financial incentive for them to tie people into their ecosystem than there is for them to provide Android the way Google wants them too. Particularly since they’re only biding their time until their in-house Tizen OS is completely ready before jumping ship entirely. When that happens they want people to be using and used to their bloatware rather than attached to Google’s (much better) services.

            Yes, there is a market for stock devices, Google Proved that with their Nexus line the last two of which sold out entirely at launch and LG couldn’t produce them fast enough to keep up with demand. But Samsung doesn’t care, they want to be Google, they don’t care if the existing platform is better, they want to control it all themselves (rather like Apple, in fact). No thanks. I’ll stick with Google’s open platform.

          • The-Sailor-Man

            ” until their in-house Tizen OS is completely ready before jumping ship entirely.”

            Now again I’ll call you iboy. Or at least brainwashed of the apple’s propaganda simpleton. :)

            Read my lips:
            1)SAMSUNG WILL NEVER DITCH ANDROID. (no matter how many intrigues try to make the propaganda)

            2)Samsung cares to have bigger and bigger market , no matter of the platform. No matter of Tizen(hope to be great)
            If WP get better and Nokia are not anymore the “golden favorite kid” there , Samsung will push harder there too

          • Anthony Castanza

            And if you’ve ever even picked up a Galaxy S5 you’ll see with your own eyes how Samsung is trying to wean their sheep onto Tizen, they’ll jump ship as soon as their financial projections show it benefits them in the slightest bit.
            I bet we’ll see them start producing Tizen flagships within a year in Asia and delaying the Android counterparts to give Tizen a hard start with the “best and newest hardware” with the same switch in the US market within two years before they phase out Android entirely. Getting away from Google has the potential to be *incredibly* lucrative for Samsung and that is why they will do it.

            I honestly think you don’t know what iBoy means, none of this has anything to do with Apple at all. You’re using it as a slur against anyone who disagrees with you, and that just makes your sound moronic. Which is acually probably offensive to the mentally disabled.

          • The-Sailor-Man

            LOL You are delusional, iboy.
            Samsung will stay with Android as long as they have profit of it.
            Tizen will go too.,(hope it will be good)

      • The-Sailor-Man

        1)If the sellers feel that this handicap version could sell better , nothing could stop them.
        2) BS.

        Ppl just want the great TW features.

      • Ben Edwards

        And 3, the GPe version isn’t available outside of the US.

        • The-Sailor-Man

          Even on the US market, non-subsidized original S4 outsell the Google Edition hundreds times.
          If it was selling good Samsung would make a lot of them. But it’s flop

          • Ben Edwards

            It’s all about ease of availability though. It’s much easier to work into a store, pick up an S4 (either subsidized or not) and then take it home and flash a GPe ROM onto it.

  • http://galaxynote3tips.blogspot.com/ Martens Nkem

    250 people aren’t enough…androidauthourityb guys you all are smarter than this

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  • Jesus

    I don’t like their apps, but I use their software… like multi window and smart stay…

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  • Franc012

    I found that I never used any of Samsung’s bloatware. Mostly, because they were nothing more than poor substitutes for available apps from Google.

    • The-Sailor-Man

      “I found that I never used any of Samsung’s bloatware.”
      Because you’ve NEVER owned Samsung device lately, iboy

      • Ben Edwards

        Are you going through the comments looking for people with negative opinions of Samsung and then labeling them as iOS fans? Because that’s kind of stupid…

        • The-Sailor-Man

          Do you iboys think that you can own. and control every comment sections in every tech site, without to be discovered? And win every poll pretending to be “disapointed and mad , S-owners”?
          Because that’s kind of stupid….

          • Ethan

            I have an S3 and I was disappointed with every piece of software they loaded on it. I ended up flashing PA on it. Does that make me an iOS user? No. Get out with your ignorant assumptions. Also, pick a different name other than “iboys” to bash people with, it sounds ridiculous.

          • Ben Edwards

            I’ll give you a 5/5 for commitment, but only a 2/5 for execution – keep up your trolling and you’ll get there one day kid!

      • Franc012

        Yes. That’s why so many people scour the internet to find a method to install AOSP ROMs on their Samsung devices, because they are all iboys. That’s also why so many TouchWiz ROMs remove all of Samsung’s bloatware, because these developers are also iboys. Wow! How did you see past all the masquerading?

  • https://plus.google.com/+TroyLeonard Troy Leonard

    Couldn’t vote no option for despise TouchWiz hate bloat ware.

  • hohopig

    True for repalcements apps, but not for those truly unique ones like those relating to S Pen. On the other hand, the features and things like S Pen is indispensable since I started using it

  • Josh McMurdo

    this is the exact reason why i dropped my s4 for an HTC one, after having an s2, s3, and s4 I finally told samsung goodbye this year and could not be happier. The bloat on their phones slows them down to a crawl. The worst being the s4. In every universe that phone is a power house, but it stuttered more than my nexus 7 2013, which was running a SLOWER Processor.

    • The-Sailor-Man

      iClassic:
      “This is the exact reason why i dropped my s4 for an HTC one , after having an s2, s3, and s4 I finally told samsung goodbye this year and could not be happier”

      You underestimate your intelligence, with this old dirty trick:)

      • Josh McMurdo

        question….. Where in my statement did i mention the words apple???? This is a discussion on SAMSUNG and their useless bloat. You sir are the only one that is bringing apple into the mix

        • The-Sailor-Man

          “question….. Where in my statement did i mention the words apple????”
          Answer…..No, you didn’t mention “the words apple”

          But the trick doesn’t work anyhow.

          • Josh McMurdo

            what trick? pray do tell. If i am such a trickster, i must be very good as i do not recall said trick………..
            I.E give me examples and reasons why i am lying and being a trickster… if you search me on G+ you will know that i am one of the biggest advocates of android and dislike apple product very much.

            and this time apply reason and logic to your statements.

          • The-Sailor-Man

            I have no time and will to do that.

            But I could believe that you made a good “android fan” image, on THIS your profile. (otherwise anyone could nail you)

          • Josh McMurdo

            and yet again reason and logic eludes the internet….. why oh why do i try
            here ill make it easy for ya https://plus.google.com/u/0/113374130180699895507/posts/p/pub

          • The-Sailor-Man

            LOL . Shut up. If I was really mistaken , and you were really not what I think, you at lest wouldn’t pretend, that you don’t understand my point – reason and logic.
            Pretending like that , makes you only more pathetic,

          • Josh McMurdo

            what point were you making, that i tried to trick you into thinking i was an android fan, when i was an isheep all along. LOL I did just argue that exact point and proved you to be nothing more than a troll.
            Go to bed kid, you have school in the morning

          • The-Sailor-Man

            So, you suddenly get it.
            Great:)

          • mobilemann

            what?

    • Ben Edwards

      Agreed, I’ve owned every S phone since the original up until the S4 but I ditched my S4 for a Nexus 4 and subsequently Nexus 5. The difference between my S3 and 4 were often negligible, sometimes negative even – I often found my S4 would stutter or lag when it really shouldn’t have been (opening up apps, bringing up the keyboard etc.). Haven’t had the same issue on any other Android phone I’ve used since (my own or friends).

      • Josh McMurdo

        Yeah the same thing would happen to me. After playing with the m8 for less than 5 minutes I knew that was the phone for me, Samsung makes great hardware ruined by slow software

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  • Aaron Jefferson

    Am I the only one here that actually ls touchwiz?

    • Ben Edwards

      TouchWiz itself is OK, it’s not great but it’s not terrible. But all of Samsung’s apps are just plain pointless when Google offer them all anyway.

      • The-Sailor-Man

        TW is not “OK” . It’s the best thing that happen to Android. FUNCTIONALITY. One of the best reasons that Samsung is leading.
        Though I agree, that apps like S-Voice , S-Translate …..and so, should be un-install-able, so ppl to choose. That’s all.

        • Ben Edwards

          I definitely wouldn’t call it the best thing to happen to Android – especially when it starts to hobble your phone because it’s so bloated. I agree that the Samsung apps should be easily removable though, it would do wonders for their phones.

        • Basr83

          Touchwiz is anything but great, on my Note 10.1 2014 it hinders performance, Geekbench tests are anything but consistent, despite the hardware being pretty darn good. I’ve noticed before that heavily modified Android versions like Touchwiz Android or LG’s Android adaptation result in significant performance drops despite having hardware near identical to other Android devices with a more stock experience and consistent benchmark results. My Xperia Z1′s results are always very close to each other, my LG G2 sometimes has 800 points of difference in the multicore test. I think a closer to stock experience is definitely better and increases usage pleasure. I tend to disable most Samsung apps, since removing them without root is impossible

  • Hipster

    I have the S4 and nearly all my Samsung apps are turned off… it’s actually nice that one can do this without having to root. I’ve found that there are far superior apps on Playstore than what Samsung offers …such as “KEEP” over “S-MEMO”.

  • T.J.

    When Samsung quits with the Touchwiz/Android Frankenstein, there’s a chance I might buy from them again. Until then, Motorola has my loyalty along with the Nexus phones.

    • The-Sailor-Man

      Why should they quit TW? You want them to bankrupt?
      Just buy Google Edition and you are ready to go.
      5-6 ppl already did it.

      • mobilemann

        how do they make their money on TW? I thought it was primarily hardware?

  • christoff

    Samsung should continue to bring its own identity to the android party but at least give us the option of which apps we want to keep or delete without having to root..

  • Poopik Shmill

    Good morning samsung
    I don’t use your gallery cos its slow and you cant hide folders in it (don’t want to see cover albums on it)
    I don’t use your dial er / contacts cos it take this app to much time to open
    s note is hard to edit
    the launcher is very limited so we all use others from the play store

    I had the s2 now I have the S4
    my next phone will not be from samsung

    • mobilemann

      what will you get? I stay with sammy currently because i like a) big screen sizes b) sd support c) removable battery support

  • Rauel Crespo

    If Samsung is going to bloat their phones(don’t forget the carriers own bloat) 16GB(5GB) is no longer a reasonable amount of storage in 2014. It’s got to be embarrassing when the OnePlus One with similar/better innards and 64GB(55GB) of storage is HALF($350) the price of the 16GB(5GB) Galaxy S5($700). Obviosly BOM isn’t the issue as the OnePlus One has better innards AND 4x as much storage. Why are 16GB devices still being made if it doesn’t cost much more to offer a 64GB device? Bear in mind the OnePlus One 16GB is $300, making the upgrade to 64GB $50. Is it really that unrealistic to make 32GB the standard storage for flagship phones?

  • mobilemann

    i use multiview and I do turn on samsung’s “hi galaxy” feature to get my phone to wake from sleep using voice. Apart from that, the other 95% of touchwiz bloat apps are frozen on my phone.

  • moon

    I never use Samsung or att apps. It makes me mad that I can’t delete them. They take up a lot of space and deliver no real value. I can’t even print from my galaxy 3 because I don’t have a samsung printer. REALLY! As for the poll it’s a joke right. What about never use or hate as a choice.