Samsung will supposedly remove its own bundled apps from Android in favor of Microsoft products.
Not long ago we reported that Samsung was looking to simplify and streamline its Android TouchWiz skin and cut down on bloatware. According to a report from SamMobile, the company is not only removing its own bundled apps, which many regarded as bloatware, but is actually replacing them with Microsoft’s services.
The first version of this simplified TouchWiz should be unveiled alongside the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge handsets at Samsung’s March 1st event. According to this same report, the removal of bloat alongside code optimizations make a huge difference in terms of speeds and responsiveness.
As for the Microsoft apps, OneNote, OneDrive, Skype and Office with a free Office 365 subscription, are the ones rumored to show up. This may have been part of the undisclosed deal between the two companies that led to them ending their legal battles.
And the deal would make a lot of sense. Samsung will finally be able to offer popular services out of the box, especially with the free Office 365 subscription, while Microsoft could snatch up more customers on rival platforms.
That being said, this sounds a bit too good be true. While the simplification of TouchWiz is all but confirmed at this point, the addition of Microsoft apps is still just a rumor so take it with a bit of salt.
We’ll have to wait and see what Samsung announces at its upcoming event and whether this pans out.