The Galaxy S6 may finally solve one of the biggest complaints—and perhaps the only major one—about Samsung’s smartphones. The Korean electronics giant is known for cramming its phones full of bloatware and leaving little room for anything else. However, a report from a Korean news outlet suggests the Galaxy S6 will look and perform more like a stock Android device than the Galaxy S5 and other previous Samsung phones.
Samsung to overhaul TouchWiz
Business Korea reports that Samsung is going to make major changes to its user interface, which it calls TouchWiz. The Galaxy S6 is apparently going to be the first smartphone with the improved interface. The improvements will reportedly include reducing the capacity of system memory and simply improving the function of the smartphone by upping some of the main features and dumping some of the unnecessary ones.
The website said its source mentioned Google’s Nexus 6 specifically, saying that they want to simplify the user interface to make it as easy to use as Google’s stock Android smartphone. Because Google’s Nexus phones are built on the basic Android user interface and don’t need a separate one, they don’t need a ton of extra software storage space.
Galaxy S6 to become more responsive
Of course it’s unclear just how much of the bloatware Samsung will dump. It sounds as if much of what will disappear has to do with the operating system itself, so there will still probably be a ton of extra pre-loaded apps that are nearly impossible to get rid of. However, freeing up space by simplifying the user interface should help.
It sounds like the biggest impact the user interface improvements will have is on how the Galaxy S6 performs. Many Galaxy S5 users complain about the smartphone’s slow responses, particularly when compared to the Nexus 5 and Google’s other stock Android phones.
Also Samsung’s phones tend to have a more cluttered appearance than the stock phones, although the company will have to be careful about which features it dumps. Hopefully the company has been paying close attention to consumers because some of the TouchWiz’s extra features are certainly helpful.
It shouldn’t be too long before we finally see the Galaxy S6. Samsung is expected to unveil it at the Mobile World Congress in March.