AT&T adds even more bloat to the Samsung Galaxy S5 via an OTA update
Although AT&T mum's the word if the update brings any performance improvements on board, several XDA users that already got the update report that it seemingly fixed an existing issue with the Recent Apps button. Additionally, some claim that the update made the interface of Samsung's flagship a tad smoother and less laggy.
However, even if you postpone it a couple of times, the update will eventually force itself on your device. We suppose that most users won't be very excited to treat their Galaxy S5 smartphones to this bloatware-centric firmware update, but it's still a good idea to be up to date. Fortunately, the included apps can be disabled at will.
source: AT&T via XDA
1. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3176; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
Luckily in Finland carriers don't touch the phone. Though the delivery of my Z2 seems to take forever I ordered it last Wednesday and still no signs of it... :(
3. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4334; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
You will get it soon. I have faith you will get it this week. I hope at least.
+1 to you for getting an Xperia Z2.
6. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3176; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
Yeah well they said it will ship in 2-7 days, so it still has time but I'm just used to always get it in 2 days when I order something.
Thanks :) I knew I was gonna get it from the moment I saw it announced
10. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1387; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)
I hope you get your Z2 like now :D When you hold it, you'll know it's a beast in your hand! So much power! Can't Hold on to It! :P Just screwing around haha
12. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3176; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
Maybe it will ignite rockets from the three microphone holes on the bottom and fly away :D At least it has a lanyard hole so I can tie a rope to it. Who knows, maybe I can fly along lol :)
13. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1387; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)
If you find that launch button, let me know. Because I want to fly with my Z2 too :D
2. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4334; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
Who doesn't like a shot of EXTRA bloat on their phones?
GREAT JOB AT&T!
This is one HUGE reason why I love to root.
8. Ninetysix (Posts: 1669; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)
Coolstorybroski. There's no root for AT&T S5 yet.
9. sprockkets (Posts: 1307; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)
And they locked the bootloader as well. Would never buy a subsidized att or aio phone again.
18. elitewolverine (Posts: 1927; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)
well in their defense, alot of people brick their phones with roots and expect the warranty to cover it, lie on the exchange and never pay full price for something they have done themselves...
I get this every week, someone doing this all the time.
19. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3603; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
Which is why ATT/Samsung should supply a simple one-click root and allow the customers who bought the phone to root the phone without going through all sorts of BS.
23. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
Sony and HTC and LG phones have locked Bootloader, unlike Samsung it comes unlocked
It's a nightmare unlocking Bootloader
32. true1984 (Posts: 593; Member since: 23 May 2012)
htcdev.com. they unlock the bootloader for you so basically buying a developer edition is ridiculous.
16. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4334; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
That's true, too bad there is no developer edition like there is on the Verizon Galaxy S5.
By the way I am on Verizon, NEVER on AT&T.
20. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3603; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
I'm glad you've got access to a non-locked S5, but "developer edition" phones are just a scam to make more money. Any phone should be able to be a "developer edition" phone.
26. sprockkets (Posts: 1307; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)
Well they aren't more expensive, just not subsidized.
Be glad someone like moto had the moto x unlockable for verizon, because that's the only way you get to do what you want on their network.
And of course, apple doesn't allow it period. Screw those for sure.
29. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3603; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
Any time you have to buy a phone for full retail price, it is almost always more expensive than buying it from a discounter such as Amazon, Newegg, etc.
Every time you take one of those phones and use it on a post-pay cellular service, you are effectively paying twice -- once for service, once for the subsidy. Some cellular providers give you a small discount if you bring your own device, but that discount is often $15/month. That is equivalent to 33 months of phone cost, more than the 24 month contract for a subsidized phone.
If the US had a government that wasn't owned by the corporations, every Android phone would have one click root and an unlocked bootloader.
5. joey_sfb (Posts: 3100; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
Sad. Samsung phone are filled with bloatware. One of them Evernote can't be disable at all.
24. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
The more the bloat ware and apps you install the slower the phone becomes, so that means the Cpu that their using is weak.
The S801 struggles to push, it needs a more powerful Cpu and an 4Gb Ram to compensate
28. joey_sfb (Posts: 3100; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
The phones are not slow by any standard. Just bloatware irritate the user like me.
My Note Pro 12.2 has an Evernote App that pre-install that i can't disable that a new low for Evernote and Samsung. The rest of it i can still disable like some hancom viewers.
They are changing some of their bloatware to optional downloads, User need to select the icon to initial a download. That the case for New York Time and Business Week. I prefer they do this over pre-install as user can just disable the icon and there no wastage of memory space.
Samsung need to respect their user right to decide on apps. Otherwise they will lose customer. I am keeping an eye out for brands that don't install bloatware. Known any?
30. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3603; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
Samsung is repeating all the mistakes that the PC industry made which alienated the customer base. Installing bloatware just makes customers unhappy (as you mentioned). It is sad to see Samsung basically has no intelligence.
If you want to root your Note Pro 12.2, then there a few guides out there, including this one:
7. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
But watch a slower, laggy GS5 gets blamed on Samsung and Android.....
14. hurrycanger (Posts: 1233; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)
Carriers' bloatwares can be uninstalled easily on WP8, so I don't think it will ever suffer from this.
Well, unless at some point MS changes their mind.
15. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
If thats so, that is a plus for WP. Its a con for Android. You can do it on Android if you are rooted or its already made available by the OEM and/or carrier to uninstall.
I dont see why I would want Verizon's navigation app on a phone that has Google Maps. Let me install it if I want. I think that can be uninstalled now tho.
27. sprockkets (Posts: 1307; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)
WP are locked down just as well on att - no free tethering allowed.
I have no idea of any one of them that is unlocked - putting the 8.1 update requires developer access, free, but still requires them signing it for your phone.
17. Planterz (Posts: 984; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
This is why you buy an unlocked phone and go with cheaper no-contract plans.
31. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3603; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
The US telecoms keep many great phones from reaching the US and don't offer the same plans pre-pay and post-pay. For instance, my unlimited data plan on ATT is no longer available. Not that my plan is truly unlimited as ATT changed the definition some time ago. But I don't get overages which is nice. I can't buy this plan now unless someone at ATT helps me out. Usually this will cost someone $100 for this "special service".
21. networkdood (Posts: 6306; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Never buy carrier locked phones...Confucious say
22. VLaRueC (Posts: 129; Member since: 18 Dec 2012)
I disagree. Some of us make a living selling phones that are locked. Those claiming that rooting a phone is the best option clearly aren't informing you of why you can't (and shouldn't).
33. DisCHORD (Posts: 35; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)
My Nokia Lumia 925 has only 2.07 GB of system software. The rest of the 14 GB is free. That's a reason Samsung really sucks. A Nokia Lumia icon with a quad 2.2 GHz runs faster than the quad 2.5 GHz in the samsungs by a wide margin.