AT&T adds even more bloat to the Samsung Galaxy S5 via an OTA update

AT&T adds even more bloat to the Samsung Galaxy S5 via an OTA update
A 16GB Samsung Galaxy S5 treats its users to roughly 10.7GB of available internal storage out of the box, whereas the carrier-branded versions of the device provide even less. Yes, the Android OS and Google's apps take up a big portion of the used storage, but Samsung's bloatware is undoubtedly the biggest culprit for this amount of used space. In this line of thought, it's always sad to see when users receive even more bloatware after they've purchased their already-burdened devices. This is the case with AT&T's Galaxy S5 (SM-G900A).

AT&T adds even more bloat to the Samsung Galaxy S5 via an OTA update
The carrier began rolling out a firmware update for the Samsung Galaxy S5 over the air, but you shouldn't be excited at all. Unfortunately for all users of the flagship, the 46 MB package contains two of AT&T's own apps, Lookout and Yellow Pages Mobile, the update also clogs the Galaxy S5 with Find My Mobile and Reactivation Lock, two of Sammy's own apps. Sigh.

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

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33 Comments

1. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 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: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 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: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 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: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 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: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

If you find that launch button, let me know. Because I want to fly with my Z2 too :D

2. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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: 2931; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Coolstorybroski. There's no root for AT&T S5 yet.

9. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

And they locked the bootloader as well. Would never buy a subsidized att or aio phone again.

18. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 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: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 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

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Sony and HTC and LG phones have locked Bootloader, unlike Samsung it comes unlocked It's a nightmare unlocking Bootloader

25. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

The M8 is simple to s-off and unlock.

32. true1984

Posts: 860; Member since: May 23, 2012

htcdev.com. they unlock the bootloader for you so basically buying a developer edition is ridiculous.

16. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 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: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 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: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 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.

4. npaladin2000

Posts: 165; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

A perfect case for unlocked phones

5. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Sad. Samsung phone are filled with bloatware. One of them Evernote can't be disable at all.

24. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 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: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 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: http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/root-samsung-galaxy-note-pro-12-2-android-4-4-kitkat-1438487

7. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

But watch a slower, laggy GS5 gets blamed on Samsung and Android.....

11. eharris560

Posts: 78; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I hope WP never suffers from this

14. hurrycanger

Posts: 1752; Member since: Dec 01, 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: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 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: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

This is why you buy an unlocked phone and go with cheaper no-contract plans.

31. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 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".

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