Return of the Bloatware: Galaxy S7 ships with 8 GB of storage used up

Return of the Bloatware: Galaxy S7 ships with 8 GB of storage used up
It's common knowledge that when purchasing a device with X amount of storage, the true reading never quite lives up to the billing. This is partially because manufacturers measure real estate differently to the manner in which computers and mobile devices read them. But while a subsequent ~10 percent drop on the stated capacity is the norm, further reductions tend to be the result of operating system and extra, often unwanted software. The new Samsung Galaxy S7, it appears, has been inundated with additional fodder, and loses a cool 8 GB to what would largely be considered bloatware. 

The device, along with the Galaxy S7 edge, will ship with the latest Android 6 Marshmallow off the bat. This, as well as Samsung's TouchWiz overlay, is undoubtedly responsible for much of the lost real estate. But 8 gigs is an eye-watering amount of storage, particularly for those planning to grab the 32 GB variant. In the run-up to the launch of the S7 duo, it was made apparent that the home screen will be less congested, but the uncluttered UI belies a device still very much abundant with bloat.

On the plus side, the S7 line marks the return of the microSD slot, and Sammy has also thrown in support for cards of up to 200 GB in capacity. Thus, those who really need more room to maneuver will still be able to do so. Though the Galaxy S7 (and LG's G5) do not support Marshmallow's Adoptable Storage feature that allows memory cards to masquerade as internal storage, users should still be able to move some apps to the microSD, provided that the app's developer hasn't blocked this feature. 

Presumably, a good chunk of the bloatware will be removable, which is something. Even so, if you're eyeing the 32-gig model but unsure as to whether you'll have enough space to play with, you may want to shell out for more on-board storage or snag a legitimate microSD card

source: Droid-Life via SamMobile

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58 Comments

2. hoomanPeasants unregistered

Even stock android has like 5 GB of storage used up on Nexus 6P. I don't see how 8 GB is such a big deal. And this is not even the international variant, but the bloated carrier variant. If I remember correctly, last year's S6 had like 10 GB used up on T-mo variant, and 7 GB on G920F(EU variant).

4. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

This article is to attract trolls/haters. Waiting for mxy to whine like a little kid about how he dislikes Touchwiz...

23. dimas

Posts: 3382; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

"Presumably, a good chunk of the bloatware will be removable"" And I bet this line will be ignored by narrow-minded people. The 8gb bloatware is a problem if people are stuck on 32gb with no expandable storage.

5. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

So in theory. According this article 8 gb used up. 5 gb of Google Bloatwares + 3 gb of Samsung bloatwares = 8gb Bloatwares.

17. hoomanPeasants unregistered

I don't think so. Most of it should be the kernel. Gapps package is usually smaller than a GB. It's more like: 4 GB kernel + 1 GB google bloat + 1 GB Samsung bloat + 2 GB carrier bloat. You should be allowed to uninstall carrier bloat though. I think T-mobile allows that.

9. AkoSiKuting

Posts: 88; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

Sammy apologist strikes again!!!

14. hoomanPeasants unregistered

Give yourself a favor and see my past comments. I'm as far as a Samsung apologist as you can imagine. I don't even own their phones LOL. Not touching touchwiz.

32. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

Better than blame the users first. You are really Jobs legacy.

68. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

3gb "bloat" is a bit though, but the thing at least in my eyes, is that if its useful stuff there is in those 3gb and not just say a ton of freemium games and similar, then yeah I'm alright with that, still plenty of storage space and most importantly SD card if I ever have issues.

3. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Galaxy Wars: Return Of The Bloat.

7. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

Kilo bloat. The son of Han Bloat and Leia Bloat Under the comman of Bloat Lord

10. Inotamira

Posts: 173; Member since: Feb 06, 2016

Featuring Jarjar bloats!

59. MrMiyagi

Posts: 41; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

and Darth Bloater.

6. Inotamira

Posts: 173; Member since: Feb 06, 2016

Where's my Cyanogen mod....I know I left it somewhere...should clear that up!

11. kamejoko

Posts: 253; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

Stupid is samsung. many bloatware make system slow down and laggy. Maybe ss eat money from some company to add many bloatware.

79. Sovat_fc

Posts: 224; Member since: Aug 30, 2014

You keep saying laggy, laggy and laggy, and you don't own one of Samsung devices. WTF

16. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

As long as the bloatware is removable, I don't mind. If they are all system apps, that's another thing.

73. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

same here, I don't mind bloat if it is removable.

19. Arschsalat

Posts: 158; Member since: Feb 29, 2016

Bloated by T-Mobile ^^

56. S.R.K.

Posts: 678; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

Definitely the 4gb Ram will help. No big issue.

26. afzalzainal

Posts: 63; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

Not a big deal since it comes with internal 32gb + sd card. Most of the usage goes to picture and video which is can be moved to sd card. My z5 reserved 9GB for android system and after installing more then 30apps include games still got another 9GB left unless it was a 16GB storage device.

29. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

Dark ages of journalistics

30. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Not too Long ago, I was (as usual) preaching about the amount of bloat in Samsung Smartphones and everyone was dissing this old man as harshly as humanly possible... Everyone was like "No f-ing way, old man" Now would be a good time to apologise to this humble and compassionate old man who speak for none other but truth in plain black and white...! G'Day!

31. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

Put those Samsung bloats on your Nexus. You'll love it old man.

42. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Old Man. What about Google Play Games, Google Play Movies, Google Play Music,Google News App,Google Photos,Hangouts etc? I don't use these apps but I want to uninstall them. It must be hard for a "Android Purist" Like you to see these apps as bloat. Salam

35. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1832; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Just got my S7 Edge today. I threw my 128gb sd card in and forgot the internal memory. I moved what apps I could the the SD and kept it moving. With all the apps edge and other stuff baked in I was surprised to see that there wasn't more space taken up. Say what you want but Sammy is doing a good job of adding features and keeping things as trim as they can.

37. RandyPhill

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 25, 2015

Would there be Google play edition variant of the galaxy S7?

39. TomMax

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 23, 2015

+1 If it has dual sim + sd card

43. benno

Posts: 94; Member since: Apr 17, 2015

I don't think they do those at all any more. They haven't done a galaxy since the s4. So, I'd say your chances are less than zero

38. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 377; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

My s6 edge system memory takes up 6gb so this is not new. Iphonearena trolling as usual. Expecting s7/s7 edge to get 7 rating each!.

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