Some Samsung Galaxy S9 phones will soon come with four pre-installed Verizon apps

Some Samsung Galaxy S9 phones will soon come with four pre-installed Verizon apps
Samsung has made a deal with Oath - a Verizon company* - to pre-install four apps on its Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ flagship phones. According to Reuters, the applications in question are Yahoo Sports, Yahoo Finance, Newsroom, and Go90 mobile (a video streaming app).

These four apps will be pre-installed on some Galaxy S9 models across the US regardless of carrier, and even on phones sold around the world. This deal will allow Oath (and Verizon) to easily deliver content, including videos, and ads to millions of Android smartphone users. Ad revenue will be split between Samsung and Verizon.

Update: Oath confirms that it's now "Samsung's premiere content partner on" phones with Bixby Home in the US. The four apps mentioned above will be accessible "with a single swipe" on eligible handsets. Alongside the Galaxy S9 series, the Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8, and Galaxy S8+ are mentioned here. However, it looks like this deal only involves Verizon devices - we'll contact Samsung to ask for clarifications.



In most cases, users don't really like the idea of buying phones with too many pre-installed apps, which are often seen as bloatware. We assume (and hope) Samsung will allow Galaxy owners to uninstall the aforementioned apps if they wish to.

* - Verizon created Oath in 2017 by merging AOL with Yahoo (as you may remember, Verizon completed its acquisition of Yahoo last year).

sources: OathReuters

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28 Comments

1. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

More blotware lol

22. khomeni

Posts: 7; Member since: Mar 27, 2018

Yuck!

2. JasontheVeteran

Posts: 51; Member since: Jun 05, 2017

Even if I am on a better companies network I will still get Big Red Check mark's bloatware?? That doesn't sound prudent or sustainable.

3. USuck

Posts: 76; Member since: Apr 07, 2018

They wouldn't be pre-installed in the first place if they were removable. ROFL. Sad state of Android.

4. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Anyone surprised?? Not me. This is the very typical greedy Samsung moves we witness for a long time now. Oh Samsung.........lolzzzz

5. hazard1

Posts: 233; Member since: Feb 11, 2017

Well that's a shame. I'll give Apple some credit. A move like this would not be tolerated. I also have to say that it is moves like this that has me wondering about Android sometimes (before I get flamed, all my personal smartphones have been androids). I myself am surprised that Samsung would push one company's bloatware on ALL its phones. I am also surprised the other carriers would allow this, especially in the US.

8. toukale

Posts: 624; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

Why wouldn't Samsung do this, it's extra income for them. Look, we need to come to terms that every android oem's will do this in the next few years. That's what been happening in the pc industry for years, where oem's loads 30 days andivirus and other stuff with your new pc. I see phone oem's doing so eventually. Apple have the luxury of not doing so because they have the appstore revenue coming in. Google is the one's getting that money on the android side.

15. maherk

Posts: 6770; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Because they're not a small company that needs the extra million dollars or two they'll probably make out of this deal. You do realise that as of now, even international models comes with Microsoft apps, Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram installed? Plus few others depending on the region! And only couple of them can be uninstalled. Samsung has this small company mentality when compared to Apple.

6. Jrod99

Posts: 713; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

F u Verizon. Never again. Samsung! Your in the big league now. Stop this mess.

13. BuffaloSouce unregistered

Did the CEO of Verizon sleep with your girlfriend and didn’t call her back? You post the same thing on every article that involves Verizon.

7. talon95

Posts: 994; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

That would be irritating. Not a good move for Samsung if they want to keep customers happy. I better be able to fully uninstall them.

9. toukale

Posts: 624; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

Why is it not a good move on their part? They do it with their pc's and people learned to live with it, same thing will happened with their smartphones.

10. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

They should atleast give an uninstall option.

11. kevv2288

Posts: 290; Member since: Jul 30, 2015

I'm calling BS on this being on all carriers. T-Mobile is it going to allow its phones to come with Verizon apps on them

12. toukale

Posts: 624; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

Yes they will, unless t-mobile is willing to pay Samsung what verizon is paying Samsung to load them in the first place.

26. kevv2288

Posts: 290; Member since: Jul 30, 2015

Guess what they just confirmed it will only be on Verizon phones, not other carriers. Told you.

16. Subie

Posts: 2350; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

It's possible other carriers will just remove the apps in question themselves. They could also choose not to sell Samsung's phones. But the later could hurt them as well as Samsung.

14. rkoforever90

Posts: 434; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

waiting for that guy techiexp something to write an essay on, to try to justify this

17. Subie

Posts: 2350; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

I wouldn't mind some of these pre-installed apps as long as I had the option to remove them myself.

18. KickRocks

Posts: 270; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Yet another reason NOT to buy Samsung again!

19. GoTstan

Posts: 386; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

4 apps to disable........... I want a Google and apple alternative. Tired of both of their antics. Will windows mobile ever compete

20. sissy246

Posts: 7065; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

You disable, hide it and you never know it's there. BFD I will still take a flag ship Android phone over boring icrap any day.

21. apple-rulz

Posts: 2013; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Bullsh!t. You’re obsessed with all thing Apple, that’s why you comment on every single Apple article. You only came to this Samsung article because I made you.

24. sissy246

Posts: 7065; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

You so f**king need a life. I am sorry no girl will have you. You little boy didn't make me come to anything.

23. EC112987

Posts: 1214; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Keep that s**t out of my Note 8!

25. jove39

Posts: 2145; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Like Samsung’s own bloateare wasn’t enough, they had to partner with Verizon!

27. all4dom

Posts: 17; Member since: Sep 30, 2013

I just got off the phone with verizon. I have a note 8 & they are going to push their crapware via an update. These apps can not be uninstalled and can only be disabled. I asked him how they can do this since they no longer subsidise my phone & I own it outright & he replied it's on out agreement. I did.ask him where & he could.not answer it. I love my note 8 & am a Samsung person at home but I'm thinking of making the move if this happens. This really sucks because I never had any issues with Verizon b4.

28. all4dom

Posts: 17; Member since: Sep 30, 2013

What other phones out there are comparable to the galaxy note 8?

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