US carriers are removing some of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge pre-loaded apps

US carriers are removing some of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge pre-loaded apps
When Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge at MWC 2015, the company announced that it has reduced the number of apps that come pre-loaded the new TouchWiz version, while also promoting the inclusion of multiple productivity-oriented apps from Microsoft such as OneDrive, Skype, OneNote and Office Mobile. 

As it turns out, all of the four major US carriers have put the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge through an app diet, and have removed multiple pre-loaded apps from Samsung's flagship smartphone series. Unfortunately, the carriers then proceeded towards installing their own apps, drawing some criticism from the online community.

Out of the four major US carriers, Sprint seems to be the most permissive, as the carrier only removed Download Booster (an app that combines Wi-Fi and LTE connections in order to improve download and upload speeds), while also disabling Wi-Fi calling as the default setting. Download Booster can be downloaded from the Google Play store, and Wi-Fi calling can be enabled from the settings.

T-Mobile was a bit more restrictive then Sprint, as the Magenta carrier removed S-Finder and Quick Connect from the drop-down menu, while also stripping users of their ability to disable the background lights of the capacitive buttons.

AT&T pushed things one step further by removing Download Booster, Simple Sharing (a feature that allows users to quickly share large files), and the Smart Manager app (an app created by Samsung to help users manage battery and storage use on the Galaxy S6 and the S6 edge). AT&T also removed Microsoft's OneDrive app, one that came with 100GB of free cloud storage.

Verizon was the most aggressive carrier, as Big Red removed Smart Manager, as well as every single Microsoft app pre-loaded on the unlocked versions. This means that OneDrive, Skype, OneNote and Office Mobile are all missing from Verizon's versions of the Galaxy S6 and the S6 edge.

Out of all these apps, the only one that you can't download from the Play Store is Samsung's Smart Manager. While downloading OneDrive from the Play Store will work, you'll only get 15GB of free cloud storage, an offer that's available to all OneDrive users.


Source: BGR

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38 Comments

1. kinnesotan

Posts: 7; Member since: Sep 23, 2014

There's definitely S-Finder and Quick Connect on the T-Mobile variants.... think you have it backwards there.

7. Nick040489

Posts: 29; Member since: Apr 01, 2010

Yea I was thinking the same thing. I hate that feature so I would love for it to be gone.

19. tedkord

Posts: 17413; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

He said they removed it from the drop down.

2. Sauce5 unregistered

Getting sick of this f****** monopoly we call "carriers".

8. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Then don't buy carrier variants. You want to pay small amounts, yet want the best network, want them to put the phone up for sale at a loss hoping that you will stay with them, or put the phone on a free extended credit line again hoping you will pay them. Just buy non carrier phones. Simple.

23. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

That's not possible in regards to VZW and Sprint. You can't pick up "non-carrier" versions on these networks.

26. bambamboogy02

Posts: 840; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Developer edition phones you can. http://www.androidcentral.com/tag/developer-edition

27. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

You can't take a Dev ed. of a "S5" from VZW and run it on Sprint. At least not that I have ever seen. (or the inverse) Also, those are still "carrier edition" phones. They just come with unlocked BL's. Not really the same thing as not dealing with carrier bloat and having the carrier strip features the OEM intended on being there. I'm not buying a phone made by VZW, I am buying a phone made by Samsung, Moto, Apple, etc. So the carrier should learn it's rightful place as a "dumb pipe". I'm for very little government regulation, but in this instance, the airwaves should be much less regulated (more competition) and the carriers should be forced to give you want you pay for. In other words, the carrier doesn't own the software of the phone, therefore they should have no say about what is on it from the factory. Also, they should be forced to accept all phones that have the requisite bands modem capability to run on their networks. (Eg, the nexus 5 on Verizon)

25. bambamboogy02

Posts: 840; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Oligopoly is more like it. There are only a select few players on the field, and it's hard for another to join in, but can happen. Monopoly would have been just 1.

38. Sauce5 unregistered

You learn something every day, thank you! :)

42. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

Yes, technically... but the comment can still stand as an exaggerated (although technically incorrect) statement.

36. Goldeneye

Posts: 419; Member since: Jan 22, 2011

And this something that carries dream they could do to iPhones. Apple has total control on its devices, no carrier branding or bloatware. Samsung is every carrier's bitch.

39. Sauce5 unregistered

Which is amazing. If only other companies would put their foot down. They just need one thing to be able to - high demand of their phone.

46. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Go pre-paid, only reason to remain with contract is if you have unlimited.

3. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Verizon is a bitch to Microsoft services. No updates on Lumia devices. They sold out all Windows Phone and not offering anymore. And now removing MS services on S6? I guess that's the reason why Sprint is the one which sells the most S6 devices.

18. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 607; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

they sell the most because its the easiest carrier to get one from.

4. TBomb

Posts: 1566; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Carriers suck.... We should pool together and start our own carrier

5. Amw86

Posts: 44; Member since: Oct 14, 2013

Forgot about the fact that Verizon removed the stock browser so we can't even use the fingerprint login.

6. Amw86

Posts: 44; Member since: Oct 14, 2013

need to start a petition or something...this is waaay too far.

9. Mithan

Posts: 20; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

lol, in Canada we don't have these issues but we still get screwed. I think Cell Phone carriers just want us to pay them money and go back to the old AMPS days.

10. thegalaxy89

Posts: 18; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

And forget about that FM transmitter built into your phone, as At&t and Verizon will permanently disable it before it even gets to the stores.

20. tedkord

Posts: 17413; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Ha! I remember the days when Verizon didn't force you to have a data plan, but they removed WiFi from the device. Same song, different day.

11. JMartin22

Posts: 2372; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Well, it really is Samsungs fault for caving to their demands and treating their products like some second-rate Android devices. Galaxy is the second most profitable handsets for carriers and the most sought after next to iPhones for carrier adoption. I don't know why Samsung doesn't try to negotiate some terms and conditions when it comes to things like feature removal and carrier software inclusions. I am sure they have some clout with this.

12. Penny

Posts: 1859; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Wtf Verizon (et al)? What gives you the right to take away offers for these apps made to me by Samsung? If I get an S6, I want OneNote, Office and OneDrive. BS.

13. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3150; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I'm sure there will be litigation involved. Microsoft dropped the price of the patent royalties for using Android in return for pre-installing MS services. Verizon is causing Samsung to be in default of its obligation to Microsoft.

35. willard12 unregistered

I'm under the same assumption regarding the patent royalty agreement. But I haven't seen any actual proof that this is the case. Have you seen anything on this? I believe I've had some MS services prior to the patent litigation.

22. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Wouldn't Verizon removing the apps make them liable to the damages they caused? Samsung is getting a reduced royalty rate they have to pay to microsoft by having the apps on there. If the apps aren't there, doesn't that mean that Samsung isn't fulfilling their agreement?

24. Tuxedo

Posts: 356; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

Bastardized phones.

28. Rocket

Posts: 673; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Idk why samsung never sell unlocked phones on its website, im tired of carriers too

29. kevv2288 unregistered

Um sprint also removed smart manager and how can you download download booster from the play store when its a samsung system app?

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