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Samsung has made disabling bloatware on the Galaxy S8 far easier

a few applications from Samsung can't be uninstalled or disabled like the Samsung Connect and Reminders application. (Source: Forbes)
a few applications from Samsung can't be uninstalled or disabled like the Samsung Connect and Reminders application. (Source: Forbes)
The Samsung Galaxy S8 comes with dozens of of Samsung and carrier-specific pre-installed apps, not all of which are useful, but since the Galaxy S6 they've been making it easier to pick and choose which apps you want to keep.

Samsung has gained a reputation for creating a proprietary version of just about every Google app and trying to push it on their customers by making these bloatware apps difficult to remove or disable. In recent years, Samsung has had a change of heart that’s shown in their approach to these apps in the Galaxy S8. Even though the latest Samsung flagship comes with 12 GB of its storage already occupied by its ROM and 37 pre-loaded apps, Samsung finally lets you get rid of most of the unnecessary software.

Not all of Samsung’s apps are outclassed by Google’s; sometimes Samsung goes above and beyond with apps such as Samsung’s browser and calendar, S Health, Samsung Camera, and Samsung Pay. One issue is that having duplicate versions of Google’s and Samsung’s apps on the same phone is redundant, but that’s the price Samsung has to pay for getting access to the Play Store.

Consumers are motivated to purge their device of bloatware because the software tends to be inferior to competing options, hog system resources and reduce battery life. The few apps that can’t be disabled or uninstalled on the Galaxy S8 can be disabled through other apps like BK Package Disabler. Always be careful when disabling such apps, as doing so may have unintended results.

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Isaac Brown, 2017-04-24 (Update: 2017-04-25)
Isaac Brown
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I joined Notebookcheck at the end of 2016 after being a dedicated reader of the website for the past six years, occasionally tuning out various lecturers to read reviews of the latest gaming and business laptops. As a writer and tech enthusiast, I focus mostly on smartphones, the latest trending gadgets like VR headsets, and the businesses that create it all. When I’m not admiring the latest graphics cards, I write short fiction and arrange for a cappella.