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TouchWiz on the Galaxy S6 to be stripped of Samsung apps

While the exterior and hardware aspects of the Samsung Galaxy S6 have been exposed in a plethora of leaks throughout the last couple of months, the software side of the phone has remained pretty much a mystery. TouchWiz is bound to go through some drastic changes, though, if SamMobile’s insider source is to be believed.

TouchWiz on the latest Galaxy Note 4

According to the unconfirmed information, Samsung will trim some pre-installed Samsung apps such as S Voice, S Health, S Note and Scrapbook. Those apps will be available for download through the company’s Galaxy Apps store. Interestingly, it’s reported that Samsung will pre-install a bunch of Microsoft apps in their place as a result of the deal between the two companies regarding their patent royalty case.

If true, the Galaxy S6 will come with Microsoft OneNote, OneDrive, Office Mobile bundled with a free Office 365 subscription as well as Skype. Trimming the TouchWiz features is also allegedly making the Galaxy S6 Lollipop experience a lot more fluid and quicker than the similarly updated Galaxy Note 4, according to the source.

Historically, the Galaxy S-family is the best selling series of smartphones Android has ever seen. The presence of Microsoft apps will certainly give the company a boost in the use of its cloud services.

Finally, the latest version of TouchWiz will offer a number of visual enhancements, too. There are more theme options, more colorful Samsung apps, app drawer grid options, and the default Samsung keyboard is changed to allegedly look more like the one in iOS.

We’ll find if these claims are true at the upcoming Samsung Unpacked event on March 1.

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