Do you think Samsung software has too much bloat?
If you're in the market for a new Android phone, it's often hard to go wrong with one from Samsung. The company's Galaxy S and Note flagships are consistently some of the easiest to recommend for most people, offering things like great displays, performance, cameras, etc.
For some folks, however, Samsung phones are a tough sell because of their software. We've come a long way from the dark days of TouchWiz and the Samsung Experience, with One UI offering a cleaner aesthetic and plenty of features. Even with the various improvements we've seen over the years, Samsung's take on Android just isn't for everyone.
Someone in our AC forums recently asked what people through about Samsung's current software setup — specifically, how it handles bloatware.
Now, we want to hear from you — Do you think Samsung software has too much bloat?
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Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.
I've had LG and Moto previously - LG is OK. Moto is fairly close to pure Android. But now that I have a Pixel, I don't think I will ever go back. Why manufacturers can't see that pure Android is a good thing is beyond me.
I've dealt with all the bloat from day one. There are many customization options available, it would or wouldn't be bloat depending on the person. If the bloat isn't ads, then i don't mind. BTW, the Force Darkmode under Developer Options works really well.
Also the fact that they refuse to just adopt google apps is annoying, especially for handling pictures. In 202 do we really still need a separate default galley app on phones? How is that helping people who don't know any better that its not backing up their stuff. And its just sloppy imo.
i used to have a Nexus 4 and that was good phone and had plain Android, yes there was apps i would liked to have got rid off, but at least the UI was pure Android. I have now got a huewei p10 lite, while it does have a skin the EMUI skin on, it is not too bad and certainly not bloated. the phone is not perfect, but then none of them are, it does have some apps i would love to get rid off, the awful MS switftkey keyboard for a start, I can put another as default, but the keyboard is still om the phone. The other thing is the Huewie ID thing, why is that needed? Not that i have signed into it? Samsung seems to want to add more and more to their phones for no reason at all, it is a shame as the hardware is normally good, but is let down by the software, not that I have any plans to by a Samsung, they are over hyped, my next phone i think will be a xiaomi.
I also use Samsung Goodlock to fully customize my device.
And I run Microsoft Launcher on top of it.