Samsung to offer 22 digital gifts to Galaxy S6 owners

The apps to be available to Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge owners include:

  • Audible
  • Dragons of Atlantis: Heirs
  • The Economist
  • Endomondo
  • Evernote
  • Fleksy
  • Hancom Office
  • The Hobbit: Kingdoms
  • Keepy
  • Kindle for Samsung
  • LastPass
  • Life360
  • Magisto
  • NYTimes
  • Pac-Man Friends
  • Parallels Access
  • PayPal
  • Pocket
  • Shazam
  • Uber
  • VSCO
  • Workout Trainer

It's not known just what the deal will be with each individual offering, but at least we have a rough idea as to what to expect. It's a solid move by Samsung to continue these offerings, providing consumers more of an incentive to purchase a new Galaxy. There are also a bunch of accessories for the hardware too.

Source: Sammy Hub

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  • bribery Posted via the Android Central App
  • Definite +1 Posted via the Android Central App
  • Bribing individuals with apps like Evernote, Shazam, PayPal etc, basically apps that one can download regardless of Sammy ain't gonna get anyone to jump the fence if they weren't going to anyways. I'm sure some of those will come with some sort of free trial like NY Times, or Audible but still not fence jumpers. Via Nexus 6: "Takin updates for granted."
  • not to mention that the vast majority of those are limited subscriptions (NY Times / Evernote) or first time use only freebees (Uber). The most compelling app that I've seen as a Samsung exclusive is their Milk Music service. That is a truly amazing music discovery app
  • bloat~~
  • At least these aren't pre-installed like the bloat Google installs.
  • Would never consider Google's apps bloat, the carries though install bloat Posted via the Android Central App
  • Whether someone likes them or not. If they're installed and you cannot delete and it's not essential to the OS.
    It is Bloat. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Google services are pretty essential. Look at android devices without them, eg, kindle. They flop for a reason.
  • +1 Posted via the Android Central App
  • Google+, Google Books, Google Games, Google Movies, Google Music, and Google Newsstand. All bloat in my book. Never use them and don't want them. The OS is fine without them. Posted via the Android Central App
  • It's made by Google so it's exempts to many and they are amazing. One of the reasons I moved off Android is because Google basically junked the phone up as bad as any carrier or OEM with their mandated preloads (many of which run in the background and some of which have been the source of widespread battery woes in the past).
  • In fact if you delete some of them you can mess up the phone, I did it and for some reason my phone started to have a HUGE battery drain, so I had to reflash the rom that I was using; at least those apps does not run in background (at least on my phone I dont see them running) A good solution is disable them, I did it and theres no battery drain, I just keep Google Plus cuz the galley work with it (and I use it :P)
    (Sorry for my english)
  • I dont consider google apps bloat. Those are all needed features
  • That may be for you and a hundred others out of the billions sold, but "probably" most everyone else doesn't consider the Google apps bloat. Most of them, "the normals", would most likely be upset if it didn't have Google apps.
    Take the Amazon phone for instance, no Google apps was one of the biggest gripes people had with the phone besides it's stupid user interface. At the worst most of them may or may not use Newsstand, the extra keyboard languages, trivial apps like those and turn'em off, but compared to Sammy and it's carrier bloat we're talking Earth compared to Venus. That said- I wonder if these apps are only going to be available through Samsungs App Store? Via Nexus 6: "Takin updates for granted."
  • They're no different than Samsung's S Apps. If those are considered bloat by most people commenting on this site, then it's hypocritical to try to label Google's flurry of preloads as anything but. The reason why Google mandates them is because users weren't downloading and using them as much as they wanted them to. So, to push them in users faces, they mandated them as preloads and made OEMs put them all in a little folder on the main home screen of their phones. They're bloatware, just the same as Samsung and other OEM's services/apps were bloat. NO different than preloading the Amazon Ecosystem like Verizon does, IMO. Yes, they may be useful to a lot of people, but those people are more than Capable of going to "Apps by Google" in the Play Store and installing it themselves. There's no decent rationale for preloading them that way, except a money grab. But I went to iOS instead of bitching endlessly. They don't have those issues.
  • That's what I was think. All these will come pre installed and unable to be uninstalled.
  • That's not true at all, when I purchased my Note 4 I was able to pick and choose which of the gifts I found useful. I only downloaded about 2 apps out of 12. Brought to you by the Fantastic Note 4
  • Exactly - Samsung did away with pre-loading these apps, you may see a few pre-installed depending on the carriers but almost all of them are download only.
  • I suppose you folks complain about the fake picture that comes in new picture frames as well. Who cares?!?
  • That's cool about all the free stuff you get. That s6 edge looks very nice! It may be my next phone. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Awesome, I love preinstalled free apps I don't really use.
  • Are they preinstalled? I don't think the article indicated that. --- This message brought to you via the sarcasm keyboard available for download at the Google Play Store.
  • Samsung gift apps aren't pre-installed, it's a category in the Galaxy app store.
  • They are not pre installed, just downloadable through the Galaxy store, like with every Galaxy device, but nice try though. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I think some people that commented above need to see this as well. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I haven't owned a Samsung since the s3 and had no idea. I am actually shocked they are not pre-installed
  • Even on the S3 they were in the App Store, not preloaded. I have only been off of that phone a year (had a Note 3 for 10 months and it was the same deal and that phone had less preloaded software period).
  • Awesome. I love dumb people like you that hate before you have facts and have obviously never owned a Samsung before. Posted via the Android Central App
  • because Samsung never puts apps on your phone that you can't remove right? oh wait, no, they do. The Galaxy Apps store is a joke and is just as much bloat as anything else. what about the super useful and non-removable Samsung Music and Videos, Milk or whatever they called it?
  • I find all of those useful. Milk is a great app for music discovery. Brought to you by the Fantastic Note 4
  • It's their product, I'm pretty sure they can put their own apps on the phone. That's like saying apple has no place to put iTunes on their phone. The point is that all those 3rd party apps are optional through Samsung. Of course some 3rd party apps will be installed because of carriers, but not these. Posted via the Android Central App
  • They never indicated they aren't. Boom, I love dumb people like you who don't read.
  • I'm cool if I can install/uninstall at will. If they "Offer" me a free app, I should be able to refuse the offer. It really is getting ridiculous though. Uber isn't even legal in my state and I still have to deal with their app.
  • it is not installed on the phone.
  • The source article states "Samsung is known to treat its Galaxy smartphone buyers with a suite of apps and games for free." I'm assuming that, according to that statement, it's not uncommon for Samsung to offer a bunch of apps with their devices. My question is; are these free apps usually available pre-installed, through Samsung's app store, or through Google Play? Obviously I would think they would want to offer them through their app store to try and encourage people to use it but if their not available through Google Play it would make this deal far less interesting.
  • A lot of them are not pre installed, Samsung has a section in their own Galaxy store, that had these apps grouped together, and you can then download them if you choose. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I believe in some cases in order to 'redeem' some of the 'freebies' you have to download them through Galaxy Apps (Samsung's App store). All of them, with the exception of maybe Kindle for Samsung, are available via Google Play as they aren't Samsung exclusives but none of them should come pre-installed. Carriers may have some installed, AT&T for example is partnered with Uber and installs their app on some devices.
  • Android Central, you should be ashamed of this article. Passing off bloatware as good thing.
  • Your an idiot, its not bloat if its not forced, I can see you never owned a Samsung device, because you'd know they always *offer a lot of these apps, especially the fitness and Amazon for Samsung apps, but they are not pre installed. Posted via the Android Central App
  • *You're, *it's, and commas do not equal periods. I'm on my third Samsung tablet. Hancom office can't be uninstalled and Evernote can't even be turned off.
  • Yeah those aren't the gifts dummy. You can't uninstall IE or paint on a windows machine. Posted via the Android Central App
  • You can Uninstall Internet Explorer on Windows, easily through Windows components in Add/Remove Software - since Windows Vista I think... Why would anyone want to uninstall Paint, though?
  • Trying to prove you're not an idiot by pointing out grammatical errors I made while swiping on my phone, man I love forums. Lol Posted via the Android Central App
  • You should be ashamed for being such an idiot and passing judgment before you have even know what it entails. Posted via the Android Central App
  • OH GAWD! When will Samsung learn?
  • It's not a question of when Samsung will learn, but a question of when people who buy their products will learn. What's funny is how Samsung fanboys call Apple owners iSheep. Have they looked in the mirror? They're SamSheep, themselves, and even worse, with the utterly blind devotion. I'm using an S3, but I don't go gaga over any phone or company. It's not a religion to me. Posted via the Android Central App
  • You're so cool bro. Want a brownie point? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Just a fact, "bro". Posted via the Android Central App
  • Clearly she's a girl, not a bro... You're a moron Posted via the Android Central App
  • Do you feel better now? Sheesh, so serious... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Removable battery and external storage are the only two gifts I want. Lol.
  • Agreed Posted via the Android Central App
  • Samsung has to pay the developers for these apps. I highly doubt they come preinstalled. Likely what happens is Samsung pays the developer each time one of the app gifts is redeemed.
    But, maybe I'm being too rational...
  • Some of these apps are already free in the Play Store. Why would Samsung have to pay if someone "redeems" their gift if so many others can download it without anyone having to pay?
  • Was thinking the same thing Posted via the Android Central App
  • The apps themselves are free but you get premium subscriptions for free. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Are you sure about that? Is it for a limited time or what? That'd be awesome if it's a lifetime free premium subscription! Doubtful though Posted via the Android Central App
  • They are limited offers, no different than what Samsung has done for years. You typically get 6-12mos, in some cases shorter depending on the app.
  • That's not too bad, but knowing myself I'd forget to cancel in time Posted via the Android Central App
  • I doubt it. My guess is the app dev are paying Samsung for inclusion. The premium features are for a limited time. The Dev is using this as Marketing.
  • +1 Posted via the Android Central App
  • I dont think there's anyone out there who would rather have these premium apps than a cheaper up front device cost. Although I'm not sure if these partnerships actually affect the device's MSRP
  • That is 1 big reason why I love Samsung. They definitely give you options
  • Most of these apps are free on Google Play anyways. PayPal, Evernote and Shazam? Seriously Samsung? Ummm. Anyone can download those. People who would buy the phone for those reasons were going to buy the phone regardless, and people who are not aren't suddenly going to be caught up in some sort of big decision matrix because of these "amazing" apps. Most of Samsung's "options" that you say they offer are unremovable, so not sure how many options they actually give you besides the option to waste storage space, but these apps may not apply. Via Nexus 6: "Takin updates for granted"
  • PLEASE ANDROID CENTRAL UPDATE THIS ARTICLE TO READ THAT THE APPS ARE NOT PRE-INSTALLED ON THE PHONE!!! PEOPLE ARE COMPLAINING ABOUT THESE APPS AND CALLING THEM BLOATWARE WITHOUT ACTUALLY KNOWING WHAT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT!
  • Normally I'd rip you for the all caps attack... But I think it's actually warranted here ... People need to shut up and read first. Nowhere does it say "pre-installed" in the article. Relax people! Posted via the Android Central App
  • A premium subscription to Milk would've been nice.
  • Meh, most of these are subscription apps, so I'm guessing you'll get a free issue or 2 weeks or whatever, which you can pretty much get anyway.
  • At least a few of these apps are already free in the Play Store. What kind of gift is that from Samsung--or is Samsung pre-installing these as a "gift"?
  • You get subscriptions for something like 3-6 months.
  • It is a trial to the pay version. When I got my S5, I installed the gift of runkeeper and it was 6 months of their elite version as opposed to the free version. Posted via the Android Central App
  • 22 extra pieces of bloatware to go with your device.
  • Too bad and it'll be months before half of the accessories actually come out. Still waiting on different bands for the Gear S. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Tthe Kindle Samsung app is really cool and I currently use it exclusively for reading. They also have a special deal with Amazon for 4 free books a month. However, many of these apps are already free on Google Play, and the Samsung versions of these are usually the same. I've tried them out and was disappointed.
  • I'll throw a fit if VSCO A/ creates a filter set exclusive to the Galaxy S6, B/ throws every paid filter set for free in the S6, or C/ creates an app that has exclusive features or something that is one to one feature wise, to the iPhone 6 app, FOR the Galaxy S6. That's the only bit I'm concerned about... Posted via the Android Central App
  • These might be interesting if you are new to Android, but if you had an Android phone for a while now, you probably have the ones you want out of these 22 already.
  • Good luck trying to redeem some of these. I got a Galaxy Tab S and probably half the special offers were a complete hassle and/or impossible to redeem. And I wonder if they'll be valid if you already got them on another device. On top of that, Samsung support doesn't know what the heck is going on. That said, I did get Netflix and Bloomberg magazine free for a year and NYTimes for 3 months. Free Milk Music is actually really nice too.
  • Aren't most of these apps free lol? Gee, thanks?
  • Most apps are free with premium features, or in app features. Samsung is giving you the premium features. Albiet for a limited time for most of them. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I would prefer £20 Play Store credit and the option of choosing any film for free.....
  • Give people free things and they still complain. I blame Obama.
  • There aren't more than 2 or 3 items on that list I have the slightest interest in. At least they're not pre-installed. And many of those are free apps anyway. Paypal? Uber? Shazam? Download them free from Play.
  • "Gifts" aka uninstallable bloatware apps. Posted my Nexus 6
  • Aren't some of these apps already free to begin with???
  • I'm always curious why more carriers and mfgs dont have more promotions. For what is described as such a cut throat biz everything stays so stale.
    Phone comes out @ $200 on Contract.
    Or the non-Contract Pricing is NEVER advertised! All they ever say is $0 down. Tell me the Per Month in big characters! Like the golden amount for Car Leases is $199/month.
    Att offers some dreadful deals on a 0$ cheaper tablet but then you are under contact for 2 years so anymore with smarts knows thats no deal.
    the closet deals you get are these or the Note? had a free year of Netflix. heck thats actually something!!
  • I think Lastpass will add some credit to my already premium membership. That's good. The only other app I decided to try was Life360. Give it a shot with 6 months free.