Samsung’s new software platform, TouchWiz, will be unveiled in March. Samsung will remove many of its own programs in the upcoming version of its TouchWiz user interface; it will likewise be removing almost all of its in-house pre-loaded software from the Galaxy S6, and instead offering a number of Microsoft’s smartphone apps pre-installed.
Microsoft’s new collection of productivity apps may take the place of Samsung’s pre-installed applications. Among Microsoft’s productivity apps are Office Mobile, OneNote, One Drive and Skype. Samsung’s current pre-installed apps are lackluster compared to Microsoft’s equivalents.
The Galaxy S6 might not have S Health, S Voice, S Note and other Samsung apps. It’s still unknown which apps Samsung will be removing, but these would be the most likely choices. That’s not to say that these applications will no longer be available. Users can still download them from the app store as optional applications. At the moment, these apps come pre-installed and cannot be removed.
Samsung is also making a slew of other changes to the UI with the upcoming version of TouchWiz, including: Samsung’s default keyboard app supposedly looks more like a mix between the keyboard on the Galaxy Tab S and the iOS keyboard.
Samsung’s integration of Microsoft apps will do more than just benefit users. It will benefit Microsoft as well. The integration would help Microsoft gain a reach that the Windows Phone never could. Exposing mobile users to Microsoft’s applications may lure them to the Windows Phone platform in the future. For the time being, it will help Microsoft achieve its short-term goals.
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