Samsung To Remove Most TouchWiz Bloat From Galaxy S6

In an attempt to stand out from one another, smartphone makers often add their own customizations to Android. These can range from complete overhauls to the user interface, to the addition of certain features not immediately available on stock Android builds. They have names, too -- for Samsung, it's called TouchWiz, and if you're not a fan, you'll be glad to know that the TouchWiz software won't be included on the Galaxy S6.

Instead, Samsung is reportedly trying to optimize the software on its next flagship phone so that it feels less bloated and more responsive. While it won't be a stock Android experience, the UI will be closer to a Nexus device than a Galaxy S5.

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"We now have exclusive info that the company is removing every add-on feature that can be downloaded as an application, and slimming down the software by a wide margin in the process," SamMobile says, though the site isn't sure with features and apps will be affected by Samsung's leaner approach.

While this is speculation, you can probably count on features that are integrated into the Settings Menu like Smart Stay to still be included, while things like Story Album and S Translator are more like to require a download.

This is going to be an interesting launch for Samsung. The company needs the Galaxy S6 to sell well after being caught off guard by disappointing Galaxy S5 sales, and it's taking some risks with the design. For example, Samsung may opt to use its own Exynos processor in the Galaxy S6 rather than Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810, a decision it made due to concerns with heat output.

Regardless of what Samsung does on the hardware side, tweaking the software to be more lean will probably win the company brownie points with consumers.