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Everyone agrees: One UI simply has too much bloatware

Everyone agrees: One UI simply has too much bloatware
Everyone agrees: One UI simply has too much bloatware

Ryan Whittington / Android Authority

The Samsung Galaxy series is highly regarded in the Android smartphone world. The flagship, mid-range and budget models all offer attractive specs, features and promises of software updates. One UI is also a highlight for many as it includes features not found on stock Android. However, there is evidence that Samsung’s version of Android has a growing bloatware problem.

My colleague Haroun Adamu discussed this concept in a recent post, pointing out that despite all its positive aspects, One UI is burdened by the desire to pack as many pre-installed apps onto devices as possible.

Readers have a similar opinion. In a recent survey, we asked if there is too much bloatware on One UI devices, and there is a clear consensus. Over 72% of the 2,000+ respondents answered with a resounding “yes.” Only 13.3% of respondents think One UI manages its app selection well. Interestingly, more users (14.2% of votes) don’t care about bloatware or duplicate apps on One UI, suggesting that the positives for these users outweigh this potential dealbreaker.

Still, One UI has become a sticking point for potential Samsung buyers, much like TouchWiz once was. “One UI is the only reason I don’t buy Samsung phones anymore. Allowing stock Android as a setup option will increase sales,” notes one reader.

“After using S4 with TouchWiz back then, I moved away from Samsung devices because of these duplicate apps. And there was no way to uninstall them. It seems like it has gotten worse,” notes another.

Interestingly, other readers are also welcoming the idea of ​​Samsung apps. “I’m probably the odd man out here: I HATE GOOGLE,” wrote one user who endorsed Samsung apps. “In fact, I hate Google almost as much as I hate Apple, so I tolerate the bare minimum of Google apps. That means that for any Google app that has an equivalent (and usually BETTER) app from Samsung, I’m MORE than happy to use the Samsung version. If even available, I’d rather use ANY app from another vendor than one from Google.”

Some commenters also point out that the problem is widespread on flagship devices. “I set up my sister’s S24+ the other day and was surprised to find more pre-installed apps on her phone than on my Note20 Ultra. Android system apps like the Phone app, Messaging app, Email app, Files app, and Photos app should not be duplicated by phone manufacturers. Google should not make apps like YouTube a system app either.”

Samsung’s current software remains one of the company’s strengths, especially when you consider its seven-year update support. However, not all users are convinced by the company’s app practices. And neither are we.

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