|David Curry |||Feb 15, 2015 10:07 PM EST|
Samsung is reportedly teaming up with Microsoft for an app invasion on the Galaxy S6.
Samsung's looking to change the user interface for the Galaxy S6, stepping back from previous generations of full Android UI customization and bloatware galore.
The new design will feature a more refined UI similar to Google's stock option. But instead of Google apps, Samsung will deploy a range of Microsoft apps.
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The Microsoft apps will include Office for Mobile, OneDrive, OneNote and Skype, all pre-installed on the Galaxy S6 for users.
It's not clear if this is a part of Microsoft's settlement with Samsung over the patent lawsuit, following Samsung's failure to pay Microsoft over $1 billion in license for Android specific patents.
Having this partnership between Samsung and Microsoft might boost Redmond's mobile numbers, especially if the Galaxy S6 manages to lift Samsung's sales.
It's an unlikely alliance since Google is one of Microsoft's top rivals in the software space. Samsung is already on paper-thin relations with Google after pushing the search giant's apps off to the side in favor of its own.
The Galaxy S6 is reportedly going to be a big change for Samsung. It adds a full metal design, Exynos octa-core processor, 4 GB of RAM, 128 GB of internal storage and 20MP camera.
Samsung had issues with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 processor, leading them to drop the CPU from its Galaxy S6 in favor of its own. This might cause the first few months to be rocky while Samsung's production starts rolling.
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