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Samsung Sets Date for “Unpacked 5″ on February 24, Ready for the Galaxy S5?

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This afternoon, Samsung sent us an invitation to their next big event, titled “Unpacked 5.” The event takes place on February 24 in Barcelona, Spain, the week of Mobile World Congress. While nothing is confirmed on the invitation, the unveiling of the Galaxy S5 seems likely. Why else would there be a “5″ next to “Unpacked” if this is only episode 1 of the Unpacked series?

There will be a live stream of the event at Samsung’s YouTube channel, plus we’ll be on hand to get our hands all over whatever is announced.

The show starts at 2PM Eastern, 11AM Pacific on February 24. 

Samsung Unpacked 5

  • wmsco1

    DL goes International!! LOL. That’s pretty cool!! Oui oui Monsieur. Poly vu American?

  • Hello

    Great! Will it look like the Galaxy S4 or the Galaxy S3, or will it even look like the Note 1, 2, 3 and more? Yes it will!

  • 80am

    You guys are gonna be on hand in Spain? I wanna go

  • mcdonsco

    I’m definitely looking forward to the device, just not the price I know it will be (high).

  • Rayman

    I hope and pray they revise the external design of the phone as well – please, no more same phone better specs for the sake of it BS. Hope touchwiz gets better or better still goes way along with the gimmiky nonsense

  • Ajmobileguru

    I wonder why people keep saying they prefer stock Android experience. I know its easier to get updates etc. but dont u think with a GPE, you would lose the awesome camera software, Multiwindow, some nice Motion related features which I personally like. Also if every phone were to rock a stock Android UI, wouldnt all phones be similar without any distinguishing factor? But each to his own. Just my opinion.

    • crazed_z06

      But those are just gimmicks according to everyone here. No one uses them!

      • Austin

        Actually, many people use Sammy’s amazing camera software.

    • Ben Edwards

      I definitely don’t think the OEM skins should be removed, but there do seem to be quite a few features added in that don’t seem overly necessary. I switched from an SGS4 to a Nexus 5 last year, and in all honesty the only thing from my Samsung that I miss is the camera software. I barely used any of the other features they crammed into the S4 (or S3, for that matter).

  • bogy25

    Boner!

  • Justin Bontrager

    Unless there is a significant UI change on the S5, I am out. My Moto X is arriving today to replace my S4. Google selling off Moto made me almost not purchase one but I can’t stand Touchwiz anymore.

    • pizzaparties

      I just switched to the moto x from a S3 and I am not looking back at all. My signal is way better and I am not exaggerating when I say my data speeds are 10x better.

  • Blue Sun

    Kellen, I think you omitted two word in the title of this article; “Samsung Sets Date for “Unpacked 5″ on February 24, Ready for the Galaxy S5 Touchwiz Jank?”

    • phaedruss

      What’s wrong with touchwiz again? My S3 had the best UI of any phone I’ve seen.

  • artsr2002

    Let it begin! Let it begin!

  • http://www.SkyCapture.net/ Ian Smith

    on-screen buttons + no touchwiz or gtfo

    • Steve B

      This. Sadly neither will happen.

  • flosserelli

    Predictions:
    1. 5.2″ 2k display
    2. 64 bit SoC
    3. 2 GB RAM
    4. Removable 2800 mAh battery
    5. Fingerprint sensor
    6. SD card slot
    7. KitKat + Touchwiz
    8. Knox security
    9. No S-pen
    10. Plastic/faux leather battery cover at launch. Silver, black, gold metal covers available later

    • hfoster52

      I think you are close but will be 32/64bit depending on Market or what ever they used last time. 3GB of RAM 32gb/64gb of storage. Please got stop with the fake pleather.

      • phaedruss

        No 64 bit in US=no buy for me.

    • Jeremy Gross

      5.2 2k = bad battery life

      i woulnt be mad if they made another version that was 4.7, better battery and eeasier to hold. Dont dumb down on specs

      • flosserelli

        I agree, Samsung should offer a 4.6-4.8″ screen. The S4 has a 5″ screen, so the S5 is not likely to have a smaller screen. But keep an eye out for a S5 “Mini” later this summer/fall.

        • Chris

          and colors added to the line up though out the next year

    • Tim242

      Will have at least 3 GB of RAM, as that is what the Note 3 has.

      • flosserelli

        I considered that, but I think Samsung will keep 3 GB for the Note line. Of course, Samsung could put 3 GB in the S5, and 4 GB in the next Note. But the Note will always have more to differentiate the S/Note lines.

        • Chris

          as if the size isn’t enough…

          • PoisonApple31

            You are thinking of the Galaxy Mega 6.3 – big size and watered down specs.

          • Chris

            I was talking about this:

            “But the Note will always have more to differentiate the S/Note lines.”

        • Ben Edwards

          The S5 will get 3GB, the Note 4 will get 4GB and so on.

    • gintoddic

      Battery needs to be at least 3000mAh. Otherwise this thing is going to have crap battery life.

  • Eric Cappa

    I used to love S and Note products… however, I am totally in love with LG’s products. The LG products are pretty much button-less with the knock on/off features.

    • Tim242

      Button-less? Except for the atrocious buttons on the back…

      • LionStone

        Yea, but…atrocious button on the front = 10x worse :-)

  • Cameron Laudick

    ill take a google play edition on verizon! but that wont happen :(

  • Intellectua1

    Just what I’ve been waiting on..

  • Anon

    Hopefully they’ll pack a decent sized battery in it. Having a Droid MAXX, it’s hard for me to consider anything else, and I have 3500 reasons not including the OS and really useful software (Moto Assist, Touchless Control, Active Notifications, etc.)

    • PoisonApple31

      When your 3500 reasons go down to 0, I’d like to swap in another 3500 reasons. I’d like to see a removable battery on the MAXX. Easier for me to carry a second battery than bring a charging cable with me.

  • Richard

    So it begins……..

  • MatthewSimmons

    It will come with stock android calling it right now.

    • Tim242

      Samsung already stated that they are going to still offer”enhancements”.

  • Jordan

    The Droid-Life community is beginning too predictable with their comments.
    Any news about Samsung: “Boo. It sucks. TouchWiz is BS.”
    Any news about Motorola or Nexus: “I don’t care, I just want it.”

    Samsung is doing great things. Keep it up.

    • Adrynalyne

      The Lenovo news didn’t go that way. So not as predictable as you might think.

      • flosserelli

        But for the most part, Jordan is spot on.

        • Adrynalyne

          I guess the people have spoken. Touchwiz needs improvement and has for a long time.

          It is not atypical of things to be complained about if there is a problem. As for the Samsung boos, I see just as many moto boos in other threads.

  • StankyChikin

    GS5 going to have that new UI crap on it?

    • crazed_z06

      No, it’s going to have stock Android!

  • teevirus

    I think we can all agree that Touchwiz is showing some age on it as far as the UI goes. A refresh would be most welcome. It would also be nice to see some changes to the design of the phone. You can do plastic right. Google and LG have shown that is possible with the Moto X and Nexus 5.

  • Chris

    If they do this again…..

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lclQcpZVM4Q

  • StankyChikin

    Seahawks bwahahahaha!!!!!!

    • StankyChikin

      Down Vote and Hate!!! HAWKS ARE GREAT!!!!

      • Tim242

        Why does a sports team excite you so much? What does their win mean for your life?

        • Chris

          @StankyChikin:disqus What does the seahawks winning have to do with this samsung event?

        • Chris M

          Sounds like somebody got picked last at recess every day.

      • LionStone
  • Ray Gray

    Droid-life getting some stamps in that passport

  • crazed_z06

    So many mad people here already lol. Dont worry, Lenovo has you guys covered.

    • Godzilla

      We’ll see how that goes

      • Elvin Topalov

        Google did keep the best parts of Motorola anyways. ;p

      • El_Big_CHRIS

        hey i havent seen you commenting around here lately. It’s been the “Tmo CEC” only

        • John Legere

          I don’t succumb to pressure.

    • Patmw123

      Seems to me that there are just a good amount of people posting who dislike touchwiz.

      • crazed_z06

        Haters will invariably, hate. It’s what they do.

        Could Touchwiz be spruced up a bit? Sure. Is nearly as bad as crybabies here post in EVERY SINGLE THREAD? I think not.

        • Adrynalyne

          People showing their dislike of something makes them crybabies? Classy.

        • Patmw123

          I just didn’t see “so many mad people” after reading through all of the comments. The main point I did see in common throughout was a mostly universal disdain for touchwiz.

          • Adrynalyne

            I’m ok with touchwiz if they fix a few things. That labels me as a hater for some reason.

            Why it is wrong to look for some improvements, I have no idea.

          • Patmw123

            I couldn’t agree more. I just don’t like the fact it looks so similar as it did to the gingerbread version. It seems lazy in my opinion for a company that obviously has plenty of resources to innovate.

          • crazed_z06

            A universal disdain for Touchwiz amongst tech blog commentors..

            If Touchwiz was universally disdained, how does Samsung sell so many phones? I know.. I know.. Marketing. Samsung makes people buy things they hate with so many commercials.

          • Patmw123

            I never said touchwiz was “universally disdained” at any point. I specifically stated “after reading through all of the comments”, obviously referring specifically to the “mad people” you were referring to within this post.

          • Chris

            a few people on the internet are nothing to samsungs actual sales. Samsung wont fell the dent if these people dropped samsung for motorolla, LG or HTC

          • Patmw123

            Again, at no point have I said anything about Samsung losing sales or anything of the sort. All I mentioned was that I didn’t feel that anyone was “mad” in the thread but rather that some people didn’t prefer touchwiz in its current state. I’m not really sure how any of my comments got turned into some philosophical take on Samsung’s marketing strategies and sales numbers, but ok.

          • Chris

            There are are some who become very passionate and protective of their chosen brand/platform. So there might be some who are mad.

            All I was saying is a single person not choosing samsung is like less then a $1 to samsung’s eyes. hell not even that. They already make billions each year and they sell more then just phones. TVs, Blue rays, Refrigerators. etc.

  • Elvin Topalov

    This better not be Samsung trolling us and unveiling a “revolutionary” device that’s supports 5 SIM’s or something…-___-

  • reyalP

    So, we can expect more shiny plastic and iPhone like features?

    • Elvin Topalov

      It’s okay, I’d be mad too if the iPhone could do as much as an S5./:

      • John Legere

        Wait, iPhones have advanced?

        • Elvin Topalov

          Yeah! It’s just a brick phone but decided to take the b,r,c, and k out of it and name it iPhone!

          • John Legere

            Always seemed like a kids toy to me.

      • reyalP

        I agree, that’s why I don’t understand why Samsung tries so hard to mimic Apple. Honestly, I used to like Samsung but now I despise them as much as apple.

        • Chris

          When you get that big theres bound to be some hate. Samsung is like Apple, but with Android. Everyone and their mother buys them.

        • Al-Burrit0

          Same here. I don’t hate smamsung as much as apple, but I do hate them. I use to like LG as well but now they try to mirror everything Samsung does. There in the type of mentality of if you can’t beat em join them.

          • Chris

            Everyone copies everyone at some point.

          • ButIHateYouChris

            Good discussion from TopGear when they were talking about a german sedan that applies (this was an earlier series so I don’t quite remember which one, maybe it was the Vauxhall VXR one?), that everyone is so focused with what each other is doing that they end up making the same exact thing.

          • Al-Burrit0

            True but LG is just straight up obvious.

  • Godzilla

    The first company that gives you a choice in loading skin or stock will win in my book.

    • John Legere

      Oppo.

      • Godzilla

        I guess I should have said real OEM

        • John Legere

          They are. Oh wait, they are chinese so people hate them. Your loss.

          • Godzilla

            Yup. Screw China

          • John Legere

            #Boohoo

          • reyalP

            LOL, at the rate China is going they won’t have to take the United States by force because they will own most of it anyway.

          • Al-Burrit0

            I thought Godzilla only screws over the Japanese… :P

    • Chris

      like the average joe cares about skins and what not..

  • Bruce

    We always complain about TouchWiz all the time, but Samsung will still stick to TouchWiz one way or another, since the majority & average users don’t care how sucky ToucWiz is. There are about 50 people with android based phones in my department, and I’m the only one know anything about rooting, bootloaders and custom roms.

    • Adrynalyne

      Those same people treat their vehicles like crap, taking them to autowashes and never change their oil.

      For those of us who enjoy performance and take pride in the things we own, it would be nice if they would address the glaring issues. And really, there aren’t many that they cannot. The biggest one is performance. The rest is purely preferential.

      • Bruce

        Well, we can only cross our fingers and hope for the better since Samsung did realize and admit that their software sux, and they would make more investment for improving software.

        • John Legere

          Saying =/ doing

      • crazed_z06

        Not true. I own a Corvette Z06. Why? Because I used to be into modifying cars to go fast. It was time consuming and generally lead to a less reliable vehicle. It’s so much easier to just get something that’s pretty fast out of the box and leave it stock. Dont have to deal with warranty issues, tuning, smog problems, etc, etc

        • Adrynalyne

          What does that have to do with taking it to an autowash and/or not changing the oil?

          Not once did I mention modifications of any sort.

          • crazed_z06

            You’re saying people who dont modify their phones are the kind of people who dont care about performance or upkeep on their cars. That’s completely false.
            I care about performance and I wash my car all the time.

            Dont a fan of rooting and roms for shits and giggles though. I like products that work out of the box without a bunch of tinkering.

          • Adrynalyne

            I didn’t say that at all.

            Read it again please.

          • crazed_z06

            Him: There are about 50 people with android based phones in my department, and I’m the only one know anything about rooting, bootloaders and custom roms.

            You: Those same people treat their vehicles like crap, taking them to autowashes and never change their oil.

            Just because someone isnt into geeking out on their phone does not mean they treat their vehicle like crap. Cmon man.

          • Adrynalyne

            Again, I said nothing of rooting, romming or anything else.

            I am saying, and it wasn’t to you, that those who do not care about what an interface looks like or how it performs also do not take pride in other things.

          • Chris

            Because a $500-$600 phone isn;t the same as a $16,000-$25,000 car…

          • Tim242

            Me too. I’m sick of rooting to get rid of bloat and installing ROM’s to get full use out of my device. Almost makes me want an iPhone.

          • Chris

            I’m ahppy with Sprint and the fact they dont install a crap ton of bloat and some they allow you to uninstal. its the ones who dont let you uninstall and you are stuck with “disabling” Imdon’t want to disable. I want to uninstall.

        • John Legere

          You bought a Chevy, says a lot, ha

          • Chris

            At least its american made.

          • John Legere

            My Honda will run circles around anything American. Oh and last longer. Your racism isn’t welcomed here, either.

          • Chris

            How is talking about an american car racist?

            move along now.

          • alzeis

            Really Ford makes a Shelby GT500 and GT 1000 trust me your Honda does not stand a chance…anyway just saying

          • landon

            Sorry had to XD

          • Futbolrunner

            Just stop. Your comments aren’t funny, just plain ignorant. The John Legere joke is over played.

            A Z06 will rape anything Honda’s producing, even your Odyssey.

          • DainLaguna

            and then the new nsx comes out?

            lol honda and chevy have very different approaches to vehicles…they arent in the business of producing a z06.

            but while we are on the discussion of whats american made…i’m pretty sure more of hondas lineup is made by american hands than chevy’s is.

            accords and civics have been built here since the 70′s

          • Chris

            The problem i have with Hondas is their cars are too generic looking. too plain. Granted they have been tring in recent years to add some style. Toyota did a pretty good job with their 2014 Corolla and they were another one with a generic look.

            I’m not too sure about that regarding the line up. I do know not all of chevy is bulit in the US though. Some, like the Impala is built in canada or the Sonic/spark in korea as a rebadged daewoo.

          • KleenDroid

            China will always produce some of their GM vehicles here to feed the idea that some still think GM is American.

            Cadillac….. Chinese

            Corvette….. Chinese

            Motorola………………

            Ugg

          • KleenDroid

            Chevy is not American. GM is now owned by China…. But it’s funny to see their commercials making the cars seem American.

      • Chris

        If you are a techie, then you should know about rooting and hell even nexus phones… Thats what gives android power over iOS. CHOICE.

        • Adrynalyne

          I wasn’t talking about rooting.

          • John Legere

            Let’s not feed the attention whores. Already ruining the comments again.

      • Teehee

        S5 Google play edition.

    • crazed_z06

      That’s how it should be..

    • guest

      When a person in general buys a samsung phone, they don’t think they buy an android phone. They think they buy a Samsung phone.

  • Godzilla

    I agree. We won’t see light weight touchwiz until the S6.

  • Sir smoke-a-lot

    I wanna talk to Samsung!

  • Tony Byatt
  • AlexMWilliams

    Don’t expect to see any kind of scaled down Touchwiz on this. Samsung won’t be scaling that back till next year’s models. This will be full of bloatware, ugly design elements and over saturated colors.

    • Chris

      dobut it. i think this year we’ll see a major change in hardware/software. After all, the past two years we had the same hardware/software. Just minor updates in 2013.

  • John Legere

    Or 5 new ; Galaxy S Air Pro Max Note 12.2 Tablets.

  • Marvin the paranoid android

    Samsung has not dissapointed in terms of specs. Hope software is better.

  • slik101

    Eh my s4 is still kicking ass.. It’ll take a lot to make me consider upgrading. Finger print scanner or iris scanner won’t do it for me. Neither would a metal body. I put a huge battery on it anyway

  • http://droid-life.com/ Rthvk

    Droid Life in Barcelona?! #whydnobodytellme

  • John Legere

    The only good i see in this, you’re going to Spain!

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      Well no, they are doing a US event simultaneously for press that isn’t going to Spain.

      • John Legere

        Nooooooooooooooo

  • Alex Boro

    Can’t wait for Samsung to try to act all American again this year.

    • Scott

      That Times Square keynote was horrifically cringe-worthy… #neveragani

    • http://droid-life.com/ Rthvk

      They’re going to act Spanish this year, their event is in Barcelona!

      • Chris

        So no middle aged woman yapping about cheese cake, wine and fact that their nails are wet?

  • Chris Schmucker

    Samsung be like: Hey Everyone! Look at how much the new Touchwiz still slows down this new amazing hardware!!! Only available on the S5!

    • Chris Schmucker

      Also, looking forward to another “award-winning” broadway performance.

      Edit: added parenthesis to emphasize the sarcasm -_-

      • John Legere

        Cringeworthy performance

      • Internet Grammar Nazi

        Pssst…those aren’t parenthesis…

    • JBartcaps

      Not gonna lie, got my sister and father the S4 for Christmas and they love it. Also from playing around with it myself it seems that Samsung only needs to make small UI changes for Touchwiz to work(Such as the notification area, yuck). The big issue though is the unneeded applications that Samsung makes.

      • Adrynalyne

        I’d like TW better if they get rid of the crayola colors and give back the performance they rob us of.

        • JBartcaps

          Yeah those colors could use some work. I do like the fact that my dad can use Easy Mode for his home screen

          • Adrynalyne

            Honestly, I can look past the colors. I just don’t want the performance hit. That annoys me to no end. I have family members that like TW, and those that hate it. Those that really like it are not technically inclined.

          • joder

            Nice downvote…

            I guess you aren’t technically inclined either?

          • mcdonsco

            Nice example of what i think is a samsung app?

        • Tom

          I’m super excited for this! Can’t wait! It seen a while. Are you looking forward to this?

          • Adrynalyne

            As long as it is not simply a hardware refresh, and they improve software performance, I will be looking forward to it.

          • Tom

            Let me apologize for earlier the way I was approaching, sorry for that. I’m with you on that. I really think samsung got this one right. They has been talked about a big refreshment from software to hardware to performance change.

          • Adrynalyne

            No hard feelings. It is easy to get worked up with things when you are passionate about the subject. I am just as guilty of doing it.

          • Tom

            Thanks. You sure got that right. I mean who doesn’t get overhyped with new devices coming out?

          • joder

            Are you guys going to go on a man-date now?

      • MistaButters

        TouchWiz is the only current skin that still has occasional lag. It’s unacceptable in 2014.

        • John Legere

          Occasional? Little more than occasional

        • Chris

          The fact that it has traces of Gingerbread era interfaces (ie; square tabs on top) is unacceptable in 2014.

          • Samsung TW Morbidly Obese

            The fact of having a. 4.2 Butter smooth from Android
            b. Quadcore processors from 1.7-2.3 ghz
            c. 2-3 gb ram
            d, All of the above, and TW still Makes Everything Lag Horribly

        • hoosiercub88

          My stock Note 2 is more fluid overall than my Moto X on 4.4.

          • John Dickinson

            Sounds like there is something wrong with your Moto X. That, or you’re simply lying to yourself.

          • Tony Allen

            Nope, it’s entirely true. I love both phones, but the Moto X just isn’t as smooth as my Note II.

          • Philip J. Fry
          • Bionicman

            i dont know why people down vote this guy. my note 3 still runs just as fast and fluid as when i got it. i dont know if its faster than a moto x but a note 2/3 is plenty fast. anyways cant wait for this unpacking. wife needs to replace her aging GS3!

          • http://droid-life.com/ Rthvk

            You don’t know fast until you compare it with something similar specs that’s non-TouchWiz :)

          • guest

            um i just picked up Nexus 5 and i still see lag? Especially on widgets page and to and from google now.

          • Tony Allen

            Because I spoke an unspeakable truth lol, I’ve never even benchmarked either device because I mostly just don’t care to. Oftentimes with my Moto X, it’ll be fine and fast for almost everything but a couple times a day, there’s UI/UX rubber banding, no one else I’ve talked to with a Moto X has noticed anything like this *I think more likely aren’t willing to admit to it though*, and I don’t have anything odd or out of the ordinary installed. Even back when I had hardly anything installed on it this occurred. At first I thought for some reason it was SwiftKey, tried other keyboards, even just used the stock keyboard, no beans. I’ve never had that problem with my Note II. Even while using multi-window/pop-up browser/etc. There’s nothing wrong with my X, it’s just not as much phone horsepower as my Note II, and it shows from time to time.

          • Sankyou

            Hmm I have not experienced the rubber banding or any slowdowns with my Moto X here. I have had some battery drain issues but have been able to resolve them with some persistence. Now the thing is a champ on both fronts.

          • Jason B

            The Exynos 4+Mali 400 MP4 blows. If you think that has “horsepower” you’re terribly mistaken. Just don’t play any games that require actual 3D rendering.

          • Marcus

            Lies you tell.

          • ^Samsung paid Fanboi

            cough, cough B S, cough , cough

          • hoosiercub88

            I wish I was on Samsung’s payroll, I wouldn’t have had to use the interest free financing to get my MotoMaker Moto X in cement white with white face and blue buttons/camera ring.

            I’m sorry that my Quad-Core phone is faster than my Dual-Core phone with the same resolution, very different GPU architecture, and the same RAM capacity. I do love this little phone though, I appreciate the pocket-ability of it compared to the Note II, the battery life is almost as good *4.1.2+ Really Wrecked the Battery Life on the VZW Note II* I also like that it isn’t just another black/grey slab.

          • Abgar Musayelyan

            as a moto x owner i could tell you right now that this picutre is pure fraud. there is no way in hell we’d be able to tell what kind of phone the picture was of, if it was taken with a moto x.
            … ok i kid.. the camera isnt that bad..

          • hoosiercub88

            I took the pictures with my N7 2013 lol.. You can pretty well clearly see the date and time though 10:01 AM on February 4th 2014.

          • wtfsss

            I agree with you. My friend had a note II and that thing was smooth. Smoother than my girlfriends moto x for sure.definitely not as smooth as my nexus 5 though.

        • guest

          REALLY? I just got a Nexus 5 and I used to use GN2. Nexus 5 still lags too. Do I mind about it? No. Of course not as much as 1 year and half phone but I still see lags. So, is it acceptable to see lag on Nexus 5?

          • hoosiercub88

            Careful, you’ll get downvoted in these here parts.

        • Mike Aurin

          It really doesn’t. Try using a Touchwiz device (S4 or Note 3) as a daily driver before speaking. Cosmetics are my only gripe with my phone.

        • Droid Ronin

          Hopefully Samsung will show off a revamped Touchwiz in the presentation with a lighter UI, similar to what was in the leaks.

      • JMonkeYJ

        Based on the Tizen leaks, it looks like Samsung loves that horrible notification area.

        • John Legere

          By the time they are done. It will be an iOS clone.

      • Tom

        Giving you an up vote on that! Samsung has minor changes to make on the UI. Everything else is spot on

      • PhillipCun

        Define “small ui changes”. It’s not just UI changes Samsung needs to improve, but the entire UX of the phone.

      • Teehee

        Rumors are with the Samsung/Google partnership, Samsung is agreeing to remove most of their bloatware from their phones.

        • Mike H.

          That will just leave more space for verizon amd at&t.

        • Blue Sun

          I’m not gonna hold my breathe on this just yet. I’m betting the S5 with still have all the bloat & jank (maybe just a little less due to beefier processors).

        • KleenDroid

          But I wonder if that agreement will be noticed so soon. This phone has been in the works for a long time. But it would sure be nice

    • Matthew DiGiacomo

      Except that Samsung is toning down their Touchwiz customizations.

      • Chris Schmucker

        Not a chance in hell that the Google deal will be noticable until the S6

        • Chris

          So that Google deal included Samsung must use stock?

          • Ben Edwards

            Not stock, just less Samsung-y bloat.

          • Chris

            I have no problem with a tweaked touch wiz, but some of those samsung apps need to go or at least provide an option to uninstall them and not just hide or disable.

          • Ben Edwards

            Yeah all of their Gapps replacements need to go, they’re unnecessary and just take up space. Does anyone even use them (aside from the email client – I used to use that in my Samsung days)?

          • Chris

            I’m sure some do but it seems samsung has an app for almost every function and most have that dated interface.

            Also problem with bloat falls under the carriers…. all that carrier bloat too..

          • Ben Edwards

            Last I checked they literally had a replacement for every Gapp available, and none of them looked particularly pretty.

            We don’t get carrier bloat here in NZ (thankfully) since we only get the “international” version of phones – but you’re definitely right about that.

          • AngryBadger

            Now Imagine those people on Verizon… Samsung copy apps and Verizon copy apps…

        • Matthew DiGiacomo

          False. I guarantee we will see some changes starting with the S5. Most likely the removal of Samsung Hub and all their garbage Google copy apps.

          • Chris

            got a source or just pure speculation?

    • joder

      Better yet… Hey Everyone! Look how sweet Knox 2.0 is along with our uncrackable/unlockable bootloaders! Hooray for Tizen (note sarcasm).

    • Tom

      This is what I am talking about.

  • nexusplay

    After that alleged Samsung-Google deal I’m excited to see what they do with TouchWiz. Although, I wonder if they had enough time to retool their software.

    • Scott

      It’s not so much a “deal” as it is simply a sharing of patent libraries. Likely won’t translate to any considerable partnership.

      • Marikel

        There’s been rumors that Google asked Samsung to tone down Touchwiz. I think that’s what they were referring to.

        • Omar Amer

          google never had a problem with touchwiz other than the app library. google had issues with the magazine UX in their pro-line though. touchwiz still “sorta” looked like android, even with all the stuff samsung does.

        • Rodeojones000

          TouchWiz had nothing to do with this. It’s wishful thinking from some of the lesser informed members of our community. Samsung was asked to get rid of their Magazine UX and to ease up on their app suite that was I’m direct competition with many core Google apps.

          • Chris

            I amazes me people scream about wanting skins to go away when they can always root or just buy a nexus/google Experience device. If its that hard for them to do that then maybe they shouldnt use android?

          • Dominick White

            Some of us are still on Verizon because of the coverage.

      • nexusplay

        There was a separate report that stated Samsung agreed to tone down TouchWiz and promote Google’s services more.

        • Chris

          the magazine UX. Not touch wiz it self