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Samsung lets you get rid of Galaxy S6 bloatware

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Samsung launched the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge at the MWC 2015 show this month, and while the handset came with a welcomed design overhaul, as well as a diminished TouchWiz, there’s a surprise within the UI of the handset. In review units, XDA users found that you can not only remove the apps that you installed, but that you can actually remove bloatware from Samsung and Google as well. For those of you who like the appearance of a clean UI, Samsung has not been the favorite OEM to look for until now. But that’s about to change with the Galaxy S6.

Although not all of the bloatware that comes pre-installed on the Galaxy S6 can be completely removed and uninstalled, all of it can be disabled, which is already a good thing for those that don’t use Google services or the native Samsung applications. Although the ultimate goal when it comes to smartphones is to have no bloatware whatsoever, that’s rather hard to achieve without a GPe phone or a Nexus one. Motorola has the most near-stock Android interface out of them all, but OEMs are starting to focus on giving users this opportunity in the future.

The best choice if you want stock Android on a Samsung phone would be a custom ROM, but that’s not an attractive option to those who are not that tech-savvy as others. In the meantime, at least the Galaxy S6 seems to be embrace user preference more and more, although we’re not sure if the consumer models of the device will have the same features found in review units. Many users hope that once the Galaxy S6 pre-orders open and shipping starts in April, their units will be as customizable as possible and that they will be able to at least disable Samsung and Google bloat that they really don’t use. Even if many Android users are Google services users, that doesn’t mean that they use all the services pre-installed on the Galaxy S6 or any other handset.

The Galaxy S6 is currently regarded as the best smartphone on the market and Samsung as a company has certainly amazed people with the fairly new design. Although the overall design language of the Galaxy S6 is representative of the Galaxy line-up, Samsung changed things up with an Xperia-like glass finish on the back and an iPhone 6-like metal frame and body. Users are appreciating the Galaxy S6 Edge even more, as it looks stylish and fashionable, not to mention smooth and attractive. The Edge price will certainly be above the speculated $800 price tag of the Galaxy S6, so we’re wondering how many people will choose the edgy phone over the classic variant. Which would you choose?

As part of the editorial team here at Geekreply, John spends a lot of his time making sure each article is up to snuff. That said, he also occasionally pens articles on the latest in Geek culture. From Gaming to Science, expect the latest news fast from John and team.

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Despite popular belief, PS4 sales in the UK skyrocketed last year

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PS4 sales in the UK climbed by a shocking 633 percent year-over-year in 2023, so apparently the old system isn’t dead yet. The previous year’s very limited supply of the system is likely a major factor in this figure, since the console’s lifespan was drastically reduced because of chip shortages caused by the pandemic. Still, it’s proof that PlayStation’s original platform has unmet demand.

With the very low prices of PS4 software (both in-store and online at the PS Store), this strategy makes a lot of sense. Plus, it’s future-proof, so there’s no harm in stocking up on PS4s while new-gen pricing is still high, since if you decide to switch to a PS5 in the future, you can transfer all of your purchases across. Not to mention that the majority of new releases still come out on the PS4, with several offering free PS5 upgrades.

While the percentage rise may seem huge, real PS4 sales will probably be much lower. It’s a sign that the gadget, which is now a decade old, isn’t completely dead yet, and we expect it to keep receiving maintenance for a while longer. Of course, this is great news for Sony, because the company would rather have PS4 players playing on its last-gen gadget than none at all, even if it would love to have them upgrade to PS5.

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New PS5 firmware is available for download!

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A PS5 firmware update on a cold winter morning is unmatched. The latest PS5 system software update is 23.02–08.40.00 from Sony. Does this one add useful features or just boost system performance?

Though closer to the latter, it’s more than Sony’s favorite patch note. It fixes security issues, improves messages and usability, and boosts system software performance. Official patch notes for this 1.185GB update:

  • We updated system software security
  • We improved system software stability and performance
  • Some screens now have better messages and usability

That’s it. PS5 gets another win to recover from its midweek slump. Do you share our enthusiasm for this firmware update? Comment below. To spice things up, make your comment rhyme.

 

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Baldur’s Gate 3’s Xbox Version Will Help PS5

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Belgian developer Larian Studios’ work on Baldur’s Gate 3’s Xbox Series S version will improve performance on all platforms, including PS5. The game’s fifth major patch, expected to launch this week, will include upgrades and new features. More details will be revealed later today.

Director of Publishing Michael Douse says PS5 performance improvements may be the “least exciting thing” in the title’s next update, so it sounds like a big one. Larian Studios employees are proud of “finally” implementing tweaks, fixes, and changes, Douse says. Later today, we’ll bring you all the Baldur’s Gate 3 update details.

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Those who reached the RPG’s third act have reported technical issues during the narrative’s conclusion, especially in co-op, so today’s update should fix them. New features like a permadeath mode are expected, along with Xbox Series S optimization fixes. What else should be added to the game?

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