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Samsung to offer Galaxy S6 with ‘near-Nexus’ software experience?

Samsung could be about to make some TouchWiz haters very happy, by offering the Galaxy S6 smartphone with a user interface much closer to stock Android.

According to SamMobile, (via Gizmodo) the Korean firm may be planning to scale back on in-house apps like S Voice, S Translator and Story Album.

The report builds on previous rumours claiming Samsung may offer these apps to customers who wish to enable them via the Galaxy S6’s settings menus or download them via a dedicated app store.

The rumoured solution would prove popular for Android users who enjoy Samsung’s hardware, but enjoy the Nexus-like version of Android. It would allow them, for example, to have Google Now rather than the S Voice solution front and centre on their smartphone

It could also help Samsung offer a sleeker, speedier experience to users rather than slowing the handset down with UI bloatware.

It would also be good news for Google which has railed against the overly customised versions of Android with the Google Play Edition program and the Nexus devices.

Google appears to have shut down the Google Play Edition program, with no devices currently available for sale on the store.

Perhaps assurances from Samsung over a toned-down TouchWiz has sated Google’s concerns third-party manufacturers would fork Android until it became unrecognisable?

Read more: Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review

Would a streamlined Galaxy S6 encourage you to jump on board with the Samsung bandwagon? Are you a TouchWiz fan disappointed by this potential development?

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