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Samsung Galaxy S5 to arrive with more than $500 worth of app subscriptions

By Shawn Knight ยท 14 replies
Mar 3, 2014
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  1. In the wake of being partially responsible for the world's most retweeted tweet and debuting the first commercial for the Galaxy S5, Samsung has revealed that the upcoming flagship handset will ship with more than $500 worth of premium app...

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  2. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,438   +428

    Yay, pre-loaded with bloatware!

    Those "you get all of these premium services... for now" sales gimmicks are annoying - the last thing I need is to have easy access to something I may get dependent on, only to get zinged when I actually have to start paying for it. You want to give me a lifetime sub to the app, though, I'm ok with that! :)

    Seriously, though... If you insist on including premium app subscription incentives, make sure you just give us the info/codes and let us decide what we want to install on our phones. Don't have it pre-loaded and annoying the crap out of us to set up accounts and put in our info if we don't want it.
  3. EEatGDL

    EEatGDL TS Evangelist Posts: 659   +333

    I thought exactly the same thing. Create unwanted dependence to those services and then if you wish to keep them you're tied to paid for them. Then again Samsung phones are full of too many apps that slow it down and now these ones, giving for granted all people want them and not just certain audience.
  4. This is why I stick with Nexus phones.
    J_Gert likes this.
  5. Typical Samsung, they hope that you will be duped into believe you are getting these things for free. The reality someone has to pay for these things, the user lands up paying. There is also the possibility the service providers and app providers have also contributed to Samsung coffers to include the bloatware so that they can continue to fleece the users.

    Most of the subscriptions are for services that a few want, and more than likely are already subscribed to. This just re-enforces the idea that the app developers and service providers are trying to push their own agendas to get more users. It is a good as paying people to give you good reviews. The metrics will say x number of million people have downloaded app, therefor it must be good and this causes the app to move up the app store ratings. Which makes a mockery of the ratings.
  6. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,634   +98

    Rubbish personified, or rather continued to be since earlier S models.

    Since One, I don't think S line is the best anymore, yes it had few rough edges (camera being the biggest), but it was much better than its competition. This time around, too, I think Z2 and One (whatever they call it the new one) seems be better options, if someone want an droid, but that is just my opinion.
    lmike6453 likes this.
  7. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,286

    Hopefully all this garbage can be uninstalled without resorting to rooting and I wish manufacturers would stop trying to shovel trash like this down our throats. Whats wrong with letting the consumer decide which apps they'd like installed on their phones all on their little lonesome?
  8. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,634   +98

    Usually sammy doesn't allow that Skid, which is not so good idea, leaving only one option I.e. manually disable these apps. Or, go the other way I.e. root your cell phone, which is not something an avg user would be doing.
  9. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,686   +3,841

    That sounds like, "the gift that keeps on giving". Instead of having to go through the trouble of ignoring your smart phone nagging you about fitness, just buy a "Bow flex", and shove it under your bed. You won't hear a peep out of it.
    Vrmithrax likes this.
  10. Jim$ter

    Jim$ter TS Booster Posts: 162   +32

    One reason I like the iPhone is no bloatware. If they ever started this crap I would seriously think of switching. I like the OS to be pure and allow you to install what you want. Same as some of the new PC's come loaded with so my bloatware its no wonder they are so slow.
  11. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 1,836   +1,345

    I don't like bloatware too but you can still uninstall or disable most of it. That's what's good about Nexus phones. They are clean and unmodified.
    lmike6453 likes this.
  12. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 3,152   +1,411

    They manage to find a bunch of 'premium' stuff to install, but they still won't put more storage than the standard 16GB. They keep upping the megapixels on the camera, but they won't increase the storage. Maybe they hope we won't notice....
  13. lmike6453

    lmike6453 TS Enthusiast Posts: 100   +6

    Yeah and having megapixels being the only specification that makes a camera good is a bad standard. I seen that there's still no optical image stabilization on the new S5, and probably still takes crappy night-time pics.

    Note 4 anyone? My guess is it's going to be a winner, coming out in November-ish
  14. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 3,152   +1,411

    I didn't mean like they're improving the camera, I meant it as the pictures are taking up more space in the camera because they're higher MP. 16GB was standard back when the cameras were taking 8MP... then they went to 13MP and no boost in storage, then now they're going to 16mp and still no boost in storage.

    Meanwhile the HTC one is taking 4MP pictures and giving you 32GB standard. I don't get it why Apple and Samsung won't include more storage. It's not like the price of flash has gone up in the last 3 years.
  15. Fbarnett

    Fbarnett TS Booster Posts: 210   +30

    $500.00 worth of apps? more like $1.98 worth of useable stuff

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