April 28th, 2013, 10:32 PM
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Join Date: Sep 2010
Device(s): Samsung S4, Samsung Epic 4G
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Sprint preinstalled apps
In case anyone was wondering, these were the apps preinstalled** when I activated my Samsung Galaxy S4 on 4/28/13 with Sprint. I shouldn't be surprised, but I'm a little exhausted just looking at all the bloatware on there that I don't want (CBS Sports? Really?).
** Actually some of these are apps that come free with the phone but are _not_ preinstalled, like Lookout Security, Scout, 1Weather, etc.
I'll put an asterisk next to the apps I'm not familiar with. If anyone has a brief explanation of what they're used for, and whether they are worth keeping, let me know. (I don't plan to root so it's possible I'm just stuck with some of these.)
Edit: As I learn about the apps I'll remove the asterisk and add a brief description.
* Group Play
Lumen Toolbar [a replacement toolbar for the homescreen that can be swiped sideways to reveal additional shortcuts]
Optical Reader [does OCR for text as well QR codes (but does not recognize barcodes at all). I tried this with a business card and it got about 80-90% of the text correctly converted into a phone contact. One odd thing: although it relies on the camera, it will not scan text correctly if the phone is held landscape-style - only works well in portrait mode]
Play Movies & TV
Polaris Office 5
Samsung Hub [Sammy's app and media content-selling store.]
Samsung Link ["Share & Play content across smart devices anytime anywhere"]
Sprint Worldwide [odd little app that is basically a single help page for international travelers]
Story Album [app for making photo albums with the option to have them printed as books]
WatchON [serves as a browser for your TV service provider's guide as well as a multimedia remote control; you can also give it your Netflix login, and it prompts you to (optionally) create a Samsung account as well]
BaconReader [a free Reddit reader]
Lookout Security [antivirus, lost phone locator, etc]
Scout [GPS app]
Sprint Music Plus
Sprint TV & Movies
Last edited by bls; April 29th, 2013 at 09:48 AM.
Reason: added some app descriptions