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Old April 28th, 2013, 10:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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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.

Calculator
Calendar
Camera
Chrome
Clock
Contacts
Downloads
Dropbox
Email
* Flipboard
Gallery
Gmail
Google
Google Settings
Google+
* Group Play
Help
Internet
Local
Lumen Toolbar [a replacement toolbar for the homescreen that can be swiped sideways to reveal additional shortcuts]
Maps
Messaging
Messenger (google)
Music
My Files
Navigation
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]
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Play Books
Play Magazines
Play Movies & TV
Play Music
Play Store
Polaris Office 5
S Health
S Memo
S Translator
S Voice
Samsung Apps
Samsung Hub [Sammy's app and media content-selling store.]
Samsung Link ["Share & Play content across smart devices anytime anywhere"]
Settings
Sprint Worldwide [odd little app that is basically a single help page for international travelers]
Sprint Zone
Story Album [app for making photo albums with the option to have them printed as books]
Talk
TripAdvisor
Video
Voice Recorder
Voice Search
Voicemail
VPN Client
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]
YouTube
BaconReader [a free Reddit reader]
Lookout Security [antivirus, lost phone locator, etc]
1Weather
Scout [GPS app]
CBS Sports
Sprint Music Plus
Sprint TV & Movies

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Dang that is a lot of apps . darn u samsung.
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Dang that is a lot of apps . darn u samsung.
It's not that bad. Several are in your app drawer when you start up the phone for the first time, but they are not actually installed. Those icons are there to indicate the phone gets them for free from the Google Play store. The first time you tap them they reroute you to the Play store and give you the option to download them. So they clutter up your app drawer but don't take up space in memory.
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Well that is good that they are not actually installed helps a bunch.
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