Microsoft and Samsung have teamed up in order to bring Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge users new apps and services like OneNote, OneDrive and Skype. These applications and services come pre-installed on Samsung’s flagship smartphones, and owners can make use of them right off the bat.
It’s been a while since the two phones were released into the wild, so Microsoft and Samsung thought you might be craving another batch of the former’s apps. According to a report coming out of Myce, a new update is currently hitting Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge users across the world.
But it’s a tricky update which ultimately ends up installing Microsoft Office apps without the user’s consent. The software bit weighs 223MB and will automatically install Word, Excel and PowePoint. Owners of the two phones report being unable to find an option for opting out and preventing the installation of these apps from happening. According to them, the update did not contain any info regarding the three apps.
The problem is that Word, Excel and PowerPoint end up taking up a lot of storage space, which users could have used for other things, based on their own wishes and desires. Samsung usually releases updates that include security fixes, or new features, but this is something else entirely.
Microsoft and Samsung announced their partnership in March, and back then, we told you that Samsung would release several Android tablets poised to come with apps like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive and Skype pre-installed.
The two tech giants also wanted to cater to the needs of business users. So, according to Redmond, business customers that purchase Android devices via Samsung’s business-to-business sales channels should expect to be given access to three versions of Office 365: Business, Business Premium and Enterprise.
The bundle also includes Samsung’s KNOX security solution and a setup service to help businesses get up and running with products and ongoing support.
So it seems that Samsung and Microsoft are continuing to push their partnership along, albeit in a quite aggressive manner. Maybe we shouldn’t be too surprised if soon we end up seeing Cortana for Android on Sammy’s premium phones as well.