Oath Bloatware for Galaxy S9 Phones

Putting Oath Bloatware on Samsung’s Galaxy S9 Phones

Verizon will be putting Oath bloatware on Galaxy 9 phones. The company has signed a deal with Samsung to preload four apps from Verizon’s Oath brand to Galaxy 9 smartphones. This is part of the company’s ongoing effort to get people to actually watch content from services like Go90.

Apps To Be Preloaded On Galaxy 9

Specifically, the four apps which Verizon will preload on Samsung’s Galaxy 9 smartphones are:

– Oath’s Newsroom
– Yahoo Sports
– Yahoo Finance, and
– Go90 mobile video apps

These apps will be preloaded on the Galaxy 9 and Galaxy 9 Plus. Samsung has confirmed that the preloaded apps will only be coming to the Verizon phones.

Other Conditions Of The Deal

Also part of the deal is the integration of native ads from Oath into both the Oath apps and Samsung’s own Galaxy and Game launcher apps. Samsung will share revenue with Oath from the new ads.
It seems like the Oath apps will be Samsung’s premier content partner. Adding things like sports scores from yahoo Sports, news from Newsroom, and stock information from Yahoo Finance into Bixby Home, too.

These integrated ads and Bixby Home content will be coming to all Samsung S9 devices, not just Verizon ones. It will start with the US with an eventual plan to roll them out globally. Meaning, if you are not a Verizon customer and you use an S9, prepare to see more of Verizon and Oath content the future.

Bloatware may not have been invented by Android phone. But Android phone makers and carriers seem to like taking advantage of it. Bloatware is all the extra software apps that come pre-installed in your phones. Most android users do not like having these unwanted apps on their phones. But some carriers do not care about customers’ aversion toward Bloatware.

Samsung S9 and S9+Flagship Smartphones: Is it Worth the Upgrade?

Programmed obsolescence is the norm among the big names in tech and Samsung is no exception with its release of Samsung 9 Series, barely 10 months after Samsung’s S8 wowed the public. Like all launches, media was all agog over its launch in Barcelona during the Mobile World Congress (MWC)- and for a good reason, Samsung has touted it as the “Camera – Reimagined! The revolutionary camera that adapts like the human eye.”

Truth be told, it doesn’t look very different from its predecessor – just a bit thicker, sleeker, and heavier. There is no major overhaul – just more of the good stuff. One nice thing is that the price is not that much higher than the S8 series. Big brother S9+ at $840 is just over $100 more expensive than the handier S9 at $720.

Initially, it seems like a lot  features are common to both the Samsung 8 (Android v7 Nougat) and the Samsung 9 (Android v8 Oreo):

  • 5.8″ display S9, 6.2″ display on S9+
  • 64 GB storage
  • 12 MP Camera
  • 4 GB Ram  (6GB Ram in S9+)
  • 12 MP Camera
  • Dual Sim, Nano size
  • Network (4G, 3G, 2G)
  • Processor (Octa-core); S9 has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor
  • Water-resistant, dust-proof, fingerprint resistant
  • Super AMOLED display,  1440 x 2960 pixels resolution, 568 ppi
  • Infinity display
  • Stereo jack, USB-C, expandable SD
  • Fast charging battery; wireless charging

But there are fine differences like the change in position of the fingerprint sensor that totally avoids smudging the rear camera lens (as it did in the S8). It’s no longer beside the camera but below it. The speakers have vastly improved; now stereo, largely as a result of Samsung’s acquisition of Harman Kardon, with sound now coming from the top and the bottom. The display is re-engineered to be a bit more curved than the angular S8 series.

And now, the icing on the cake, the incredible camera that performs like an SLR with its variable aperture. This means that you have absolutely better control and can take pictures even in dim lighting conditions. In the past, you either had to depend on flash (which can distort and wash-out color) or make do with dim photos and edit them even if the resulting shots are annoyingly grainy or ‘muddy’. The Samsung 9 series gives you the freedom to take larger aperture portrait shots for more accurate exposure and wider angle selfie shots. Both models have the variable aperture lens which can open up to 1.5 in dim light and close to 2.4 if you are in a well-lit environment.  Samsung is hyping up the “slow-mo” that can shoot 960 frames per second and the HD video which is crisper and smoother. The S9 has a single camera while the S9+ has a dual camera (with wide angle and telephoto lens) which is perfect when you want to create “artistic” shots with variable amounts of blurring. In the past, controls were more digital or software-dependent. This time, true to professional standalone cameras, there is an aperture that is physically adjusting to variance in light. So, if you are one of those who won’t get satisfied with selfie sticks or run-of-the-mill poorly exposed shots. then you’ve found your match. It makes the once venerable Carl Zeiss lens quite outdated and is a far cry from the usual point and shoots.

Back to the question – is it worth the upgrade? Judging by the reactions of those who attended the Barcelona launch, it’s most definitely an improvement. And with very little price difference, it could even be considered a bargain!








Samsung S9: Can Users Expect a Better Phone Next Year?

It’s been a routine that Samsung releases new phone models every year. In 2017, they released their Galaxy S8 and S8+ which are great phones by the way. Next year, despite being called “rumors”, the company (for sure) is  going to release their Samsung S9.

Many users might be wondering — with great phones already released, what else can Samsung offer?

Samsung S9

According to the latest leaks, the phone is said to be released on February or March 2018. That’s just a few months from now.

The price might be $720 or more. Yes, it’s going to be an expensive one.

For the screen, there are whispers that the newest Samsung addition is going to have an in-screen fingerprint scanner. It might also have a water-repellent coating. But again, these are just rumors and are not yet confirmed by the company.

It also has the possibility of having the same screen size like the Galaxy S8 which is 5.8 inches.

As for the battery size, it is leaked to have a bigger and more efficient battery than its predecessor.

We can expect that the camera is going to be superb. Why? Because Samsung’s past phone models have great camera.

For gamer peeps who are vouching for a 6GB RAM, we think this is not possible. The company might just stick to its 4GB RAM even for their high-end phones. But let’s just hope that they’ll consider the additional RAM.

It is also rumored that this will be Samsung’s foldable phone but we still have to wait a few months for us to find out.


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