For those that have already received or purchased their Samsung Galaxy S6 from AT&T or Verizon, they may have noticed certain apps missing on the AT&T version, or as is the case on the Verizon version a complete slate of apps is missing from the phone as discovered by the Wall Street Journal.
Both carriers are refusing to comment on the issues with the Microsoft app slate that was supposed to substantially define the Galaxy S6 and the wider deal with Samsung, which was announced alongside the initial debut of the S6.
For Verizon to completely remove the Microsoft app slate is a curious bit of irony, as the carrier previously preloaded Microsoft’s Bing Search onto its Android smartphones from 2010-2012 and even actively worked to exclude Google services in favor of its own before Google tightened the reins on carriers in 2013.
For AT&T, the situation is less severe, as only select Microsoft apps have been excluded from its Galaxy S6 such as OneNote and Skype, but S6 owners from both carriers can still download the complete app slate from Google Play. Sprint and T-Mobile are shipping their S6 models without any changes to pre-installed applications in comparison.