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The Galaxy S5 is coming to store shelves in April, and it's bringing with it a new version of TouchWiz along with a full suite of Samsung apps. These aren't typically the pieces of software Android enthusiasts foam at the mouth to get, but with all the bajillions of devices Samsung pushes each year, we know there are many of you who get a kick out of some of them. So here's the thing, several of Samsung's apps have already leaked onto the web, namely the Gear Fit Manager, the Galaxy Gear Manager, S Health, S Note, S Translator, the calculator, and WatchON.

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In case it isn't obvious, you need a Samsung device to install these apps. With the two managers, you also need the requisite matching hardware. Some of the APKs need you to uninstall previous versions in order to install successfully, an act that requires root. That aside, you can get the files in the XDA post linked below.

Source: XDA via SamMobile

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Cherokee4life

    I see 7 apps listed and 3 screenshots... hmmm which one is which... :)

    • Ali A

      did you even click on the XDA link?

      • Cherokee4life

        excuse me for trying to be funny. jeez

      • Cherokee4life

        excuse me for trying to be funny. jeez

        • Eddie Hooper

          I excuse thee.

        • Enes Taşdemir

          You are not funny though.

  • Kieron Quinn

    I'll probably get downvoted for this, but the top of the Samsung Apps does remind me a lot of the app store in iOS 7:

    http://i.imgur.com/mVyTBoA.png

    Probably the big back icon more than anything

    • Daniel Traynor

      Agreed, it does look like it!

    • veRdiKt

      woah....your right man....wheres my pitchfork...?

      • http://twitter.com/anishbhalerao Anish Bhalerao

        You're*

        • http://www.flickr.com/photos/77537273@N03/ Herman

          What if he was talking about his direction?

          • http://twitter.com/anishbhalerao Anish Bhalerao

            NO.

    • veRdiKt

      woah....your right man....wheres my pitchfork...?

    • Tuấn Ankh

      I think you're good. Discus has disabled the down vote functionality. I haven't seen the down votes for a while. xD
      But anyway, that does look so much like in the iOS7 app store. I just checked, and... yep.

      • Stone Cold

        You can still downvote but it won't have a number by it.

    • Matt

      I'm shocked:O Samsung has never been accused of copying Apple before. But seriously, they're really not doing themselves (or the rest of the Android ecosystem that isn't quite as plagiaristic) any favors.

      • Android

        As an Android fan, are we forgetting who the real copier was from the start? APPLE.

        The real thug of a company is Apple, who copies and steals other people's ideas, but then announces to the world that it was their innovation.

        Apple was the one who started the terrible trend of calling everything that already existed "innovative", so much so that it doesn't even mean anything anymore.

        • Somedude

          Are you crazy? Samsung accepted having copied apple... They accepted... You should also accepted fanboy... xD. Besides apple is the best ecosystem. Learn to live with that.

    • Somedude

      That's obvious. Don't you know samsung is apple biggest fan?. They are always aware of whatever apple is doing, so they can copy it faster than light.

    • FrellMeDead

      Only thing is that most of these apps have been out for quite awhile before iOS 7. Not saying all of them were but quite a few were at least 2011 and early 2012, so the design decision came before Apple's update to their OS.

      Only changes since then have been fairly minor. Personally I don't care either way since it doesn't change how anytime uses the app and definitely doesn't change whether anyone would buy one phone over another.

  • Grayson

    Man, the S Translator and WatchOn apps are hideous. Are they from 1999? The other app screenshot looks fine though.

  • Alberto Blasi

    I wouldn't want them even on a Samsung phone, nevermind my current phone.

  • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob

    A translator app? Is the Google one that bad compared to it or something? Oh well.

    • Zimmerman

      No but Samsung is trying to disrupt Google business for some reason.

      • Jack

        Businesses disrupt other businesses. It's the way of life. Google is one of the biggest "perpetrators" of this. I only use that term because you seem to think it's a bad thing when Samsung does it though.

        • Zimmerman

          It is a bad thing when they do it because I don't ever want to live in a world without google

          • hot_spare

            Good, considering the fact that you don't have to use it. Just use a nexus and be happy.

          • Brad

            I personally think google should force the nexus experience... I've never been happier than with a nexus. I used to root all of my phones to get as close to AOSP as I could... with google pushing timely updates themselves and no bloat... no need to even root, let alone flash. At least for me.

          • Zimmerman

            Interesting point.

          • THe COunt

            No You're Wrong! Will you ever get it right?

          • Zimmerman

            Shut up sucka and explain yourself before you open your mouth!

          • Brad

            It'd get rid of waiting for the carriers for updates.

          • Zimmerman

            Or just download the official google translate app from the playstore

          • Jack

            That's fine, no problem with that all since that's your preference. Just don't insinuate that it's a bad thing when non-Google companies do what Google also does.

          • Zimmerman

            But that is a bad thing

          • Jack

            It's a bad thing only because you like Google. For those who don't like Google's products and want alternatives, it's a good thing. It's just about choice.

          • Zimmerman

            Incorrect. It is a bad thing for everyone. Google is the nucleus to android. If Google goes, everything good and cool goes along with it.

          • Jack

            Even if somehow Google goes, Android won't be gone. It will be owned by someone else. Google may be the nucleus of Android right now, but that's only by ownership and established alliances. Android is open source and anybody can do anything they want with it. That was Google's intention, except until someone else becomes too successful, right?

            I'm just saying the world doesn't begin and end with Google, and Google doesn't have the sole right to act like a normal business.

          • Zimmerman

            Android without Google is like The Lakers without Kobe or Phil Jackson. So I hope that never happens. Exactly! If someone else becomes too successful then that's bad and I won't support it.

          • Jack

            The Lakers would die without Kobe or Phil. Not so with Android and Google.

            "If someone else becomes too successful then that's bad and I won't support it."
            That makes you a fanboy. I don't mean that in a bad way. It's only bad if you don't know that you are.

          • Zimmerman

            I don't agree with you.

          • Zimmerman

            And you are wrong again. "Anybody" can't do "anything" to Android. Google is laying the smackdown on a company that intends to release a dual boot Android/Windows phone. I recommend that you try staying up-to-date with new information because you may end up looking like a total idiot.

          • Jack

            Wow, chill buddy. Yes you can do anything you want to android (obviously the implied limitations were legal ones). The "smackdown" has nothing to do with the legality of Android usage and everything to do with what Google as a company wants and how a mega corporation can indirectly enforce that due to their money and size.

          • Zimmerman

            Regardless of their size and power, LIKE I JUST SAID! GOOGLE IS LAYING THE SMACK DOWN!!! So YOU CANNOT do WHATEVER YOU WANT to Android as you implied.

  • Casin

    Watch On finally doesn't look like super skeumorphic crap anymore. Thank goodness.

    • Ashish

      Now it just looks like flat crap. Not sure which crap is crappier.

  • Sarah Login

    The music app on the Galaxy S3 is the best music app I have run across for android. Managing playlists on it is so much easier then any other app I have found. I wish I could get it working on my tablet.

    • Zimmerman

      Google Music is amazing is offer the best free features compared to every other company

  • Tuck Choate

    Is it possible to get an APK of the calendar app? I haven't found one anywhere. I'd even settle for an s4 or s3 version.

    • Zimmerman

      The official Google calendar app is comparable to the Samsung version.

      • Tuck Choate

        Not even close. The official Google calendar app is butt ugly.

        • Zimmerman

          What specifically is ugly to you?

    • Android Developer

      I would also like to have it.
      I like it better than the others I've seen (of google and third party ones).

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Samsung is really pushing towards the switch to Tizen with all these apps

  • Marchant Volschenk

    You know I could not wait for the S Calculator. My life was incomplete until this point. :P

  • http://twitter.com/anishbhalerao Anish Bhalerao

    This is actually funny.
    People using Samsungs want to GET RID OF this bloat shit.
    And here they are letting others spared of the misery DOWNLOAD this? WOW!

    • Egon

      People like to think stock Android is bloatware free, but all that Google junk that you can't uninstall is also bloatware, just like Samsung's own apps. It's not just Samsung, it's everyone.

      • Somedude

        No... The bloatware king have a name an it's samesong also knows as shamesung

        • Dudesome

          Hi crapple fanboy! Your intelligence is astounding!

          • Somedude

            Enjoy your bloatware! I will go and use GarageBand on my iPad Air... To bad you don't have anything like that on android :(. I have both iLife and iWork suites for free ;)

      • http://twitter.com/anishbhalerao Anish Bhalerao

        But then Google services and apps hardly bog your phone down.
        Samsung's apps slow it down. I have seen the Note 3 stutter! Seriously, Snapdragon 800 and 3 GB RAM going down the drains. Literally.

    • Enes Taşdemir

      It's not bloatware if you want it in your device, so these apps are not bloatware for people who download them.

  • Android Developer

    For some reason none of the apps I've tried worked well for me.
    Has anyone else tried them?
    I've tried the calculator and S health and they don't even start, while the translator starts but can't translate anything...
    I'm using SGS3 .

  • John P. Holbrook

    It appears "Samsung Device" here means "Device running touchwiz ROM" The calculator app appeared to install but crashes on opening on my GS3 running CM11.

    • Brad

      Yeah, that's to be expected. It needs the touchwiz framework, obviously. Same reason everyone clamoring for the samsung camera are up shit creek.

  • Anthony Johnson

    I am not interested to buy Galaxy S5 as I am satisfied
    with my Galaxy Note 3 . But surely I will give these apps a try specially the WatchON
    which seems interesting.