Most Android smartphones come with a suite of Google apps including Gmail, YouTube, Google Maps, and Google Drive. But device makers can also load additional apps before shipping the phones to customers… and now Microsoft has announced that later this year nearly a dozen companies will be shipping Android phones and tablets with Office and other Microsoft apps.
Those 11 partners include global companies Samsung and Dell as well as regional companies including TrekStor, DEXP, and Hipstreet as well as OEM Pegatron.
The deal with Microsoft means that each of those companies will ship Android devices that come with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive, and Skype apps.
The highest profile Android devices to ship with Microsoft apps are probably the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge smartphones which will feature OneNote, OneDrive and Skype. Within the next few months Samsung will also begin loading those apps as well as other Microosft Office apps on some of its Android tablets.
Want to uninstall Microsoft’s apps from your device? Tough. There’s generally no way to remove apps that come pre-loaded on an Android phone unless you replace the entire operating system. But you can disable them on most recent versions of Android. Just fire up your app launcher, long-press the app in question, drag it to the App Info screen, and choose the “Disable” option to make sure it’s not taking up any resources or showing up in your app drawer anymore. It’ll still occupy some disk space though.