In Orbit Outside Samsung’s Galaxy (Premium)

At various times over the years, I’ve tried to make the Samsung ecosystem part of my regular rotation, alongside Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS. Doing so would make sense: While Samsung’s mobile products are largely based on Android, the firm sells more smartphones than any other and it has extended Android, via software on its devices and with unique peripherals and services, to the point where the Samsung ecosystem---the Galaxy ecosystem---is its own thing.

But despite Samsung’s near-ubiquity, the Galaxy ecosystem has never really come together for me. And I’m not entirely sure why.

No, I’ve never been a huge fan of Samsung’s Android skin, once called TouchWiz, but the modern Samsung Experience looks modern and professional. Likewise, I’m no fan of Samsung duplicating many of the built-in apps in Android, but its recent partnership with Microsoft suggests that some quality software may be on the way there as well. And I’m certainly no fan of Bixby: I feel...

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