When the ultra low-end Galaxy J1 announced and released a couple months ago, the phone didn’t come loaded with Samsung’s music player app. Instead, Samsung had put Google’s Play Music app on the devices for the user’s music need. At the time, it could be caused by the J1’s weak hardware might have been the reason for the absence of Samsung’s music app as it had been rather heavy and resource hungry before the announcement of the Galaxy S6 and its optimized version of TouchWiz came along.
Despite being powered by a Snapdragon 410 processor which is more powerful than a chip used in J1, now the Galaxy J5, for some other reasons, Samsung also didn’t put the company’s music app either. The J5 does have only 1.5GB RAM, while the J1 had only 512MB, so it’s possible high memory requirement could be the deciding factor for why Samsung is shipping the Google Play Music app on these devices. But considering memory consumption of 10MB in the S6, it doesn’t exactly seem plausible that the app’s memory usage is the main culprit.
Another possibility is the Korean giant doesn’t want to offer a similar experience to those on budget compare with the flagship. What do you think?