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A Few Ice Cream Sandwich Features Not Mentioned in Last Night’s Event, Anyone Interested in Bloatware Disabling?

 

Sure, we saw the new camera app, lock screen, facial unlock (sort of), new People app, Google Voice integration, and so much more at last night’s Ice Cream Sandwich event, but what about some of the things we did not see? Dan Morrill – one of the more well known or least outspoken Android engineers – shared some thoughts on new features or tweaks that he finds just as important as the ones highlighted throughout the live stream.  

Disabling Apps (bloatware)

ICS adds the ability to disable an app outright. Don’t like an app that came preinstalled? Disable it! Its resources never run and its launcher icon is gone until you re-enable it. (This doesn’t free up any space — it can’t, since pre-installed apps are included in the read-only system storage. But it does put them “out of sight, out of mind.”)

Hear that, folks? Bye bye bloatware. They may not be removed from the phone as Dan points out, but I like the idea of having built-in app-hiding and disabling without having to use a 3rd party launcher. Now I’m just wondering if this feature can be turned off by carriers, just like the CRT animation? I certainly hope not.

*Note – I should point out that this feature really only matters for non-Nexus devices. Nexus phones do not have bloatware. Just remember that other phones including the RAZR will get ICS and also have bloatware – this tool will then come in handy.

Camera Controls

The camera controls have been redesigned and are easier to find and mess around with.

Hugo Barra went into a little bit of detail on the advancements in the camera last night, but from what we have seen leaked and talked about over the last week, can’t wait to get our hands on the controls Dan speaks of.

Updated Settings Menu

We’ve seriously revamped the Settings screen organization. Items are arranged much better now, and it’s easier and usually fewer actions to find what you are looking for.

We saw some of this in a few of the leaks. It definitely mimics Honeycomb styling, but you can see how they have categorized or at least organized it much more.

Support for Encryption for Phones

Honeycomb added full-device encryption, but ICS brings it to phones.

Not much else to add. Great to see this kind of protection on phones as well.

Improved Download Manager

It looks better and is easier to find and use, and to see and clear any downloads you might have.

To be honest, I never use the download manager because everything I download goes through Dolphin Browser. Maybe now that they have revamped the stock browser I will use it more, which could lead to me using the download manager more.

Via:  Dan Morrill

  • Anonymous
  • Prime7

    Bloatware disabling means little if the bloat stays on the phone (and won’t let you update if you remove it, as I learned the hard way with my Droid X). It’s better to avoid it all together by going Nexus.

    Hell, I would go iPhone before I get another bloated mess from Verizon.

  • Teabling

    Ab Fab

  • Anonymous

    tiny.cc/qcfnd

  • Bionic

    If ICS can “freeze” bloatware on its own I no longer have a need to root my phone.  The only reason I rooted my bionic was to freeze bloat.  

    • Anonymous

      Very True cause the internal space is no longer a concern cause there is so much…. ICS is going to be great. I really hope it improves the camera. Does anyone know of an app that can change the color temperature of the screen? Like from 9300Kv to 6500Kv

  • Guest

    I read somewhere that USB host was possibly an upcoming feature for ICS but haven’t heard a peep about it… any word?

  • Anonymous

    I love the bloatware disabling and really hope that is something that can’t be disabled by carriers and manufacturers.

  • Anonymous

    *disabling apps will be activated based on your carrier’s wishes.

  • Anonymous

    Gaining root access on Nexus phones is as easy as breathing.. so removing bloatware is not a problem regardless.  My concern would be.. with the lack of an SD card, how would nandroid etc. work.

  • Anonymous

    Really wish it could support multiple profiles outta the box. Not really for phones, but for tablets. The idea of having my google account, work email, facebook and twitter just sitting on the table making it unusable by anyone else in the family is unfortunate. I wrote an app that switches out the /data/ and /cache/ partitions on Gingerbread to support multiple profiles, but it requires root. I’ll probably have to port something like this to ICS.

  • Bear0013

    Any word about the speaker..

  • Jakewoodblues

    i’d prefer bloatware deletion, myself

    • Bionic

      most of us would.  However with these new phones having such massive storage, at least the bloat no longer takes up valuable real estate

  • Anonymous

    Any idea if is supports OpenVPN natively?

    • Anonymous

       I recall seeing a VPN option in one of the settings menus.

      • Anonymous

        Android has always supported VPN but the one that is lacks (I use all the time) Open VPN. It has PPTP and L2TP and a others but not Open VPN which is why I was wondering if it supports it in ICS now.

  • Bigmammoth50

    Any news on if tthere will be an internal sd card slot? and is the micro usb going to support hdmi conversion?

  • Anonymous

    Another reason to like the razor even more.

    • Anonymous

      not really since if you get a nexus it won’t have bloatware from the start. The bloat will still take up space disabled or not.

      • Djwilliams_15

        If the razr has better battery life and a better radio so I get better reception, then I’m getting the razr. Plus, most of these apps only take up a couple of MBs anyway.

        • Bionic

          exactly.  “space” is no longer an issue with today’s phones

          • Nick

            plus, we can always bump up the RAZR’s storage to 48gb with a bigger sd card anyways.

            This is seriously going to be a tough decision for me, especially since RAZR will be getting ICS in the beginning of 2012.

      • Anonymous

        The top of the line devices are coming with a lot of space

  • http://www.facebook.com/mariafe.c.oneill Maria Fe Camaya O’Neill

    ICS looks awesome! It turned out to be more than i was expecting. Great job Google!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=573791296 Jeff Hoback

    Hmmm….Clove Technologies in the UK already has the Nexus for sale.

    http://www.clove.co.uk/samsung-galaxy-nexus-16gb

    • Anonymous

      so we at least we know the previously predicted Nov 10th date is probably accurate.

  • http://twitter.com/barski_x barski_x

    anyone catch the read-only system storage?  I have a strange feeling that will change quick!

  • http://www.facebook.com/spdivr1122 Stephen Wagner

    there is so much good coming from this phone and ICS. i seriously cant wait to get this 

    • Anonymous

      Can we say “Game Changer”???

  • http://twitter.com/James_C_L James C. L.

    Disable bloat huh? Sounds like nexus from vzw just may be bloated up.

  • Spencer9663

    You know what I hope for? Customizing the color schemes, I don’t know about anyone else but that baby blue color is not for me…

    • pj

      I totally agree with you. I loved Android green and I absolutely hate the new blue color scheme. Until I can flash some other colored mods for the status bar, I am completely uninterested. Between the ics blue, and the motorola blue, we don’t have much of a choice! And I know people are gonna say that I’m nitpicking, but those are the most noticeable and upfront pieces on the phone.

  • Anonymous

    Did they add something in Ice Cream Sandwich that will help your smartphone grow an HDMI port, since I’m really kind of pissed that the Galaxy Nexus won’t have one?

    • EC8CH

      hdmi out thru the usb

      • Anonymous

        Right, because I like adapters and dongles. Oh wait, I don’t, which is part of the reason I don’t own an iPhone.

        • http://profiles.google.com/jason.s.holmes Jason Holmes

          They can’t squeeze everything into these devices.  There are tradeoffs and at least with Android you have the ability to pick and choose which devices have the features you want.

        • Anonymous

          Umm…. any hdmi port would require an adapter also(see: any current phone that has an hdmi port)

          • Anonymous

            Um, doesn’t matter if you already own the correct cable for another device.

        • Anonymous

          mini hdmi or whatever it was called is outdated. it has been since the droid x came out. nearly all android phones have hdmi through usb now. it’s the new standard. no adapters, dongles, or anything else required other than the new standard for mobile video to tv.

          • Kixofmyg0t

            Name some phones that have USB HDMI…..cuz I’ve never EVER seen one.

          • Anonymous

            Nearly all android phones. Even my thunderbolt has the capability. It just isn’t something that is advertised. It’s been done that way after the droid x. Almost all Samsung and HTC phones have done it this way from the start. Samsung galaxy. HTC evo. Motorola and Acer are the two brands that have stuck to micro HDMI. And moto changed it for the bionic to USB out.

          • Hayden Hawk

            Are you just making this stuff up?  I have the Bionic and it has an HDMI port.  Maybe I’m misunderstanding you but I don’t think what you are saying is correct.

          • Anonymous

            my bad. bionic isn’t. here you go for samsung though: http://briefmobile.com/galaxy-s-does-microusb-to-hdmi and here is htc: http://androidcommunity.com/htc-evo-3d-features-micro-usb-port-with-hdmi-capability-20110323/

            Got confused with the bionic. Thought i read they were going to change it. Oh well lol

          • Anonymous

            Actually didn’t know that, so thanks for the response.

        • EC8CH

          I think it’s just a cable, micro usb to hdmi

    • http://www.facebook.com/vespadaddy Dan Peters

      I was too, until another poster mentioned MHL.

      Google it.  Available now.

      • Jason

        MHL is nice! I Googled it, wikepedia has some good info. The YouTube video is cool. Basically, for those to lazy to look it up themselves lol, its a micro USB to HDMI and will charge ur phone while its connected to the TV (once TV’s are MHL compliant). The GS2 already has this so I would say its safe to say they have this on the GNEX.

    • tjmonkey15

      And a microSD slot?  Really sucks/stupid that they didn’t include this IMO.

      Not to be a complete hater though because I still plan on buying this phone when it is released, but that seems like a pretty big oversight (I’m sure they have their reasons for omitting it, but what are they?).

      • Anonymous

        Why do you even need it anymore? 16gb seems like plenty of internal storage now. You only need about 1GB for apps, and the rest for photos and videos. All your music is on Google’s servers. Even photos can just be synced to your Google+ account.

        The trend is AWAY from internal storage. Apple kinda missed this by releasing a 64gb iphone. Why the hell would ANYONE need that much memory on a mobile device, especially with access to cloud-storage?

        • Anonymous

          Because some people don’t like to stream all of their data over a 3G network that isn’t that fast and would prefer to have all of their music, photos, videos there all the time, not just when they have a strong signal. My 16 gb card is nearly full, so yes I am worried about getting the Nexus with no SD card. And remember, not everyone has google music and google+

          Just because you don’t need it doesn’t mean everyone else doesn’t.

          • Anonymous

            So get a 32GB Nexus.

            And anyone who is getting a Nexus probably has Google Music and a Google+ account, and at the very least it. You’re points are unsubstantial.

          • Anonymous

            I know people with more then 20-30 gigs of music, and another point you either chose to ignore, or just didn’t have an answer for, slow 3g + not always having a strong signal. What if someone lives in an area like that? or they need more then 32 gigs, or don’t want to shell out the extra (just assuming here) 100 dollars just to get 16 more gigs of space when a 32 gig card doesn’t even cost that much. Is it really hard for you to accept that some people want the choice of having an SD card slot? I understand there are ways to live without it, but some people (like me) prefer to have everything with them and not dependent on the cloud. Like when I go camping in the mountains, I have no signal. Well if its all on the cloud then no music or anything else. Oh another point. What if someone has tiered data? Are they just SOL when they hit their cap if they want to listen to music? or share a photo or video?
            Edit: At the very least what? You forgot to finish your sentence xD

          • zomygodownd

            Well with Google music you can have part of your music collection on your phone and the rest in the cloud, i doubt you’d even get close to listening to all 300+ hours of music (about 30gb) on a camping trip.. though the data i’d say could be an issue though only when you really want your entire collection of music

          • Anonymous

            Well the problem with only having part of your music collection is what if you want to listen to song X thats stored in the cloud?

            spotty coverage hurts pretty badly when your trying to stream anything, so going into bad coverage can kill your music too. I’d just like to have all my stuff when I want it with me at all times. Wireless networks haven’t evolved enough to carry everything in the cloud (tiered data, not having 100% coverage), there getting closer, but not quite there. If your usually staying in the citys with 4G, then yes I agree you shouldn’t need an SD card anymore =P

          • Ravnos CC

            Spotty coverage will always hurt mobile devices, I agree a microSD slot should/could have been added without killing the design of the phone.

    • Zacharytanksley

      Soooo. If the razr were to get Ice Cream Sandwich would it be a more favorable device despite motobkur and locked bootloader?

      • Anonymous

        No.

      • Kevin Parlee

        I think the RAZR is winning my money/Contract. even if i have GB for a while, i love GB on my DX

  • Anonymous

    too bad everyone on a carrier will never see the option to disable apps.  or it’ll just be to disable ones that are downloaded.  carriers are such pieces of garbage with this stuff

    • Anonymous

      So get the NEXUS device! People need to start supporting the Nexus series more anyway, if they’re tired of OEMs customizing Android.

  • Josh Flowers

    how about some mention of NFC? come on i wanna know if it’s in there!

    • http://www.facebook.com/vespadaddy Dan Peters

      NFC was displayed during the launch.  Galaxy nexus DOES do NFC.

    • Anonymous

       of course it’s got NFC.. where have you been?

    • Anonymous

      …NFC was in gingerbread, why would they need to announce it again?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=573791296 Jeff Hoback

    Any word on accessories?  Would love to know about a car mount.

    • http://twitter.com/AaronVerhoeven Aaron Verhoeven

      Yes, please!

    • EC8CH

      well we know there’s a dock at least :-)

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=573791296 Jeff Hoback

        Yes indeed.  If a car dock isn’t shown by now….I doubt there’s going to be one.  I hope to hell I’m wrong about that.

        • Jason

          As big as this phone is going to be, I’m sure there will be the full range of accessories for this phone

    • http://twitter.com/havens1515 Randy

      This article was about an Operating System, not a phone. No, there are no accessories for the OS, but I’m sure there will be accessories for the Galaxy Nexus (which is what you really wanted to know) as well as other phones that will run ICS.

  • Anonymous

    how much more teasing are we supposed to bear before we hear about launch date and price?
    I need this phone asap. 

  • Anthony Vella

    Can’t wait to see this happen on release:

    Verizon Disables the ability to block bloatware

    Also, there is a rumor going around stating that samsung has been delaying Gingerbread on its premier phones such as the Droid Charge for reasons that they stopped porting Gingerbread and have been porting ICS. Now the best thing that’s rumored is that there might be the ability on your first boot to have the option to install Touchwiz or “Custom Install” which would be STOCK! Yes, if this is true, Samsung has listened to their users and have agreed to make a very smart business choice. Now the average Android user doesn’t even know what Stock Android is but about 13% or so of users know all about Stock and wished they had it. So all in all, its a win – win – win scenario. Regular consumers are happy, technical consumers are happy, and Samsung can feel great knowing they had accomplished a way to benefit everyone. Now the down-side is that if the phones get updated to Gingerbread rather than just pushing ICS, its a huge let back since when the OS above ICS is released, the charge and other devices will have discontinued support. Coming from the charge though, its the worst phone I have ever had, Touchwiz is by far the worst UI I have ever seen, I really don’t know how they even considered such bad colors. On top of that, my phone loses battery in 3 hours of moderate use, the battery has hit 115 degrees when I play an app or watch a movie, and my data continues to drop in full 3G/4G areas, and yet neither Verizon or Samsung will admit to these happenings. All in all, hopefully Samsung conveys us users with the full experience we personally would love and enjoy, and to take the next step as a business to fully connect with its customers.

    • Anonymous

      This seems like a major rumor. I highly doubt that is the case though. Samsung has the worst track record when it comes to updating phones, so i doubt they stopped on gingerbread and started on ICS. and the whole touchwiz or stock, i will never believe that. they have no incentive to let you choose.

    • Booboolala2000

      Would be nice but I am selling my Charge and all its accessories on ebay as I did my D3 and am picking the Nexus up. Only guarantee to get ics and future updates. The Charge was a huge letdown and so has Samsung and their lack of support.

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      Yea that makes no sense

    • Anonymous

      You made some great points.

    • Calvin Williams

      You’re an idiot for not liking the Charge. Touchwiz is way better than sense or shitblur and the battery is leaps and bounds better than the Thunderbolt. If you want to compare to a 3g phone that’s different, but 4g is just a battery hog. It’s still better than the Inc2, Bionic or Droid 3 battery so what are you comparing it to.

      • http://www.facebook.com/borgey401 Andrew Borges

        LOL!!!!!!! Did this kid really just say TouchWiz is better then Sense UI? Wow………………… This must be Stevie Wonders Discus account?

        • http://sudopunch.com Michael Sulsenti

          Touchwiz 4.0 on the SGS II is very minimal on changes to the OS, while adding optional extras.

          The new touchwiz is for people who want almost stock android when they can’t get a stock high end device.

        • Kevin Parlee

          I’m gonna go with Touchwiz > Sense. My brothers have them both and its just a personal preference. I really don’t see the need to have “Profiles” for work/play ect. The SGS2 touchwiz is pretty beast compared to TBolt Sense

      • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

        The charge is not better than the bionic

      • Cipher…

        Touchwiz is a hot pukey orange and brown mess compared to blur.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Graham-Cluck/1848256183 Graham Cluck

        I own a Charge myself, but I have to agree that TouchWiz blows. I actually use GoLauncher to (mostly) get rid of it. Now, I used to really hate MotoBlur with a passion, but it has come a long way, and is much better than what’s been on the Atrix, Droid X, etc. It’s actually pretty good on the D3 and the Bionic IMO. But out of all of them, I’d have to say I like Sense the best. When I had the Inc2, I never felt like I needed to change anything, and was very satisfied with its widgets, Facebook integration, and so on.

  • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

    Dont forget hardware acceleration through out all of android to make a smooth appearance

  • Dan

    So its basically like freezing the apps for rooted users. That’s huge

  • MOTOX

    as i keep asking… @kellex:disqus what do you do for a menu button? i asked on engadget and everyone agreed…wtf do you do for a menu button…pretty sure its still needed in lots of places…

    • babadush

      Isn’t the icon on the right a menu button?

      • Anonymous

        No, that’s the app switcher like in Honeycomb.

        I’m guessing it’s a lot like honeycomb. Optimized apps have a menu bar built into the UI with a button that will expand for more options that don’t fit on the bar. For others, it’ll appear when the app uses it (on honeycomb that’s usually non-tablet optimized apps).

    • DroidzFX

      OH NO! They developed a whole OS and forgot the menu button.

    • Booboolala2000

      The menu button pops up in the native app as a verticle row of three buttons when applicable. Relax, they didn’t forget about the use of menus. On honeycomb it is usually in the upper right and or lower left as a four box square or four horizontal lines.

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      The menu button is gone because now the menus will appear across the bottom (in honeycomb its usually at the top)…so when you click on an article for example in an app the action bar will change to share etc

    • http://twitter.com/BrandoHD Brandon Peters

      The buttons are always on the screen, they just are very dim, but they would be able to see it, You think Google would forgot about a menu button

    • Michael Allis

      MENU is now an application specific button. for instance, in gmail you have the “Powerbar” with all the most used buttons, which changes from one pane to another depending on what’s intuitive for each screen, and then you have a menu button in that toolbar that opens up the rest of the features available to you.

      It’s actually a really nice implementation. It takes the menu-options, which are application specific, out of the core of the OS and into the actions related to the app itself. It makes a lot more sense from a design and function standpoint, and I get the feeling it will feel a lot more intuitive after a little bit of getting used to.

    • Anonymous

      Looks like it’s handled the same way as in honeycomb.

  • Interstellarmind

    i really am looking forward to seeing the options (can i control iso, saturation, white balance, metering, etc) available in the cam. not to mention picture quality.

    cam quality and customization is a total deal-breaker for me (i think touchwiz’s cam app in the droid charge is the best by far – with the tbolt taking hme picture quality prize)

    • Anonymous

      I’d really like to see how the ICS improvements to the camera work on non-Nexus devices, but it’ll probably be a couple of months yet before anything but an SDK port goes live.

    • Anonymous

      I think you can do it in the front facing camera of the gs2. That’s one of the reason i like it better now. As to fix the colors saturation in the regular cam, I’m not sure.

  • Bunie

    WHAT ABOUT REQUIREMENTS *Looks at my droid eris* lolol

  • Jordan

    carriers disabled tethering, so im sure theyll find a way to disable bloat disabling. f*** carriers.

    • babadush

      I was thinking the same thing

    • Booboolala2000

      But in the data control demo you could easily see why they wouldn’t want to disable this feature. Say for instance city id used 250mb of data and you don’t use it and it was pre-installed, you would be able to show proof of why you went over. Background syncing of unused apps can cause you to go over without intent on a limited data plan. The carrier is responsible for data usage by unused or unwanted pre-installed apps.

    • EC8CH

      guess that’s we we keep finding a way to root.  Your move efing carriers :-)

  • Anonymous

    People who root their phones shouldn’t worry about trivial things like removing bloatware for good. 

    • FortitudineVincimus

      huh? at the start of root this was one of the HUGE benefits, and still is. Just like CPU over clock. Root to remove bloat is a huge purpose.

      • Anonymous

         I think you are not reading my post correctly. People who root their phones.. need not worry about whether bloatware can be removed out of the box or not.. because obviously after rooting.. removing bloatware is child’s play.

      • Anonymous

        Used to be not anymore.

  • http://iamandroid.co/profile/rocktoonz Rocktoonz

    disabling it is fine for performance, but REMOVING is what many need because app space on most phones out of the box is already nearly full from OEM and Carrier garbage.  Also, does this mean that OEM “skins” can also be completely disabled (fully disabling all aspects of Blur and TW and Sense?)

  • Michael Allis

    The disabling of Bloatware is the biggest feature that made me squee when they announced it last night. There are simply some stock apps that I will never use and don’t want to have cluttering things up.

    I love everything that’s coming out of the ICS event. I haven’t been this excited about software in… ever.

    • Anonymous

      I agree bro, Google did something good :)

  • FortitudineVincimus

    Man, and to think, it use to be soooo hard to clear downloads. Thank God they improved that!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=10215724 Raj Bhatt

    I was hoping for no bloatware at all on Nexus ICS.

    • EC8CH

      Nexus = No bloat

      whenever the Razr get ICS at least you can hide the bloat in the stock launcher

      • Anonymous

        Razor is a winner this year. Let’s see what samsung bring to the table.

        • Guest

          they are bringing the nexus. duh!

          • Anonymous

            It’s not good enough for the razor

    • Anonymous

      The Nexus won’t have bloatware. They are saying for devices running ICS that have bloatware – you can use this tool.

      • FortitudineVincimus

        It is up to the user to decide what is bloatware. I can promise the Nexus WILL have bloatware as far as I am concerned as it will for sure load apps that are of no interest to me. Thus… bloatware. Not every app loaded will be a worthy app and 1 guys bloatware is another fav app.

        • EC8CH

          I think we can all agree VZNavigator = BLOATWARE!

          • Anonymous

            There are nice bloatware apps. For instance, slacker, zumocast, and a few more.

    • nexus on the brain

      on Nexus, there should not be, when ICS rolls out to other phones is what this would be useful for, like anyone wanting to buy a RAZR, etc

  • Anonymous

    Disabling bloat…so does this mean that the Nexus will have bloat on it that will take up space but that can be frozen. That is not Vanilla.

    • EC8CH

      Nexus = No bloat

      whenever the Razr gets ICS at least you can hide the bloat in the stock launcher

    • Anonymous

      just cause ICS has that feature, doesn’t mean it was made for the Nexus. ICS will be on a lot of devices in the future, most of which will have bloat. But this one feature doesn’t mean the Nexus HAS to have bloat.

      • Anonymous

        Yes right sorry. I am starting to like ICS more now.

    • nexus on the brain

      on Nexus, there should not be, when ICS rolls out to other phones is
      what this would be useful for, like anyone wanting to buy a RAZR, etc

    • Anonymous

      That’s for the non nexus users.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rogério-Cunha/100000154894751 Rogério Cunha

    Does anyone know if wifi proxy authentication has been released? That would be awesome too.

  • Anonymous

    How did they not mention bloatware disabling last night? All the tech media at the event would have stood up and cheered.

  • jbonics

    Well bloat ware removal=less rooted devices. If your phone is fast and doesn’t have bloat the AVERAGE won’t root. Oh there smart. Hey roms run it. Google it

    • FortitudineVincimus

      plus with screen capture baked in, less rooters as well

      • jbonics

        Yeeeeeeuuuuuppp.

    • Anonymous

      I agree with you, they are making the devices so people won’t have to root.

  • Anonymous

    I hope that Google sticks to its guns and does not allow carriers or device manufacturers to remove that debloating tool. Bloatware is my biggest complaint with Android. We should not have ads shoved down our throat forcing us to void our warranty if we choose to do something about it. 

    • Anonymous

      Knowing Verison they will try to somehow disable that feature I am sure of it.   Anytyhing to protect their stupid bloatware!!!  Consumers should have the right to customize and add or take off apps as they please!!!  Not ot be locked down and forced to use a carriers apps or to have that app on their device to hog up performance.

      Good for Google to recognize that with the consumers. Plus 100 :) to Google :)

    • Anonymous

      Just like they did with wireless tethering. 

  • Anonymous

    Axing BLOATWARE???? Seriously…I NEED ICS. NOW.

    EDIT: Got ahead of myself *sigh* I already do this with LauncherPro….guess onto the ROOTING world I go…

    • Downey1971

      Sorry but you can NOT do this with any launcher, all LP does is remove the icon from the app drawer, it does not disable the app and keep it from running…

      • EC8CH

        exactly… that’s why it seems ICS’s implementation one ups what is currently available for non-root users. 

      • Anonymous

        If you disable it, will the device be faster even though the bloat will not be remove completely?

        • Anonymous

          Assuming the app was running often and using resources before you disabled it….yes.

  • Anonymous

    Click click boom. ICS is firing the awesome cannon.

  • http://twitter.com/LiveInTheDream litd

    Awesome great stuff here. Very excited for ICS.

  • Isaac

    first cool