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DROID RAZR Bloatware: More Than Ever Can Be Removed, the Rest Easily Hidden

 

When you pick up your DROID RAZR tomorrow (or if your pre-order arrives today), you’ll probably notice that Verizon has slightly changed their stance on the bloatware that will come preloaded. It still has a boatload of it, but after long pressing on a couple of the ol’ standards, I was greeted with some interesting new options. As you can see in the screenshot on the left, Guided Tours may not be uninstallable, but you now have the option to at least “Hide” it. In previous versions of Blur, this wasn’t available and you were forced to download a third party launcher or create a special app drawer folder in order to complete such a task.

On the right, we are seeing Blockbuster, an app that we just can’t seem to get rid of. On the RAZR, you can. Same thing with GoToMeeting, Let’s Golf and Madden. Also, after cruising around the phone over the last few hours, I don’t feel the excessive amounts of bloatware spammed across every screen. There are a few VCAST apps, just not nearly as many as were once loaded onto these devices.

It may still come pre-loaded and hidden away in a system folder somewhere if you try to remove it, but at least we are moving in the right direction.

  • Nick Post

    Just wait till you get the new update. So So much more crap from Verizon. 

  • Anonymous

    Hiding CityID from the app tray doesn’t make it any less annoying.

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    A lot of stupid sheep will complain anyways. Verizon is trying to make us happy as much as they can.

  • Anonymous

    right direction?  Still not good enough.  Without voiding your warranty, you cannot remove apps which you should be able to.  when i’ve purchased a device, i should be able to use it to it’s fullest capabilities and loading it with programs I cannot remove prevents that from occurring.  I don’t care how much stuff Verizon installs as long as I can remove it all.  Verizon should keep to plans and stay away from the phone & software.

    ~SB

  • Anonymous

    Why blockbuster, when you can ttorrent, for free.

  • http://twitter.com/Chasemanhattan3 Chase Chick

    I actually played with this phone.  I must say that I was not entirely impressed with the screen.  Even though you can put it right up to your face and see pixels, my DROID3 is much easier to read in sunlight.  I find this quality of the screen much more useful than the minor, MINOR, pixelation issue.  But enough of you whiners cried your eyes out about the pixels, so now we won’t be able to see the thing in sunlight.  Nice work.

  • Anonymous

    I am not opposed to carriers putting their apps on the phones, just opposed to preventing uninstallation of said apps.  95% of Android users just want to take the phone out of the box and have it contain what they need to go.  Sure us power users always want more, but at least it is going the right way.  It should just be optional, like this.  

    Good move, now for the B word.

  • sean

    Can anyone comment on Verizons “Backup assitant” software? Are you forced to select between Google or Backup Assitant as to where you want your contacts backed up to?

  • Kdkinc

    Can the Razr survive without CityID…..Talk about useless bloatware

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/RXFWXDUWRRHCGFV6NP2SDZ7YLU Ray

    “Bloatware…what is this bloatware you speak of?” says the Nexus

  • Chad

    May be hidden, but still able to run in the background and consume resources for no reason. No thanks MOTO!! The D3 was my third and final Moto device. Between Blur and all of the Bloat, their phones perform at half of what they should. 
    G-NEX!!!!

    • Droiduser

      but it slices sign posts

    • Anonymous

      To be fair, the bloatware I believe Kellex is referring to would be all the bloatware Verizon makes Moto install.  I think Blur is the only “bloat” Moto put on the device.

    • Anonymous

      I agree that the bloatware(except for My Verizon) shouldn’t be there in the first place…this IS a step in the right direction.

      My stance on Blur is…..I’d much rather have Blur than anything else, ESPECIALLY stock. I havn’t always been that way. I lived through the horror that was the CLIQ(good GOD WTF Moto?)….then onto Moto’s Froyo Blur builds which I hated as much as anyone else. It wasn’t until I got Moto’s revamped Blur that came on my DX’s Gingerbread build. Yes it was still rough around the edges but I finally could live with it.

      That brings me to today with Moto’s D3 and Bionic Blur builds….or “MAP” or whatever they call it. Moto must have fired everyone that made Blur before because IMO it’s actually nice now. Honestly the “Blur” we have now is a lightweight shell of it’s former self. It doesn’t interfere with anything, it doesn’t slow down anything anymore. I’d rather have Blur now than anything else. 

      • Anonymous

        Sorry, blur on the x is nice, I love the launcher. But I prefer stock android, I believe google got it right the first time.
        No substitute for freedom

      • Anonymous

        That is what i keep telling these idiots, that the blur while
        it was on froyo was bad. One it was on its infancy, two the droid x nor droid 2
        droid, 3 and droidx2 used 1 g of ddr2 ram. The new blur uses less memory than
        sense and touch wiz. The radios, call and build quality of Moto’s devices are unmatched,
        and now with their new Moto’s UI who will care about ICS anyways.

        • Anonymous

          you seem to be the ONLY person who is more interested in motoblur then android 4.0, which for the life of me i will never understand. i hope you will realize you are literally the only person with that opinion, because you seem to talk like every other person on this site completely agrees with you. because its ridiculous anyone would even attempt to defend blur for any reason.

          • Anonymous

            I am talking about stock android the one in the nexus s and nexus 1. I like ics but moto has the hardware, which is better and the razor, Droid 3, atrix 2 and the bionic will be the non nexus devices with ics first :) by the way moto’s new Ui is nice.

          • Dominick DeVito

            Yeah, talk to us in a month when we’re rockin a Nexus phone with the new OS while you sit there and wait for Moto and VZW to disappoint you on when you get ICS.

            And when you finally get it, us G-Nex owners will be on Jelly Bean by then with even more features.

          • Anonymous

            You may have ICS but your device will have weak radios, GPS cheap build quality and call quality. Hardware is always better than software. All moto devices are on GB, name me a manufacturer that can say that about their whole line up. It is not Samsung nor HTC lol :)

          • Anonymous

            its decent i will admit but android with any skin will never be as fast as a stock phone

          • Anonymous

            It depends which skins HTC sense has always been fast and nice. The vanilla in the original droid, nexus 1 and nexus s is very boring and lacking functionality. ICS may be nice but you have to remember that it is a new operating system, and it may have a lot of bugs.

        • Dominick DeVito

          who cares about a new OS? Are you serious? Why wouldn’t you want the latest and greatest OS?

          I love how you Moto trolls just to justify your shitty purchase decisions to us G-Nex fans. It’s sad really, because the joke’s on YOU for spending the SAME money on OLD devices. Sad.

          • Anonymous

            You will spend 300 on a plastic device with bad radios. How will you justify that? What is the greatest ics lol? The razor will get it along with the best radio, call quality, now moto added a nice camera, display and the best video recording :) enjoy your plastic device.

  • http://twitter.com/EDiddy406 Eric Witts

    I noticed on my Bionic i could delete “Lets Golf” kinda figured it was a sign of things to come :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Glen-Newman/1534179105 Glen Newman

    Mine got delivered around 930 this morning. First thing I did after activating it and setting my widgets was hide the VZ apps and uninstall madden and lets golf. Just now removed blockbuster, that was nice. So far i’m liking it…screen is DEF better than the Bionic was and the screen on my X looks ridiculously washed out to me now haha. It is a bit wide though, we’ll see if I get used to it. Doubt it will be a problem.

    • Anonymous

      I got mine at 2 pm today and i did the same thing that you did. I am playing with the smart actions right now :). How do you like your beast so far?

  • http://profiles.google.com/chasehammer Chase Johnson

    i dont really care if they install stuff on it but at least let me get rid of it if i wish, forcing it on my phone doesnt make me use/buy it.

  • Anonymous

    Just played with one at the store and have to say the hardware is great (save the screen which is good).  It seams like an excellent follow-up on the DX/DX2 with it capatilazing on all those phones strengths and removing their weaknesses.  In my eyes it’s the DX3 with the 3rd time being quite a charm.  If only Verizon didn’t require Moto phones to be locked down so I could remove my Nexus blinders.  Oh well, maybe next year.

  • http://twitter.com/darkzero7 Anthony Mai

    This is fantastic news! Another reason why the Droid RAZR is a good buy. I’m probably still waiting for the Nexus though, I like the sleek curves it has over the awkward corners of the RAZR. (that and the better display may be my sole reasoning behind choosing the Nexus over the RAZR)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Derek-Strothmann/501639430 Derek Strothmann

    Dear Verizon, if i want the APP, i will install it myself!

  • Thickey

    Anyone who got the RAZR today root it yet and try to use wifi tether.apk?

  • Bret

    Does this phone use Google as the default search?  Or is it Binged up?

    • Anonymous

      Google.

  • Anonymous

    Coool. Is this coming in the update of the newest blur?

  • Anonymous

    Oh Boy!!!!!!!  you know who we’re going to hear from now

    “See i told you this was the best phone ever”

  • FortitudineVincimus

    1 of the many beauties of root.. delete that shit off, no hiding needed

    • Anonymous

      Every once and awhile Fortimus says something I actually agree with.

  • Anonymous

    Very nice! Hope this is a trend we’ll see with all future Verizon devices. 

  • Mack

    Of course, there’s always Titanium Backup. My Droid X2 has hardly anything left on it that came pre-loaded

    • Anonymous

      Did Titanium “remove” it or just freeze it?  Cause it it’s frozen it is still there.

      • Lmrojas

        You can freeze it so if an ota comes you can unfreeze them and take the ota. But you also have the option to uninstall through titanium.

      • Anonymous

        I agree, you need to remove it completely.

  • Anonymous

    one step in the right direction. 100 more steps remaining to reach perfection. theres sooo much blurrrr in this phone

  • Kierra

    I honestly never understood why this was a big deal. Does the sight of it disgust you?Just dont use it maybe?

    • Dominick DeVito

      Because never before did you buy a device and be unable to remove an app (in the case of PCs).

    • http://twitter.com/#!/ytramx Ytram

      Most folks who hate it are just of the opinion that it’s their freaking phone, and if they don’t want it wasting space, then they shouldn’t have to have it.

      Imagine if PCs came with uninstallable software.

      • Kierra

        Just dont use it, but kthanks

        • http://www.searingarrow.com AlienSix

          Missing the point.
          Its YOUR phoneYou should be able to put on it what you want and remove what you want

        • Anonymous

          Consider it extra weight. Just cause you are not using that extra weight doesn’t mean you want to carry it around. The more weight you get rid of the better things work. How would you like it if the government told you that you were not permitted to lose the extra weight.

          Some apps you don’t want are using your system resources. Those extra apps are causing diabetes for your phone…..

          • Kierra

            Ok thanks for the clear explanation. 

          • Anonymous

            funny post lol

        • http://twitter.com/Chasemanhattan3 Chase Chick

          The problem is that they wake up and run in the background, using up your RAM and system resources that could be used for something you ACTUALLY USE.  This bogs down the phone.  It’s not just a matter of not using it.  This crapware wakes up all by itself and runs in the background.

      • http://twitter.com/REN3GADE0715 The One

        Like Internet Explorer.. :)

    • Anonymous

      Some of them run in the background, using up data, battery and cpu/memory resources. Data that is now limited, and battery life that is already bad (due to lte chip). That’s really the worst thing about it.

      • Kierra

        This make alot of sense . Thanks 

  • http://twitter.com/WaltPartlo Walter Partlo

    Good to see.

  • Dominick DeVito

    As a Nexus troll I’m supposed to say “yet another reason to get the G-Nex”, right?

    • Anonymous

      Don’t forget to mention all the wonderful things you can do with NFC. Because you simply CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT IT NOW.

      • Dominick DeVito

        NFC has a lot of potential. Like anything else, time will tell – and it needs to be in more phones. Why phones that are just being released don’t have it puzzles me. It’s an opportunity for both the manufacturer and carrier (amongst others, like Google – Google wallet, etc) to get in on the action.

        I’ll be using it on the NJTransit line as soon as I get my G-Nex.

        • Anonymous

          Oh i’m not saying it doesn’t have potential, and I agree that phones now should have it. “future proofing” per say.

          My point was the Nexus trolls will bash *ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING* that doesn’t have NFC because somehow it’s this “ZOMFG!!! HOW DID WE LIVE BEFORE IT” feature. I’ve seen Nexus trolls show up on automobile forums bashing CARS because they don’t have NFC and the Nexus does…..I’m like “Really? are you effing kidding me?”

          It’s because of the Nexus trolls(and because I’m not really a Samsung fan…I spent too many years in Korea) that I’ve grown a distaste for the phone. I’ve labeled it a “fanboy” phone because that’s exactly what it is. It’s a curved S2 with “ZOMG TEH NFC!!!” and “Honeycomb with a dialer” AKA ICS which will most likely take a couple more point releases to fix everything it breaks….just like Honeycomb did.

          Alot of phones are gonna get ICS so what sets the “G-Nex” apart? Bootloader yes….but for 93% of buyers that doesn’t matter.

          • Nexustroll

            Its OK if you simply don’t get it, or feel the need to justify what ever bad decision you made, but you don’t have to spend 3 paragraphers proclaiming your ignorance

          • Anonymous

            Yeah, why spend three paragraphs when you can proclaim ignorance in one sentence ^

          • Anonymous

            I’d like to point out that technically I wrote 4 paragraphs.

            Nuff said.

          • Anonymous

            +1

          • Dominick DeVito

            It’s amazing just how quickly the non G-Nex crowd gets so fired up so quickly.

          • Anonymous

            I could not say it any better :) The only thing that the nexus got going for it it is the display and ICS that’s it. I feel it is inferior than the rezound, at least the rezound has ddr2 ram.

          • Shays227

            I’m pretty sure the gnex also has ddr2 ram as the omap supports it.

          • Anonymous

            Moto got it first in the bionic. Samsung is always the second choice.

          • Shays227

            Does it really matter it still has it plus the newer 4460 omap processor.

          • Anonymous

            nope, the devices that has omap will be the first non nexus devices getting ics. If you have a bionic and you feel it is not as good as the razor because of the display and the build quality, you may like your bionic more once it gets ics.

        • Anonymous

          NFC is on it’s infancy. That feature will be useless.

          • Dominick DeVito

            It is in its infancy, but I wouldn’t call it useless. If, say, OEMs like Moto and HTC included it in their new phones that are coming out then perhaps it would be more useful.

          • Anonymous

            To be honest with you , it may be a good feature but my best features about a device are the radios and call quality and moto has that :) We all know how the radios and gps are in samsung’s devices.

    • http://twitter.com/KyleIbbotson Kyle Ibbotson

      Right!…..

  • Bobby Schmidt

    This makes me happy!  Now just patiently waiting til my preorder shows up.

  • http://twitter.com/Brave_Fellow BCoch

    Rooting will allow the removal of the apps right?  And one-click root is already available?  So what if you void the warranty.

  • Anonymous

    This is the exact reason why the Nexus is the only phone that even remotely interests me. I’m so tired of crappy bloatware… 

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

      I’m hearing that the VZW Nexus has a couple of bloatware apps, just like the D1 did.

      • Mack

        Die…now

        None of your shenanigans here

        • John

          “I’m going to pistol whip the next person that says shenanigans!”

          • http://www.facebook.com/ThinkPete Peter Souza IV

            Hey what’s the name of that place we like to eat at?

          • Anonymous

            You mean Shenanigans???

          • http://twitter.com/steveg138 Steve Gonzales

            Chotchkie’s duh

          • http://www.facebook.com/ThinkPete Peter Souza IV
          • TC Infantino

            Oh that place is called Shenanigans….why?

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

          Oh I’m sorry, did I piss on your fantasy? Don’t worry jackass, with root those things can be deleted.

      • Anonymous

        it most definitely will. the difference is there’s no oem bloat within android itself (example: blur, sense, touchwiz) and those bloatware apps will be easy to toss once rooted

        • Scott

          Part of the weakness with Android in my opinion is this darn bloatware.  Is it necessary for the average user to root their phone, void their warranty, all to remove a few dopey apps?

      • John

        yep it does. it’s 3 vzw apps (appstore, music, somin else)

      • Anonymous

        Right, and just like the D1 I can root it and remove them. Problem solved. No bloatware. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/rickmue Rick Mueller

    this would help a little … a little.  if only i could uninstall blur then I might really consider this phone. 

    • Droiduser

      just a matter of time…

  • Dominick DeVito

    Glad to see VZW starting to listen…

  • Kevin Varcasio

    In ICS bloatware apps remove you!

    • Anonymous

      hahaha awesome

    • EC8CH

      winnar!