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Even as a Nexus Device, Verizon Still Manages to Sneak in Two Bloatware Apps on the Galaxy Nexus

 

They couldn’t let us have just one phone, could they? As many of you noted from the massive video release from this morning, the Verizon version of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus will indeed have two bloatware apps. Both My Verizon Mobile and Backup Assistant will come preloaded. It is a minimal amount, and you can argue that these two apps are useful to many unlike the other VCAST software that has plagued every other VZW phone, but we were still hoping for a purely clean slate.

With that said, this will give us a great opportunity to utilize the new built-in bloatware removal tool that the Android team put in Android 4.0. And of course, the majority of us will be fastboot oem unlock-ing the minute we get it home, followed by a custom recovery and root, and will then rid the device of these permanently ourselves.  

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Cheers Mike and Cole!

  • i dont consider this to be bloatware. amazon mp3 uninstallable was bloatware, this most likely will be uninstallable (and not just through rooting)….

    god forbid some people want access to their account and bill balance, or back their contacts up (not everybody has a google account). WHINNNEEERSSS

  • Anonymous

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  • How bout minutes? LOTS of people opt for the 450-minute plan, especially on smartphones.
    And not everyone does Unlimited texting on Verizon Wireless because there’s a 5k text plan that allows free mobile-to-mobile texting.

  • Anonymous

    why don’t they just throw in Bing too?

  • Anonymous

    Backup Assistant is literally useless if you have all your contacts on Google. However for people converting from dumbphones it is very useful to transfer contacts. 

  • Anonymous

    And this is why I never buy phones from carriers. They almost always manage to break something in the process of creating their custom version of the phone software. If nothing else it is guaranteed to delay updates.

  • Anonymous

    : My Verizon, you can stay. Backup Assistant? Never worked for me. On 3 different devices it only did between 4-18 contacts. Out of a couple hundred? Not cool. It can go.

  • Ulnek75

    i actually use the my verizon mobile to pay my bill.  >_<

  • KevinC

    I bet the full retail LTE version won’t have Verizon bloat.

  • Anonymous

    I am new to Verizon since November 11th 2011 left my Evo 3d on sprint for the opportunity to get the Galaxy Nexus and currently rolling with the Lg Revolution. I jumped on the double the data promotion and opened my line with the 10gb of data for 50.00 monthly. That data plan will definately resemble unlimited that I have always been use too on sprint. Boy what a world of difference LTE is to WIMAX there is no comparison what so ever. I am trying to wait it out for the Galaxy Nexus I really think this Friday to preorder or this coming Monday November 21st to preorder. Either way the Galaxy Nexus will be the best android device for the next 6months and yes I like the my verizon app and backup app they are very useful.

  • Tre

    Damn you, Verizon!

  • Wow, we’re picky here at Droid Life…

    My Verizon Mobile, with the lack of unlimited plans, is a must for new phone owners… Verizon would be remiss if it didn’t include it. And I think Backup Assistant is why you don’t have to associate a new Android from Verizon with a Google account the moment you activate it. Because in the interim, it connects up to Verizon.

    Bloatware = not useful things. The above = useful things.

    • KevinC

      ICS already has a data usage indicator and options to turn off data when usage reaches a certain amount.  The phone already backs itself up with Google servers.

      These 2 Verizon apps are not necessary, they are bloatware.  What’s next, VCAST store?

      • Anonymous

        My Verizon Mobile also lets you look at your bill and other usage (texts, minutes) at a glance. So it is pretty useful.
        I would be complaining if they included shit like Blockbuster or CityID but none of that looks like it’s here. So not bad…

        • Agreed. VCAST, Blockbuster, and CityID = bloatware.

          But My Verizon Mobile has something over the ICS data usage indicator. Who’s to say that your carrier’s data meter lines up with your phone’s data meter? Especially if you consider the possibility of someone who swaps SIM cards about. Imagine a three or four megabyte discrepancy between the ICS meter and the Verizon meter cause you to get billed for another gig?

  • yeah except those two “bloatware” apps actually worked very well, and made life a little easier. Sure, you have your gmail backup, but having a spare set of your contacts automatically backed up never hurts-right? and being able to check your minutes and overall usage at a quick glance from anywhere. Yep, those are horrible things that no phone should offer out of the box.

    ..fanboys.

  • Blg Spg

    I Think my OG knows I am hot for the Nexus…it is now slower than ever!!! 

  • Brent Stewart

    I see a lot of Nexus fans making excuses for this. There are NO excuses for this. Not even for ONE little bitty piece of bloatware. Even if ICS lets me disable it. EVEN if I can root and delete it. EVEN if I can just toss a new ROM on it and be done with it. It’s simply NOT the point. It’s a flagship device and shouldn’t have been there to begin with. I’d not buy it on Verizon just to prove a point regardless of the work-arounds. As long as we just sit back and accept it the more they’re gonna keep shoving more crap like this at us. Meanwhile making it more and more difficult to get rid of over time. I’m keeping my money and waiting for the next flagship device and it WON’T be on Verizon’s network.

    • Anonymous

      Wooh, calm down… Doesn’t make the phone any less sexier. I hate bloatware as much as you do but if you aren’t gonna buy this phone because of 2 included apps… then I really don’t know what to say to you. 

  • reading through the comments, we’re looking like i*hone users… some of us cry about everything, some of us are the “i want the en-eff-seez” type, we need to quit doing this… i think the reason we were so unified in the beginning (the DROID beginning… not G1) was because we all had unified tastes, for the most part.. wish there was a phone that could unify us in such a way as that one did..

  • @beerme828:disqus  Lets root it people!.. 

  • Anonymous

    I actually use the My Verizon app and  I used to use the Backup Asst. app until I found out I didnt need to. not a problem having those TWO apps though.

  • Anonymous

    I suspect this is why they removed their Google logo.

  • Anonymous

    actually the “my Verizon” app is quite nice and useful and helps you keep track of your data usage, you verizon bill etc. 

    IMHO it’s very welcomed.

  • One has to keep in mind that it won’t be JUST us buying the Galaxy Nexus.  There will be people who know nothing about what an unlocked boatloaded is and ROMs.  These apps will still be useful to those people.  I use cyanogen on my DX and use My Verizon all the time.  It’s nice just being able to see how many minutes are left and how much data has been used.  Are these bloatware in my opinion, not so much, if at all.

  • Anonymous

    root and remove

  • Google added them just so we can test out the disable apps function in ICS

  • I’d actually rather have at least the My Verizon app, because I use it to pay my bill. The Backup Assistant though is just redundant. 

  • in all honesty those are the two more useful apps that have anything to do with verizon…unless you like driving across town to pay your bill…i guess back up assistant is a lil redundant since google already backs up your contacts…meh!

  • Mjs1124

    As far as Verizon apps go, these 2 are the only ones that aren’t completely useless. You crazy Nexus people need to get over it. 2 apps shouldn’t get your panties all in a bunch

  • was that actually larry page’s number? we should give him a call and ask him to give us a release date! haha

  • Anonymous

    Oh no 2 apps, they are going to totally ruin the google experience. /s People need to relax, you can disable the apps in ics not to mention easily root and remove if they are so bad.

  • Anonymous

    Those two aren’t even close to bloatware, they’re functional apps for carrier services.

    If they’d loaded that pos Let’s Golf 2 on there’d be a problem, but this is nothing. 

  • RECK

    Bloatware? Really? Since when is my verizon bloatware? And i understand back up assitant being bloatware to us android users but damn i wish it would have came with cyanogen when i switched to it on my dx. Bloatware is an app that cant be removed and has no importance at all or anything that may make it different from an alternative but this just makes things easier for us so how is it bloatware. Call it bloatware when u see a nfl app u cant remove or demosu cant remove when no one really wants a demo. I swear DL needs some new open minded writers asap. These ppl been writing for far to long about android that they actually think inside the box rather then outside.

    • Anonymous

      If for some people these apps add no value, are already available for free one the market and are 3rd party to the OS developer and manufacturer, then they fit my definition of bloat.

      It’s sad to see Google compromise their Nexus brand integrity by adding these apps and carrier specific tethering apps. All three of these functions: tethering, contacts backup, and data usage monitoring are completely duplicative of core OS functionality.

  • Dominick DeVito
  • I am fine with those 2 apps.  Data usage, upgrade, and mins is important.  Also a free backup software.  Also have no problem with the VZ branding on the back.  My phone will have a case and I will never see that logo again.

  • dcyamaha

    i dont consider the My verizon app bloat.  It is actually very useful and easy way to check, minutes and text usage.  I am glad it is on there.

    bu assistant is, since all of that is done by google.  BUT, for people coming from dumb phones, using the Vzw backup assistance is great since all of your contacts are in there.

  • I don’t consider either of these bloatware. Lots of people use these. My whole family uses backup assistant and a couple of them use my verizon too. They are both very helpful.

  • Pete

    Hey guys i got a question. Can we change the phone back cover with international version coz that one says Google only but this says verizon. I dont like verizons name to be anywhere on the phone but status bar.

  • Joe

    I know VZW Reps usually sont know much, But the one in Strongsvill ohio store Said NO Verizon phone will Come with an Unlockable Bootloader. I said ” what about the Nexus, should be easy to do once I get it home right?”.  He said ” No, they are currently working on encrypting it which is what is holding the phone up from releasing”…..So I hope he is not right but bad news for now.

    • Pretty sure all the HTC phones can be unlocked and a few motos.

  • ya know… My Verizon and Backup Assistant are both downloadable apps… could be that verizon just required them to be in the video, but they don’t actually come included with the phone, or they are both removable.

    my verizon is actually a very handy app when it comes to checking data usage and paying your bill

  • Alexander Garcia

    This does not surprise me one bit. Nothing… and I mean NOTHING is immune to Big Red’s Bloat!

  • Anonymous

    Damn, Verizon is relentless with their bloat. Its the principal of the thing that stings. Nexus is supposed to be pure stock. No skins, no bloat, open. No that Verizon managed to get some bloat on this one, I wonder what is next? Touchwiz Nexus with Sense capability and added Motoblur(or whatever they call it) features?

    • Anonymous

      Actually, ICS has elements of Blur and TW incorporated into the “features” that they are highlighting as new to ASOP.

      • Anonymous

        Adding some similar features to the AOSP is one thing. I was alluding that they would just slap all 3 skins onto one phone. An exaggeration by any means, but I wanted to get a point across.

        • Anonymous

          Well we will see how bad, or good, 4.0 becomes once the OEMs start messing with it.  But yes, all 3 on the same phone would be an abomination…..

  • Rich

    To add, Android did not add a feature to remove bloatware… this you are wrong… They added a feature that would HIDE it from the app drawer and some other things but more or less still leaves it on your device taking up space…

    Hiding bloatware is not the same as actually removing it… Read be for you judge, do research…

  • Dr Sauch

    No, these are good apps.  My Verizon in particular is excellent. 

  • I don’t know why you need Back-up Assistant when Google already sync your contacts to the clouds 

    • John Pisano

      because if your contacts were transferred to your current phone via a cellbrite machine which the majority of people’s contacts have, then they are not actually being backed up by google. I see it everyday, I’m sure the majority of the readers of droid-life have their contacts on Google, it’d be foolish not to, but the majority of consumers don’t have a clue, and this application is there for them. If you are coming from a basic phone, or you have a VZW rep transfer your contacts Backup Assistant will back them up not google.

      If you don’t need the app good for you, freeze/hide it then move on, or would you guys rather have Blockbuster/Need for Speed/Amazon MP3 etc.

      I’d rather have these 2 apps then the bloatcity that is the Motorola DROID lineup.

      DROID 3, DROID Bionic, and DROID RAZR have the worst bloat apps I’ve ever seen. I’m sure the majority of people will use Citrix Receiver /s

      Plus I don’t think Backup Assistant can be downloaded on the market, just checked, couldn’t find it.

  • Look, guys, Verizon is doing us a favor here. Without their bloatwares, how can we take advantage of the new bloatware removal tool? We should all thank Verizon for being so considerate. Now, we don’t know if those two apps will truly be there until the phone is released. But if they do, let’s all tweet about it and let Verizon know how much we owe them for installing the two apps so that we can use ICS to remove them!

  • Anonymous

    What’s the problem? Those are two of the most commonly used apps Verizon customers use. Cuts down on having to go through the browser and logging in and all that shit to view your bill or usage (MyVerizon) and imports your contacts if you don’t use Gmail, Gmail never backed up your contacts or are upgrading from a feature phone (Backup Assistant). Look, I’m all for a truly pure Google experience, but Jesus on ice skates some of you take that way too far. Besides, that bloatware on a pure Google phone sentiment quickly gets thrown out the minute anyone installs Battery Saver 2011, Task Killer Extraordianire or Best Anti-Virus Software Evar!!1!11 on their phone so how about a post on how to avoid shit like that as opposed to complaining about two included very useful apps?

  • You think they screwed up and actually left Larry Page’s phone number be correct on that video? (650) 555-7243 ? 650 is San Mateo County.

    • Anonymous

      You think 555 is a real number?  Ever watched a TV show or movie EVER?

      • Yes … I have a friend with a 555 number. I also had a 222 cell number years ago

        • Anonymous

          Didn’t realize they started doing that. I’ll remove foot from mouth now.

          • No worries. Im sure your right and its fake…. but the area code and last 4 seem legit, thats the only reason I thought it might be real.

  • Mwahahaha. Bloatware on your precious pure vanilla experience. Ha.

    • Jamdev12

      Wow look who we have here. The troll from a previous post. You iBitch lover you. I was waiting for ya. Now oil up, no as a matter of fact I know how you like it.

    • Guest

      GO FUK YOURSELF LOSER!!!!

  • Keith

    I don’t care as long as it doesn’t mess with updates too much.  I just want timely updates on a stock android device that works well, and I don’t have to root/rom (I know i’m in the minority here).  Apology’s to my OG which lags to no end these days.  If two apps are it I’ll take it, as that’s about as close as it is going to get on Verizon.

  • Mr. English

    I’ll take the hit on two POS VZW bloats over the standard plethora of indignation offered by their unmitigated maelstrom of marketing vomit.

  • Jeff

    Apple would never allow this. Even if they are useful apps, it’s the principle here. I wish Google would get tougher on these issues. After all, basically EVERY good phone Verizon has is running Android. They would be crippled without Android. They’d have the iPhone and a bunch of shitty blackberry phones. Flex those muscles Google, it’s time!

    • Anonymous

      I, for one, do not want Google to be like Apple. Let Android be as free as can be. If manufacturers and carriers insist on adding their own “touch” to the devices, that’s fine. Let the consumer be the judge, not some megalomaniac CEO. 
      These are just Verizon apps, easily removable if, in fact, they do come with the end product.

      • Anonymous

        Manufacturers are totally justified in mucking it up. It is open source. Carriers are another matter altogether. They should be dumb pipes. They should be out of the device supply chain altogether.

  • I can deal with the bloatware.  Just give me the damn phone.  It is nothing to uninstall the garbage.  

  • Jason King

    I use those two apps, so no worries here…better than the alternative.

  • so it still has Bing though, right?

  • Keith Sumner

    Heh, I called it.

  • Anonymous

    Too answer Kellex’s last comment from his post and to sound like our Presidents campaign Motto

     ” And of course, the majority of us will be fastboot oem unlock-ing
    the minute we get it home, followed by a custom recovery and root, and
    will then rid the device of these permanently ourselves.”

    YES WE CAN, AND YES WE WILL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Nobody

    Do we really know for sure that they are installed by default. I see nothing in that video that would suggest one way or another. They may have just happened to have been downloaded onto the phone from the market before the video was made. If it had been an “unboxing and first power on” video, then I might see people getting upset. Chill out folks!

  • babadush

    Verizon can ruin a wet dream

    • No, your boyfriend can though.

      • Jamdev12

        Just repeat that to yourself over and over again, while you take it.

        • Guest

          while he’s taking it in the azz from his lover angelface.

  • Anonymous

    Should be exceedingly easy to fix. I’m not phased.

  • The problem that the majority of us Android-nerds have is not necessarily that the apps are on the device (although this is an area of concern due to its being a Nexus), but BECAUSE the apps are on the device, the software must be approved by Verizon first.  ie – first updates from Google have to go thru Verizon.  Not good.  I hope this is not the case, but it looks that way.

    • Not sure why you’d jump to that conclusion.  They’re just apps that run on the OS, they’re not integral to the OS itself, so an OS update should not have to seek approval from apps that run on it.

  • Tim

    Hey Kellex, you should probably update this because one of the features of ICS is to hide/disable (http://www.theverge.com/2011/10/20/2502299/bloatware-kill-switch-in-ice-cream-sandwich) bloatware don’t forget.  Just click disable, and you have the pure Google experience! (sort of lol)

  • Anonymous

    I’m kind of surprised. Did any of the other Nexus phones come with carrier bloatware? I’m pretty sure the Nexus One didn’t, and I’m pretty sure the Nexus S and Nexus S 4G didn’t either. Not a good precedent…

    • Anonymous

      verizon is to blame

  • Djlowproz

    Not cool Verizon. I do use the My Verizon app tho.

  • El El Kool J

    this is a small thing.. hide app or “ROOT=pure google experience” 😛 

  • Jaime Ramirez

    remember you can delete them!!! on 4.0

  • This is the reason for the delay..  just so we have their stupid bloat

  • Richhowe

    I still don’t see how VZW will allow Samsung to have an unlocked Nexus but force Moto, etc. to lock their phones knowing that it will defintely impact sales?  Am I missing something???  Thoughts?  Does anyone know for sure that it can be unlocked in the U.S.?

  • Anonymous

    Now that’s VZW…. wow

  • Anonymous

    You never know 🙂 ICS is awesome, but this device is made by Samsung, which we all know they suck.

    • Anonymous

      i didn’t know everyone here has the same opinion as yours about samsung, is it just me or are you the only one who seems to think this? awkward.

      • Anonymous

        .

        They like the nexus because it is unlock, but Samsung makes cheap devices with weak radios and gps. I still have them second as over htc. Samsung and htc has good cameras, but the droid razor has a good camera and a great display as well. The qualities of Moto’s devices are way better than htc and Samsung. You can try them when the nexus comes out and you will notice the call quality, build quality and radios in the razor compare to the nexus and the rezound

        • Anonymous

          the nexus has a great display and a great camera, and is unlocked and shipping with vanilla ICS. sounds like a good deal to me. its not as thin as the razr but is not thick like the rezound is. seems like the only thing wrong with it is the radio and gps, which i don’t see that as much of a problem.

          • Anonymous

            Radios and good call quality are the most important features in a device. Cameras and display are secondary. If the nexus fix the gps and radios in the future, I may consider buying maybe the gs3 and another moto device, since I have 2 lines for myself. Let’s wait and see 🙂

    • Guest

      GO FUK YOURSELF LOSER!!!!

  • Anonymous

    I thought we wanted a stock so as to not be rooting fiends again? I am tired of this whole root to get the crap to work! Why not get a razr or rezound and root and call it a day? Whats the point of this phone?

  • Richard Yoo

    Shame to say but I for one can’t live without Backup Assistant

  • Anonymous

    So much for the pure google experience lol 🙂 They added a nice battery though, maybe the nexus can compete with the rezound, since it does not stand a chance with the razor 🙂

    • Guest

      STFU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • r8r

      It still is a pure google experience troll. You must not even know what pure google experience means huh? No skin whatsoever, vanilla ice cream sandwich, thus making it a pure google experience. Get your facts straight troll, wrong as always, what a surprise coming from you, not!

      • Anonymous

        you make me laugh. The nexus will be like the droid unlock but it will have bloatware. You stupid geeks always complain about other devices in Verizon because they have bloats. Guess what, the nexus will have some bloat as well. Google experience on the nexus s is mad boring. Lets see what ics has to offer . You do not know anything about technology.

    • Guest

      it BLOWS the razor away loser!!  NOW GO FUK YOURSELF!!!!

      • Anonymous

        Keep crying scary bitch

        • Guest

          GO FUK YOURSELF LOSER!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Dear VZW,

    I’m ok with this… NOW SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY.

    Love,
    Lac

  • Mr. Snrub

    On the day when Verizon finally announces it is abandoning its VCast application and content there will be one common question – Why now and not 10 years ago?

  • NotRelevant

    I frankly couldn’t care less about these two apps. I just want the damn thing already. 😛

  • Anonymous

    I don’t get why they would think we may want backup assistant! My Verizon is useful, but backups assistant is pointless as you google account backs up your contacts anyway! It kills the battery on my wife’s non-rooted incredible. I even set it to run at night, and it still keeps running during the day. WTF VZW! Can we at least get an option to disable it?

    VZW doesn’t like giving us the freedom to choose, that’s why I TAKE IT, by rooting and romming my devices!

  • hmmm… what are the chances that these apps don’t actually come with the phone, but VZW wanted them on the phone for this walk through video for a phone exclusive to THEIR network?  I mean without those two apps showing on the phone, any cell phone carrier could potentially use what Verizon created to help their customers.  This would definitely prevent any other carrier from referring to these videos since its plastered with VZW software.   At least thats what I’m hoping.

  • Anonymous

    What in the Sh*t is this Sh*t?  Is this why the phone is taking so long?   They had to write their Verizon bloatware for ICS.  Or does Verizon just hate us?

  • Anonymous

    i would have d/led these apps anyway — PLEASE ANNOUNCE A RELEASE DATE TODAY, VZN!!!!!!!!!

  • Miguel Alvarez

    I wouldn’t call those bloatware… they are required even on the iPhone. 

    • Tim

      WRONG! you have to download them from the App store if you want them.  My dad got an iPhone and I had to set it up for him, which required downloading from iTunes App store.

    • Andrizzy

      You are wrong. My girlfriend has an iPhone and only Apple apps come on it. Thats it. 

  • Anonymous

    WHERE IS MY BLOCKBUSTER APP?!

  • Anonymous

    who handles the updates now?!!! also you cant remove the bloat, you can just hide it

    • Dan

      Once you have root you can really do anything

      • Anonymous

        yes you are right. but that applies to any android. this is the one phone you do not expect it

    • Jaime Ramirez

      wrong you CAN delete on 4.0

    • Anonymous

      google handles updates on nexus devices

  • Anonymous

    Release the hounds!!!!

  • Okay… I can sort of understand the “My Verizon” app… sort of. However their contacts backup shit can go right to hell. Google account synchs its own contacts back and forth, that is how it works. YOU DON’T NEED TO BACK UP YOUR CONTACTS.

    • Nex

      I never understood the point of contacts backup on an android phone.

    • Yeah, but what if your prior phone WASN’T A SMARTPHONE?  You’re not the only one who can use all caps, friend.

      • I can see that as a possible scenario, but most of their feature phones still don’t have their Verizon Backup, and often when it does, it costs a significant extra fee. Sadly most of their feature phones are also still locked down to standard computer synchronization as well from what I have seen and experienced. So while your point is valid, it is separate from my point that you don’t need to back up your contacts on an Android device. 

        That, and I’m not your friend, buddy.

        • Backup Assistant is free, and has been for a few years.  

          • Funny, last time I talked to a VZW rep they were charging for contacts transfer, I think it was at least US$9. Yes, the android VZW contacts service has been free up to now, also PIM software and connection cables were sold at an additional cost if it was offered at all for most feature phones, so it would cost you $20-$50 to get off of your phone yourself if you went with their offered method (instead of buying a custom cord online and using BitPIM or similar).

          • John Pisano

            I am a VZW rep, we NEVER charge for contact transfers, and Backup Assistant is available on just about EVERY feature phone made in the past 2-3 years. If you are getting charged for contact transfers maybe time to find a new VZW store.

            If contacts are transferred in store which most people do, they aren’t even backed up by Google in the first place. If it’s transferred using a cellbirte machine then it goes straight to the phone’s memory and bypasses your Google account. Backup Assistant is then able to backup your contacts. BA only backs up what is on the phone, not what is on your Google account, so any new contacts that are added after the initial transfer are put on the Google account provided that was the account that was selected.

          • Well, you may speak for you, and possibly for corporate, but I’m pretty sure of what I personally experienced. Back where I was from, the VZW reps in the large store were not only useless, but on many occasions would flat out lie to people (you can only listen to so much while waiting around for service). These experiences are from about a year ago. They _DID_ tell people they charged for contact transfer,  using one of the machines they had behind the service counter.
            True, the contacts using that method of transfer would go to internal phone memory, but those can be then converted to account bound contacts very easily, and I don’t understand (unless they don’t trust Google) why that wouldn’t be done right then.On the other hand the VZW store where I am now and the reps in there are full of awesome and made of win. So, yeah, it was very likely a case of crappy store with crappy CSRs. The ones where I am now actually say if they don’t know something, but do seem to actually know about the phones, and sometimes the development side of things.

    • I agree my verizon I would have installed anyway so im not really bothered by that… however, for backup assistant, those coming from a dumbphone to a smartphone I can see how the backup assistant would be nice.. that said, they can install it themselves if they want it!!!!

      • John Pisano

        its not on the market.

    • Anonymous

      And the worst part of it is how it totally confuses less geeky users who don’t know that this is redundant functionality that will slow down your phone and conflict with gmail.

  • so who is actually going to buy this off contract? ::raises hand::

  • Scott

    So does the iPhone come with this garbage, or is just Android that keeps getting it?

  • Steve

    I do actually use the MyVerizon app to make my payments and monitor my data usage each month.  I can deal with it.

    • agreed…. this app isnt actually all that bad and I would have installed it anyway.  I love seeing how much data I can burn through each month! haha

    • Tim

      You can now monitor the data usage on your phone without the crappy app though

  • 2 isnt that bad i suppose. i will live. just want to hold it in my hand so i can compare it. It BETTER be freaking awesome !!!!

  • Jack

    Pentile screen = Thumbs way down.  Waiting for the quad core HTC.  Hopefully the buttons on the bottom aren’t part of the final device, and it’s shipped with 4.0

    • Dominick DeVito

      it’s way better than the crap ass Moto qHD pentile screens. You won’t notice the difference

      • Jack

        It’s marketing.  It’s not true 720P.  More like 2/3’s of that.  My SuperAmoLED plus 800×480 is probably just as good

        • Dominick DeVito

          I doubt it, but both are nice screens nonetheless.

        • Anonymous

          It is true 720P. Subpixel count is irrelevant to resolution.

  • Anonymous

    I’m perfectly fine with those two apps.  I mean I guess with the addition of sims, one could argue that Backup Assistant isn’t needed anymore, but it’s not like it takes up any resources unless you use it.

  • Chris Sandoval

    I need that phone now! I need it to show off to my friends and cousins!

  • DROID

    Kellen, maybe it is NOT pre-loaded, for the idea that to differentiate the international from the US is to show the two main verizon apps, that they just put on there for show (hopefully) 

  • Doug Pratt

    I’m just worried that this now means the Verizon version will have a different software setup and will not receive updates the same time as all the other Nexus phones.  Thought Nexus updates came directly from Google without carrier approval.  This makes me think Google has been strong armed into letting Verizon approve the updates.

    • Anonymous

      This was my first thought, too. It sounds like VZW *may* have taken over the software, and may insist that “we can’t release new software until it’s been tested on our network!” So, months after release, we see the update. But root should solve all that (unless the lock the bootloader, and I don’t think Google would let them go that far)…

  • Champlification

    Is the bootloader even going to be unlockable(easily) on Verizon.  According to this http://source.android.com/source/building-devices.html “The only supported phone with the current release is the GSM/HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus, a.k.a. “maguro”.”

    • Anonymous

      That doesn’t bother me nearly as much as this, from the same page: “GSM/HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus is currently the recommended device to use with the Android Open-Source Project.”

      Why would they specify GSM/HSPA+?.

      • Champlification

        Exactly.  I think Verizon forced them to lock the bootloader.  Wouldn’t surprise me seeing how much of a bully Big Red is.

        • Champlification

          The Verizon Galaxy Nexus doesn’t look like it’s going to be a true Nexus Android development phone.

  • Guesting

    Still doesn’t faze me, STILL getting it…it’s just two, shouldn’t be that bad.

  • Voice of Reason

    That’s probably why they delayed the release — so they could pre-install those apps in the ROM. :-p

  • FortitudineVincimus

    Jesus.. BFD already – hide or delete them and f****** get on with it

  • Ahhh that is absolutely fine with me.. Its better than my Charge with 3 pages of bloatware!   Plus verizon probably put their foot down on those two. Im sure they had a huge negotiation like, ok you get to keep back up, an my verizon, but that’s it!

  • Teabling

    I wasn’t going to root mine when I got it until something amazing came out later on down the road, but VZW just has to push my buttons and force me to void my warranty… I think they do it as a tactic to save money on replacements when the “sub set of users” bring their phones in with issues. (I worked for 2.5 years in a VZW store as tech support, so this isn’t a wild hair comment)

    • Anonymous

      What?  Just because you root does not mean you have voided your warranty. If you ever need to take the phone in for some reason simply unroot and you are fine.  Only someone who was 2 cards short of a deck would take a phone in to the store while it was rooted.

      • Teabling

        so root it, remove the only two apps verizon forced into the phone, then unroot it before taking it in, and hope that they don’t notice that the only two apps that “should be there” are gone? if they are gone, the only way to remove them would be through root, therefore no warranty. trust me, we were trained (though some I’m sure don’t use it) to spot that stuff. it’s their job to find any reason to not give you a replacement or to just sell you something by telling you that it will correct your issues. I’m not saying you can’t get away with it, I’m just saying that while I was there, it wouldn’t have happened in my store. other stores in other states might be more lenient blah blah blah disclaimer……

        • Anonymous

          You always return to stock…. you put everything back to the way it was before…

      • NewAge

        Rooting the phone requires the bootloader to be unlocked. Unlocking to bootloader voids your warranty. There is a disclaimer screen before you do it, after typing fastboot oem unlock.

        • Anonymous

          Sheesh…. You go ahead and void your warranty all you want then.  However I will NOT void mine.

          I always root and rom my phones. Too bad for you I guess…..  But don’t worry, I think as time goes on you will figure things out.

          • NewAge

            Hrm. Not sure I understand. What phones have you rooted? Have you had to unlock a bootloader or were they one-click root methods? For GED devices the bootloader must be unlocked in order to flash a rooted image and custom recovery.

            Or are you being sarcastic? I will unlock the bootloader and root immediately after getting it. I was just replying to your charge that rooting doesn’t void the warranty.

          • Anonymous

            I am only going off my experience with OG and Thunderbolt. I’ve rooted my X And D2 but those both had locked bootloaders.  Each one of these I was able to return to unrooted stock.  If this is going to be different with the Nexus I don’t know… we will see.  

  • mike

    can you explain to us noobs exactly how to : ” fastboot oem unlock-ing the minute we get it home, followed by a custom recovery and root”

    • nexus on the brain

      Rooting your phone…

    • Anonymous

      The moment this phone actually releases there will be tutorials posted on how to do everything you want. All we need at this point is the phone.

  • WHERE-IS-NAVIGATION

    does it have Navigation? dont see the icon..

    • screen on the right, top left.

  • nexus on the brain

    Where the heck is my email to pre-order…I signed up at Google, Samsung and Verizon (multiple times) darn it!

    • Anonymous

      Shut up 🙂

      • Guest

        EAT SHIT!!!!

  • Lito31

     need to know how does one back up their nexus phones? iphone has itunes, blackberry has blackberry sofrware. what about nexus? or any android device w/o sd card? can someoen point me in the right direction AND the fastboot oem. ?

    • NewAge

      Google services backsup data like wifi locations and passwords, contacts, emails (gmail). Google music has your music. Then use dropbox or box.net or the ton other cloud storage options.

      For fastboot oem setup the Android SDK on computer and locate adb.exe and fastboot.exe in platform-tools folder. Or find the easyadb setup thread and just grab adb and fastboot and save a headache, unless you plan on developing.

  • Anonymous

    let’s just make 90 separate nexus posts until we get a date… sounds like a plan…  sigh

    • FortitudineVincimus

      50 of which are contradictory date posts
      40 of which are about shit we already know
      10 of which are actually about new info

      • Anonymous

        All of which start to become annoying. 

      • JMac726

        wait, 10? Where are they?

      • Anonymous

        Well if they weren’t saying a new possible release everyday they wouldn’t get all the traffic and therefore not make as much money. I mean once the nexus drops the site will lose a lot of traffic since 95% of the articles are about the nexus. Plus they have all those sources who are just throwing out every possible date but they are “trusted” by kellex so hey lets post about it.

    • Interiorposterior

      Yeah, I’m getting tired of all the Galaxy Nexus news. We have people creaming their pants just over the LED light. I can only imagine how rabid these people will be if it had turned out to be a disappointment which I doubt.

  • Ricardo Rodriguez

    I use both those apps. i have no problem with that.

  • TheAndroid1

    Surprisingly I am completely fine with these two apps.  I would have downloaded the myverizon app anyway.  I also know a lot of people who use the vzwbackup assistant (most new to smartphones).  I can live with taping a button to install to save the newcomers all of that time.

    Plus, since it’s a Nexus, we can delete them anyway.

  • I forgot how much I hate bloatware until I fired up my new Rezound.  Luckily I have 30 days to decide whether or not I want to keep this or go with the GNex (which I’m about 99% sure I’ll go with the latter)…I’m sure VZW thinks these are 2 apps that will really “help” the average user, but it’s still frustrating…

  • Anonymous

    Just go root your phone. Oh and take that fanboys. I cant even count how many of them i have heard spewing this device as bloatware free.

    • You showed them!

      • Anonymous

        Yup saving the world one disqus post at a time!

  • Anonymous

    Am I the only one that doesn’t know what all that tech stuff means? Do i need to learn?

  • It disgusts me over how much of a push over Google is. They let Verizon brand it and put bloat ware on it. Grow some balls. I swear, we better get the updates the same time as the other Nexus phone as well. I really hope Verizon isn’t going to be in the process of approving software.

  • Justin Nolan

    I wouldn’t call the My Verizon app bloatware… it’s damn near essential if you have a tiered data plan.

    • I agree, it’s actually useful. Unlike VCast or say VZ Nav (I mean wtf, really?)

    • Anonymous

      Not with Ice Cream Sandwich… your phone will warn you at whatever level you set and will even shut down data when you reach your limit.  Very nice stuff….

      • Anonymous

        lol i can do that with smart actions on gingerbread 2.3.5 on my razor. I can just imagine how nice moto’s ics will be 🙂

        • M Wat33

          Tell us how nice that is in mid 2012

          • Anonymous

            the first non nexus device with GB in USA was the droid X. Educate yourself first before typing BS 🙂

          • Guest

            GO FUK YOURSELF LOSER!!!!

          • Anonymous

            you sir are the loser

          • Guest

            AND GUESS WHAT!!! YOU CAN GO FUK YOURSELF TOO LOSER!!!

      • Tom

        Yes, but My Verizon also tracks text messages and usage minutes. I use it all the time because I don’t need unlimited every month, in fact having unlimited would be a waste. So, it is still a useful app… And if you don’t want it… root and uninstall it. It isn’t that hard…

        On the other side, I still have unlimited data, so I could really care less about data tracking as of right now.

    • It is now, but not necessarily on ICS, since that has built-in data tracking. Also, even for apps users may consider essential, they are still bloatware, since they are not provided by Google, but rather by a third party.

      • Sp4rxx

        Data tracking still doesn’t give you a robust look at your data plan itself – the My Verizon app does more than just have a data counter:  it shows you all you need to know about your account w/o having to log in to the website and click around

        • What is there to know? I am pretty sure that you already know your quota. What else do you need? Plus, ICS lets you see data per app, and things like that.

    • Anonymous

      I do agree, these fools complain a lot about bloatware, but verizon has some good applications. My verizon is one of the best bloatware app.

      • Are serious version bloatware is a joke. Sure if you like that is great but for the rest of us we should have the option to remove that crap. I root it anyways but I should have to to get rid of it.

        • Anonymous

          if you want the nexus because you can remove bloat, you can do that with almost all devices all you need is to root.

      • Raven

        Yes, I agree.  I truly do not understand this obsession with removing “Bloatware”.  Unless it is something that continuously runs in memory, I do not consider it “Bloatware”.  We are not talking about an OG Droid with only 256MB of App memory.  My Droid 2 came with 8GB of internal memory (and the Nexus has double that) and I currently have 527 user apps installed on it and I still have 4.2G free on the internal memory.  Why remove something if it can be even slightly useful as long as it is not taking up RAM or CPU?  I might use My Verizon less than once a month, but I have used it in the past and found it rather handy.  Think of it as a feature not a bug.

        • Anonymous

          The geeks in here cry for everything. I have stated that before that we are not using the original droid. Moto specially are putting the ddr2 ram in their devices. You can throw anything to the bionic and the razor and it will still be fast. I am also very impress with Moto’s new improve software, i hated the blur in my droidx running froyo, but it seems that Moto found the right combination now. Which device are you getting?

        • Anonymous

          I’m calling bullshit on 527 user apps, just saying.

          • Raven

            Now why would I make that up?  That is the number right out of Titanium Backup.  To correlate in a different manner, I have 388 apps installed from the Android market according to the handy numbers on the “My apps” page and I have 81 installed from the Amazon appstore (love free apps of the day).  The other 58 are probably from GetJar and various side loaded apks from other places.  Not that hard to accumulate since I have had a Droid for almost 2 years now.

          • Granted

            Yeah I can believe that easily, I have over two hundred and lots of room left over. Plus I just installed an app that makes a guy two states away defecate on himself if I press the “About” button in it. But I crossdress, it’s still easy to have see having five hundred apps.

        • But there’s a chance it might do something in the background and eat up some ram or eat up some battery life.
          Example is Google Maps, idk why, but this one time, It drained my battery 30%… while the phone was in airplane mode… for 6 hours?… I had opened it once, but I killed it by long-pressing the back key (CM7 feature) It only happened once, but idk why the dell it happened.

    • Anonymous

      No you don’t. ICS has this functionality built in. Besides you can install it from the market if you want it. For those that have unlimited data and use gmail contacts, both of these are totally bloatware.

  • droidrev71

    Those apps are used for their spying pleasures.. jerkies!

  • Bill Mitchell

    I love that ICS will let me stick it to the man by stopping that bloat >:)

  • joejoe

    In their defense, I know people who actually use these apps.

    • Anonymous

      And I’m sure someone uses blockbuster’s app. It doesn’t mean it’s not crapware.

  • Derp

    and these are removable thanks to ICS correct?

    • Anonymous

      They can be disabled but depending on whether Verizon Installs them into the System Folder or in the App folder you will need root to permanently remove them.  Luckily there is a happy unlock button on the bootloader screen.

    • As far as I believe (and I may be completely wrong) but I think ICS only allows you to hide them. So, if you just want them out of sight, then yes, you can remove them, but really, the apps will still be there, you just won’t see them.

  • viewthis66

    those aren’t THAT bad… i can live with those. i’m calling December 1st as a release date. Next week Verizon will announce it and pre-orders shortly after. Then the following Thursday, Dec 1st it will be available???? 

  • Canyoufindben

    Now the My Verizon app I actually use, mostly to keep an eye on data usage, not just for my line but others on the plan. However, what does Backup Assistant do that just having a Google account attached to the phone doesn’t? Doesn’t Backup Assistant only backup contacts?

    • Plenty of people who buy an Android phone are coming out of a non-smartphone with Backup Assistant.

  • I guess the good thing is that because it’s a Nexus you could root it and uninstall it, though with 4.0 you can disable apps on the phone if you don’t feel like rooting.

    Still, you don’t see bloatware on a Verizon iPhone, and this is a little discouraging.  The GSM version doesn’t have any bloatware installed, so why must the Verizon version?  I guess Google really wanted Verizon to be the launch partner.

    • As even Samsung said, it’s Verizon’s phone. Android is open and they can do whatever they want with it. iOS is closed.

  • Anonymous

    GAH Just give me damn phone already so I can stop reading things about it that disappoint me. I just want the bloody thing. My OG commenced freaking out today and I just want a bloody new phone. 

    • JCS

      I see you use “bloody” a lot.  I thought this was released in the UK this morning, lol.

      • Anonymous

        Too bad I’m in New York 🙁 I use bloody a lot as I have pretty much constant contact with people from the UK… almost as much as I end sentences when speaking with eh, as I have constant contact with Canadians. 

        • Anonymous

          constant contact? i’m so sorry 🙁

        • Anonymous

          Being from New York I bet you say “wicked” a lot too. 🙂

          • Anonymous

            Actually I never say wicked. 

          • Anonymous

            Lies. Everyone from New York says wicked. 

          • Anonymous

            Don’t get your locations mixed up. That’s morons from Boston that say wicked.

          • Anonymous

            I live in central NY, and the morons here definitely say wicked.

          • Anonymous

            Well, that explains it.. you’re upstate lol

          • Anonymous

            Syracuse isn’t upstate, it’s central New York. If you want to think upstate NY think Potsdam. 😀

          • Anonymous

            Lol, us metropolitan folks call everything north of Manhattan “upstate”

          • Anonymous

            Hah, well I can’t argue with that.

          • Anonymous

            It’s stupid.. Westchester is upstate to anyone in NYC, and NYC and north is upstate to the LI folks … When Syracuse is clearly central if the state.. There are people in NY outside of NYC, contrary to what anyone out of state or down state may believe 🙂

          • Anonymous

            Wrong locale, it’s the Bostonians that use the verbage ‘Wicked’ a lot…as in “It’d be wicked pissah if Verizon would release the GD phone already!”

          • Greg Sletterink

            hahaha wicked pissah.. its funny that only people NOT from the Boston area say that

          • Anonymous

            True enough, I’m not from Boston exactly, but find myself saying it nontheless.

          • Anonymous

            Like I said, I live in central NY and the people here say wicked as well.

          • Anonymous

            Boston Transplants?

          • Anonymous

            Exactly. I’m in cny as well and there are a wicked amount of Bostonians and Irish here, permanently or temp… That and unfortunately those expressions just spread, especially to dem rednecks! Wicked pissah!

        • Anonymous

          Wishing Verizon would release the bloody phone wicked fast, eh?

    • Jacob

      If it’s bloody, is it really a new phone?
      🙂

      • Anonymous

        Depends on how the blood got there… for instance if its bloody because I used it to beat my way through the hordes trying to get one at a Verizon store, then yes… otherwise it might not be a good sign.

      • Haven’t you ever heard the term “bleeding-edge”? 😛

    • Anonymous

      dfgdh

    • Anonymous

      Bloody? I thought it launched in the UK today…?

      • Anonymous

        Lets root it people!

    • Anonymous

      Just wait til it comes out here in the states with that glorious new ENCRYPTED BOOTLOADER. Oh man its gonna be great.

      Btw see how the Nexus trolls-who this whole time have bashed EVERYTHING ELSE for having “bloat”-all of the sudden backpeddled when this news broke? Oh bloatware is fine as long as its a NEXUS HUH. You trolls said it urself that a NEXUS “Pure Google NO BLOAT” yet ur beloved “G-Nex” is being loaded up as we speak(For its december 27th release) with the very crap you “swore” you would “never again buy a phone with”.

      Hypocrites. 

      • Anonymous

        You know how I know you’re a Bionic owner?

        • Anonymous

          I’ve mentioned it many times that I own a Bionic. 

          Good Job.

          • Anonymous

            Lmao, oh that’s great considering I’ve never seen you post that. Feels so good to be right.

          • Anonymous

            Oh! You wanna gold star? Thats a good boy! Awww whos a good boy! Alright can you guess how many f#cks I give? 

            Zero? As in the amount of bloat the “ZOMG TEH NFC!!!” G-Nex was supposed to have? 

            Oh em gee! THATS RIGHT! 

          • Anonymous

            You know how I know you’re a Bionic owner?

          • Champlification

            If you didn’t give any f#cks, what was the need for this last post?

          • you must be new to the internet…cuz there’s always room for rebuttal 

          • Anonymous

            Correction, there is always room for troll. 

          • Anonymous

            ^ Exactly.

            If Nexus trolls can post “What does this have to do with the G-Nex?” in EVERY non Nexus related post….I have the right to troll non/anti-Nexus related stuff in Nexus posts.

          • Genius

            The kid who couldn’t wait and ate 2 MnM’s on a plate is now crying watching the kids who waited get to eat their entire bag of MnM’s. 

            Mmmmmmmmmmmmm my MnM’s taste so good. 

          • Anonymous

            Eh, at least it’s only two apps. Not the 15 or whatever the RAZR has. And to be honest I do use the MY Verizon app from time to time.

          • Anonymous

            THAT I can’t argue about. I personally use the My Verizon app….but that’s about it. The point is the Nexus trolls hyped the “G-Nex” as completely 100% without a shadow of a doubt bloat-free and therefor better than anything in this dimension…..

            ….and now the Nexus *ISN’T* bloat-free and all of the sudden it’s ok to have bloat. That’s hypocritical. If you’re gonna blast EVERYTHING else for having any kind of bloat then you need to blast the “G-Nex” too. Personally I think it’ll have the usual gamut of bloat by the time it gets here and Verizon will have had it’s way and locked the bootloader for “security purposes”. That’s just my opinion.

          • Anonymous

            I understand what you’re saying. I get tired of all the *insert brand name* trolls around here in general. As others have pointed out the OG had a couple of bloat apps as well, so I personally had a feeling that the G-Nex was going to be similar situation. I honestly don;t think they’ll lock the boot loader, but if they did I don’t think Sammy is going to go out of their way to encrypt it.

          • Greg Sletterink

            Its ok to have bloat cuz you can disable it…

          • Bloatware is software considered totally useless by the vast majority…
            My Verizon, that is not bloatware, as the vast majority of us on Verizon Wireless use it to track our usage or lol at our data usage if we’re unlimited :p
            VZW Backup, however, TOTALLY useless, no one uses it nor will ever use it. It was made useless by Google.

          • Granted

            Well the line of reasoning of johnny come lately around here is nothing new. I’m still convinced this website is used by members of a study that is testing a new anti-cramps and bloating, period pill.

          • Trevor

            I got the Razr and its amazing. You can just long press on all of the bloat-ware and mane it hidden from your app drawer. Why don’t you don’t some fact checking before you decide to be a douche about it

          • Anonymous

            I don’t recall me ever saying it was a bad phone, I was just using it as an example.Other then the look of the phone I like the specs and what it has to offer. And I’m fully aware that you can hide bloat apps with Blur. So yeah, actually pay attention to what someone wrote so you don’t make yourself look like a total tool.

          • Anonymous

            Like a “total” tool………….

            guy who says “like total tool” sounds like a “total” tool, Like totally.

          • Anonymous

            Only tools refer to samsung as sammy its not that much shorter. Talking about a locked bootloader makes you a mad person. No nexus device will have a locked bootloader.

      • Anonymous

        moto is the only one who encrypts their bootloaders.

      • EricTheRed

        Yeah, that sh!t got pretty old.  Especially when the Holy Nexus wasn’t even mentioned in the article anywhere.  Verizon doesn’t give a crap if it’s a pure Android experience.  The more stuff they put on phones the more money they make and that’s all that matters to them.  They don’t care about Android Hippies! 🙂

    • Anthony Vella

      I want the phone, anyone want to buy a Droid Charge? Its a Charge full of failure. I should be able to trade my Charge in for the Nexus and pay $100. Verizon is a joke…

  • Dave

     Sucks but what are you going to do? It won’t be the end of the world and you can now just simply disable it with ICS.

  • Murphy

    Noooooo!

  • Anonymous

    Meh, it’s not a big deal for the same three reasons you gave plus one more:
    1) We Android fanatics are going to fastboot oem unlock anyway
    2) People can use the ICS bloatware hider mechanic
    3) Many people may be upgrading from a non-Android and need Backup Assistant (especially if they don’t have a Gmail address yet…uncommon but not unheard of :P)
    4) Everyone is going to install My Verizon Mobile anyway to see minutes and data usage (even unlimited data users who just want to make sure they aren’t going to be throttled).

    As long as they don’t bake Backup Assistant into the initial setup wizard like they did with the ThunderBolt all is well IMO. I want to actually remove the app entirely via root, and if it is baked into the Setup Wizard this will be impossible without a custom AOSP ROM.

  • Jhickman78

    cant wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    That’s what we’re waiting on……..ha……hah…..hahaha……….

  • I really like how people state stuff like “and of course, the majority of us will be fastboot oem unlock-ing the minute we get it home”. I really doubt that this doesn’t void the warranty. Even if it’s a Nexus phone.

    • The point isn’t that it voids the warranty, the point is that this gives you ultimate freedom over your phone, the way it should be anyway. Plus I have returned several rooted phones, just flash the stock image to remove root before you send it in. 

    • Anonymous

      Nothing voids the warranty unless you are stupid.  What I mean is that you don’t lose warranty just by rooting and playing with your phone.  If you ever needed to take the phone to the store you would simply unroot and return to stock, and then you have your warranty back. 

      Very simple people…. not rocket science.

      Only someone two cards short of a deck would take a rooted phone into a store for service….

      I have always rooted and romed my phones and never had an issue.  Takes a few minutes to return to stock.

      • Well, the point is that a fastboot unlock is something you cannot undo.

        • NewAge

          Sure can! fastboot oem lock.

  • Melantus

    I actually use my verizon app so that’s not big deal. the assistant app will be gone though 😛

  • Riversidian

    Not sure I would consider those apps ‘bloatware’ but I agree with the notion that Big Red simply cannot leave their phones alone. Those apps are easily downloaded via the Market, by choice…

    • So can Maps and Gmail.

      • Riversidian

        If you buy an Android phone and don’t want Maps and Gmail, you need to return it for an iPhone.

        • Tom

          That doesn’t work at all… You still get Maps with an iPhone.

          • Riversidian

            I don’t think I need to explain myself about “Maps” vs ‘Maps’ here. So it does work. Case and point.

  • NOW if the Big Red would just release it already…..

  • Anonymous

    Omg why Verizon?? WWHHHHYYY?!?!?

  • J_Godd

    I actually use My Verizon to pay my bill. Not too concerned about that.

  • Anonymous

    my verizon and backup assistant are hardly what i would call bloatware.

  • Lito31

    I need to know how does one back up their nexus phones? iphone has itunes, blackberry has blackberry sofrware. what about nexus? or any android device w/o sd card?

    • Anonymous

      Contacts/Calendar should sync with your gmail account. I believe the Market remembers apps with Gingerbread, although I’ve never really been clear on how that works.

      • Anonymous

        The market remembers what you downloaded, and will prompt a download again if you wipe your phone, but it doesn’t save app data. As of right now, there is no non-root backup feature in Android. If you root, you can buy Titanium Backup to do your app backups. Even through all of my intense Android love, this drives me crazy. 

        • Granted

          Haha, I absolutely love your username, I spotted that right away and laughed! Awesome movie, or singer, whichever you were referring to.

          • Anonymous

            Definitely quoting the movie on that one 🙂

  • Dominick DeVito

    Honestly, if it’s rocking LTE speeds I’ll pay the Verizon toll.

    Then root it and uninstall them after the first ten minutes.

    • My mom has a friend who works for Verizon, and he says that you can’t root or uninstall the bloatware…  Tough times ahead for you, Dom….

      • Anonymous

        Oh good, a source we can trust.

  • I would even be fine with full bloat on a Nexus, as long as it is unlockable and there is no skin.  VZW could make their money, and they would have to play these BS games with the release.  You would only have to remove the bloat once.  I would take that trade.  Would anyone else take a bloated GNex last month?

  • Anonymous

    Teh ghey =/

  • Dan

    Wellllll verizon does technically have one phone that has no bloatware on it……….its made by a certain company named after a fruit

    • Anonymous

      That’s because the phone itself is considered bloatware. Or it might be because they couldn’t fit any more bloatware on there that wasn’t already apple’s.

      • Insightful comment!

        • Anonymous

          I thought it was. Thanks for noticing 😀

      • This comment is pure awesome.

        • Anonymous

          🙂

      • Anonymous

        Same thing you can do with the razor root and remove bloatware. I thought this device was bloatware free.

        • Anonymous

          You are the bloatware of the forums.

          • Anonymous

            lol funniest post ever. I just write facts and since i am a moto fanboy 🙂 People do not like that , i do not care. If is better to be a moto fanboy anyways 🙂

          • Anonymous

            Are you drunk every time you post? Because it sure looks like it.

          • Anonymous

            you are a funny dude.

          • Anonymous

            I’m gonna miss you all once I get this damn phone and don’t have to check back on this site every 10 secs of my life!  I’ll still be back for nexus tips of course, but just not as much… The addiction is getting out of control

          • Anonymous

            Lol what about the upcoming devices. Kellex and the crew always keep us informed about upcoming devices. The 1850 mah was a nice addition to the nexus. The radios and call quality will be bad as always. I don’t understand why Samsung keeps playing games.

    • Anonymous

      Actually, Verizon has two phones with no bloatware. The OG Droid, which I’m still using, is 100% pure Android with nothing else added.

      • Anonymous

        og droid has bloat. only  few but it does have some.

        • Anonymous

          ^THIS^

    • Coryevandunbar

      That isn’t actually true. The verizon iPhone does have Verizon’s proprietary wireless tether app. So not even the iPhone can get by unscathed.

      • GimeMyNexus

        No it doesn’t. iOS has tethering built in. The same for Spring, At&t or Verizon version.

  • Core

    kellex.. you’re just tickling my balls this morning, stop it with the foreplay already.

    • Really? Honestly, what you just said was so weird.

      • John

        ya weird…but i got a little chuckle out of it. i get what he’s saying tho 😉

    • kof

      GayLord Focker

  • Mothy

    I can live with those though

  • fuck….eh I’m fine with it

  • Well there is those bugs they had to work out 

  • I’m fine with My Verizon, it’s actually sort of useful to look at and manage the details of your Verizon account.  But Backup Assistant?!?!?!  Who uses that?

    • JCS

      Like the backup assistant, came in handy when I switched from a cell phone to a smartphone, may come in handy again.  Should I just trust Google, or one of the apps in the market instead?  Already had my contacts screwed up by Google once.

    • Look at it this way, any Verizon customer has always had Bloatware on their Android phones. This is minimal bloatware, which I can live with.

      • John

        og droid. so not always

        • Aka Skiball

          Amazon mp3 my friend. thank you come again. 

          • John

            s.o.b.

            O_o