Verizon Tests New Bloatware Process on the G3: Installs Apps on Setup, But They can be Fully Uninstalled

Verizon pinged us this afternoon to point out a new bloatware application installation process they are currently testing with the LG G3. On the G3, users may notice during the activation and setup process that there are apps being installed in the background that will eventually show in the app drawer. These are applications that in the past have come pre-loaded out of the box on Verizon phones, only Verizon doesn’t appear to want to do that anymore.

The downloading of these bloatware apps does not count against your data plan. Verizon also noted that these can be uninstalled just like any other app you would download.  (more…)

Verizon is Sending Surveys to Customers About Bloatware, Please Answer This Way if Included

At least one of our readers received a survey from Verizon within the last week that asked over 20 questions related to the pre-installed apps that came with his LG G2. Yes, we are talking about bloatware, but also about Google and other LG-made apps. We aren’t sure how many are receiving this survey (we didn’t get it), though we would recommend that if it shows up in your inbox, you answer exactly like this reader. A message needs to be sent.  (more…)

How to: Quickly Disable Bloatware on the Galaxy S5

If you picked up a Samsung Galaxy S5 today from a carrier partner in the U.S., then you are more than likely already overwhelmed by the amount of bloatware installed on your device. For example, on the Verizon variant alone, we’re pushing 20 pre-installed apps that I will never use. From Big Red’s ever-growing list of VZW apps to the pre-loaded suite of Amazon products, it’s a bit much.

Thankfully, Samsung keeps making it easier and easier to disable these bloatware apps, since many can’t be fully uninstalled. Below, we’ll talk about the two ways you can quickly disable/hide those unattractive carrier-branded apps.  (more…)

A Look at Verizon Bloatware on the Moto X

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The Moto X is not bloatware-free. Early reports suggested that Motorola was going to do everything in their power to keep the bloat to a minimum, possibly on an Apple level, but I’m not sure they won that battle. Sure, they kept the amount down when compared to phones from LG and Samsung, however, there are still plenty of pre-installed Verizon apps that cannot be removed.  (more…)

Reminder: You Can Uninstall or Disable Most of the Bloatware in ICS on the RAZR

 

When you finally update your DROID RAZR or RAZR MAXX to Ice Cream Sandwich in the coming days, you will likely be blown away by the number of bloatware apps that Verizon and Motorola have included with it. I actually just counted and came up with 25. I’m not kidding either.

As many of you know, bloatware apps tend to be installed at the system level, making it impossible to simply uninstall them. They are essentially protected apps that Big Red and Moto have signed licensing deals for have decided should never be removed. Thankfully, Google gave us the ability to disable them in Ice Cream Sandwich, so they can at least be somewhat out of your hair. (more…)

My Verizon and Backup Assistant Can Be “Disabled” Just Like Any Other System App in Ice Cream Sandwich


When Verizon decides that the Galaxy Nexus is fit enough to launch, the first thing many of you will attempt to do is remove the two pieces of bloatware that have been pre-loaded. Thanks to the “disable” feature built into Ice Cream Sandwich, you can essentially complete this task without rooting. It may not remove the item for good, but it will shut the app down from using up any resources other than internal storage space.

To complete the task, head into Settings>Apps, tap on the app you want to disable, and then click “Disable.” The app will then be removed from your app drawer and blocked from doing anything that you wouldn’t want it to do.  (more…)

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.   (more…)

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.