Verizon’s Use of AppFlash Software Sure Sounds Like Another Dirty, Privacy Invading Bloatware Bonanza (Updated)

Earlier in the week, when no one was paying attention because Samsung was on the verge of announcing the Galaxy S8, Verizon quietly announced a new service it plans to begin pushing to its Android devices. AppFlash is its name and so far the service is raising some eyebrows over its collection of data, but also because it’s another piece of garbage bloatware that no one was asking for that will be used to further line Verizon’s pockets.  (more…)

Verizon Wanted to Charge Companies $1-$2 Per Install to Get Bloatware on Your Home Screen

A headshake-worthy but not necessarily surprising story about Verizon looking to flood your phone with even more bloatware is making the rounds this week, and yes, we’ve been keeping an eye on it. The report comes from Ad Age, who claims that as recent as late last year, Verizon was pitching an idea to retail and finance app makers that would get their apps installed on Android phones for somewhere between $1 and $2.

Now, that thought, assuming this is the first time you have heard it, is a bit troubling. It’s not exactly new, though, and so I’m not really sure what the freakout here is. Let me explain that.  (more…)

Verizon Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge Get Updates That Fix Google Play Issues, Kill Bloatware

Verizon will begin pushing an update to the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge this morning that should fix a couple of nagging bugs, while tweaking some behaviors on the side.

The updates are rolling out as version VRU4CPD2 for each and can be pulled for installation by heading into Home>Applications>Settings>About Device>Software updates. These aren’t massive updates, but you will want to grab them sooner than later. (more…)

Samsung Reported to Decouple All Bloatware Apps From TouchWiz

According to the latest news regarding the Galaxy S6 from SamMobile, Samsung is set to remove nearly all bloatware apps from TouchWiz, slimming down the system’s weight significantly. However, for those who would still want these apps, they will be made downloadable via Samsung’s app store and possibly Google Play.

On previous versions of the Galaxy S line and Galaxy Note line, Samsung has been known to pump their UI full of software, most of which probably goes unused by users. Because of this, when you buy a Samsung device, your usable memory is nowhere near what is advertised on the box, as apps and software tweaks easily take up a few GB of space.  (more…)