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…)

About All This Recent DT Ignite and “Carriers Have New Sneaky Bloatware Method!” Talk…

If you follow technology news – specifically mobile related news – on a daily basis, then you likely saw the barrage of stories yesterday involving a service or company or back-alley app dealer called DT Ignite. This service was allegedly found to have been reinstalling bloatware apps on the T-Mobile Galaxy Note 4 after reboots, even though the users had previously uninstalled them. As people began digging deeper into this DT Ignite service, Verizon was found to have been using it as well, which of course, caused the story to grow. While this is indeed relevant news because we all hate bloatware, there are some things to talk about here.

First, we wrote about Verizon using either DT Ignite or a similar service back in July to install bloatware. We all (rightfully) freaked out then. This is not new news.  (more…)

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…)