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 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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)