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…)
Worried about all of the bloatware in Verizon’s arsenal that it could try and pre-load onto your pre-ordered Pixel or Pixel XL? I have good news! It might not be all that bad! According to Verizon’s business sales portal, there may be just three apps that load after you insert your Verizon SIM and fire up the phone for the first time. (more…)
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…)
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…)
This morning, HTC and Keeper Security announced a new partnership that will allow the password locker company to pre-install their Keeper app on your newly purchased Android device. If you are at all like me, you just read that as “HTC has partnered with Keeper to pre-load more bloatware on your new phone.” (more…)
Making rounds on the web, it is reported that future buyers of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge will be able to remove and disable almost all of the phone’s pre-installed “bloatware.” However, nothing about this is exactly new, considering Android as an OS has allowed for the disabling of apps for quite some time. (more…)
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…)