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South Korea bans smartphone bloatware because preloaded apps are terrible

News by Andrew Kameka on Friday January 24, 2014.

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The South Korean government has done something that people throughout the world wish their local governments would do - put an end to the trend of stuffing preloaded apps onto a phone without the ability to remove them. The Ministry of IT has released new guidelines meant to curb the practice of preloading software and not being able to uninstall the app, a move seen as unfair to users and competitors.

It's common for carriers and manufacturers to strike deals with app developers in order to preload their services onto phones, but the practice has its drawbacks. Bloatware annoy users because the apps require extra steps to remove unwanted apps, take up limited storage space in some instances, and cloud app listings. ZDNet notes that the Samsung Galaxy S4 in Korea has more than 80 apps installed the moment the phone is first turned on. Requiring the companies to provide an easy removal optional will be a big boon to smartphone buyers in Korea.

One can only hope that this leads to other countries following suit and outlawing the practice. I often test phones from AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint that have a dozen apps, some of which cannot be deleted. While Android allows for these apps to be hidden, I'd love to be able to completely disable and delete them as well.

source: ZDNet

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