You see it all the time, you buy a handset with anywhere from 8 to 64GB of storage only to find that a sizable chunk is already occupied. While some of this is unavoidable due to the space taken up by the OS and other necessary software, often times there is a fair amount of pre-installed software that really isn’t needed. This situation is especially true if you happen to have a carrier branded device.
Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to remove all the ‘junk’ if you didn’t want to use any of it? Although this is certainly possible with rooting and other methods, South Korea is looking to make an important change that will help smartphone users in the country put the bloatware problem to bed once and for all.
Starting in April, new industry guidelines will go into effect that will require most OEM/carrier apps to be user-removable without need for root or other tricks. The law won’t limit how much junk can be stuffed into a device, but at least it gives users an easy way to deal with the problem.
Here’s to hoping that other countries follow South Korea’s lead on this matter. Those in the United States would certainly love the idea of being able to rid themselves of all the garbage bundled by carriers like Verizon, and we’re sure the same goes for the rest of the globe.
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It won’t ever come to USA, the carriers won’t allow that
Money, money, money. Lobby, lobby, lobby.
yep! ATT threw a butt ton on my device. . . not to mention LG’s. All in all I have two, and sometimes three, apps for the same things, and they wonder why customers are confused??? Do I really need “browser” and “Chrome” reinstalled and non-removable?
AT&T beats Samsung!
In term of bloatwares…
In Japan, NTT Docomo have done exactly the same. They haven’t even released an update for the galaxy note 2 since it went on sale (but neither did Softbank for their devices).
typo: 4th paragraph “South Korea’s led on this matter.”
Shouldnt it be “Lead”?
What if they have a huge led that everyone should follow? ;D
The amount of spelling mistakes these young authors (under 27) make are unbelievable. Heck even at cnn, a journalist, a young gun I presume, said, it is better to air on the side… Instead of err. Lol where are the editors.
everyone loves copy/paste :)
The editors are only 29 themselves. Also, I suspect many write these articles on phones and tablets.
One area where Apple has a big edge.
What? Since when could you uninstall system apps on IOS? You cannot, get your facts straight.
What he means is that there is no carrier bloat on the iPhone. He has a point.
I guess so. But I want to be able to uninstall any app I want. Every time I install a ROM, I uninstall 20 system app (not safe), but I do, and at least I can.
Unless you believe that some or most of the stuff in ios is bloat and you want to replace it with third party apps.
I hope you were being sarcastic.
give the south Koreans a medal
I don’t get why people make this such a major issue…
Exactly. But they should be able to be uninstalled if I so wish.
Well if you have a phone with 8gb storage, space matters a lot.
Well, I’m moving to South Korea now.
Watch out for North Koreans!
Don’t worry. I got mentos and coke. I’ll be fine.
Unless you like silent cameras. You see, in Japan and Korea, due to the perception that a lot of certain types of males like talking secret pics of ladies, all phones MUST have loud shutter sounds to accompany all camera apps (only root will disable this or by using a low quality pic camera app that sidesteps the problem by taking snapshot/thumbnail pics).
That sucks. But oh well, I guess I will stay where I currently am.
Bravo Samsung! All carriers should follow up.
please less government interference, let the free market fix this problem like Google with the nexus 5