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Google Removes Bloatware Apps

Aug 24, 2015

When Getting a new smartphone is always great and its exciting to turn it on and see how it functions, but there is one small detail that always annoys every new user after they have purchased a new phone. The most annoying thing when customers purchase their new phones from Android or Apple is the fact that there is a bunch of bloatware. Bloatware is the unnecessary apps that a brand new smartphone has pre installed to the device. It is just a tedious task having to go figure out in the settings how to remove these apps if they are even removable. Google had a huge amount of apps that were installed in Android phones that are hardly ever used so they needed to fix this and they are actually going to.

Google has decided to reduce the number off apps that are downloaded to smartphone devices. As stated by the news source AndroidCentral, Google is making a few changes to the contracts that they have with the companies that manufacture phones so that the number of apps required to be downloaded to make a device an Android approved by Google is way less than before. Before this new change from Google to their contracts, people who wanted really useful and important apps like Google Docs, Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Maps had to download a huge bundle of google applications that included apps that were widely not used such as Google+ (their social network for Google users and can be a possible sign that their social media network is not doing so well) and Google newsstand.

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(Certain Applications are included when purchasing an Android device because they are a party of a contract)

Besides those two apps mentioned above, there are also other applications being removed from the required package as well like Google Play Games, Google Play Books, and Google Newsstand. These apps join the ranks of other Google applications  that have been removed from the required package in the past including the infamous Google Earth and Google Keep which were once required apps but considering not many people had any interest or even bothered to touch the apps they were immediately removed from the package. For those who are worried about not having these apps installed on their phone because they actually want to use them they are still on the Google Play market. They are not being deleted from the actual store rather they are just not required anymore so Google users are still free to download them whenever they want from the Google Play Store and they will work just as fine as they did before.

Personally I think this is a great decision made by Google because they are showing that they are listening to their customer’s feedback and trying to improve the overall experience each user has with their own phone. I hope that Apple catches on to this and may remove some of the bloatware on their devices. There is not much bloatware on the IPhone compared to the Android problem but there is some apps that are some what questionable as to whether they should or should not be included on the device when it is purchased.

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(This is an example of an Android device and how there are many applications pre installed on the device and some of these are being removed because they are most often useless to people when they first purchase their smart phone device.)

Before customers buy their next Android device and start complaining about the bloatware they must remember that certain cell phone providers also require phones to have some of their apps that can sometimes seem like bloatware for example: AT&T Navigator, AT&T Family Map, Sprint Zone, Nascar, Verizon Messages and more. It sure is a disapointment that cell phone providers include apps that may seem point less on smart phones but maybe the decision Google made for its applications will send signals down to the cell phone comapnies that maybe people are tired of having useless apps on their phones. In conclusion, congrats on Google’s part in trying to improve the overall experience of their users with their less cluttered smart phones.