Bloatware Should be Uninstallable

March 9, 2012 in Commentary by Hashim Fannin


One thing that plagues Android smartphones, no matter how much of a high-end device you buy, is bloatware.  Carriers here in the US are hellbent on adulterating the Android experience with their bloatware.  Bloatware unnecessarily uses storage space, RAM, and can slow the device down.  Also, there have been many cases in the past where the bloatware installed on a phone was the cause of instability issues.  Aside from the problems it causes, what makes bloatware particularly problematic is it cannot be uninstalled without hacking the phone.  A person having to hack their device, thus voiding their warranty, just to uninstall software the phone came with that they don’t want is ridiculous.  Computers come with plenty of bloatware, but if you don’t want it, you can simply uninstall it.  When I purchased my ultrabook, there was plenty of bloatware on it.  After a visit to the “uninstall a program” application, the bloatware was gone.  The same should be true in the smartphone world.  A person should be able to simple go into the settings menu and uninstall any bloatware apps they don’t want.  It makes no sense that on a platform as customizable as Android, you can’t do something as simple as uninstall pre-installed apps you don’t want.  It’s already bad enough you can’t disable overlays if you so choose, but not being able to uninstall bloatware is past ridiculous and borders on asinine.

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