We’re all familiar with bloatware, and most of us hate it. Carriers and even some smartphone manufacturers love loading a bunch of apps we’ll never use onto devices to make some money from the partnerships. These apps are often not removable and run in the background, eating precious resources like RAM. And soon, select Verizon ... Read More »
You’ve probably heard by now what AT&T has done to the Nexus 6. Despite Nexus devices being meant to be stock and unaltered, that’s never stopped carriers. With custom ringtones, pre-loaded apps, disabled tethering, and a SIM lock, the AT&T Nexus 6 is ... Read More »
In the world of carrier-branded devices, there is no way to escape bloat unless you root and remove all of it. Maybe some AT&T Galaxy S5 users thought they were lucky, and they had somehow avoided getting Lookout installed on their devices. It’s been on every other Samsung device as part of a deal, so ... Read More »
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Samsung is known for loading its phones up with custom apps like S Health, S Note, S Voice, ChatON and more. But do Galaxy owners actually use these apps? That’s what research firm Strategy Analytics set out to determine.
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Several folks have pointed out a potentially troubling sight from yesterday’s Galaxy Nexus videos: the Verizon version of the Galaxy Nexus will include a small amount of Verizon bloatware. Included in Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus are two Verizon-branded applications, My Verizon Mobile and Verizon Backup Assistant.
Though these are actually two of the more useful ... Read More »
In a world where most carriers are trying to figure out how to cram more useless apps into your phone instead of focusing on improving their networks, one carrier stands out from the crowd. Sprint is, once again, doing exactly what their customers ask for.
The Backflip has no option to install applications from unknown sources (aka non-Market applications). This is important to note because every Android phone (that I know of) has included this as a default option of the Android OS.