Windows Phone 7 Devices Won’t Have Crapware

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In Windows Mobile 6.5.3 and below, carriers and OEMs could preload devices with any applications they desired. This often left devices full of java-based trialware and other apps that would clog the device’s storage memory and hog system resources (take a look at this screenshot from the AT&T Pure. Circled are AT&T apps). In Windows Phone 7 series, as we mentioned in our post about the system architecture, Microsoft has made it much more difficult for carriers and OEMs to add trialwarew. More specifically:

Regarding preloaded applications by OEM/MO: Requirements are much more strict in this regard now due to frequent end-user complaints about “slow, laggy, etc” Stock ROMs. I know every one of you reading this knows what I mean Preloaded App Requirements (which will be distributed as .xap) as follows:

– Maximum of 6 preloaded applications on the device, not to exceed 60MB

– All preloaded apps must pass Marketplace submission process (some extended APIs are available to OEM/MO so the process is slightly relaxed in that regard)

– The application(s) and all future updates must be free of charge.

– The apps must launch without dependency on network availability.

– The apps must persist through a “hard reset”.

– The apps must be updatable and revocable (!!!!) through the Marketplace.

– The apps must notify the user at first launch of any capabilities to be utilized and get user consent (to access compass, accelerometer, network, etc.)

While this may seem a bit restrictive, it’s a good thing for the consumer.

(via: XDA)

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Brandon Miniman

Brandon is a graduate from the Villanova School of Business, located near Philadelphia, PA. He’s been a technology writer since 2002, and, in 2005, became Editor-in-Chief of Pocketnow, a then Windows Mobile-focused website. He has since helped to transition Pocketnow into a top-tier smartphone and tablet publication. He’s so obsessed with technology that he once entered a candle store and asked if they had a “new electronics” scent. They didn’t.