Minimal Verizon bloatware on Pixel can be uninstalled

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Here’s one less thing we have to worry about other than locking ourselves into a Verizon-backed Google Pixel.

Not only do we get to allay ourselves from checkmarks everywhere on the device, but we also have only three pre-installed apps from the carrier: My Verizon (actually useful), go90 (not terribly so), and Verizon Messages (why?). All three, according to reporting by Business Insider, can be deleted.

That may be two points to Verizon, but two points against getting the Pixel on the network reportedly include a locked bootloader for all you devs out there and an uncertainty about first-in-the-ecosystem Android updates getting to these phones at the same rate that unlocked phones will get them. That could go for all carrier variants of the Pixel, but the spotlight shines brightest at center stage.

Verizon could also use an update-independent app-loader to plop in extra apps along the way. Maybe.

Android Police reports that, in total, eight apps are pre-loaded into the standard app load. The other five are actually from Google: Allo, Duo, Android Pay, Docs and Keep.

Source: Business Insider
Via: Android Police

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Jules Wang

Jules Wang is News Editor for Pocketnow and one of the hosts of the Pocketnow Weekly Podcast. He came onto the team in 2014 as an intern editing and producing videos and the podcast while he was studying journalism at Emerson College. He graduated the year after and entered into his current position at Pocketnow, full-time.