By Stephen Schenck | June 3, 2011 7:28 PM
Some of us root our phones in order to install custom ROMs. Some of us do it to modify parts of the OS in order to give our Androids a more personal look. And, for many of us, rooting gives us the opportunity to finally remove the apps our carriers have pre-loaded on our phones, ridding them of the ones we have no interest in. If you’re just picking up a Motorola Droid X², that last task has gotten a lot easier, as the smartphone will let you get rid of portions of that bloatware without needing to actually root the device.
While you’ll still need superuser access to rid the Droid of some of the more stubborn apps that Verizon really wants you holding on to, others, like Need For Speed shift, are stored in an unprotected directory that allows for uninstallation and deletion without requiring root permissions.
What would be really nice: giving us full control over what apps we want on our smartphones, but we’ll take what victories we can get.