Sprint Talks Bloatware And Plans To Reduce It

They’re the bane of existence for the owner of a new Android: unwanted apps. When you power-on a brand new smartphone for the first time, and set about configuring it to your liking, all too often you’ll find yourself confronted with apps pre-installed on your phone that you neither want nor need, and resist all effort to remove them. This bloatware, though unappreciated, has become expected as the norm in the minds of many consumers.

While it will probably never be gone entirely, there does look to be hope for a future with significantly less bloatware, with Sprint leading the charge. We heard about some unofficial evaluations being done with the EVO 3D, seeing how users would react to being given more discretion to remove bloat from their phones. Now VP of Product Development Fared Adib has offered some further insight into just how Sprint is approaching the issue.

Adib is keyed-in to the fact that we don’t want this stuff on our phones, and has been leading a campaign to get the company to take a “hands-off” approach to smartphone software. That is, the less Sprint has to do with the apps that are on your new phone, the better. He avoided making any promises about just what we could expect – obviously, bloat can be lucrative with carriers when they’re getting paid to place a sponsor’s app on a phone – so we may never see bloat gone entirely. What Adib is at least pushing for, though, would be apps that are easily removable. We suppose we could live with that, but let’s make sure they can actually be deleted from the smartphone’s flash memory, and not just hidden-away, like we heard about the EVO 3D doing.

Source: Engadget

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