Android Guy Weekly: What is Bloatware? (Video)

Today’s topic goes way back to the PC days where OEMs would load them up with software that you didn’t need, and most users didn’t want. The term for this software? “Bloatware”.

Pocketnow reader Laurentiu sent in the following question:

What do you think about built in Apps in Android devices, starting with launchers (Touchwiz, Sense, etc), daily apps like memo takers, voice recorders, email clients, Kies air and the corresponding widgets for these applications.

Many refer to them as bloatware, while I find them useful and better integrated with the OS than third party apps.



Great question, Laurentiu! How does bloatware on today’s smartphones and tablets compare to the bloatware of yesteryear, and what can you do about it? That’s the topic for this edition of The Android Guy Weekly.

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Joe Levi
Joe graduated from Weber State University with two degrees in Information Systems and Technologies. He has carried mobile devices with him for more than a decade, including Apple's Newton, Microsoft's Handheld and Palm Sized PCs, and is Pocketnow's "Android Guy". By day you'll find Joe coding web pages, tweaking for SEO, and leveraging social media to spread the word. By night you'll probably find him writing technology and "prepping" articles, as well as shooting video. Read more about Joe Levi here.