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Bloatware: What is it?

Bloatware: What is it?

Bloatware wasn’t invented with the Android phone, but Android phone manufacturers and cell phone carriers have really taken advantage of it. Bloatware is all of the extra software applications that come pre-installed on your Android (in addition to vanilla Android)–it can include any kind of application but some of the most notable examples are carrier apps and/or trial apps that you have to pay for after a certain time to keep using it. At best these apps can simply be taking up space on your phone, or at worst it can be running in the background without your knowledge and drain your battery.  »

Sprint now wants you to pay $5 per month for bloatware

Sprint now wants you to pay $5 per month for bloatware

Sprint has just upped the bloatware game by announcing its own Sprint App Store. While competition is great for a the duopoly that is the app store market. At the moment, if you want an app you either go to the Google Play Store on your Android device, or the AppStore on your iOS device (windows has its own App store too by the way). While its great of Sprint to offer something else to its customers – they execution might be just a bit off. While the Google Play Store and AppStore are free to install and use – with plenty of free apps – Sprint wants to charge customers $5 per month to use its Sprint App Pass. Sprint says that this App Pass will give its customers unlimited access to a certain number of apps for the duration that they pay the subscription fees. It is rumored that it will be around 200 apps and will include free and paid apps. The alternative is to stick to the Google Play Store and keep doing business as usual. The numbers do not make sense in the long... »

Verizon Lets LG G3 users remove bloatware

Verizon Lets LG G3 users remove bloatware

Verizon is trailing a new program that lets you remove bloatware from their devices. The trial is only available for the LG G3 at the moment and there is no official word if it will come to other Verizon devices yet, but we are guessing that if it was well received, it will be made available on other devices as well. Currently, there are a bunch of apps that cannot be uninstalled from your Verizon device. These apps will be “preloaded” during the setup process and customers can then choose to uninstall any app they do not wish to keep. However, there are some Verizon apps that cannot be uninstalled – only disabled, which is still a step in the right direction toward the goal of being bloatware free. The full statement from Verizon is below: Verizon is trialing a new service on the LG G3. Pre-loaded applications will install in the background during the activation and set up process. Once setup is complete, the applications will appear in the applications folder as tho... »

How to convert your GSM HTC One M8 into a Google Play Edition

How to convert your GSM HTC One M8 into a Google Play Edition

The HTC One M8 is a great phone, even with HTC’s Sense 6 – some would even argue that it is better and, offers more than Vanilla Android that comes with a Nexus device, but, there is also a vast majority of people who will disagree and would love a pure Android experience with the M8. However, at nearly $700 a piece, not everyone can justify spending that amount on a phone. Not when you can upgrade to the same phone for $99 down with your regular carrier. For those of you who want the Nexus experience on your GSM M8, the guys over at XDA have put together a tutorial to make it as seamless as possible. Head over to the original thread to see how you can have the GPE experience on your HTC One M8.   »

Google’s Android One Program Will Rid Phones of Bloatware

Google’s Android One Program Will Rid Phones of Bloatware

We recent wrote about the rumored Android Silver program for flagship Android devices. In a welcome move, Google has now announced a similar program for low-mid tier Android phones at its annual Google I/O event in San Francisco. It will follow a model much like the Nexus devices where the software updates will come directly from the Mountain View company. Android One allows Google to set cost-effective hardware standards for OEM’s to manufacture. The software will come directly from Google and this, combined with the hardware standards, will benefit the consumer. The main benefits being that you will no longer have bloatware on your phone from OEM’s and that Android will be able to keep a uniform look and feel among a host of different devices. These devices would probably be in similar ilk to the Moto G and the Moto E. The Android One program is aimed mainly at emerging markets and Google is initially teaming with Indian manufactures Karbonn, Spice and Micromax. Its not l... »

Samsung Galaxy S5 – Google Play Edition – Where is it?

Samsung Galaxy S5 – Google Play Edition – Where is it?

Its fair to say that Google Play Editions are a popular device choice, not just for Android purists, but for a lot of user who do not want to deal with manufacture skins and carrier bloatware, AND still want a premium device with the best specs on the market. Hence all the more puzzling when you consider that the Galaxy S5 has been out for a few months now, with no sign of a Google Play Edition model. It was Samsung that kicked off the whole Google Play Edition (GPE) trend with the Galaxy S4 and was swiftly followed by the HTC One. HTC continued its GPE trend support when it announced the HTC One M8 GPE (which is available in the Google Play Store).   It may be a sign of things to come from Samsung – who have already moved to Tizen OS on their smartwatches (although they did release their Gear Live watch running the new Android Wear OS). Samsung’s focus has always been on its own services, from its TouchWiz Android skin, to its S-services (most of which are not as good... »

Nokia Launches a New Predictive Android Launcher

Nokia Launches a New Predictive Android Launcher

Predecting your next moves seem to be where a lot of new Android launchers are heading. Nokia has just joined that foray and launched its own Android launcher called Z Launcher. This is all very interesting since Microsoft, who have their own mobile OS, just bought Nokia. The Z Launcher has a very minimalist feel to it and does not support widgets for now. Its in limited beta for now and you can sign up here to test it out (it only supports a handful of devices at the moment). It “predicts” what you will use at a particular time/situation and will have the apps float on the home screen. Nokia have released a short intro video that you can watch below.   »