What is Bloatware?

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–it can include any kind of application but some of the most notable examples are games. The Sony Xperia Play came pre-installed with several games that could not be removed.

Consequences of Bloatware

Other than the fact that they can’t be removed, what is so bad about Android bloatware?

  • It slows down phone performance
  • It takes up memory space that can be used for things you actually want
  • It can potentially telegraph information to the app developer or phone company.

Learn More About Bloatware

To learn more about bloatware and getting the most out of your Android, check out the links on the top right, including our bloatware blog.