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LG reportedly testing user removal of pre-installed "bloatware"

updated 10:31 am EDT, Fri July 25, 2014

Initial trial of bloatware removal from LG G3 could become permanent option

Verizon is said to be testing out an option to remove pre-installed applications from smartphones. Starting with the LG G3, the carrier will apparently give the option to remove "bloatware" apps which are either already installed beforehand or added to the smartphone as part of the initial activation process, a feature which could help users free up storage capacity.

The carrier told Droid-Life the pre-loaded applications will continue to appear on the device as normal, but can be removed. "The applications can be completely and entirely uninstalled by the customer via the standard uninstall process," writes Verizon, continuing "Customers will not incur any data usage or charges for the download and installation of these apps.


While the removal sound promising, it appears it will not work with all apps, as the report claims Verizon's app suite is protected from deletion. It is unknown when Verizon will make the option to uninstall pre-installed items available on more devices, but it appears it will hinge upon the trial's reception before being rolled out.

At the start of this year, the South Korean government ruled that the country's carriers must apply a similar rule to their own devices, and apparently with similar restrictions. "Essential" apps for connectivity, the carrier's app store, and customer care functions are excluded from deletion, but everything else is up for potential removal by users.

by MacNN Staff



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