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Bloatware, Bloatware, Bloatware! We all hate bloatware. And with the exception of a few companies like Apple, Motorola, and Google (with its Nexus devices) there aren’t many ways to avoid factory- or carrier-installed bloatware without rooting a device. One of the biggest offenders in years past has been Samsung, and the company is feeling the heat for its obnoxious behavior from the Shanghai Consumer Rights Protection Commission. The commission’s secretary general, Tao Ailian, fingered not only Samsung, but also Chinese OEM Oppo Electronics for egregious behavior when it comes to pre-installed apps that can’t be removed by the consumer. "The litigation is our latest attempt to safeguard consumers'... Read more...
Carrier bloat is something almost every smartphone owner has to live with. What's worse is when you're not even allowed to uninstall certain third-party software that your wireless carrier decided to integrate into the OS. It's one reason why the newest Android builds take so long to deploy, but that's not the worst of it. There are reports that carriers have picked up a practice called "post-loading," which essentially refers to sneaking more unwanted programs onto your handsets at any given time. According to a new a report in Forbes, there's a company called Digital Turbine that launched a new service named Ignite. It's for Android devices, and what it does is give wireless carriers the ability... Read more...